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  1. "Canvas United Review from a Full Stack Engineer."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Full Stack Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Full Stack Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Canvas New York full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Canvas is a small digital agency that has an excellent company culture and does great work. It is a fantastic place to grow and learn. Employee satisfaction is very important to the company, and as a former engineer, there were many opportunities to try out different technologies. The quality of the work produced there is very high, but the work life balance is also great.

    Cons

    Canvas is a digital agency that sometimes juggles many projects at once, so there is little time dedicated to building internal engineering tools and most time for learning new technologies is done outside of the work hours. Compensation is decent.

    Advice to Management

    You guys were great!


  2. "Fun projects, no egos. A great place to build a career."

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    Current Employee - Full Stack Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Full Stack Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Canvas New York full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Canvas is a rare combination of excellent professional, portfolio building work with a strong value for work life balance. The engineering team now operates in a lateral management structure, making it flexible, and collaborative. There are no egos in the company making communication positive and productive. The team really cares about the work and keeping up with the latest technology. This has allowed me to produce strong work that has truly helped to furthered my technical career and produce work I am proud to put in my portfolio. The company also makes time for things ranging from social gatherings, technical sharing sessions, transparent company status meetings and opportunities for things like weekly cross team education sessions.

    Cons

    The team is strongly collaborative and team oriented. If you like to keep to yourself and have no interest in improvement, you will not be happy. The team is also small and fast moving, which can make projects challenging. You will not be content if you are not open to new ideas and learning technology.

  3. "Smart people, comfortable environment"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Canvas New York full-time

    Pros

    Everyone here is really smart and no one has an ego. It's really easy to collaborate and express concern over a particular feature or product without feeling like you will have your head bitten off. Everyone is committed to making a great product that meets the needs of our clients in a stress-free environment. There's a lot of room to make your voice heard and develop new skills.

    Cons

    Processes are sometimes unclear and there are some growing pains as we become a bigger business, but no one passes the buck and we're all in it together.

    Advice to Management

    Share business development strategies with employees more frequently and provide clearer career advancement objectives.


  4. "Great Place with Exciting Clients"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Canvas New York full-time

    Pros

    Great office environment with bimonthly team hangs with beers and snacks. The occasional outing to a bar for happy hour etc. Everyone's open to hearing your thoughts and overall collaborative. Engineering culture is relaxed and fun, definitely room to grow as Jrs or Midlevels.

    Cons

    Process can be a bit bumpy, but some changes have been made to remedy and is always getting better.


  5. "The ideal work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Director, Business Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director, Business Development in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Canvas New York full-time

    Pros

    It has become en vogue to work for a digital agency or a rising dot-com. After speaking with fellow colleagues in the industry and having worked here for 2 1/2+ years, I can say Canvas is at the upper echelon of an ideal work-life balance environment.

    Key points for anyone include:
    Career advancement
    Competitive salary
    Realistic and supportive work environment
    GREAT clients w challenging, strategic, high profile projects
    Most important: very cool co-workers of genuinely good people.

    Cons

    Smaller size means more ownership of your own work - not a negative unless you view that as such.
    Don't expect lavish spending like a larger agency (again, only a negative if you see it that way).

    Advice to Management

    My honest advice is to keep doing what you're doing. It's clear and evident that you genuinely care about your employees and that means so much at the end of the day.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not great place to work but good to get experience I guess."

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    Former Employee - Junior Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Canvas New York full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have big ambitions and they know what their doing. They are go getters and they have very strong work ethic. The work they create is polished and professional and well thought out. They know how to sell themselves.

    Cons

    The work life balance is nothing but aweful. I worked here before it was known as Canvas and was around during the transition. (between 2007-2013) They treated me poorly, worked me to the bone. As a creative I had to work crazy late hours, sometimes over night and never compensated time to rest up. The account team worked as creative directors and even though functionally what you had done was correct they would make changes that even the clients would reverse, basically doubling our work load. There was no flexibility in the creative culture, if its not done their way exactly then its not right. I witnessed two rounds of massive turn over over my time there. Many people would get burnt out and have to find new jobs.

    Advice to Management

    What you create is fantastic, you just need to improve your company culture.


  7. "A Good Place to Earn Your Stripes, But Not to Stick Around"

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

    I worked at Canvas New York full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office location, mostly nice people. Junior employees get lots of experience quickly. Salary is... decent. Some projects can be fun, if you're lucky enough to get the assignment.

    Cons

    Nobody here, even many of the senior staff, seems to have much prior agency experience at all, so at times it seems a bit like Lord of the Flies. "Product Managers" (project managers) have an alarming amount of clout, which leads to sketchy UX & design, despite mostly competent designers.

    Advice to Management

    Some cliques have formed that make legitimate advancement difficult. From reading the tea leaves, it seems like they also forced people out a while back. I'd be uncomfortable with this dynamic if I were you.

  8. "Junior Designer Part Time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great working environment, nice people, interesting projects.

    Cons

    Has a tight close team. Harder for new designers to be hired.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great diversity, great team."

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Canvas New York full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Highly creative, inspiring design team
    Detail oriented, approachable, and dedicated engineering team
    Approachable management
    Reasonable hours for an agency (yes you have your late nights but honestly, previous reviewers who have complained about the crazy work hours have clearly never worked for an agency where you work through weekends months on end)
    Bi-weekly/monthly events from general bar socials to ball games.
    Very diverse client base

    Cons

    Unclear big picture company strategy
    Needs to be better at organizing and leveraging past work in new similar projects
    Not enough selling of user testing and research capabilities
    No perks from clients (yes I'm whining here a bit)

    Advice to Management

    Focus on positioning Canvas as a long term strategic partner with more clients.


  10. "Super nice people, solid work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Canvas New York full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I spent 3 years at Canvas-- super nice people that I miss, easy to work with, easy collaborators. A-list clients, *mostly* fun projects, they actually care about the work not just hours billed. Nice, bright office by union square.. Accommodating when I wanted to take a long vacation.

    Cons

    Didn't always deal with difficult clients quickly enough. People sometimes left to sink or swim. Maintaining legacy projects killed too much time.

    Advice to Management

    More happy hours


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