FilterSenior Software Developer
I worked at AppDirect full-time (More than a year)
Everyone working there is very smart and friendly. It is a good environment to work in, with many perks such as snacks, competitive activities (ping-pong table & a baby-foot table) and an amazing office manager. The work is challenging and new features are being developed. An agile/scrum methodology is followed by the teams. Product managers from San Francisco often come to visit their teams in the Montreal office which contributes to healthy and communicative team bonding experiences.
The codebase is a monolith and there is tech debt, but there is movement towards reworking the code into micro-services. The mandatory town halls are a bit long.
I have been working at AppDirect full-time (More than a year)
Work life balance is great!
The people here are very competent and friendly. There are often events such as Foosball tournaments and game nights that are great fun.
Lots of free food.
-Management is completely disconnected from reality. Their response to that is to impose more meetings where they preach you the corporate vision like its some strange cult. These meetings are exclusively tailored for product and sales positions, but they make all the engineers sit through it because their time is not important and everyone should be drinking the Kool-aid.
-They take away good practices from one office for the sake of making all the offices equal
- Its a sinking ship, many people are leaving and no position is back filled.
- The hiring process and requirements is highly discriminatory (imposed by headquarters) and doesn't take into account cultural differences between offices.
- They lay off people and then "promote" people to have more work and "celebrate" that as proof for career opportunities within the company.
Advice to Management
-Tailor your message based on your audience (know your audience).
-Micromanagement is bad.
I have been working at AppDirect full-time
Intense and challenging company culture grounded in humility, mutual respect and collaboration.
People's skill levels are very high. Many opportunities to learn from very smart coworkers.
Awesome perks like fridges stocked full of free food and drinks, high-end hardware, brand new renovated offices in an old industrial building. Foosball table, table top games, video games.
Opportunities to travel to SFO.
The sky seems to be the limit for the business model. Impressive growth without a slowdown in sight.
Technical challenges on a platform that grows (too?) rapidly. Company is at a turning point of growth and transitioning from smaller startup model to full blown larger scale organisation. How will it handle it?
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