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Sage Canada Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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  • It's sad when upper management tells you if you don't like it find another job (in 50 reviews)

  • Some cultural challenges in senior management (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Very good work life balance.Colleagues are friendly and nice.Technology is OK but not great.solid product.Pay is industry standard.

    Cons

    *Some of the managers are not caring their employees.Bonus and Increment is not up to the mark.

    Advice to Management

    Please take care of your employees and pay well.

    Sage Response

    Aug 18, 2017 – Group Employer Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review. We have great colleagues at Sage - which is fantastic, as this is not the same in all companies...I think we are very lucky from that perspective. Sorry to read you feel... More


  2. Helpful (24)

    "Curved Performance Review"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sage full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Office looked nice at first glance

    Cons

    Performance review must conform to their distribution curve. So people will have to be on the low end (not meeting expectation) regardless of actual performance. People who are not meeting expectation will be put on the Performance Improvement Plan. This plan sets unrealistic expectations. This plan is basically a one month notice before they fire you.

    Sage Response

    Aug 14, 2017 – Group Employer Brand Manager

    Thanks for your review. As a current colleague, I am sure you are aware that our ambition is to build and provide the best technology and services for the world’s Business Builders. Our ambitions... More

  3. Helpful (35)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flex work hours
    Work from home sometimes
    Most employee working there are friendly.

    Cons

    No career growth.
    Low or zero morale.
    The company push people out by putting people on the PDP/PIP for the sake of meeting company quota and literally force people to leave after making them jump through hoop.
    Dev/QA are leaving every month and managers hardly care.

    Sage Response

    Jul 3, 2017 – Group Employer Brand Manager

    Thanks for your feedback about Sage. Work life balance is so important for colleagues, their families and Sage - it's something we believe in and want our colleagues to achieve it, so it's great to... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Career Opportunity at Sage Canada"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A solid company to work for, with excellent benefits, educational/training opportunities and promotion from within the company. The offer a variety of entry level positions that can lead to long term career growth.

    Cons

    Like any large corporation, one can feel like a small cog in a large machine. One needs to focus on your path and well being, if you want to thrive.

    Sage Response

    May 3, 2017 – Group Employer Brand Manager

    Thanks for your feedback and glad to hear the benefits package works well for you as I know our Reward Team work hard to ensure we are competitive on all aspects of reward and benefits. Our... More


  5. Helpful (13)

    "Dont seem to be that organized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sage full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There were pockets of very good people and leaders, a lot of nice local folks. there was a great family culture in Vancouver, seemed quite removed from the NA global culture.

    Cons

    Overall it felt like a stagnant place to work where a lot of people focus on being conservative and being political, rather than taking risk to be innovative. The Salary was awful given the amount of experience i had. There marketing leadership didn't seem to know what they were doing on the global side, there was a lot of infighting and they lacked innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Start working together, be clear on your goals and empower people to achieve success.

    Sage Response

    Feb 23, 2017 – Group Employer Brand Manager

    Thanks for taking time to write your review. As you say there are lots of fantastic colleagues at Sage and many companies state it feels like a family, but you're right, it is like that here. With... More


  6. Helpful (10)

    "okay place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits are better than most companies offer
    the people working there are great and super friendly

    Cons

    very little room for advancement
    rarely get acknowledged or rewarded for good work
    pretty disorganized

    Advice to Management

    need to focus on the people, good talent is leaving because of lack of advancement opportunities.

    Sage Response

    Feb 23, 2017 – Group Employer Brand Manager

    Thanks for spending time writing about Sage. It's a theme which is constant - super-friendly colleagues, couldn't agree with you more! The Rewards team do work hard to ensure our benefits and... More


  7. Helpful (33)

    "Terrible company to work for. Don't waste your time."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Complimentary coffee and tea
    Free parking
    Safe and clean work environment

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy
    No room for advancement
    Lack of leadership and vision
    All the products are really old using dated technologies
    Poor vacation policy (you are forced to take time off very often)
    Performance metrics are non-sense and anybody can easily end up on the chopping block
    Lack of autonomy (micromanagement is highly prevalent)

    Advice to Management

    Do the right projects and do the projects right. Stop cutting corners and start treating employees (and managers) with respect. Be transparent. The stock is soaring but every department is facing budget cuts and it is the employees that feel the squeeze. This is only beneficial for all involved stakeholders in the short-term. Eventually this will run the company into the ground as skilled workers are leaving. Stop trying to silence opinions that don't match yours and penalizing those people for trying to make the company a better place. Listen to your employees.

    Sage Response

    Mar 9, 2017 – Group Employer Brand Manager

    Thanks for your review. Sorry to hear things were not great for you whilst at Sage. We work hard to ensure our people love working here and have lots of initiatives in place to make Sage a great... More

  8. Helpful (18)

    "unreliable company, never trust them."

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    Former Employee - Devops in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Devops in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sage (Less than a year)

    Pros

    quite! nobody talks to each other! this can be pros or even cons.

    Cons

    They made me leave my own job and join them. after a month they decided not to continue just because the related manager (newly became a manager) was not comfortable to work remotely. so I lost my previous job as well.

    Sage Response

    Feb 23, 2017 – Group Employer Brand Manager

    Thanks for your review. I am personally sorry things did not work out for you at Sage. I wish you every success with your career.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, quiet atmosphere with a mellow corporate culture. Very low-stress work environment, and very little office politics at the local level.

    Cons

    Old-fashioned mentalities around processes, development methodologies and user experience. A lot of old (90's era) desktop software applications to maintain. New projects have bulk of work outsourced to India, old legacy software is mostly maintained locally.

    Advice to Management

    Sage is good at acquisitions, and good at maintaining legacy tools, but not very good at building new applications, or knowing when a new application is a good strategy in certain circumstances. Invest more time up-front in determining if there is really a market for a queued application, and then allow a smaller, local team to the work on the project with as little interference from the corporate machine as possible. Allow local teams to build new applications, and outsource the maintenance work instead.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of change."

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and good benefits.

    Cons

    Transitioning from a traditional desktop software company to an online services company. Online not part of company dna makes for a tough transition.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course and stop changing direction every six months.


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