Circles.Life Reviews

Updated May 12, 2022

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Circles.Life Co-Founder Rameez Ansar
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  1. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    I said YES to steep learning environment

    Apr 10, 2022 - Marketing 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Very refreshing environment, steep learning curve, and a great way to relaunch your career, for those who are considering to switch to tech/digital/start-up environment - Empowerment is strong in the culture, where there is freedom to explore passion points. - Overall team is very passionate & high energy. It keeps you eager and energized too. Team in general is on the younger side, but the amount of young talents is astonishing! It’s always a humbling experience to learn from all around, regardless of their age or years of experience.

    Cons

    Wouldn’t really call this a con, it depends on your personality. Need to be independent to drive actionability forward. Guidance is limited, but what this means is you have a lot of say in how you want to drive your work.

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    Circles.Life Response

    We’re so pleased to have you on the team and I can feel your passion and energy coming through. Circles is a high growth business, where talented people are growing personally and professionally as the business continues to scale and expand globally. Yes, we encourage a high degree of personal motivation and sense of ownership - owning your decisions and your contribution in shaping our culture. Thanks for taking time to share your thoughts with us - Stephanie Nash, Chief People Officer.

  2. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Pre Covid

    Mar 2, 2021 - Senior Software Engineering Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Heti is amazing, what he wants to accomplish, is the way to go

    Cons

    Founders do not allow the people they hire to work, it's waterfall, micromanaged.

    8 people found this review helpful
  3. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    If you're looking forward to a great place to work non-stop, you're in luck!

    Apr 17, 2022 - Software Developer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    You won't have to worry about tackling any tech debts in Circles Life! The management is more then happy to let it burn up all of the services availability! Work on new features over bug ridden codes! Wanna work on fixing a bug? Tough luck! IT literate management wants u to build a duck animation on the app instead of getting rid of the fire! Look forward to a world class procrastination management team where you're life isn't a concern to them! Weekends? Why bother when work is able to call you up at ANY given moment in life, even while you are out and about! Watch the fire burn as you constantly work 24/7 to deliver features while ignoring genuine tech debts that will make you're life easier! Looking to figure out systems without any guidance! Look no further! With the constant stream of seniors leaving you will end up figuring everything all on your! No questions asked! Literally! Fight fire while you figure the unknown and constantly being asked 'Is it done?' like if a broken tape recorder is placed next to you! As our wise CTO told the employees 'If you do not want to work hard for our company, then your parents have raised you wrongly' - Hetti

    Cons

    Nothing much, the grind is real thou

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    25 people found this review helpful
  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Not bad Not good

    May 11, 2022 - Operations Associate in Singapore
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Culture is alright and founders are ambitious.

    Cons

    Ambitious teams but need to work more on execution

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Honestly not half as bad as all these reviews you see here

    May 12, 2022 - Product Designer in Singapore
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Love the autonomy and flexibility given to us here! People here are amazing as well

    Cons

    Office is far, that's about it

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  6. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Shady company

    Apr 9, 2022 - Senior Software Engineer in Singapore
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Your experience may vary. I reported to caring managers but I have heard many other horror stories from other teams. - Many young employees, can be fun and vibrant (again, depends on your team) - Many learning opportunities (because there is nothing in place, good/bad depending on your perspective)

    Cons

    - Does not feel like the management knows what they are doing. Long-term plan changes every quarter. - Benefits is pale in comparison to industry standard. (No flex claims, no dental claims, the only benefit you get is mobile phone claim) - Wants to build a "SaaS" product but does not have the correct pool of talents to achieve this goal. Felt like I was sold a dream that will not materialize. - Shady practices with the whole CSOP initiative. It was not clearly explained, many questions not answered, felt like the company is withholding information on purpose. When you are offered shares or cash, PLEASE TAKE CASH. Saves you the trouble of chasing for information and avoid being lured into a trap of your "vested" options expiring.

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    17 people found this review helpful
  7. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Don't do it

    Mar 10, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    You feel empowered, at least in the beginning. Because they make you feel like you have a say, that your feedback matters, etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc. ....then one day too soon, things just go *cray*

    Cons

    If you want everyone to have a say on your work to the point that you lose your own say for the sake of being "collaborative," then this is the place for you. Don't be fooled by their "bold/fearless/daring" "persona" as well. Because here, safe is the bible. Safe is what works. Safe is what excites them. Risk-takers, adventurers, free-spirited souls, run. Also, feedback? What is that? Words with no action? Ah yes, that exactly. Oh don't even dare mention that you think/feel/hate that start-up culture is so messy and that are changes you wish/fervently hope/trying to implement because all you'll get is -- well, yeah start-up is, indeed, messy. It's either it's for you or it isn't. In other words: we're not changing, sorry. We love being messy. Anyway, is six years still considered a start-up? TL;DR: Not for people who value their sanity.

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    21 people found this review helpful

    Circles.Life Response

    It saddens me to read you were so inspired by the business when you joined and that you’re struggling now. Fast-paced, growth businesses often experience growing pains and this can be difficult for employees in certain pockets. We’d like to learn more about what you’re experiencing, so please email us to glassdoor@circles.asia - Stephanie Nash, Chief People Officer.

  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Proud Circles Lifer Here

    Apr 10, 2022 - Customer Happiness Supervisor in Manila, Manila
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great Culture, Yearly Bonus, CSOP (Stocks), Great opportunity for advancement, The company looks after their employees, Very employee centered company.

    Cons

    It would make us happier if we have supplementary beneficiaries for our health cards even just one.

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    Circles.Life Response

    You’re a superstar and we need more people on the team like you developing personally and professionally stepping up in your career. Congratulations and thanks for everything you do to support our growth plans - Stephanie Nash, Chief People Officer.

  9. 3.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Good to Grow but, Easy to Burnout and Get Depressed

    Apr 3, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Colombo, Western
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing Manager and Team, Great Helpful Work Culture, Wide, New and Growing Tech Stack, Flexible Hours (Doesn't really matter if you are on-call: more on that in cons)

    Cons

    - Low salaries from a reputed, high standard company compared to other high standard companies in the industry, - Certain policies of the company will make you stuck at certain tasks you are doing, without being able to proceed ahead, making all your efforts go in vain. - Takes a long time for the management to come to a decision (even if it is related to immediate HR problems.) - Very hectic on-call schedule - Consistent alerts will sometimes make you go crazy. Absolute impact on your mental health. Worst part is, there is zero compensation as a on-call benefit, which makes it even more depressing. - Worst part of company culture is that it is okay for anyone to call you and disturb you at any time (weekends, holidays nothing matters) and get their work done and some people don't even realize that they are disturbing someone's only free time and are not even grateful for the person being available. - At a time most companies are moving towards the use of MacOS due to the performance, efficiency and the ease of developers, Circles.Life an "innovative, hyper growing company", stopped giving out Macbooks (at least to the people outside of Singapore) and moved to some low performing notebook machines which can't handle a heavy load, which is absolutely necessary when you are working with multiple projects.

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    13 people found this review helpful
  10. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Decent

    Mar 19, 2022 - Senior Software Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    free food in pantry free phone bills bonus scheme is decent (trust me there are worst places), pays market average most people are very nice to work with you will have the opportunity to learn a lot about different technologies, and see how they are built to scale

    Cons

    -too much firefighting, a lot of tech debts cannot be solved because a lot of old timer engineers left, nobody knows how the codebases function anymore -a lot of oncall for engineers -most of your time will be spend on fixing prod issues instead of working on new features. new features are just small things added onto existing codebases -culture is if you need someone ASAP, just ping them right away even if in the middle of the night or on a weekend

    13 people found this review helpful

    Circles.Life Response

    Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed review of what it’s been like to work at Circles over the past 3-4 years. Pleased to hear you’re inspired by the growth opportunities, your colleagues and our exciting tech environment. As a relatively young business that’s scaling rapidly, we understand and feel the growing pains that various teams experience - Stephanie Nash, Chief People Officer.

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Circles.Life has an overall rating of 3.0 out of 5, based on over 333 reviews left anonymously by employees. 52% of employees would recommend working at Circles.Life to a friend and 56% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 10% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Circles.Life employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.1 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Circles.Life. This rating has improved by 10% over the last 12 months.

52% of Circles.Life employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Circles.Life 2.6 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.0 for culture and values and 3.2 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Circles.Life to be benefits, career development, coworkers and the cons to be senior leadership, management, culture.

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