Points International Reviews

Updated March 20, 2014
Updated March 20, 2014
7 Reviews

3.7
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  1.  

    Great potential, but no focus on employee goals

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Work on global brands
    Great products
    Youthful culture

    Cons

    No development Plans
    Do not promote within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Toxic, groupie and micromanged

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Points International full-time

    Pros

    Casual
    Beer Cart
    Location and Lofty Office

    Cons

    Unrealistic Expectations
    Micromanaged
    Career Killer
    Backstabbers
    No Pay Raise
    Lots of promises and no delivery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have poisonous middle management that need a reality check.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Agile Developer Intern

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    Former Employee - Agile Development Intern  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Agile Development Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Points International as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very relaxed and casual working atmosphere with a start-up feel. Everyone is very friendly and fun to work with. Agile development cycle means there's always new work to be done. Very little red tape.

    Cons

    Not much chances to expand. Very high learning curve when first starting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Points International

    Pros

    Casual work atmosphere. Great work/life balance. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    High turnover, limited opportunities to move up once you get to a certain level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact more with employees at all level. Toot the company's horn more so that employees know what is going on and can be proud of what we've accomplished as a company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Okay place to pick up a paycheck but not a good place to learn new tech

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

    I have been working at Points International

    Pros

    The other developers are mostly nice and we can dress however. There's a beer card on fridays with beer and candy and stuff.

    Pay is good.

    My boss is pretty cool about most stuff.

    It doesnt feel like a start up. But it is a mostly relaxed environment so that's good.

    Cons

    Sometimes the jobs boring because there's just lots of old code and not much new things to learn.

    We write mostly Java code, with GWT for our GUI, and some days we do JavaScript / CSS. There's tons of code for our apps and it took me awhile to learn enough. Mostly we're maintaining the old code to make a change here or there. Some of our projects though we got to do new stuff, like SOAP API for our app. We use spring and hibernate and Oracle but i think they're old versions like GWT.
    When I build in eclipse it takes a few minutes or sometimes a lot longer. This gives plenty of time for browsing but it's a bit annoying when i just want to see a quick change.

    Another thing that's annoying is we track our hours spent on tasks in two different systems. We used to have lots of contractors working here but now we're all just employees on salary so i'm not sure why we still have to do that. Another team tracks their 15 minute meetings I think so at least I'm not them!

    We do agile development which means stand up every day (dont be late!) and we have a 2 to 4 hour tasking meeting on Mondays. These meetings suck and I think everyone hates them but just doesn't want to say it. We also have retro to talk about what happened in the sprint but I don't think it changes much of what we do. Usually people dont remember what we talked about in last retro. Our scrum master is bossy but nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities to learn and use new tech stuff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, great market opportunities, fun environment = all good!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Points International

    Pros

    -Partnered and powering many major International loyalty brands
    -Product Management is always looking to innovate, reinvent, and lead the market
    -Strong, competent, committed Sr Management team
    -High confidence in CEO
    -Dedicated tech group who expertly balance quality needs and business requirements
    -Fun, relaxed, environment. Cool office right downtown.
    -Lots of long-term employees who love it here

    Cons

    -Since the business is driven by partner relationships, it is occasionally a challenge to forge ahead on a road map. Not at all insurmountable though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Ensure we stay Agile so we can adapt to never ending changes in the marketplace and stay ahead of the competition.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work especially if you're working in the software industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Points International

    Pros

    - Experienced CTO who has a lot of respect from both the business side as well as the tech side
    - Business who will not unnecessarily compromise on software quality. Recognizes that poor software quality reflects poorly to clients
    - Retains a lot of the start-up feel. Little overhead in decision making (i.e. no red tape)
    - Interesting business problems
    - Makes decisions based on business case which results in a rational decision making process
    - Love the fact that it's a product driven company
    - Lots of opportunities to make a difference

    Cons

    - Not a well known brand. People often times have no idea what Points International does even the company is listed on both the TSX and on the Nasdaq

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Minimize processes. Keep on focusing on hiring the right people and base everything else on the ability to trust the people we hire.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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