I worked at Softcom full-time
Downtown location, they pay salaries on time. Multicultural environment, some of my colleagues were very friendly.
Management in general is not fair. There is more competition than cooperation. The Turkish owners operate the company in a way that defies logic. One shareholder is wanted for crimes in Turkey and he sold his shares to the new owners from USA and he disappeared in rural parts of Canada as I heard. There is something very wrong with the management, they blame each-other for their own mistakes. Not professional at all. Another strange thing is the history of the company, it supposedly was founded in 1998 but I can't find any information about it before 2009. When I asked the executives they dodged the questions all the time. It seemed like they were afraid that someone would find some illegal stuff in their past. The Turkish and Muslim owners made fun of the Jewish and Christian employees and spoke in Arabic curses.
Advice to Management
They should hang onto their jobs because if the new owners from USA find out about their shady business practices they wouldn't be able to find a new job that easily. The COO was Turkish and a good friend of the CEO (also Turkish) but when it came down to greed he was easily fired. He is still listed as unemployed on LinkedIn.
I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Softcom (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in February 2011.
Terrible interview. Asked totally irrelevant questions to my experience and position I was applying for. Recent University graduate with IT work experience and yet they tore apart my part time positions working in retail from 3-4 years back asking about coworkers and managers I haven't seen or talked to in years. I understand my long part time retail job experience shows I can hold a job and it builds character, but they spent like 30 minutes on each part time job I spent working through University scrutinizing it asking me about non existent things like performance reviews and crap. Asking me about my in depth opinion of managerial techniques about leadership in retail. I've never had such an irrelevant and pointless interview. How about asking me about my IT experience, abilities, knowledge, and my experience at my IT jobs.
Also yes their whole 'what disney princess would you be?' and 'how would you weigh your head' are SOO clever.
I was constantly bombarded with questions about my opinion of managers and if I liked them and why I didn't like them and if I'm good at following leadership. That is an important question I know, but it was analysed for an hour and a half from so many angles. Seems like a terrible place to work, where they really want to find no backbone sheep who have no problem with management so they can drain their life with Technical Support positions supporting terrible outside clients for long terrible obscure shifts.
This interview was for their www.myhosting.com section, so maybe their other departments are better, but this was by far the most awful interview I've been on.
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