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Vivonet Reviews

Updated November 11, 2016
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  1. "This KoolAid ain't worth drinking!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer

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

    Pros

    It was close to my house. Really! That's the best I can come up with. Plus I now have a more finely attuned dysfunctional workplace sniffer.

    Cons

    Unrealistic deadlines, cult-like management style starting at the very top and imitated by middle managers, obsolete software development tools, and a noisy environment with frequent loud disagreements that severely diminishes productivity. This company actually hindered my career development. MSP not covered. File under: "Sweatshop".

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to remove the CEO or hire some executives with the ability to stand up and make some radical changes.


  2. "Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pro active environment
    Great team
    Motivational
    Goal oriented
    Product Focus

    Cons

    Financial Planning
    Team building improvements
    Education and staff training improvemenets


  3. "Excellent Company To Work For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunity for personal development with many employees starting in one area and transitioning to another.
    - Upper management is approachable and seems to know what they're doing.
    - Excellent downtown office.
    - Vivonet has a great product with lots of potential for growth in the restaurant/hospitality industry.

    Cons

    There's no beer allowed in the office seems old fashioned for a technology company in 2016.


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  5. "Fast growing company with TONS of opportunity for growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Agent in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Agent in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -the people make the dream work, everyone is nice and chill but still doing amazing work
    -many positions are 'work from home' gigs
    -self promotion and career development is a big concern (most companies incorporate less than 10%, if any, of an employee's total time towards training)
    -head office is in a great spot downtown close to burrard station
    -big office windows create a nice atmosphere

    Cons

    -they are a fast growing company trying to keep up with demand so there's a lot of work to be done
    -fast paced environment may not be for everyone

    Advice to Management

    -keep it up
    -i am bottom level associate but had no problems striking up the odd conversation with the CEO, head Dev, head IT, etc...


  6. Helpful (2)

    "It wasn't perfect but overall I would recommend"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vivonet (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - there are opportunities to get promoted from within
    - good work-life balance
    - the developers have a voice
    - no micromanagement

    Cons

    - below market compensation
    - dragging legacy products
    - no documentation (in the dev department)


  7. "Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team. Awesome products. The whole company came together to support testing recently. People came together to support QA through a challenging time. CEO is amazing.

    Cons

    Cubes are tight. But like the downtown location.

    Advice to Management

    more communication. Things are changing so more is better. Celebrate success.


  8. "Just Started but Experience has been very positive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vivonet full-time

    Pros

    Smart, nice people - recruiting process was excellent. I had one phone interview and one in person interview. They really valued the skills and experience I could bring to the table. Onboarding process was very smooth. Respectful culture where they expect people to act like adults. I find it refreshing.

    Cons

    Since I just started nothing comes to mind.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "You will likely be asked to bend your ethics..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Recent firing of high-level employees had a temporary morale boosting effect across the office. Former leadership was hilarious to watch as they "played business" - but seeing them get fired saw the largest celebration in company history. The forced writing of LinkedIn recommendations just before departure was especially painful...lol

    Cons

    Being asked to stretch the truth when dealing with our largest customers is not cool. Basically have to tell a client whatever they want to hear to prevent them from being yet another customer that has left - these guys play fast and loose with the truth

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at yourself in the mirror and ask is this the kind of person you want to be...


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Employee Management Issues"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New leadership at very top

    Cons

    There is no consideration for past work accomplishments or acknowledgement unless you remind them. One of the reasons employees leave this company is because the managers play favorites, not everyone gets an equal opportunity. If they don't like you personally, you will not get the same opportunities.

    I attempted to volunteer for separate jobs (relative to my role) and was declined on each attempt for no reason other than they chose someone else (usually same people). I wasn't given a way to improve. Just swept aside. There is no future career building here. If you complain, it will be held against you and the managers will hold grudges and never give you an avenue to improve or another opportunity. You will get labeled and judged.

    If you mention that you have an issue with a manager, good luck trying to get anyone on your side. Chances are they will ask you if you really want to work here or not, and give you the option to leave before helping.

    Advice to Management

    Get your mangers trained. Mangers need to empower, motivate and improve all their employees. Not choose which ones they want to improve and give all the opportunities to.

    There are no avenues for feedback.

    Reward employees that don't yell for attention. Reward them for consistent hard work instead of what they have done for you lately.

    Make opportunities truly available to everyone, not just who the manager thinks should do it. Evaluate each employee and provide ways for them to succeed. Remove prejudices toward employees and instead allow them the opportunity to prove or improve their value.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Problems with integrity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Office is now downtown- better than having to trek to Burnaby

    Cons

    Lots of problems with integrity, company has history of not paying commissions that it owes salespeople

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep good staff- not paying top people what you owe them will only lead to more lawsuits



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