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3.7
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66%
Recommend to a Friend
91%
Approve of CEO
Mark Shuttleworth
12 Ratings
Pros
  • "Relaxed, work from home environment/excellent work-life balance(in 36 reviews)

  • "Management is fanatical about ensuring all employees are able to maintain a healthy work life balance(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Could'nt be further from the truth and has burned millons in a product called Juju that has little to no traction with users in Open Source(in 8 reviews)

  • "Some mid and upper management choices questionable and apparently driven mostly by PR and not the core values of Ubuntu(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "I wouldn't want to work anywhere else"

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    Current Employee - Cloud Support Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canonical full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Canonical and its technologies are a silent giant poised to be the market leader in open source databasement and cloud solutions. Every day I learn something new from the myriad brilliant coworkers available at my fingertips. Very strong culture of personal enablement and career growth with a focus on empowering teams with a voice to make changes necessary for organizational success. Management is fanatical about...

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    Cons

    Some organizational silos lead to loss of synchronicity between teams working on the same products. Lack of directed training on internally developed products demands self motivated individuals grow their own skills.

    Advice to Management

    Continue down the path of breaking down the organizational silos. Provide more external training and events for those contributors who need a hand up in their career development.

  2. "Great people to work with"

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    Former Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canonical full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    The people who work at Canonical are extremely sharp and some of the brightest people I know. Travel is a huge thing and if you love to travel there are lots of great opportunities to go to places all over the world. Working remotely is a huge benefit and leveraging tools like Google Meet makes things feel more like an office environment. It is a family type of atmosphere.

    Cons

    The CEO Not much opportunity to transition to other roles

  3. "Never was so glad to be laid off"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canonical full-time

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, industry leader, innovation

    Cons

    Employees work in fear of encounters with the owner. No employee ever feels secure with their job. Public humiliation and dismissal for speaking out are common at company meetings.

  4. Helpful (6)

    "Used to be a great company"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at Canonical full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Cutting edge Great people to work with

      Cons

      Owner decided in 2017 that he was taking over the CEO position and taking the company public - laid off 30-50% of the employees in April (including me). In the 3 months after that, a lot of the most brilliant people in the company left as well. Doesn't speak well for the new work environment.

    • Helpful (4)

      "Dynamic Company, Talented Individuals, Strong Leadership"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Canonical full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Working on new tools and technology every day Relaxed, work from home environment/excellent work-life balance Lots of growth potential and upward mobility Excellent pay (above market) and benefits Extremely intelligent and driven co-workers

      Cons

      Trying to do too many things all at once Needs more processes to be in place - still acting like a startup even though it's 15 years old

      Advice to Management

      Listen to your employees more; organize more team building sessions; give people access to better tools and technology so that they can be more productive.

    • Helpful (2)

      "Good people, too many projects"

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      Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Canonical full-time

      Pros

      The people you work with at Canonical are great; I've consistently been wowed by the creativity, intelligence, and depth and breadth of knowledge exhibited by my teammates. Managers I've worked with understand that part of the perk of a remote job is flexible scheduling, and as long as you're getting your work done and are around when people need you, nobody cares the exact hours you're working.

      Cons

      Canonical is doing a lot, and while it's recently tightened its focus in terms of market goals, the number of products being pushed out is still really high. It can be difficult to maintain focus on a given project when 2 or 3 are considered a "priority" for your team at any given moment.

      Advice to Management

      It's time to staff up again, to really give projects the love they need to be ready for market.

    • "Sales"

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      Current Employee - Sales in Minneapolis, MN
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Canonical full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      one of the most impactful technology spaces in the world of business; new employees making Canonical a great place to work

      Cons

      if you like the same routine, this place is not for you

      Advice to Management

      Keep honing the message and providing solutions that Ubuntu and supporting products are supported on all platforms from public and private clouds to devices

    • "Great work life balance and benefits"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Canonical full-time

      Pros

      Remote based with a good work life balance, competitive pay and great benefits.

      Cons

      Nothing too bad in terms of cons.

    • "Start mentality with enterprise resources"

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      Current Employee - Sales 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Canonical full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      -immediate influence -high level of trust to manage your own business -everyones voice matters -market leading technology

      Cons

      -start up atmosphere may be unsettling for some -remote model requires self starter mentality -unique business model requires passion and creativity

      Advice to Management

      -continue to listen to feedback from employees

    • Helpful (10)

      "So much wasted potential"

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      Former Employee - Manager 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Canonical full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Wickedly smart people who work incredibly hard. Cool technology. Remote workforce.

      Cons

      The founder is a well known narcissist. The company is constantly in a state of flux attempting to chase down his every whim.

      Advice to Management

      Focus on monetizing the OS in the public cloud. Stop doing so many things.

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