Workopolis Reviews

Updated May 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    A company that cares about seeing its people succeed.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Workopolis full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Workopolis has a corporate mission to help Canadians be more successful in their careers. This means that working there gives you the opportunity to be a part of something meaningful, valuable. Also, leadership applies this mission to its own people too - Workopolis supports work/life balance, frequently promotes from within, and maintains a lively, engaging workplace culture.

    Cons

    Much of the core functionality of the website is based on a legacy code-base that has slowed down the company's ability to adapt and innovate - which is very frustrating in the web sphere. Also, despite some recent advancements in products and services, the overall notion that the company started as a 'job board' hangs over the ethos of the brand and dampens the effects of modernization.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace change. Take risks. The best of the web was built by innovators who weren't afraid to see things break and crash so they could learn from the fall. Workopolis leadership tends to prefer playing it safe over taking chances, and that isn't the way for a technology company to succeed.


  2. Exciting initiatives on the horizon

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

    I have been working at Workopolis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great, friendly people, less hierarchy, with minimal internal politics. Evolving the business in exciting new ways. Opportunity to grow your skillset/knowledge, roll up your sleeves and lead projects Strong and motivating leadership team in place. Autonomy/ownership of projects Everyone is accountable for their work and lots of opportunity to showcase your talent

    Cons

    Meeting culture. Very fast paced - could be great for some but not others Late adopters in innovation - but making strides to change this

    Advice to Management

    Continue down the path to take the company to where it needs to be to compete in the space.


  3. Fantastic place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Workopolis full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great size and people focussed strategy fantastic rewards and recognition great comp, benefits, vacation etc. people really care about each other advancement opportunities are real

    Cons

    fast paced industry with lots of change - doing better at keeping up and even leading downtown location is hard for some - ideal for others

    Advice to Management

    stay focussed continue to care about people keep listening - there are really smart and innovative people working here


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Slowly going out of business

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Workopolis

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Due to ongoing layoffs every quarter and leasing half of the floor to be able to make rent at least it allows employees to interact

    Cons

    - layoffs every quarter - president and director of finance lack brain cells - uneasy work environment due to shady senior management

    Advice to Management

    start retaining good talent


  6. Account Manager - Inside Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Workopolis

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice office, fun cultutre

    Cons

    Basically a glorified telemarketer. Do nothing but call people all day. Majority of leads are stale.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Fantastic place to work and belong

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

    I have been working at Workopolis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing Culture, Solid Compensation, Good Benefits, Great Autonomy, Excellent Vacation, Excellent Leadership Team - this is a unique place to work. People really matter and leadership cares about both you and what you deliver to the organization equally. Overall, my time here has been engaging, fun, and challenging. Totally pleased with the experience.

    Cons

    Data Systems are inconsistent but improving, Pricing is ever evolving and a bit slow to keep pace with the industry, Consistency of service delivery and support can be improved. Times are tough these days with all of the new competition entering the market but we're still doing a great job delivering results.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working with and listening to your people as they are very good and in touch with their business. Keep a focus on training and development of skills. Keep being innovative and free thinking.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Used to be great, but still a good place to work. Disguises real problems with fun...superficial

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Workopolis full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Web company- forward thinking in terms of culture, fun, human -Pays well, good perks -Downtown location

    Cons

    - Ethics- lots of cliques and favoritism. High tolerance for some, and none for others. Not a balanced/objective approach -Doesn't want to deal with difficult issues. Would rather disguise things with having fun -Lack of professionalism across the Mgmt team -The market is different then it was a while back. I think that is more business reality than a con though, and they still do a very well.


  9. Nice people to work with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Workopolis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are very nice and helpful. Very relaxed environment and little arguements. People are very professional and qualified whom you can learn from. Decent perks and good chance for promotion.

    Cons

    There are no free snacks provided throughout the office. Work procedures are not uniformly enforced throughout company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do but somethings should be enforced.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Fun & dynamic environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Workopolis part-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    open concept office, excellent onboarding program, friendly coworkers, ping pong room to alleviate stress, transportation allowance

    Cons

    going through an organizational re-structure so the environment can get somewhat tense


  11. Helpful (3)

    Lacking in vision and innovation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Workopolis full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    King West location (downtown Toronto), fun/laid back work environment, focus on work/life balance

    Cons

    Lack of innovation and vision from senior management; management is deliberately non-transparent; mediocre benefits/compensation; few growth opportunities; overcompensation on "fun" to mask serious shortcomings on the business side; too much reliance and focus on Sales

    Advice to Management

    1. Resting on one's laurels has been the downfall of so many other companies: being a market leader without innovating will lead you to the history books. 2. Fun doesn't pay your employees' rents: telling employees that they will be paid the national average salary for their position in one of the highest cost-of-living cities in the country regardless of their performance will not motivate, no matter how "fun" you think you're making it for them 3. Decide whether the business is a technology business, or a media business: If you decide it is a technology business, the product should be in a state where it sells itself, if you decide it is a media company then you need a really really good sales team to compete with technology companies like LinkedIn and Indeed (read: you will fail)



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