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Dessa Reviews

Updated 26 November, 2018
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing company to be a part of"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - The co-founders and team leads are amazing and recognize your hard work.
    - The company environment is very casual but hard working at the same time.
    - Everyone supports you to achieve your goal and passion which makes you want to work harder each day
    - Some Company benefits are well above industry standard
    - A fast-growing company with wonderful team members with a spirit to excel

    Cons

    I cannot think of any at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you're doing!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "A great place to build"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Dessa full-time

    Pros

    +Great place to learn how state-of-the art ML is being applied in the enterprise (they've got a nice roster of blue-chip clients, despite being around for 2 years)
    +Very high impact product and projects to stretch your capabilities
    +Impact focused with very senior customers (CEOs, CFOs, CIO etc) across a number of industries
    +Really high caliber talent. There are folks who find supernova in their spare-time (no jokes), work on self-driving cars, expert jazz musicians.
    +Very diverse. There are folks from all over the world (middle east, south america, asia, europe)

    Cons

    +Not a place where you can sit passively - you are expected to make opportunities, push new ideas and take risks
    +Lot's of ambiguity and challenging problems (can be good for some)
    +Heavily indexed on engineers and experts. (opposite of most startups, which can make it challenging for internal roles)

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Humble & smart team doing great things"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Dessa full-time

    Pros

    - Very interesting work
    - Strong sense of mission and are interesting in solving the hard AI problem ( as opposed to just following the AI buzz, which a lot of so call AI companies are doing)
    - Growing industry with a lot of opportunity and possibility
    - Very humble team, very down-to-earth (Kinda wish they brag more, but they are not that kind of people)
    - Friendly, welcoming culture
    - Growing at steady rate
    - Competitive compensation relative to the market

    Cons

    Typical in startup, especially in a fast-evolving industry, but there is a certain level of ambiguity. Still experimenting with things: product strategy, ways of working, organization structure, etc.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Great for interns, less enticing for seasoned employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Dessa full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to AI and new technologies. Interns have a lot of responsibility and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    The environment feels a lot like going to school and not like a professional workplace. Strict arrival times at work and no ability to work from home or manage your own schedule. There is a lack of strong leadership and direction. The management team is quite cheap when it comes to pay and bonuses. Make sure to get everything in writing as terms laid out verbally have a low chance of being honoured.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic company doing exciting things"

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    Former Intern - Emerging Machine Learning Developer in Toronto, ON
    Former Intern - Emerging Machine Learning Developer in Toronto, ON
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Dessa as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Amazing workplace culture and everyone is super approachable
    - Challenging and rewarding work
    - Clear communication & no workplace drama
    - Great opportunities for learning, professional development, and career growth
    - Outstanding company events
    - Really seems to be engaged with transparency/feedback/improvements/etc.
    - Great location in 'AI Alley' ;) & close to amazing food choices

    Cons

    - At times, product roadmap is a bit unclear, but all startups have problems with indirection, not a concern at all

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing - killing it!


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Fantastic experience and fun team"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at Dessa as an intern

    Pros

    An ambitious and hardworking team at the forefront of an exciting industry. The team has some of the smartest people I know, and no one hesitates to share their knowledge with you. DeepLearni.ng is constantly trying new things, such as practical machine learning Meetups to benefit and connect with the ML community. As an intern, you'll have a direct impact on the major projects, and be exposed to the entire product development process. Being a small but growing team, I was able to work directly alongside all the full-times and gain mentorship in many aspects. Of course, this meant the team is very closely knit, making DeepLearni.ng one of the best work environments I have ever had.

    Cons

    None, except I wish dogs were permanent residents at the office


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Exciting Place to Build and Grow"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Dessa as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people (knowledgeable, enthusiastic, friendly)
    Great tech (modern, varied)
    Great mission

    Don't expect to coast here.

    Cons

    Don't expect to coast here.

    If you want to be challenged, impactful, and accountable, then there are no real cons of any importance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Maybe also become more google-able somehow? It might also be nice to have machine learning beer pictures up somewhere so people can see them.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great culture, amazing learning opportunity !"

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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Toronto, ON
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Toronto, ON
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Dessa as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing company culture that focuses on the well-being of every employee and applied AI! Co-workers become part of a small family with a lot of activities organized outside of work. The DL engineers are very talented and provided me with a great machine learning opportunity

    Cons

    No particular cons that I can think of.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Incredible Work Environment"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Dessa as an intern

    Pros

    I seriously can't say enough good things about working at DeepLearni.ng. One thing that really stands out to me is the team. Everyone gets along very well, it's one of the most welcoming work environments I've come across. On top of that, everyone is exceptionally clever and has deep domain knowledge.

    I had the chance to work on Frontiers, the companies flagship product. It's scary to think of the potential this tool has, it's an incredibly powerful piece of software.

    There are also some awesome perks to working there. The whole dev team is required to do machine learning "learning hours" and a side project during work hours within which you get paired off with a mentor, you can choose your project based on your interests. The best thing about getting paired off with a mentor is the talent pool you get to learn from! There are also weekly meetings where the company comes to together to discuss and implement cutting edge research papers in the field. Needless to say that going to work was never boring. Also, prepare for dogs :)

    The work-life balance is great. Nobody is encouraged to work after hours, the team is very productive and understands the need to pace themselves. I did end up having so much fun that I would sometimes stick around the office after-hours though.

    Cons

    None to name other than that if you don't like roti (or bagels) Friday meals might be a little challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Keep killing it! Excited to see where this rocket ship goes.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "noso paer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Dessa full-time

    Pros

    very good timimg, good salaries

    Cons

    very hard work need to do