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"Fun and exciting experience with a great group of people"

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

- fun product to work with
- great people, skilled managers
- good location
- young and innovative company
- great team building events

Cons

- high turnover rates
- not enough office space
- lack of training

Other Employee Reviews for Spin Master

  1. Helpful (8)

    "Very political, back-stabbing atmosphere - uncompetitive compensation"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT (Toronto) in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT (Toronto) in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They try to have a fun atmosphere with mixed results. You get your birthday off and some free toys at Christmas.

    Cons

    Culture is out of control - I've never seen so many people who frown when you smile at them in the hallway and then sport a huge smile a second later when a senior person walks by. They're paying the price - turnover is very high - and it doesn't help that they didn't pay a bonus for 2011 (unceremoniously announced via e-mail). Compensation is also very uncompetitive. Even worse, the IT group is very short-sighted - focused mainly on bandaid solutions instead of really solving problems.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on implementing a culture of mutual respect. Make managers accountable. When you have a difficult announcement (i.e. no bonus) ensure employees learn about it face-to-face from you or their manager and not by e-mail. In fact, spend a lot more time on improving internal communications - there are professionals who can help you with that you know! When you set unrealistic growth targets - penalize the executives who set them, not the entire company. And if you can't pay a bonus - then at least be honest about the direction of the company, and maybe show your appreciation for everyone's hard work in another way. Arrogance at the company's recent town hall was on full display. Everyone is talking about the bonus cancellation - yet the CEOs said nothing about it - they instead tried to spin the departure of our CTO and another exeuctive.


  2. "A great experience with a "young" company that really welcomes new ideas."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Packaging Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Staff Packaging Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunity for advancement, many brands to work on, moderately corporate environment.

    Cons

    Poor building, disappointing vision of future at senior level

    Advice to Management

    Spend a lot less money on Senior VPs and more on talented product designers.

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