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Updated April 10, 2017
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  1. "Hotspex"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Hotspex Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  3. "A great spot to learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


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  5. "..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


  6. "Research Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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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


  7. "Highly Recommended"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "It could be so much better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  9. "Great opportunities for candidates looking for entry level/Junior positions as well as Senior staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Current 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 opportunities, especially for entry level and students coming out of university. I feel very empowered working here, and my opinion and perspective is always taken into consideration. The benefits (health plan) is fantastic, and the company is always organizing staff functions, incentives, contests, etc. Great, diverse group of people work here and everyone is approachable. The Social Committee is AMAZING! Superb staff culture and interaction in a group of 60.

    Cons

    High standards of expectations and work ethic-not for the faint of heart. This is not a BORING job by any stretch and is very fast moving. Must be adaptable. Not for underachievers/under performers, which is perhaps why some of the negative comments were posted? A lot to learn if you embrace it though.

    Advice to Management

    very smart and successful group of individuals that can be intimating sometimes! Attend more company socials:)


  10. "Exciting Future. Great place to learn and grow. Amazing people."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    I've been at Hotspex for over 2 years and I sincerely believe it is one of the best organizations I have been a part of. I have watched the company make significant progress in the last 12 months and I am genuinely excited about the future.

    What you do... You get a chance to make a difference in the marketing strategies of some of the biggest companies worldwide while also impacting the lives of millions of consumers by influencing the products and services these companies create and advertise. They also have an innovation division that comes up with a lot of interesting new products. The company has some incredible clients and this means you get to learn a lot from some of the best marketers in the world.

    Who you do it with… While Hotspex’s client list consists of some of the world's largest companies, Hotspex has a family feel to it. People work very hard, but they also enjoy working with one another. I've worked at several "blue chip" companies, as well as a couple of smaller sized organizations, and this company has the least office politics I've ever experienced, by far! It has an eclectic group of employees from a wide variety of backgrounds, but everyone seems to get along well. There seems to be some new programs on the way that you would expect from companies that resemble ad agencies – company paid massages once every few weeks, lunch and learns, meditation and mindfulness classes.

    It seems to be going in the right direction!

    Cons

    As you can tell, I am happy with the company, but as with any company, there are often cons that usually come with the pros…

    The work is exciting and challenging, but there are times of the year when it is extremely busy. If you like what you’re doing this isn’t a problem, but at times it can feel like there is a lot going on.

    Given how innovative the company is, it sometimes could use more structure and process. As it continues to grow, this will probably improve, but hopefully not at the expense of the innovative and creative culture it currently has.

    Advice to Management

    • As you continue to grow, resource accordingly.
    • Continue to invest in your people and keep them inspired, motivated, and learning.
    • Don’t apologize for being innovative and creative.
    • Try to focus on fewer things that add the most value.


  11. "A meritocracy where results speak for themselves. Not for clock-punchers or people with an inflated sense of entitlement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Seller/Doer/Manager/Mentor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Seller/Doer/Manager/Mentor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hotspex full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Significant growth topline and profit in 2014 led by a core team of Research Executives - the best in the company's history - and a cohesive staff that are more cohesive than ever before. The most successful senior staff were nurtured from within and some of us actually started as Analysts or in Operations teams. This is truly the sort of place where you can “get made” if you can “make it happen.” There are no sacred cows and no “chosen ones”. The organization is flat and non-hierarchical, making each and every individual’s contribution felt and visible. And those who choose to show leadership through exceptional work get noticed and advance.

    Cons

    An “up or out” and entrepreneurial culture is not for everyone. But those who choose to work at Hotspex, consciously choose to lead instead of complain, to win instead of make excuses, and to be part of a unique experience.

    Advice to Management

    Celebrate our wins more. Not only in the sales sense, but in the work that we do to inspire decisions of great importance for the world’s greatest brands and organizations. Continue to do what works and continue to focus on developing talent from within.


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