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Updated 21 April, 2017
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  • Company is growing rapidly and as a result it seems some policies are enforced differently by department, creating a inconsistency (in 8 reviews)

  • As I said above, there are lots of challenges in the ad tech space (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome people and great environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefit and salary and more importantly helpful managers.

    Cons

    old building and far from Union Station

    Advice to Management

    Continue your job as niow.


  2. "Overall Great"

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

    I have been working at Centro full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Transparent advancement opportunities. Good culture and perks.

    Cons

    Office is very loud and too small, with limited parking.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Programmatic Account Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Media Specialist in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Digital Media Specialist in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Really good company culture
    - Very progressive keeping up with technology

    Cons

    - I can't really think of anything I to say here

    Advice to Management

    you guys are awesome!


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "My job IS as cool as my friends think it is."

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

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

    Pros

    Centro and fellow Centrons live by their principles. They are dedicated to the growth, well-being and the happiness of each other. It makes a world of difference spending everyday with people you genuinely like and care about.

    Great perks:
    *Fresh fruit and healthy snacks
    *$500 gym reimbursement per year
    *Monthly Happy Hour
    *Trip to Chicago for orientation
    *Hours are 10AM - 6PM

    Time Off:
    *10 'Ferris Bueller' (personal) Days
    *3 weeks vacation
    *At your 4 year mark a mandatory paid sabbatical

    Benefits:
    Health and Dental 80% coverage

    Cons

    The hiring process was long... but I guess it's to make sure they pick the right people!

    Advice to Management

    We will be destined for success if we can keep the same environment as the company continues to grow!


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Great Cutler, great people and great work environment ."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 Centro full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, no office policies. People are easy to talk, and willing to help each other. High productive team, won't feel like wasting time at all.

    Cons

    A bit far from subway station.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture, make the reporting structure flat and make the decision more transparent.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Happy to go to work everyday!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Digital Media Specialist in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Digital Media Specialist in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best culture I've ever been a part of. Leave your title at the door - everyone's ideas are welcome and encouraged. We're a big family running a fast-growing company that is headed in an incredible direction. Employees are highly valued and treated with respect. Little bureaucracy. Dynamic and fun environment. Constantly learning and adapting to change.

    Cons

    Not enough to mention :)


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Truly one of the best places to work!"

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

    Pros

    Centro has all the trappings of a great place to work: great people; exciting work; cool perqs. But, what really makes the company special is its values. Centro not only explicitly states that it believes that lasting success comes from individual growth and well-being (see: the Centro Manifesto) - which is cool - but, it actively lives these values every day. That is truly unique in this day and age, and the fundamental reason underlying why you should want to work here.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge about life at Centro is working in a fast-growing, cutting-edge environment. You need to be adaptable, quick on your feet, and be able to work in a place (and industry) where the rules are still being written. This can be exciting to some, but challenging to others.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the vision, without compromising the values that make Centro unique, and the rest will take care of itself.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Everyone cares"

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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

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

    Pros

    Everyone cares story:
    Due to bad weather, some flights for the Christmas party got cancelled. We also have missed the year end presentation from the CEO which was supposed to be very important. The CEO responded with a personal email saying that he will is hoping we still are able to make it to Chicago for the party, and that he will come to Toronto ASAP to give us the presentation in person.

    Great Perks
    + fresh fruit
    + snacks (peanuts, pretzels, granola bars, cheese)
    + pop
    + 3 weeks off
    + 10 personal days

    Company Culture:
    + Self improvement
         + encouraged to do physical activity with 500$ a year option
         + 2 free classes a year (from any University) [after 1 year employment]
    + Happy Hour every month
    + Holiday party in Chicago where you meet everyone including the CEO
    + Orientation in Chicago where you will most likely personally meet the CEO

    Work:
    + Great support from Test Engineers and sales people ensures Engineers do not do too much manual work/debugging.
    + Services written with the best practices. [Pretty much copied directly from the book]

    Hours:
    + Very casual, most people arrive at the office between 10 and 11, leave between 6 and 7.
    [We still do work hard]

    Cons

    The Health and Dental plan could be better.
    - the Dental plan covers 80%
    - only ($240) coverage for corrective eye surgery

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, as discussed in meetings we know the next steps to make everyones lives easier, and we are definitely approaching


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A wonderful place to work, grow and be part of a fast paced start-up like environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 Centro full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment. The company is still growing at a rapid speed. So a lot of opportunity to grow and learn and make your own future.
    Great Benefits
    Average/Above Average salaries
    Great work life balance
    Friday Happy hour . .a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a few drinks after work and mingle with co-workers

    Cons

    Too many amazing things and great people all around. A lot happening all the time. Sometimes its easy to loose focus and get distracted.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Being Awesome


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Dedicated hard-working colleagues"

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

    Pros

    The best thing are the dedicated, well educated and hard-working people. It makes such a difference to morale when you spend your days with other people who also want to grow and to share their knowledge and vision. Management have been very receptive to employees' opinions and put a lot of trust into employees.

    The compensation is decent, the holiday schedule is absolutely amazing (Ferris Bueller days, Sabbaticals, generousness vacation), and the benefits are excellent (pretty much all the US benefits listed on Glassdoor have been mirrored to Canadian equivalents here in Toronto).

    Somehow our CEO, Shawn Riegsecker, manages to remember the names of hundreds of employees...

    Cons

    The company as a whole has the philosophy that if it helps you grow as a person, that value will be put back into the company. In return, there's an expectation that you should work hard and be prepared to develop and contribute. This is not a job for the lazy or foolish.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


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