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BuildDirect Reviews

Updated Dec 30, 2019

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3.6
62%
Recommend to a Friend
90%
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BuildDirect Chief Executive Officer Dan Park (no image)
Dan Park
9 Ratings
Pros
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  • "boys club mentality on sales team(in 5 reviews)

  • "A challenge to grow within the company as they usually hired from outside before promoting up or moving up internally(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "What it feels like to enjoy going to work everyday"

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    Current Employee - Vice President, Marketing in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BuildDirect full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are amazing. Kind, thoughtful with high emotional intelligence. Ability to share ideas openly. Constant collaboration. Balanced work life and flexibility. The unlimited vacation truly shifts the way we approach how we work, this is a priceless benefit.

    Cons

    You will need to be able pivot and go with the flow when changes are happening. Things can change quickly, very much like a start-up. If you thrive in a changing environment, you will find it very exhilarating and fun. If you don't, you could get frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing with keeping the lines of communication open and the transparency. Sharing both the good and the bad, keeps it real. Thanks for doing this on an ongoing basis.

    BuildDirect2019-12-30
  2. "Great team to work with"

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    Current Employee - Worker in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BuildDirect full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people & benefits Equality and partnership mentality

    Cons

    Engagement of employees could improve

    Advice to Management

    Building more trust with the employees to help them feel more secure in-turn creating a more open culture with more engagement.

    BuildDirect2019-11-14
  3. "Great company, no room for growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at BuildDirect full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation Great people to work with

    Cons

    -no room for growth

    BuildDirect2019-10-15
  4. Helpful (3)

    "great coworkers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BuildDirect full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation time. Coworkers are awesome people and great to work with. Positive working environment when I first started at BD. Felt part of a team in the big picture. Many opportunities to interact with various departments. Free fruit delivery twice a week.

    Cons

    Flexible working hours and can work from home only for select employees. The more people who leave (layoff or quit) the more work is dumped on those who remain, mostly with a lack of a thank you or compensation. Lack of timely and honest communication from the executive team. Frequently changing leadership also meant inconsistent company direction. Compensation is below standard. Work environment went from an awesome team environment to walking on egg-shells due to so many staff leaving (mostly not being their choice). Benefit is unlimited vacation time, but in reality, some managers started restricting approving time off, which was not fair to those who were not abusing it. Felt like a double standard of time off being approved depending on who your manager was. A challenge to grow within the company as they usually hired from outside before promoting up or moving up internally. Didn’t improve morale with this action as it repeatedly happened even with qualified internal applicants.

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    Advice to Management

    listen more to the employee feedback, get more hands on with each department to obtain a first hand view of the situation ... and provide timely communication

    BuildDirect2019-09-13
  5. Helpful (2)

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    Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator 

    I worked at BuildDirect full-time

    Pros

    Benefit is unlimited vacation time

    Cons

    Employees abused unlimited vacation time

    BuildDirect2019-07-18
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Horrible Workplace"

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

    I worked at BuildDirect full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    • unlimited vacay • flexible working hours • challenging work

    Cons

    • horrible pay • leadership/direction is all over the place • communication is difficult • work culture is hostile

    BuildDirect2019-06-04
  7. "Great company to work with"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BuildDirect full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Good benefit 2. Flexible vacation policy 3. Beautiful view

    Cons

    The software engineering team is relatively small

    BuildDirect2019-05-03
  8. "Culture Plus"

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    Former Employee - Marketplace Account Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BuildDirect full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fun, young, vibrant culture. Open and transparent leadership. Always available to talk.

    Cons

    Constantly changing goal posts. Long term goals often dropped for immediate short term gains to please investors

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the long term vision and commitment as laid out by the strategic plan and success will follow.

    BuildDirect2018-09-26
  9. "Solid tech team, job stability can be a bit of a worry though"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BuildDirect full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Note that I can only speak from the perspective of the tech team: - lots of really great people on the tech team; smart, friendly, care about their work, committed to improving - opportunities to learn interesting tools and frameworks (AWS lambda, serverless, docker/Kubernetes, react-redux) - great work-life balance; generous with vacation time and benefits, very little crunch time

    Cons

    Again, this perspective is limited to my experience on the tech team: - flip-flopping on internal tools to use causes throwaway code and sometimes feels like we waste our time developing things that end up being re-written anyway - recent financial troubles have lead to a slightly uneasy feeling of job instability in the back of many of our minds - workplace culture has degraded slightly in recent years; this is in part due to the financial difficulties (hard to have parties when you have no money), but also because the company has failed to hold on to some key people who helped foster a great culture in the dev team. Important to note that the overall workplace culture is still good, just not as great as it has been in the past

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    Advice to Management

    - you've done a better job than previous management in fostering a sense of trust in your communication and transparency; keep doing this - stop flip-flopping on internal tools and technology; get an engineering perspective from those who would be implementing the tools at the start

    BuildDirect2018-09-13
  10. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at BuildDirect full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn, unlimited leaves and flexible working hours

    Cons

    Low compensation and slow growth for some areas

    BuildDirect2018-08-16
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