EventMobi Employee Reviews about "growing pains"

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  • "The best company culture I've had the pleasure of working in(in 8 reviews)

  • "I've never met so many kind, welcoming, hard-working and genuine people all working at the same place(in 5 reviews)

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  • "There are some growing pains as the company transitions to a larger scale in terms of communication, management, and process(in 5 reviews)

  • "benefits and retreats you get (and no, last year's retreat did not cost you that much per person, Bob)(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Start!

      Aug 21, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great start up feel and innovative attitude. A lot of responsibility is distributed throughout the company. It's growing fast - a lot of employees that have been here less than a year.

      Cons

      Some growing pains! But nothing I haven't seen at other growing companies that are still figuring out organization/structure.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      High Potential

      Apr 23, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
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      Pros

      * Modern company culture & technology. * Passionate employees who strive for improvement. * Lots of opportunity for challenging tasks and career growth. * The Events industry is both high potential and interesting. * The company is well positioned for further growth and success.

      Cons

      There are some growing pains as the company transitions to a larger scale in terms of communication, management, and process. However these are being continuously worked on and improved.

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      5 people found this review helpful
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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Solid Company to Enter the Workforce and Get Your Professional Feet Wet

      Sep 18, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      When I started, I was explicit about the desire to learn and grow within the company. My initial position was entry-level, and within three years I was wearing at least 5 different hats -- most of which I was acknowledged for. EventMobi was great for me, as a self-starter, because it gave me the opportunity to learn about a lot of different aspects of the business (and businesses in general), and to try my hand at a variety of things. Bob listened when I told him what I was interested in and empowered my managers and others to help me pursue that. The company culture was pretty amazing. I never woke up and dreaded seeing anyone at work. We hired in large part for personality and cohesion with the existing team, which meant an extensive interview process but lead to a pleasant workplace where people were happy to put in their time. There was a lot of overtime as the company grew, but I rarely resented having to do it. There was a lot of mandatory team-building and a lot of voluntary team-building, and the latter was often staff-initiated and born out of a sense of community. People spent time together at work and outside of work, and work-life balance was achieved in large part by making work not feel so much like work. During onboarding, a clear effort was made to introduce you to your coworkers, who were usually welcome and opening. EventMobi was also really good at rewarding teams and individuals for a job well done. Apart from the mostly competitive compensation (at least for my department) and the built-in bonuses, like an annual staff trip, personal education budget, etc., we also had impromptu and one-off celebrations at the completion of certain large-scale projects. EventMobi makes you work hard, but it also lets you play hard in a way that is pretty much totally supererogatory. Well done them. Bob and Bijan clearly care about creating an atmosphere where everyone feels excited to work. That intention is evident in so much of what they do. There have definitely been some very high-pressure periods, as cited in other reviews, and I have seen Bob lose his cool or call someone out in a way that is not exactly becoming of a CEO, but I think that's more a product of the quasi-familial relationship you end up building with your coworkers at EventMobi. It can be hard to see where to draw the line of propriety, and I have seen liberties taken in both directions. I have had candid conversations with Bob that wouldn't likely have gone over in other companies, and which I found helpful when expressing my frustrations and working towards their solutions. Personally, I think that having the kind of direct access to the CEO and the freedom to talk to him candidly that I enjoyed is worth having to witness the occasional outburst, which really just reminded me that he's human and he's under enormous pressure. I gained a lot of valuable experience and in a pretty nurturing environment, and I'd like to think that was also true for most other people I worked with. Is that to say that there's no legitimate reason someone might want to move on? No. But it wouldn't be fair to say that there is nothing to miss about it, and I couldn't have asked for a better place to start my professional life, except for that...

      Cons

      EventMobi, at least when I was working there, was a proper startup. That is, it was the sort of place where your job was kind of amorphous and everyone had to wear a lot of hats. This obviously suited self-starters who were good at managing their own time and keeping busy. It favoured people who were open to learning lots of different things and putting in extra time to flesh out the tasks they liked doing into jobs they might someday occupy. I saw several people turn their jobs into something else through expressing interest and investing the time to learn about it. That said, the transitions were often sort of tortured, required a lot of upfront overtime investment from the employee, and had the potential to undermine their job security if the utility of the new role wasn't consistently proven. If you were looking for a well-structured environment where you could keep your head down, do your work, and outlast people into a management position, you might have been better off to go work in a bank somewhere. EventMobi was a pretty fierce meritocracy, which isn't bad in and of itself, but it could be a bit exhausting for someone like me, who was always looking for change. During my time there, Bob and Bijan were prepared to support your learning and professional goals inasmuch as there was a business case to do so, which is really the most you can expect any employer to do. That said, when I was working there, there wasn't a wealth of senior staff to learn from in my team, nor was there any real training. My immediate superiors were only ever a year or two ahead of me in terms of expertise, and that expertise often seemed to have been gleaned from a combination of trial-and-error and Googling how to do their jobs. Everyone was willing to share what they had learned with me, and Bob encouraged us to spend time reading and learning (even giving everyone 2k/year personal education fund), but it often felt like there wasn't really a lot of time to take advantage of it. It was difficult to commit to, say, the duration of a course somewhere, because it was often difficult to predict when the work volume would be intense. Working at a start-up is a trade off. Larger companies give you more structure, more direction, a clear job description, and a fairly clear idea of your position within the organization. However, usually upward mobility is limited, access to the managerial strata of the company is limited, and the workplace can be numbing and alienating. Start-ups, on the other hand, give you more freedom and more responsibility. Everything you do in a start-up is collaborative, and a lot of time is devoted to communicating and re-communicating ideas and expectations. You have to roll with the punches, but if you have the stamina and can tolerate the growing pains, the rewards can be pretty considerable.

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      14 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Never knew what loving your job was - until EventMobi

      Jul 17, 2016 - Sales in Toronto, ON
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      Pros

      Invaluable opportunity to witness an organization as it grows from a "start-up" into a mature business set to continue to dominate the event technology marketplace. I can't wait to see what happens here in the next 3-5 years, and feel so fortunate to have the chance to witness and be part of the growth. Not only are there invaluable opportunities for career growth and learning from experienced, creative management who are invested in your development and success, but the culture is like no other. I've never met so many kind, welcoming, hard-working and genuine people all working at the same place. If you are interested in being welcomed into a family, and feeling like you are part of a team working towards a shared goal where you are valued just as highly as the next employee, this is the place for you.

      Cons

      No company has ever attacked growth with ease - there will always be growing pains. So you have to be comfortable with some level of ambiguity at times, and you have to be creative to survive. Don't expect your job role or processes to be laid out clearly, as things are always changing. If you see that as a con, you should consider a more mature company. I personally don't see this as a con at all, in fact the opposite - it's a unique opportunity to face challenges and grow.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Sales

      Mar 2, 2016 - Sales in Toronto, ON
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      Pros

      The culture is amazing here, it's a place you actually want to go to every day. They also invest in your learning and career development. In the past, management structures had been lacking but new Management structures have been very helpful for bringing clarity and daily focus to each department.

      Cons

      As a startup company that has grown really fast, there are the usual growing pains associated.

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      3 people found this review helpful
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