OANDA Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
24 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting Business Model; Technology-Driven Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OANDA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment. Tremendous reputation in the industry. Lots of really gifted people, especially developers. Freedom to work in your own style. No silly rules about dress code or face time.

    Cons

    There have been major changes in senior management since I left so this may not still be true, but there was a lack of transparency, communication and process that could make it a frustrating place to work. They tend to be stingy and inconsistent with compensation. Half the company is developers so the whole place is very engineering-focused. It can feel like the tail wagging the dog sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    RE: The Truth from a Marketing Employee

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OANDA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    • Some of the smartest people I ever met.
    • Correction (There is no lunch twice a week for quite some time now.)
    • Breakfast Mondays, Dinner Tuesdays, Lunch Wednesdays
    • A lot of perks, you can view them in our recruitment site.

    Cons

    It's too bad some people feel so negatively about management in the marketing team. I can understand some individuals are frustrated about their managers, however there are no perfect work environments.

    Just a note to the individual who claims to be a current employee. There are a few points you have mentioned in your review that tell me that you have not worked here within the last 6 months. Please do not post that you are a current employee. It makes the current team look bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Currently our managers do work to get the best experience for us to the best of their ability while also managing their everyday responsibilities.

    It is unfair to the managers and to the reader to be misinformed. Our managers ARE able perform.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Intern decent perks, fun people

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at OANDA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    for the most part people are friendly and open.

    Cons

    recent layoffs, perks diminishing

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OANDA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work.. People are treated well

    Cons

    You need to be proactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to introduce more structure

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fun and rewarding place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OANDA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The developers there are smart, relaxed and fun to work with. It is an enjoyable work environment with a lot of interesting projects going on.

    Cons

    The management is reorganizing and the work environment is shifting. Things seem to be going downhill a bit but they may stabilize

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep in mind that developers work best in relaxed environments where they can enjoy what they do, feel rewarded by their hard work and don't have to worry about management too much.

    Recommends
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome job out of college, but not more

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at OANDA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Depending which team you join, you'll learn a lot. Culture under Michael Stumm used to be awesome. But I hear it is changing now.

    Cons

    Unless you do something really extraordinary, like have a smoke break with management, there is really no way to grow. Many people feel unappreciated despite putting long hours to execute the company vision. Thus getting recognition and raise is almost impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In technology business, your staff is your biggest asset. There are a lot of smart people in OANDA don't treat them like they are stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    So so

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OANDA

    Pros

    Flexible environment. Free lunches. Good location.

    Cons

    No raise. Management is disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you preach

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A mixed bag of an experience

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at OANDA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are lots of smart, collaborative employees at OANDA. You are given a lot of autonomy and you can choose how you want to approach problem-solving since there are no prescribed methods. This also means, you are free to learn about and concentrate on subjects that interest you.

    Cons

    They are extremely disorganized. The management are poor communicators and it seems being aggressive and un-collaborative are prerequisites for becoming a manager. While most employees are great, the management makes it a very bad place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example, not with words. No more talk about world-class, just be world-class. Stop putting incompetent, aggressive jerks in management; it ruins the culture and the work environment. People need to have respect for their leaders to do their best work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Time for a change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at OANDA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company had brilliant developers, a great product.

    Cons

    environment was isolating and unforgiving

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Operations Specialist

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OANDA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Generally smart people. Good team structures - small and focused but not myopic. Generally good inter-team cooperation.

    Cons

    Not well-managed. Senior management appeared to be unable to formulate and execute clear plans to deal with the challenges the company faced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abandon silos. Cross-discipline cooperation is crucial, and the more people are fighting internally the less they're fighting the world outside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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