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Top Hat Overview

Toronto, ON
201 to 500 employees
2009
Company - Private
Colleges & Universities
$50 to $100 million (CAD) per year
Top Hat’s all-in-one teaching platform enables professors to connect with students inside and outside the classroom with engaging content, tools, and activities. Millions of students at 750 leading North American colleges and universities use the Top Hat teaching ... Read more

Mission: We make teaching fun and effective.

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Top Hat – Why Work With Us?


Active learning, anywhere

Top Hat is a high growth education technology company and our mission is to empower educators to engage students and unleash their potential. Top Hat’s active learning app helps professors engage and motivate students in online, blended and face-to-face courses.

3,000,000+ students use Top Hat at over 750 leading colleges and universities in North America.

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!

  • Full medical, health and lifestyle benefits
  • Hot lunch provided daily (we’re veggie and gluten-free friendly!)
  • Breakfast, snacks, tea and coffee also provided
  • Office centrally located in downtown Toronto close to 3 subway stations
  • Too many team social events to count
  • Access to industry events within the Toronto tech community
  • Opportunities for career advancement
  • Employee stock options

 

Tonia Tong, Software Developer

"The witty and brilliant minds, the fun board games and foosball culture, the what-I-do-matters motivation, and, of course, the real difference we are making in the education space are what make Top Hat an awesome workplace!"

 

Manish Gaba, National Account Executive

"The National Account Executive team has a sharp focus on Top Hat's most strategic offering: our low cost, interactive course content. Why is this exciting? Let's just say, when we help a department collectively save $50K while increasing efficiency through our technology, that makes for a swell day for all."

 

Zhi Hui Tai, Director of Product

"The EdTech space is very different from working in other industries. It really feels like we are contributing to society, it's less transactional and we are working toward a common good. Professors really like that we are a one-stop shop, and it's exciting to expand our product as we go."

Top Hat Reviews

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    Former Employee - Full Stack Developer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Full Stack Developer in Toronto, ON
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    I worked at Top Hat full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    tldr: I really enjoyed my time at Top Hat and the work experience was great. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a more established company and values work life balance.

    I liked the tech stack: Django (drf), mysql on the backend and react on the frontend. The cood code quality compared to other companies I've worked at
    Documentation was pretty good. Tech leads emphasize on documentation after projects. We had a lot of good dev scripts. Our local environments worked 99% of the time. Engineering processes were very good. We had a good deploy process (mostly automated). We had a good observability/logging on the backend to debug issues. Coworkers were all great. Very little egos and there were a lot of experienced people. Everyone was approachable and if you were stuck on something, someone was always willing to help or pair on it. My manager was really good. The entire engineering management team genuinely cared about growth and wanted to promote a learning environment.

    Catered lunch is obviously an amazing perk. Weekly work from home days were nice. It increased productivity by a significant amount even if you choose to come into the office because meetings are not to be scheduled. Office was awesome. We had 4 floors. 1 library where it's silent. Meditation/wellness rooms in case you need to close your eyes for a bit. Yorkville is a great area to work in. Insurance benefits were really good. Engineering meetings were usually very concise so we didn't have to waste a bunch of time on random meetings like other companies do. The company was willing to purchase anything increases productivity. I felt like I was set up for success. Plenty of celebrations and team outings

    Cons

    Work was dull at times. I wish I was learning at a faster pace. Food portions were a little small at times.

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Top Hat Photos

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Top Hat photo of: Our funky SOCK-rates swag...the OG of active learning
Top Hat photo of: Our Top Hat Scholarship winner DeeDee at our company kickoff
Top Hat photo of: The Roots of Music entertaining our audience at Top Hat Engage 2020
Top Hat photo of: Dr. Chris Emdin captivating our crowd at Top Hat Engage 2020
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Top Hat Interviews

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    Talent Acquisition Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
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    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Top Hat (Toronto, ON) in April 2020.

    Interview

    - I applied on Linkedin
    -The hiring manager reached out for a screening interview
    -Screening call went well and got moved to the next round where I had to do a hefty take home assignment
    -The 2nd round had to get rescheduled BUT they still wanted to take the work I did for their assignment.
    - 3 days later the hiring manager messages me saying they went with someone else but they will be looking to add more people on the TA team and will circle back to me.
    -Since then, they have posted and reposted this SAME TA role around 4 times..... So whats going on? This job seems like a straight recruitment position.

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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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