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  1. "Fast paced environment with great learning opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Designer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Product Designer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNOTIONS full-time

    Pros

    - Great organization focused on products.
    - The team here is comprised of talented people who care about building great experiences.
    - The culture here is exceptional, it's fast paced and transparent.
    - The clients bring a wide variety of problems to the table, you don't get bored.
    - Casual atmosphere, with great office space and benefits.
    - Freedom for anyone to suggest changes and improvements to process and delivery.
    - Leadership is honest and demanding.

    Cons

    - The fast paced environment means you have to burn the midnight oil from time to time.
    - Client problems are complex and requires a lot of dedication to solve them.
    - A fast growing company learning how to scale as a team.

    Advice to Management

    The culture at BNOTIONS is amazing and truly unique. It is a key differentiator and something anyone would want to be a part of.


  2. "obviously incredible people, surprisingly interesting work"

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

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

    Pros

    - the projects come from all industries and cross a number of different challenges which keeps life interesting.
    - fun team
    - company vacation
    - Lots of experienced, bright, and enthusiastic people to learn from and work with
    - Wednesday lunches, company events, Friday drinks

    Cons

    - the odd weekend or evening work is required to get things out on time
    - spend more on sending people to conferences and learning opportunities

    Advice to Management

    The people and energy in the office make it great - don't lose sight of this.


  3. "Great place to work with lots of talent"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNOTIONS full-time

    Pros

    - Exciting work
    - Projects/products vary so you are exposed to lots of different clients and industries
    - Smaller Product Management team means you can take on a lot (if you like a challenge)
    - Teams are very talented
    - Friendly, welcoming culture
    - Shared sense of responsibility + feeling of being on a team

    Cons

    - Fewer opportunities for mentorship/growth - but you can still learn a lot from your co-workers
    - The perks (and quirks) may not be very everyone


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  5. "Great Place to work, awesome people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved working at BNOTIONS. Great People and awesome projects.Free coffee, lots of snacks. Great work.

    Cons

    Benefits policy not great.

    Advice to Management

    keep it up. But maybe revisit the benefits plan.


  6. "Fast moving, sometimes zig-zagging"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BNOTIONS (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Great projects
    - Great learning
    - Great perks

    Cons

    - Unpredictable things would happen more often than not (you would expect that when working with clients to solve their problems).
    - High turnover (though, new people were always coming in to replace the ones going out).
    - Sometimes distracting (it was an open office, so quiet moments were sometimes hard to come by).

    Advice to Management

    Give people more continual visibility into the business.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to work, tough to advance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BNOTIONS full-time

    Pros

    If you manage to get hired, you'll be working with smart people who have high standards. It's a really fun workplace with dedicated people and you'll likely learn a lot. As an engineer I got my fair share of cool projects, and certainly would recommend working here if you think you have what it takes.

    The culture is top notch and among the best in Toronto, you'll enjoy working here without a doubt.

    Management is competent and doesn't get in your way. I haven't had a bad encounter with anybody and overall they do a good job.

    In short, I believe this is an ideal workplace for intermediate to early senior level engineers.

    Cons

    Like most other places I've worked, most of the perceived problems lie in management, though in this case it's not your usual problems.

    Management has it's fair share of nepotism, and due to this it can be very difficult to move up in the company. There also seems to be a fair bit of instability in terms of employment, though if you prove yourself to be useful you probably don't need to worry. However if you stop being useful you can and will be removed.

    The founders seem to be preoccupied with their second start-up, Gallop Labs, so I don't know how much they truly care about BNOTIONS at this point.

    Despite these things BNOTIONS is still a great place to work. Unless you're looking for very long term employment, this company is still a strong contender.

    Advice to Management

    Don't short change BNOTIONS for Gallop, and be more open to your employees. Secrets lose the trust of your valuable employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "What a workplace should feel like, what co workers should be like."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This job never sits at a stand still. Constant motion towards improvement and progress makes for a great place of work. In the last year I've seen some great initiatives for employee health and happiness implemented. Things such as an open vacation policy, hot lunches, stand up desks, extended health benefits have all increased job satisfaction and work life balance.

    Its an enjoyable place to work, not only for the day to day functions, but also for the company culture events and outings like baseball games, summer patio parties, halloween celebrations, dragon boating, and company workation.

    There are so many great things about this job that make working here seem like the opposite of work. However we do work hard to make it all happen and to keep the wheels turning. The work is exciting and the team of people working together on projects works with great drive, communication and camaraderie. It's an environment that is fast paced, motivated and innovative in its approach. Opportunities for growth are also highly encouraged and supported.

    It's a team invested in their work, reciprocating the energy back into the business that takes care of them so well. This team is a family, that anyone would be lucky to be a part of.

    Cons

    If I would choose something to improve on, I'd suggest the benefits package to be entirely covered by the employer.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be an advocate for change and culture.


  9. Helpful (23)

    "Most of the positive reviews on this site were forced by management."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people working at the company, great culture.

    Cons

    One of the partners admitted that they frequently hire people and terminate them before their 3 month probation is up, to keep project costs down. They once offered 5k to find out who posts negative reviews on Glassdoor. Management has no experience managing people.

    Advice to Management

    Seek mentorship and leadership training.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Rewarding environment, coworker/friend line very blurry"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - An environment where everyone is playful and chill while also working really hard and trying to excel at their jobs
    - A place where people find common interests and very easily might choose to spend their Friday evenings bonding over them.
    - Very willing to provide lunch&learns, classes, etc... on engineering topics, new languages (like Mandarin), or other life improvement skills.
    - HR/Exec always has its year to the ground re: employee life. Company is always adjusting to make life easier, or to give employees things like more quiet space, standup desks, other perks.
    - Exec team is approachable, charming, and tries to set the tone of how hard-working and how casual we should be.
    - A group of diverse people! Older people, younger people, outgoing people, quieter people, not afraid of sticking out or people being cliquey/hostile.

    Cons

    - Office is open and gets noisy very easily.
    - Exec team encourages job flexibility and is not afraid to make mini-pivots when they feel it would best help the company, so don't feel too comfortable in your org structure and be interested in occasional changes to the kinds of things you work on.
    - Internal policies aren't always formalized and change somewhat often; keep checking the Intranet, but also don't be afraid to ask HR about how something internal should be done.
    - Dev Ops team is a bit overloaded at the moment, and the nature of the business involves juggling many projects.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, it's pretty great!
    Be a little more bureaucratic around documentation and consistency of internal business operations.
    Keep doing what you do to maintain a great culture that's strong, unified, and diverse. Keep making the environment somewhere where anyone would consider working there!


  11. "Fast paced company"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing workplace and its really different from usual corporation in a good way.
    Very interesting projects and top notch professionals are working here.
    Management is very cooperative while discussing deadlines

    Cons

    Office space is too noisy sometimes.


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