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Elementum Reviews

Updated Aug 24, 2019

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Elementum CEO Nader Mikhail
Nader Mikhail
177 Ratings
Pros
  • "Many people in the office are persistent nonetheless and have a truly deep appreciation for supply chain and the challenges associated with taming it(in 28 reviews)

  • "Free food but does that really matter(in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not an environment for someone who is not adaptable and cannot keep up with fast-paced environment(in 9 reviews)

  • "Not enough dogs in the office these days(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Fast Moving, Supply Chain Game Changer"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Elementum full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Solving impossible problems - Work and hire top talent only - Extremely competitive pay - Great Culture - Immediate change to processes and people that are holding the company back

    Cons

    - Being stretched by growth - Too much autonomy for individuals who are not leaders - Not enough hours in the day to get everything done

    Advice to Management

    - Learn from the past and try to anticipate bottlenecks before they occur

    Elementum2018-07-19
  2. Helpful (17)

    "Fantastic colleagues and clientele - but poor planning and distant management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Elementum full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the smartest, kindest, quirkiest colleagues I've ever had the pleasure of working with. I really enjoy going to work every day to collaborate with these great people. Our clientele is really impressive, and you get a lot of exposure to them. In my team at least, there is a lot of trust in personal autonomy in front of clients. The product has issues, but a lot of what we're doing hasn't been done before....

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    Cons

    The management is way too distant for a company of our size. I barely see my boss or the next three levels up the chain at the office. I like the autonomy but I also feel no one ahead of me has my back. It seems the upper management is really poor at long term planning. First we hire, then we layoff. I'm told to refer friends for job postings, then there's a hiring freeze. Plan an extravagant holiday party, then cancel...

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    Advice to Management

    Bring an external hire with deep planning experience to act as COO/CFO. Cost and revenue projections should not be that hard. Start-ups are turbulent but they shouldn't be this turbulent Senior managers -- you need to put in more face time with your grunt troops. If you need to be in the field for whatever reasons, hire someone who is exclusively focused on cultivating relationships within Elementum. Right now I feel...

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    Elementum2019-01-12
  3. Helpful (9)

    "Poor Planning - Financial Troubles"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Elementum full-time

    Pros

    -Honestly a great group of people, very motivated and high energy -Pay and benefits are excellent

    Cons

    -Extremely poor planning: (for example) they were offering large internal referral bonuses and classifying open positions as "critical need," and then laid all of those new hires off less than 6 months later

    Advice to Management

    Use this most recent downsize to do right by your remaining people. Good luck!

    Elementum2019-02-11
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Product"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Elementum full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - The people: fantastic colleagues across every functional team. Taking their work seriously without taking themselves seriously. Whatever the ups and downs startup life would bring, these are the people you'll want to be with. - The opportunity: supply chain is beyond ripe for serious disruption, but few companies are truly innovating in the space, and none have Elementum's vision. Combined with a strong and excited...

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    Cons

    As mentioned by others, it's a startup. You'll see the occasional late night. You'll work hard because there is no time to lose. Things will change quickly because agility remains a key competitive advantage at this stage in the company. It's also a growing startup, and inevitably you'll see growing pains as teams grow and adapt to new structures. That said, leadership is doing well to maintain the strong culture through...

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    Advice to Management

    Continue listening to and acting on employee feedback! Stay focused and you'll continue the great progress we've made so far.

    Elementum2016-03-18
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Elementum full-time

    Pros

    Great environment in the BA office / Microservices architecture and new technologies / Challenging problems to solve / Possibility to travel to Mountain View HQ

    Cons

    Business domain too complex for a startup / Poor Leadership and lack of direction / Abscence of expertise on product owners /

    Elementum2019-08-20
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Reckless, unethical, rudderless. Don't risk your career here."

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    Former Employee - Sales/Marketing 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Elementum full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free healthcare costs for you (not family). Free lunch if you work in the office. Plenty of open desks.

    Cons

    Consistent pattern of hiring people for "experiments" with exaggerated promises and firing them months later if it doesn't work. Changing direction every quarter because they lack the fortitude to see anything through. Unethical business practices are the norm. "We're a 'startup', we couldn't have seen X coming..." is the excuse used to write off all manner of bad behavior. Willing to promise nearly anything to...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop using peoples careers and lives as a throwaway for your experiments. Its reckless and has a real human impact to peoples lives. Start caring about the people you hire. If you don't intend to keep them, DONT hire them.

    Elementum2019-08-24
  7. "The most corrupt C-level team!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - good benefits - free food/lunches - talented/good colleagues (if they are still there)

    Cons

    - the CEO - the product - the negative working environment - “motivating” employees with fear - obvious favoritism with certain employees

    Advice to Management

    take a closer look at the leadership and what they are doing.

    Elementum2019-08-23
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Poor leadership selling vaporware"

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    Former Employee - Technical Lead in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    --Competitive salary --Catered lunch --Excitement around what can possibly happen the next day --Leadership that *really* cares about employees on a personal level --Plenty of fringe benefits if said leadership cares about you including 1:1 attention --Learn how to sell ideas --Get out of delivering on what was actually sold

    Cons

    C-level and upper management. They'll make great convicts!

    Advice to Management

    Stop stealing from customers, stop lying to your employees who did exactly what you asked them to do, and divest what's left and go disappear for a while.

    Elementum2019-08-16
  9. Helpful (8)

    "Is an smoke selling factory"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Elementum full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free lunch and perks at the office, decent salary.

    Cons

    You never know what you will end up doing by the end of the quarter and sometimes by the beginning of it either. The head of engineering is like a charade position, it will change every six months and all of them will come in with a different view and agenda, so don't plan ahead!. Sometimes on all-hands meetings, you get really scared about the company vision and economic facts, because they are saying one stuff and the...

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    Elementum2019-08-14
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Best wishes to Elementum"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging topics and problems to solve. Supply chain industry is very interesting. Solving these real problems gives you sense of achievement Talented, humble and friendly engineers. Low quality free lunch Used to have very good immigration policy Tech stacks are state of the art and popular for the market Engineering in Argentina is doing great Nice office building

    Cons

    Lots of talented people left in the past year Limited training fund available to employees Hiring decisions are not always fair nor merit-based.

    Advice to Management

    I enjoyed my time at Elementum in the past two years. Best wishes to you all.

    Elementum2019-06-11
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