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AppDirect Reviews

Updated May 31, 2018
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AppDirect Co-Chief Executive Officers Nicolas Desmarais & Daniel Saks
Nicolas Desmarais & Daniel Saks
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Pros
  • "Free food and snacks( Not that good but its free)" (in 12 reviews)

  • "emphasis on employee wellness and work life balance" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "I would chalk it up to growing pains that are unavoidable" (in 5 reviews)

  • "There was a lot of brain drain there" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Huge potential, strong software engineering, great atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very energetic and visionary leadership team, with late addition of very experienced members
    - Excellent engineering leaders and very bright software engineers
    - Experience the Silicon Valley culture in Montreal
    - Very good atmosphere and culture of transparency
    - Great compensation and perks (fancy lunch every Friday, food, beers, Foosball table, game nights, ...)
    - Implementing the latest engineering technics and technology
    - Pre-IPO - private growing company

    Cons

    - The former code base had accumulated tech debt due to commercial success, however there are now dedicated teams to improve the tooling, the architectures, and transform toward true microservices
    - processes where very ad-hoc to deliver, but getting more and more organized and leadership push to implement true agile-scrum-lean at scale
    - moving toward complete empowerment of the teams and the software engineers

    Advice to Management

    - keep continuing adding strong and experienced leaders around you and your vision, listen to them
    - continue to invest in the engineering non-functional requirements, engineering roadmaps and agile-scrum methodologies


  2. Helpful (1)

    "They care about people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AppDirect full-time

    Pros

    The Management team has demonstrated they care about People. They are doing everything they possibly can to empower employees and improve their work experience. There is still work to do but progress has been made. More transparency, increased top-down communication, learning and development initiatives just to name a few.

    Cons

    It is sometimes hard to articulate what we do due to the complexity of our Business.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and keep listening to your employees.

  3. "Okay company but not a lot of opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great views, once a week catered lunch, snacks
    -Healthcare coverage and a good amount of PTO
    -Flexibility with work schedule to pickup kids

    Cons

    -Low salaries and sometimes no raises
    -Very little chance to go up
    -Working in an old technology stack

    Advice to Management

    Please look at what your employees are saying


  4. "Great technology company with a strong focus on culture"

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    Current Employee - Sales and Business Development Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales and Business Development Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AppDirect has a great business solution to solve for the changes in digital transformation. A great strong team environment with a razor like focus on culture.

    Cons

    Too much time of the sales organisation is spent on selling internally

    Advice to Management

    Sales people should be spending 80% of their time with customers learning their business problems, not 50% of their time on metrics and inwardly focusing requests


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great people, not a lot of career growth though"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AppDirect full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is extremely helpful and kind
    Good product
    Amazing view from the office

    Cons

    Low wages
    Tech being used isnt cutting edge


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Amazing company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AppDirect full-time

    Pros

    Great People, interesting product, challenging work, great office, great perks

    Cons

    Can not think of a noticeable con.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Best Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, benefits and awesome product! Promising future!

    Cons

    None! The Leadership team is doing everything to drive the business forward and engage their teams.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "What does it feel like?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    What does it feel like to work for a company you believe in?

    AppDirect has an incredible product and an even more incredible vision for the future; striving to build the platform the world needs to find, buy and use software in the modern age. AppDirect is tackling the largest distribution problems the world faces. Problems that the largest fortune 500 companies struggle with and avoid. And we are succeeding!

    I work with some of the most talented, passionate, kind and intense people I've ever met. I am excited every day I come to work. The company is growing rapidly but has so many things going on that there is plenty of room to grow and evolve in your role and responsibilities.

    What does it feel like to work at a company you believe in? It feels amazing!

    Cons

    We still have a lean management layer. You need to be a doer! There are no 9-5 jobs at AppDirect and plenty of second jobs to pick up if you're hungry for responsibility. Those who thrive here are those who choose to get involved.

    I won't say we don't have problems. We have a lot of spaghetti code, our builds take a long time, there are serious technical redesigns needed. But our CEOs recognize the issues and have a lot of people dedicated to fixing it. They care a lot about the happiness of engineers. It took a while to get the product to a place where we could focus on the platform as much as we are now. We lost some great and talented people along the way but I am excited and hopeful for the journey ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Get out there and talk with your employees! Nick and Dan have such a great vision for the company and the product. More people need to hear it first hand to understand the true magnitude of where we are headed.

    One team, one dream!


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great Environment and Positive Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AppDirect full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing facility and office space, fun community events and team bonding (wine nights!), talented leadership team who engage with all staff and sit on the floor with their team members, staff alignment on company's core values, great holiday party

    Cons

    The business team feels like a fraternity


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Maturing with huge potential!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has been on a rocket trajectory and is now working through the phase of stabilizing and maturing to build real scale. The mission/vision is highly ambitious and the market is primed. There is significant opportunity to impact the business and no shortage of projects.

    - Passionate, smart people to work with
    - Opportunity to Play at the center of an emerging digital ecosystem
    - Strong but evolving culture
    - New more seasoned management coming on board
    - Driven CEOs with hearts in the right place

    Cons

    AppDirect has hit a rocky patch as it transitions from start-up to mid-sized platform company. Rapid international expansion and acquisitions have stressed resources and cost structures Many of the foundational elements in people, technology, process and business planning were overlooked due to rapid growth. This is now recognized and starting to get addressed, but will take some time. As a result many early employees feel disheartened and have departed.

    Founders/Co-CEOs need to learn to let go and trust. Entrepreneurial leadership is not the same as mature leadership

    Many individual contributors, managers and executives with limited professional experience has created a make-it-up-as-you-go ethic as an artifact of the start-up culture.

    Sometimes speed trumps planning with questionable results.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on building the foundation of the new organization and hiring for management/executive experience.
    Build a clear plan and trust people to execute on the plan. Separate skunk-works from core objectives.
    Better decisions get made with more input. Reach out to the smart people you have to help make decisions.


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