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Updated June 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is great, friendly and smart colleagues, company events (in 5 reviews)

  • Nothing that I can really think of except for the table tennis table (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work from home is not supported (in 6 reviews)

  • They always talk about work life balance but at end of day it is all about work only (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Emerging company with lots of changes and energy! Young & Growing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great Company to work as its an open door policy
    - Everyone's ideas are welcomed and reviewed.
    - Young company with lots of energy!
    - Growing company with a solid Product!
    - Spends a ton of $$ on R&D which is always good to know as its extremely important to be the best and not the second best.
    - Great vision by the CEO of being innovative.
    - Always ahead of the curve in being #1.
    - Global company with a base office everywhere.
    - Great office environment.
    -Love the Multiculturalism.
    - Unplugged events organised by HR are awesome as long as the concerns raised are being implemented and actioned.

    Cons

    - Perks are not the best for being such a mid to large size company.
    - Lacks the training culture in terms of personal development and growth.
    - Benefits are OK in compared to a lot of other technology companies. Coverage % is terrible. Cost of coverage for example eye glasses is extremely low, RMT massages and Chiropractic treatment is next to nothing. Lots of out of pocket expenses.
    - Compensation Plans and Commission structures not the best.

    Advice to Management

    Work on the Cons and have personal reviews about employee growth one of one to hear their feedback.

    - Better comp plans
    - Motivational Events
    - Trainings on Personal Development
    - Work events that involve bringing family.
    - Christmas Party.

    Overall the Pros take over the Cons.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great steppingstone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of teams, lots of talent in the company

    Cons

    Not enough compensation for the hours owrked

  3. Helpful (13)

    "The other negative reviews have hit the ail on the head"

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

    I worked at SOTI full-time

    Pros

    Cool and growing industry to work in. Lots of growth and potential to work on exciting projects

    Cons

    Terrible leadership - in my time there the company was a ship without a strong captain. It all starts from the top and when you have a leader that tries to micromanage nothing really does get done.

    Lack of professionalism - the biggest gripe with SOTI is that many times I saw a complete disrespect of employees and professionalism. For example, on more than one occasion I've seen a manager yell at their subordinate in front of the entire office. This was likely a scare tactic but uninspiring as the managers only real experience was 'managing' a retail store.

    Advice to Management

    I'm sure management has changed since I worked there in 2013. If it hasn't I would say don't waste your time. If it has and gotten better than I wish you luck!

    SOTI Response

    Sep 24, 2015 – HR Generalist

    Dear reviewer, Thank you for providing us with your feedback on our company. We are in a period of rapid growth and change within the organization. Since 2013, we have implemented multiple leadership... More


  4. Helpful (17)

    "A company driving itself into the ground."

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SOTI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Networking for a new job and No accountability. There is a lot of milk and cream for your coffee in the fridge.

    Cons

    Employees are leaving faster than they can hire. (Approx 4-6 a week). In a recent announcement the CEO clearly stated he will never sell, he will never ask for VC funding or ever go public. In the same announcement he introduced employee stocks. If you want money, I guess that's where you go to get it. Ask your employees.

    If SOTI is accelerating down, the CEO just jumped on the gas pedal.

    Advice to Management

    If there is any chance of SOTI staying afloat... Sell while you can get a little money before you put all those people out of a job.


  5. Helpful (13)

    "This company has not changed. Run!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have nothing positive to report about working here.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and organization. Complete chaos internally with no real management structure, no job role definitions, metrics, etc. All titles are powerless unless you are the owner of the company. No ability to execute perceived job role due to lack of support internally and needing to work with equally disgruntled employees.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are trying to make the company better. Listen to them.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Ugly politics, It's all about who you are friends with"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SOTI (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice technology, learned a lot.
    Very competitive environment keeps you on the edge.

    Cons

    You are not appreciated and promoted according to your performance but rather who you are friends with.
    Arogant teams with no proportion to their real skill level.
    Worst benefits I ever had.

    Advice to Management

    The Number of Employees should not be a goal by itself.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Micro Management by executive level"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SOTI full-time

    Pros

    Good place to exposure on industry, specially for interns
    Relaxed environment
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Micro Management by CEO himself.
    Executive direction changes frequently
    Immature functional processes.
    Personal likes and dislikes.
    Executive management lack vision and experience.
    Non-professional practices.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "This company is experiencing severe growing pains"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SOTI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Excellent community and social atmosphere
    - Lots of engaging and diverse activities
    - Plenty of smart, talented people if you can find them
    - Revenue growth has been quite impressive during the past 3 years

    Cons

    - Management has no freaking clue whatsoever, leading to very chaotic and unpredictable environment
    - Poor gender/racial diversity in tech oriented parts of the company, and no plans to change or even acknowledge that as a problem
    - No trust or communication between parts of the company
    - Projects mishandled, abandoned, and thrown into disarray constantly
    - Entire company rests on a single product in a crowded and constrained market. This is not a recipe for future success
    - Entire executive team (with the possible exception of HR, ironically) refuses to acknowledge these severe and potentially catastrophic problems
    - Brain drain from the company has accelerated in the last 6 months, visible in the "review history" graph on this page
    - Whole company suffers daily from mistakes made 5-7 years ago that have never been corrected

    Advice to Management

    - Get it together! Act like an enterprise, your startup days are behind you!
    - Executive needs to build a culture of quality, trust and security that is totally absent at the company
    - Management needs to stop making impossible promises (on product development, new plans, large-scale company changes, etc.)


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Beware (Devil in Sheeps Clothing)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Android Developer
    Former Employee - Android Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SOTI full-time

    Pros

    Table Tennis,Free Coffee,Soti Days (paid day off)

    Cons

    Get paid once a month (this is not negotiable no matter what they may say to you) If you start to work for them in middle of a month do not expect to get paid for a month and a half.

    Benefits are terrible (better benefits with McDonalds)

    Only 2 weeks holidays for first 5 years.

    If you are an immigrant or brown you are a good employee and if you are white do not expect to stay with the company to long as they will eventually get rid of you. Also you will have to be a suck up in order to go anywhere in the company.

    HR does not have a clue as to what the rules within Canadian employment standards are as well as Payroll department not knowing Canadian tax rules and otherwise.

    Most of upper management is clueless and has no idea how to treat an employee they tend to point the finger at the team members that they have below them if a problem should arise.

    Constant bickering between management and name calling and it all gets brushed under the carpet and even laughed at sometimes. Like a bunch of juvenile delinquents.

    As stated in an older review by another person when it comes to social media they encourage employees to post good things about the company and in some not all cases they will ask you to get your friends and family members to post good things about the company as well and even offer incentives to those that do get more posts then others.

    Application at time of employment was using old code that was severely flawed and broken and only parts of it had been updated using the old code. This is why bugs that had been fixed in older releases always kept coming back as some of the programmers would forget to remove older code do to pressured timelines.

    Senior management likes to paint a big picture that is not always what it seems to be.

    Employees are treated like sheep or lemmings and if you do not think highly of the company and post positive things within social media they will wonder why and think that you are giving away trade secrets or otherwise.

    They always talk about work life balance but at end of day it is all about work only.

    On some occasions they have a forced overtime and you are expected to come into the office regardless of how busy you may be. This is usually before a major application update and could last quite awhile if the application is found to have major issues.

    Application issues are sometimes swept under carpet and ignored for a long time and when this happens employees are told to tell customer issues is still being worked on.

    If application or if issue is found upon release in some cases as a developer you will take the heat for this if it is in your wheel house and you may be fired in order to take the heat and finger will be pointed at you.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to run a business the proper way.


  10. Helpful (20)

    "Don't be duped by 5-star reviews"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Vaughan, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Vaughan, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SOTI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    No pros. Literally! Almost nothing positive to mention about this hornet nest.
    I don't want to mention superficial stuff like green area, big parking lot and nice spacious elevator in the building.
    I met a few good people at the Engineering level and two managers one in QA another in Support. Both are competent professionals and nice individuals. That's it.

    Cons

    Do not believe stellar reviews that tell you what an amazing person Carl Rodrigues is. These reviews were creatively penned by...Carl Rodrigues himself. This is toxic, self-righteous, moody individual who will throw his tantrums at you if he's not fed his favorite sugary lollipop that day.
    This company does not have any effective and balanced Agile Engineering process. No healthy sprint planning, team discussions, no project management around creation of epics, spikes, stories, sub-tasks, no team estimations on work items. The "management" makes their bet on bullying and intimidating engineers in a bid to get things done fast. Blame game and search for scapegoats are rampant here.

    Advice to Management

    None. They won't take it out of their arrogance and self-righteousness. Advice to folks who work there and are unhappy: opportunities abound, do not limit yourself to this company. I cut them loose 4 years ago and never looked back. Advice to folks considering to apply: read all the reviews carefully to be informed about what to expect.

    SOTI Response

    May 17, 2017 – VP HR

    Thanks for your post. It’s always great to hear different perspectives and feedback on the experience at SOTI, especially from so long ago. It’s no secret that we’ve been entrenched in a scale-up... More


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