PNI Digital Media Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
22 Reviews

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22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great learning experience, great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Designer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at PNI Digital Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really great perks & benefits, flexible work environment, great management and awesome team mates!
    Great place to learn and grow your career especially if it is one of your first jobs in the industry. Able to seek out opportunities and let management know of your interests to pursue certain projects or to move to other areas of the company.

    Cons

    Tasks can sometimes be repetitive. Communication between departments could be better. The role that we play is sometimes not well understood by other departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    This place is horrible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at PNI Digital Media full-time

    Pros

    friendly people. nice office. working with big clients.

    Cons

    the domain is boring - printing. yeah...printing. how interesting can that be??
    management is horrible. long hours because the code is a mess.
    Code is a mess. no conventions. there are couple of experts that knows it all - good example what happens when the code is horrible, you need "experts" (people who wrote the mess) to figure it out.
    They post job posting with the latest and greatest - TDD, Domain driven design, IOC and even ORM but it's a lie. you are never going to use those 'sexy' technologies. nobody knows what is ORM over there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of all those 'experts' that for job security made a mess in the code so only they can understand it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Bad place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer

    I have been working at PNI Digital Media

    Pros

    Nice people and dog friendly

    Cons

    A lot of hours. Code is a mess. Boring industry. Poor management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change it all up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Poor Senior Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PNI Digital Media

    Pros

    Some great people work at PNI
    Company makes an effort to have some social events

    Cons

    Senior management is still operating like a start up with short term goals that lead to long term failures. Appear to be unable to adapt to new management approaches like Agile.
    "Just get it done" means going around processes and making poor short term decisions that will never be fixed in the long term.
    Technical debt is impossible to ever improve on.
    Employees work very long hours and is expected to do so.
    Senior management is unprofessional and lacks leadership skills.
    Over sell and always under deliver - impossible to ever meet goals or timelines, almost seems like management doesn't understand what a resource constraint is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some professionals and start thinking like a corporation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Positive changes and a good place to be a developer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PNI Digital Media

    Pros

    varying projects, career development, fun people

    Cons

    bad office space, sometimes unrealistic timelines for projects

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    They only think cheap, no smart long-term plans

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Developer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Junior Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at PNI Digital Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have met friendly professionals in PNI, but that's all about it!

    Cons

    The salaries are so low and they treat the employees/candidates like desperate people who have no other choice than to work with a salary so below average. They are disorganized and they don't even bother with showing a better facade, not even at the interview level. All they care about is being cheap and I don't recommend you join them unless you are that desperate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be smarter! plan for long-term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    PNI Digital Media Response

    Mar 17, 2014HR Manaager

    Sorry to hear your experience with PNI was not what you expected. PNI spends a lot of time ensuring we are competitive in the market for compensation utilizing external salary data and benchmarking ... More

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Boring Work, and Poor Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PNI Digital Media

    Pros

    Competitive salary, and occasionally can work from home.

    Cons

    The work is repetitive, management treats the employees with very little respect, and if you are not a developer at this company, not matter you're job title, you will be assigned developer work on top of your regular duties. Then, when the work isn't done correctly, you'll get blamed even when you were never a developer in the first place. There is a lot of finger pointing; no one takes responsibility for faults.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through with your word with employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for, highly recommend it.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HTML Meb Designer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - HTML Meb Designer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at PNI Digital Media as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone I've worked with here were all really friendly and helpful. I've made a lot of great friends here. Management is fair seems concerned with the well being of their employees. They also appreciate the work they do which keeps one motivated to work hard. Working late with others on a massive project? Don't worry, food will be provided.

    Cons

    I came on board during one of the busy times and the workload can be heavy, but I also got a lot of great perks for working late and sincere appreciation for my efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being awesome.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place I've ever worked at

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - .NET Developer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - .NET Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at PNI Digital Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I would have to dig really deep to find one. I regretted my decision to join this company roughly about a week into the job, when I started to see all the technical debt, and I saw emails reminding employees of work hours. That was my first sign of bad work culture, and then it was downhill from there.

    Cons

    I'd say everything. The culture was bad, the good employees all leave asap, and the technical debt is enormous. Which I believe is the root cause for all the dissatisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you hire good talent, give them autonomy, inspire people to do good work by fostering a good geek culture at work, and do something about your technical debt ASAP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Multiple small teams, startup working habits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at PNI Digital Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pni degital media is abit relaxing. It's low stress environment, don't really have much overtime.

    Cons

    Messy management, and cowboy coding environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Documentation! Documentation! Define and build System first, don't rely on rockstar person.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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