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Top Hat Overview

Toronto, ON
201 to 500 employees
2009
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
$50 to $100 million (CAD) per year
Top Hat’s interactive, cloud-based teaching platform enables professors to engage students inside and outside the classroom with compelling content, tools and activities. Millions of students at 700 leading North American colleges and universities use the Top Hat ... Read more

Mission: We make teaching fun and effective

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Top Hat – Why Work For Us?


We're changing the face of education

Top Hat is a high growth education technology company and our mission is to make learning more interactive, fun and engaging. We are devoted to improving the education experience for both professors and students by transforming mobile devices into powerful classroom engagement tools.

Top Hat has a presence in over 500 universities all around the world with over 500 000 students using our platform. We’re growing every day and doubling every year!

We have a vibrant culture of brilliant people who are innovators, thinkers, and creative geniuses. We believe in defying the status quo and we want smart people like you to join us!


The People

Top Hat’s growth and upward trajectory is the result of the passionate employees who stand behind our mission. Our young, collaborative, and upbeat environment is unparalleled as we consistently strive to be the best. We love to work hard, play hard, challenge each other, and celebrate together.  

At Top Hat, we’re not just a number, we’re really making a difference!

The Possibilities

Top Hat provides you with endless possibilities. Stagnation is not an option at Top Hat. We work with you to get you where you want to be for your career.

The Perks

Our company culture, growth opportunities, and catered lunch are just some of the reasons that make Top Hat one of the best companies in Toronto. We also have contests for prizes such as tickets to sporting events, iPads, shopping sprees, cash incentives, and trips to the Caribbean! Our dress code is casual, but we hope you’ll stand behind our traditions of Plaid Tuesdays and Tip Top Fridays!

Top Hat loves its employees so we also have full benefits!

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Ashley McMullin, Account Director

Tell us about yourself.

I started working at Top Hat a year and a half ago when I was recruited as an Account Director. I was so excited to learn more because of the company’s passion and amazing vision. Becoming an Account Director was an extremely exciting role for me. Everyday is exciting and new!

What is your favourite part of the day?

Lunch! Top Hat provides amazing catered lunches everyday and we all meet on the 13th floor and hang out together. Having the opportunity to create friendships and be part of this amazing culture is really what sets Top Hat apart!

What do you like most about Top Hat?

Being an Account Director is amazing because we have the opportunity to travel! We’re able to build real relationships with professors and see the impact we’re making in student’s lives. Exploring a new area is always a lot of fun!

What would you like our Glassdoor viewers to know about Top Hat?

If you are motivated and hard working, Top Hat is an amazing place to grow your career. The people that work here are like no other and make everyday an amazing place to work.

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Imran Khan, Regional Sales Manager

Tell us about yourself. 

I’m a Regional Sales Manager overseeing a team of 15 Account Directors. I joined Top Hat because I saw the potential of this product. Our unique sales process combines both local and enterprise aspects so every day is different with new challenges.

What is your favourite part of the day? 

I love working with my team and helping them succeed. Closing the deal and getting professors to use our software is awesome since we know we’re making their lives easier. One of the best things about working at Top Hat is that we’re able to see our efforts contribute to the company’s growth daily.

What do you like most about Top Hat?

If I could describe the people here at Top Hat in one word, it would be “motivating”. Everyone here is on the same mission and we always push each other to be better. Smashing the gong every day and being part of this exciting culture definitely makes my job a lot of fun.

What would you like our Glassdoor viewers to know about Top Hat?

Since I started working at Top Hat last year, there has been a lot of movement and growth. Our revenue and our sales team have been growing like crazy and being part of it has been an amazing experience. The people here are what drive the success of the company.

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Alex Ehlke, DevOps

Tell us about yourself.

I started out as a fullstack dev on the web team but I saw the huge opportunity we had to invest in our software delivery pipeline itself, so our DevOps team was born! Now, we’re building out the tooling and automation that helps us move faster (WITHOUT breaking things).

What’s your favourite part of the day?

Since the rest of the engineering team is my customer, it's when I ship something that makes their lives easier, so that they can spend their cycles on the things that matter most.

What do you like most about Top Hat? 

We're changing education for the better, from inside of the system.

What would you like our Glassdoor viewers to know about Top Hat?

Every team in the company has great people I'm always learning from. We're in a great place as a company – we're experimenting in new areas while still having a core product that works.


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Top Hat Reviews

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    Pros

    This is by far my favourite company I've worked at. I enjoy going to work every day and genuinely enjoy all the time I spend here.

    The people here are fantastic and talented. The people I work with are all people I want to spend time with outside of work; and do! I've made plenty of good friends while working here.

    The work is fulfilling, as we are actually building something of significance. You can go on classroom visits to see our product in action!

    The company invests in its employees by spending money on courses, management training, and building private relaxation rooms. The work life balance is good. I have never felt stressed out or had to work late. There's also lots of company fun to be had, with lots of social events! The company is also putting a big focus on diversity and employee well being this year.

    The office is incredible, with a massive lunch space, beautiful meeting rooms, a quiet library, relaxation rooms, a meditation/yoga room, a breastfeeding room, a ping pong table, and a foosball table.

    The company is at the perfect size (350 people). It's big enough that there's structure, stability, and a plan. It's small enough that you know most people and can make a big impact.

    Cons

    The product team sometimes has difficulty seeing a feature through to full completion because they want to focus on the next big thing. This can be frustrating to watch.

    Advice to Management

    See new features through to completion! It's better to have 5 amazing products/features than 20 half-finished features!

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Top Hat Interviews

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    Junior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Top Hat (Toronto, ON).

    Interview

    Had a phone interview first. Got called for an in person at the Toronto location. The interview was ok, a lot of situational and behavioural questions, pretty standard. Ended with a small task. Overall an ok experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you worked on a successful project, why was it successful, what would you change?   Answer Question
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Top Hat Awards & Accolades

  • PROFIT 500 ranking of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies by Canadian Business and PROFIT, Profit Magazine, 2016
  • 2016 Canadian Start Up of the Year, Techvibes Canadian Startup Awards, 2016
  • Great Places to Work, Great Place to Work, 2017
  • Deloitte’s 2018 Technology Fast 500, www.deloitte.com/about, 2018
  • Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ Leadership Award, http://www.fast50.ca, 2018
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