Employee Review

  1. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good business concept; unfortunate execution; not all the right people.

    Apr 30, 2021 - Undisclosed Management Position in Toronto, ON
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - good business concept that supports tertiary industries in the green energy sector and helps foster mindset shifts towards supporting the overall green economy and supporting the regulatory environment (both domestic and in terms of international standards, regulations, and goals), while of course helping itself. — On the nature of the business and disgruntled employees: As a lot of our positions are performance based, we did pay minimum wage plus commissions, and this was communicated clearly, not so much in job descriptions (in order not to deter applicants), but during interview and intake processes. For many people, a commission-based job is new territory, and not everyone is cut out for it. For this reason, naturally some people would would feel a little bit salty about negative outcomes and being let go. This is not a judgment upon their character or their ability to thrive or succeed in life, but simply that this job wasn’t right for them. But it also should be acknowledge that there were people who were genuinely happy or at least satisfied with the arrangements here. For those with the right drive, and motivation, many of our employees can and did do well. However, often times that meant being judicious in holding back information from potential clients, and employees having to be rather entrepreneurial in their tactics on misrepresenting or under-informing clients before signing contracts. I am not here to make a value judgment on this as this is rife throughout the industry and similar businesses and any business would have every incentive to maximise their gains, but it definitely ate at me over time, like it did many others. I can’t tell you the number of people who told me that when they went home at night they felt like a greasy used car salesman selling snakeoil and no matter how many showers they took, they just couldn’t get it out. However, it’s not fair for them to say they were lied to or it was not what they were expecting. If you take a look at how we run our intake orientations and training, these trainees were appealed to based on their greed and desire to be “rich”, so they are partially to blame for being “hoodwinked”, even ogling the CEO’s Maclaren as proof that it’s all real. It’s not necessarily fake or a lie either. As for our sales methodologies: Yes, they are slippery and borderline unethical to the point where customers could probably file a complaint with the Better Business bureau (BBB). But they are not illegal. If I could illustrate it really simply though, you could probably make a great picture CBC Marketplace undercover report here. Remember that one about the Bell salespeople or the Indian call centres?

    Cons

    Note: this review deserves at least two stars, but I am doing 1 star to compensate for the number of coerced positive reviews on this site. - somewhat questionable sales practices that require acclimation and indoctrination, and less focus on values-based decision making - unstable management of appearances against what the company actually is; it must own up to and be true to itself; no one should have to make excuses for earning a living or making money, even if it means taking advantage of people Pay Issues: It is true, we have had pay and HR issues, including backlogs. And yes, COVID has had an impact on our company and operations. Not everyone is understanding, and there is a balance, as in any start up company (and even a “fastest growing company”), between ensuring that we remain liquid and manage our burn rate while also aspiring to as much transparency with our employees as possible, while also maintaining morale and the continued functioning of day to day operations, and keeping investors calm and happy. On the accusations of fake reviews posted here: I will state it here and unequivocally that yes, beginning in earnest in October 2020, in order to counter the negative average rating for the company, we did ask current on-strength employees to write reviews for us (many of which appear on or around November 13, 2020), and to be fair while we did not directly insinuate we wanted them to be positive, we did ask them to send us screenshots of them. So although they were not necessarily pressured, it is reasonable to assume that they still would have at least fallen under their own pressure to want to be in the good graces of the company and their supervisors, and so you can clearly infer how that may affect the integrity of the reviews. So as a reader, use your own judgment and discretion in how you value the reviews. But I think an easy way to tell a real review from a fake one, generally speaking, is how boilerplate some of them sound. Would someone come onto Glassdoor to make one or two simple garden variety bullet-pointed Pros and Cons that you could read about almost any company? Or would they have more substantive motivations for writing a review? “Long work hours”, “the heater is always on”, “it’s cold”, “too much work”, “have to pay for parking” all sound like pretty harmless cons, don’t they? The intention was that their inclusion would make the reviews seem more authentic. This is a company that genuinely aspires to be like other start ups out there, with an open concept workspace (a la tech start-up), modern pastel decor, etc. (i.e. “yada yada yada”), and really wants to be part of the big boys’ club, without realising that being it is actually easier than expending all of one’s efforts on charlatan mimicry. You simply cannot sit at the adults’ table if your actions (“which speak louder than words” as the HR rep puts it) refuse to separate yourself from the kids’ table. I have every hope that we will get there.

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    benefits

    Feb 23, 2019 - Sales Associate in Ontario, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Salary is always paid promptly. I have always managed to pay my bills on time as a result of this.

    Cons

    May take long to reach management

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee

    The journey at Ontario Green has been very rewarding

    May 3, 2021 - Digital Marketing Manager in Ottawa, ON
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    I have graduated from a Marketing Program and have worked for different agencies/companies in the past. The difference here is the inclusion, the attention to your growth, the stimulation of your intelligence through challenges, and the overall open-concept work environment in the company. Everyone will have different ideas and opinions and some will have a negative outlook about this company but any fast-growing or large company has a handful of negative reviews on Glassdoor, so it is reasonably expected that "You can't make everyone happy". What really counts do is that the company does its best to be on the right track and is doing what's right by its employees through bonuses, recognitions, organizational development, leadership programs, and other processes that are designed to help develop your career. I worked in a team of 3 who were reporting to the Director and was please with the leadership style and the open communication system. There are many positive points to mention but this is my take on the company... Fast Growing, Bright Future, Great Leadership.

    Cons

    It's hard to not have downsides in any company. This company is not a place where you can become complacent. Not having the work ethic to push every day will definitely get you in hot water. You might get infractions, warnings, performance reviews and etc... lots of these 1-star reviews are from the people that I worked with. They would be inconsistent, would not show up, would be late, would not finish their tasks, and got booted out. Once terminated, they complain about the company because it did not meet their unrealistic expectations.

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