I have been working at Canada Drives full-time (More than 3 years)
This is the first company I ever worked at where the CEO, Cody Green and VP of Technology, Rick Dhami cares about me on a personal level. I come into work everyday stressed free, not due to lack of work or the intensity of the work, but because I know I'm work with most supportive co-workers and managements I can have.
Projects and Freedom:
I've worked on a number of projects at Canada Drives and my favourite part, has to be the freedom and trust granted to approach each project. I never felt like a code monkey and my ideas and concerns were always heard. Even when I had project ideas of my own, I could easily approach Cody to voice them freely.
We get pretty good medical coverage as well as breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Fully paid compass cards and travel. There's a lot of event planners doing yoga sessions, outings, and various other activities on regular basis. A small but dedicated and hard working team just went to Montreal to watch the Grand Prix F1 race! But I think above all, they compensate your hard work and loyalty greatly. I've had a 100% pay raise since I've started working here, over the span of 3 years, I don't think many people can say that.
No Remote Work:
It's hard to push for remote accessibility when we deal with sensitive data, and when we all live in the greater Vancouver area.
I did sign up for this, but 9 hours work days do get a bit tiring.
This doesn't apply for everyone, but it takes me an hour everyday to get to downtown, and another hour to get home.
There's just a lot of people in the office, does feel a bit cramped at times, and harder to find seating in kitchen during lunch hours. I've actually started having lunch at odd hours (11:30 or 13:00) to avoid the lunch rush.
Lack of Process:
This is actually getting addressed, the company kind of grew out of the startup phase and we don't have much training and processes to support it.
Advice to Management
Shout out to a few managers, keep being awesome:
Cody Green, the smartest and most humble man I know. If I ever need motivation to push myself further, I don't need to look very far.
Rick Dhami, nicest and most supportive man I ever work for. I never feel uncomfortable talking to Rick, even when it's opening up about issues I've caused and things I've broken. I could always walk into his office to talk about anything.
Jessica Bindisch, hardest working manager. I feel compelled to mention Jessica because I've never met any manager who's worked harder than most of her team. She's also grown more than most people I know.
I have been working at Canada Drives full-time (Less than a year)
The people who work here are some of the best I've worked with, everyone has a mutual respect and understanding for each other. There's no yelling at people who make mistakes because we all know it's a great gig we got and everyone's doing their best to push the company forward. We grow as a team and advance as one.
No micro-management! do your job and no one's going to breathe down your neck while you work. My previous company had my boss constantly asking me for updates. Everyone understands there are deadlines and objectives to accomplish, but management tries their hardest to let you do your work in peace.
People walk around too much when they're on their phone with clients. Kitchens are common resting area, I don't want to have to stop my conversation with someone during my lunch hours when jerks walks in doing exactly that. JERKS!
Advice to Management
I would love to work from home a day of the week sometimes, I personally live kind of far. Maybe a day every week, or even every 2 weeks, just for one of those hard-to-get-out-of-bed days.
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