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iQmetrix Reviews

Updated September 29, 2017
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  1. "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at iQmetrix full-time

    Pros

    Even though changes take too long to happen, the company always does end up making good decisions on strategy or people. Overall very good company to work for that will give you cool and unique experiences. Products get better by the day.

    Cons

    Changes take too long

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with staff

    iQmetrix Response

    Jul 12, 2017 – Recruiter

    Thank you for the positive review!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Manager
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work to gain experience have fun. You have a lot of freedom to find out how you fit in and where you can contribute the most.

    Cons

    iQmetrix can be a frustrating place to work if you are used to a more formal traditionally structured organisation.

    iQmetrix Response

    May 16, 2017 – Recruiter

    Thank you for your positive review! We do like to promote autonomy within your work day, we believe it allows for a free flow of ideas on how current processes can be improved. We know this isn't... More

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Don't drink the kool-aid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The higher ups aren't stiffs.

    Great company to use as a stepping stone to get into a better job at a different company

    Cons

    One major thing would be the work environment, sometimes the people there act very childish, rude and sometimes very sexist. While I am no prune sometimes my lead takes it to far with her jokes, or aggressive manner in the way she calls peoples names or berates them. It is hard to tell sometimes how to take it. It is hard to talk to the right people about it as if you worked there you would know.

    The company is great at saying, you are free to do stuff, you are free to be noticed, you are free to take the initiative it is nearly impossible to do with the amount of road blocks that exists. Not saying it can't be done, just really hard to do.

    The company is good for the first 2 years however after that, you are stuck in that position unless you are good at sucking up to the right people.

    I am glad that I got the experience that I did at this company but I am also glad that shorty, my path will be moving away from the company.

    Advice to Management

    There are people that are scared to express themselves now because you might be labeled as "not right for the company."


  4. "Great Community / Flexible Workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at iQmetrix full-time

    Pros

    There's a fair amount of effort going into the wellbeing of the employees, where it felt like you were really a part of a great community. There's also a good amount of flexibility, autonomy, and invitations to propose new ideas.

    Cons

    There was almost too much flexibility for tools and processes. I experienced individuals becoming siloed based on the comfort of their own workflow, and sometimes it developed duplicate or redundant work.

    Advice to Management

    There are opportunities for Ops positions to help elevate the strengths of team to team, and develop a good balance of company and team standards vs. individual autonomy across roles, for improved collaborations and outcomes.

    iQmetrix Response

    Sep 12, 2017 – Director, Corporate Relations

    Thank you for the positive review!


  5. Helpful (12)

    "Great people, poorly managed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The overall talent level of employees is excellent (particularly the front line staff) and the company culture allows for some flexibility in how you carry out your job. Benefits are good, work life balance is reasonable, and the office space is new and modern.

    If you're looking for an entry-level to intermediate developer, QA, or business analyst role and you don't have any immediate plans to progress your career, iQ can be a great place to do your job the way you want to without a lot of bureaucratic overhead, and with good tools at your disposal. I can't comment on other roles within the company as I'm less familiar with them.

    Cons

    I can echo previous reviews citing concerns over limited opportunities for growth. If you are a technically minded individual with leadership and/or people management skills, and you'd like to become more involved in product direction, the opportunities are few and far between. All of the director-type positions that have opened up during my time have been filled by outside hires, while people already in those positions have been with the company almost from the start. Meanwhile, the more junior leadership roles have been filled via appointments rather than internal postings (yes, there is an internal job board, but the team-lead type positions never get posted there for an open competition). This has led to a dearth of people with technical competency in leadership positions where important business decisions are made.

    You can see this in iQ's current search for a CTO. The fact that a technology company can operate for years without a CTO says something about how senior management values technical leadership in the first place, while the inability to groom anyone internally for this role speaks equally well to the sort of training and mentorship that up-and-coming employees receive.

    Meanwhile, if you do work on a product development team, you'll quickly find that all of your priorities are dictated to you by management (in spite of iQ's promise of autonomous teams), and your timelines are set in stone based on whatever the clients have demanded (regardless of whether the dates are feasible). This has led to a culture of near continuous crisis for some teams, where you cannot work on long term objectives because you're too busy applying band-aids to the latest round of short-sighted decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your technical people about the kind of investment required to develop software for the long haul. Instead of pouring time and effort into money losing side projects, maybe the teams that generate all of the revenue could get some help to address years of technical debt and quality control problems.

    Push back on unrealistic client demands. It's better to say "no" upfront than to allow your development teams to fail at impossible targets months down the line. Ensure that accountability for these projects lies with the people committing to the timelines, not the implementation teams tasked with doing the impossible.

    Ask yourself what sort of training and development programs are available for entry-level leaders who'd like to expand their roles in the company, and why so few have been able to grow in this way. Consider what this says of the effectiveness of your middle management tier.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "No opportunity for growth"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For the most part, the people are really down to earth and great to work with. There are some really talented people there that know there stuff and do the best they can to make their products successful. iQmetrix makes it easy to have a good work-life balance

    Cons

    iQmetrix likes to advertise itself as a flat structure. If you want a role, just start doing it, and it will become your job. But almost a decade of experience at this company has shown everything to be the opposite. At iQmetrix, you need to rub shoulders with the right people in order to progress into new roles. Every single leadership position in the Winnipeg office has been filled by someone being tapped on the shoulder. I've worked on the ground floor as a developer, and as a team lead, but I got lucky being in the right place at the right time for that to happen. For other developers, their best hope is to keep working and hope one day someone takes notice, which can take years, if it ever happens. Couple this with the fact that the entire executive team is located in Vancouver, so there is no insight into the needs of the office at all.

    In terms of building products, it's basically split into two camps. iQmetrix has a flagship application which dominates the market, and essentially pays the bills of every other product that the company makes, as none of these other products turn a profit. Decisions on what to build and how are made in echo chambers by people in positions of authority, which based on how they got there, are typically people with zero product management experience. iQmetrix doesn't seem to recognize that they have a completely untapped pool of people who have worked on their products for years, and have something to contribute for making a successful product. If you want to progress into helping define what makes a product successful, and once again, you don't know the right people, just stop right now. You have no path of progression into this role.

    Advice to Management

    While recent staff meetings have tried to write off dissenting opinions as people who simply aren't a good fit for the company, it might be time to look at people that aren't the extroverts in the company, and realize that they need an actual path to growing their career. Maybe try posting for positions like lead links, people ops, and product managers, instead of just assigning out roles. And maybe don't have your head of product act surprised when he finds out that developers are actually interested in helping guide the success of a product or team, and not just executing on someone else's vision.

    iQmetrix Response

    Aug 14, 2017 – Recruiter

    Thank you for your review,; a lot of the points above have been noted by the P+C team from our recent company wide employee survey. In regards to your concerns with growth within the company, we... More


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Quirky corporate culture mixed with lots of fear."

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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 iQmetrix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the brightest technical people.
    Casual dot-com culture.
    Swanky office buildings.

    Cons

    Small town politics.
    Poor communication.
    Us vs them attitudes between different departments.
    limited budget for IT infrastructure.
    Management lacks confidence and the projects that lack of confidence on to their subordinates.

    Advice to Management

    iQmetrix is fledgling enterprise with all the tools it needs to be great.
    Get a CTO and trust him or her to seek out and implement the best industry practices. Believe in your staff and embrace change.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Lots of really great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at iQmetrix full-time

    Pros

    Lots of really great individuals work there.

    Cons

    Huge disconnect between people and teams in different offices

    Lots of people are silently disappearing (being fired) while upper management is telling everyone their jobs are safe and no one is being let go.

    Outward image doesn't reflect reality

    Advice to Management

    "The decisions we make under pressure reveal who we really are."

    iQmetrix Response

    Aug 14, 2017 – Recruiter

    Thank you for your honest feedback. The disconnect mentioned in your review is being addressed currently with new initiatives to try and bridge the gaps between teams across offices. It is something... More


  9. "Great for growth"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a company with a great culture and tons of opportunities for growth. Beer Tap on site (drink responsibly, work comes first).

    Cons

    Compensation is lacking. Unless you seek it, you won't get regular performance reviews. Even when you do seek it, it's vague at best.


  10. "Nice Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    good people and culture and work life balance

    Cons

    nothing much, but upper management should be more of a risk taker and decisive


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