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Updated December 13, 2017
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Shane Skillen
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Had the chance to work with some of the most talented/smart individuals. A great place to learn.

    Cons

    Work-life balance isn't there. Expect to work very long hours and weekends too.


  2. "Fantastic place to start a career"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, caring and innovative, great company to start a career.

    Cons

    None, although sometimes the hours get a little long.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, fantastic company!!

    Hotspex Response

    Aug 17, 2017 – HR Manager

    Yes, our philosophy is to grow and nurture talent so that our future leaders come from within. This place isn’t for everybody but if you are looking for a fast paced, high growth and innovative... More

  3. "Research Support"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome co-workers, fun office activities

    Cons

    Shane is a bit hard to wrangle and can be a lot to handle. Long hours with very few lieu days to make up for it.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your staff more. Make them feel appreciated and they'll actually stick around.

    Hotspex Response

    Aug 17, 2017 – HR Manager

    Thanks for your comments. We are constantly trying to find more ways to recognize our employees beyond staff anniversary parties, weekly Thank Yous read to the organization, celebrating promotions... More


  4. "Hotspex"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hotspex full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great culture
    - Amazing clients to work with
    - Some really passionate people
    - Exposure to cool new proprietary tools
    - The work with Implicit has potential to be huge

    Cons

    - Great to have change, but too much change too often can be negative
    - Would like to see more upper management taking part and showing follow through on promises
    - Focus on one area of development at a time instead of trying to tackle everything at once!

    Advice to Management

    Be more visible

    Hotspex Response

    Jun 1, 2017 – HR Manager

    Thanks for your review ! We are always striving to have the best culture and best place to work. Change is something that we pride ourselves in - the ability to innovate and be brave to try new... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Hotspex Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hotspex (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible IP and close knit group

    Cons

    More often than not, we were incredibly overwhelmed with too many deliverables. Weak work / life balance

    Hotspex Response

    Jun 1, 2017 – HR Manager

    Thanks for your feedback. We are constantly improving what matters the most to employees. We have taken several measures to ensure we are recruiting early and getting the expertise in to help with... More


  6. "A great spot to learn"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hotspex full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learned about about marketing and behvavioural science.
    Big focus on How Brands Grow and Byron
    Global projects for really big cool brands
    Great team at my level

    Cons

    Lots of work!
    Moving between teams/projects can create stress

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving the automation so people have more time to think

    Hotspex Response

    Jun 1, 2017 – HR Manager

    Happy to hear you've been able to learn and grow at Hotspex. We are all about developing our staff and feel pride to see team members succeed. Being able to move across teams is great for exposure... More


  7. "..."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some passionate people working here.

    Cons

    Poorly managed and not enough regard for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Have a more systematic and organized structure instead of blaming others and wasting everyone's time.

  8. "Research Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hotspex full-time

    Pros

    - Great people to work with, flat organization, small but feels like a family
    - good place to build the foundation knowledge you need

    Cons

    - Work could get repetitive and lack of challenges
    - compensation wasn't ideal
    - teams are fixed on a certain type of project

    Advice to Management

    - rotate the role of entry level employees so that they could get exposed to different types of work


  9. "Highly Recommended"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Outstanding place to work! The people are phenomenal, very inclusive and friendly.

    Cons

    None experienced at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Management does everything they can to ensure that the work place is positive and inspiring.

    Hotspex Response

    Jun 1, 2017 – HR Manager

    Thanks for the positive review! The people at Hotspex are one of the best things about working here and we are a very close knit group of individuals. Every one at each level has the impact to make... More


  10. Helpful (5)

    "It could be so much better"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hotspex full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - a bunch of the people are amazing
    - the social culture (when you have enough time to enjoy it) is good - monthly bbqs/pizza lunches, fruit delivery weekly

    Cons

    - insane work/life balance (where there is no life, there is only work)
    - the constant chase for the 'new shiny', dropping the previous 'new shiny' by the wayside (where the shiny in question is people, technology, IP, whatever...)
    - they're still coasting on the reputation built 5+ years ago - nothing new is being developed
    - More focused on the quantity of work (no matter the timelines or impossibility) than the quality of the work

    Advice to Management

    - Change the upper management - get rid of the CEO, let the people who actually know research, know the industry, and care about the quality of the work (rather than just the quantity of the work) run the company


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