Points International
3.7 of 5 7 reviews
www.points.com Toronto, Canada 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Mar 20, 2014

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Points International CEO and Director Rob MacLean

Rob MacLean

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great potential, but no focus on employee goals

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

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

ProsFlexible hours
Work on global brands
Great products
Youthful culture

ConsNo development Plans
Do not promote within

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Toxic, groupie and micromanged

Customer Service (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Points International full-time

ProsCasual
Beer Cart
Location and Lofty Office

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

Advice to Senior ManagementYou have poisonous middle management that need a reality check.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

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

ProsVery 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.

ConsNot much chances to expand. Very high learning curve when first starting.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company with great people

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Points International

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementInteract 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Developer (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Points International

ProsThe 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.

ConsSometimes 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 Senior ManagementGive more opportunities to learn and use new tech stuff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
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 Senior Management-Ensure we stay Agile so we can adapt to never ending changes in the marketplace and stay ahead of the competition.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
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 Senior Management- Minimize processes. Keep on focusing on hiring the right people and base everything else on the ability to trust the people we hire.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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