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AppDirect Reviews

Updated January 13, 2019
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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 13 reviews)

  • "emphasis on employee wellness and work life balance" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "If you don't immediately need money ask for a tour of the code base, take your time and evaluate then decide" (in 4 reviews)

  • "top to bottom style: no one listens for engineers and take into account their opinions" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Huge potential, strong software engineering, great atmosphere"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (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.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Rampant Sexism"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AppDirect full-time

    Pros

    Gorgeous office, catered lunch on Fridays

    Cons

    Rampant sexism by leadership favoring male employees above female employees' ideas, HR seems to not care about the employees- almost negligent


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Recently laid off about 50 employees in which most of them are based in SF office."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AppDirect full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good.
    Product teams rarely have to work over time or ok weekends.
    Amazing view of the city.
    Convenient location to restaurants.
    Catered lunch once a week on Fridays.
    Plenty of snacks.
    20 days PTO a year.

    Cons

    20 days PTO a year, but you have take 3 mandatory PTO for Christmas and new year.
    Recently laid off about 50 employees. Pretty much all Tech supports, Account managers, and QAs are laid off in SF location.
    Sunnyvale Plug and Play location is shut down due to down sizing.
    No performance bonus.
    No 401k marching.
    Healthcare is expensive if you have dependents.
    Lots of partners have terminated partnerships with the company due to low profit/sales.


  5. "Great people, Lots of changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AppDirect full-time

    Pros

    Great values, good people who are eager to collaborate and work with you

    Cons

    There's been a lot of strategy changes, people pulled of of projects & teams and moved to others.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Zero culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good access to resources, tools, and technology needed to help get the job done. They are aware of the lack of women in the office (HQ) and are actively trying to recruit more

    Cons

    Intensity (core value) is taken to the next level here. There is zero company culture and I'm not exaggerating -- people are not friendly, exec management and leadership don't care about the employees, very little cross-collaboration between different orgs and teams. Mgmt is so far removed from the day-to-day operations of the company. Zero female leadership outside of HR.

    Advice to Management

    Make more of an effort. Act like you care.


  7. Helpful (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

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (6)

    "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


  10. 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!