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  1. Helpful (15)

    "Live by Work Hard/Play Hard"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team at Flipp is unmatched - I left Flipp with life long friends. Everyone is always willing to help and support one another through any challenges that are faced. Each individual is valued and has their own coach to help mentor and support with growth opportunities. Employee satisfaction is very important to Flipp. Visibility should be important to employees at any company, Flipp makes the companies successes,... goals and failures known to everyone at all times. I would highly recommend Flipp to anyone hungry for a challenging, fun and rewarding opportunity.

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    Cons

    Be prepared for a busy holiday season! It's important at Flipp to continuously manage your capacity, as you may end up taking on too much and not realize it until you're drowning in work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide visibility and clarity as the team scales

    Flipp2017-02-16
  1. Helpful (9)

    "Great company to work at"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Flipp

    Pros

    Many great perks, work-life balance, and smart people all around

    Cons

    Nothing really bad to say about this company

    Flipp2016-02-11
  2. Helpful (33)

    "Choose your own adventure. Please make strongly informed decisions before working here."

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

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

    Pros

    Both pro and a con, the hustle of the people here. I admire just how much and how passionate people here care about Flipp and want to make things work. The pay. Flipp says they're a top competitor in compensation, but having shopped around quite a bit, i haven't found a company that could beat all of Flipp's extrinsic offerings. (Most) of the people you'll meet here. Can say that you will make friends here.... People do try to make you feel included and they do fun, impromptu things to make each other happy and to feel inclusive.

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    Cons

    I've had a good time here, but this is where you need to choose your own adventure. I'll preface this with the mentality of "chopping wood vs axe sharpening". And frankly, the long you're here, the longer you'll feel that your chopping bricks with your face. But in seriousness, there are moral decisions that you will have to make and live with amongst yourself, your contribution to your team, your absolute... loyalty to the company, and your obligations to leadership. The hustle here is contagious. You want to be part of the energy that leads to success and ride that rush when you win together. What you'll start to notice over time is what that win costed you personally and whether or not that was a win worth making. This is where the downfalls start. Winning for the sake of winning, isn't winning. Flipp is incredibly win oriented without thinking about what the win really means for everyone. These wins often come from ideas that contradict the product as a whole, statements about vision from only months before, or completely breaking the technology to something less serviceable just because it seemed like a good idea in someone's head (with no recovery strategy). It's been stated here before, but the cult-ish mentality is quite prominent and often, will affect your performance here. Being of "one-mind" of "one-goal" sounds like one cohesive team working in one direction, but what happens in practice is the need to conform. Opinions and directions here are completely absolutist. If you have an opinion/idea outside of the "current vision", be prepared to have a terrible time here. There's such a thing as to do the right thing vs doing the thing that keeps yourself off of the crosshairs of upper management. . ******THOUGHTS TO TAKE HOME******* Choose: do what you're told or do what's right. You will do well if you stay within your own bubble and do what you're told. Going above and beyond just isn't worth the risk you take with yourself and your health. Choose: work with your team or work with your company Your interaction with your immediate peers within your team is fantastic (most of the time). As you start to move up and get more involved with other teams, it starts to become more toxic. There's a lot of throwing over the fence here. You start to question the integrity of people when they're more than willing to sell you out and heighten their career at your expense. Choose: your work or your career Learning opportunities here will fizzle out within the first few years. To be honest, this might be the lifecycle of any large product company, including giants like Shopify. Flipp's tech stack can't really move because of the number of things we have to support. The tech stack and practices here are antiquated and it's really hard to change things. There aren't a lot of leaders that can help you grow with 2018 tech, let alone anything that came from 2015 and beyond. Think carefully about how you want to grow and what you want to do. You'll get some of that at Flipp. But start keeping track of what you're actually learning and where you can get better knowledge fostering from. Choose: company integrity or moral integrity At some point, you will be forced to choose to make decisions that will make you feel like crap inside. The lying, the deceit, the word crafting to elude others from the real truth. In the short term, this could mean a bigger pay cheque for you or getting upper management to give you praise. In the real world, this decision has made a negative impact on how we will learn to treat others and how we can abuse the trust of our customers and clients. Choose: spending time with people you value at work or spending time with people you value in your life There might be some intersections here. If there's one thing I regret at my time here so far is how many people i've blown off and taken for granted. There are some really cool people i work with here but that had to come at the expense of pushing off time with my family and my childhood friends. Flipp is so good and making you feel "at home" that you don't want to leave either because of the awesome peers, or the multitude of distractive work to keep you here. I've given the excuse that "im too busy at work" or "i can't make it any more" so often that I failed to realize how many people in my life i've let down. It's reached a point where they just dont bother any more. Trust me, you won't notice this before it's too late. Choose: following a leader or following an model example Being the most outspoken person in the room does not make this person the wisest. Yes, this is drinking the Kool-Aid. There's no denying the charisma and power of influence that our CEO has. That's why he's such a great speaker. Not to mention, every Monday feel like Flipp Church. There's something deceptively inspirational that you believe you're feeling every week and so you keep going back. But as the years go on, you realize that this form of inspiration porn is no different from listening to a TED Talk. They're thoughts, not actions. They're things you should consider, not things you should blindly agree to. They're ideas that open a landscape of creativity, not requirement you should be working on. If you've read all the above and are still considering employment here, I hope Flipp does not have any other surprises in store. If you've read all the above and are employed here, I hope I'm not misrepresenting the truths that Ive witnessed here. In either case, think about the trade-offs and decide what's right for you.

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    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach; starting with humble. You've hired smart people. Over 400 of them. Let them shine and let them flex where there strengths are. The worst thing to do to talented people is to undermine what they do. And this hasn't changed since the day I started. Find where you each should belong. As part of being humble, recognize what it really means to be a member of the c-suite team and... the responsibility you hold for the people that work for you. Just because you founded the company doesn't mean you have the right decisions for what is happening today. Otherwise, why bother hiring a marketing department, product managers, or Engineers at all if all their decisions and data are vetoed and replaced with short term, thoughtless decisions? Like anyone else at Flipp, everyone has insight, everyone has someone to bring to the table. As founders, you took some serious risks to bring Flipp to the huge company it is today. Take some time to stay informed, but trust that your teams can make more informed decisions for you and do the work they need to help Flipp succeed. Stop taking over positions in place you don't belong. If there are staff missing, don't assume their position and pretend to do their jobs. This is really dangerous and has irreversible repercussions. We have suffered too much from these and this really needs to stop.

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    Flipp2019-03-01

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