EventMobi Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Mar 28, 2018

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  • "Modern company culture & technology(in 7 reviews)

  • "I know that there is good work-life balance here when 5:00pm rolls around people are leaving with their colleagues which is think is great(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. Helpful (4)

    "Great Place to Work - Potential is Huge"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EventMobi full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Dedicated & Passionate Team. People don't seem to be coming here for a job but really coming to make a difference which creates a driven culture that is constantly pushing to be better. Really makes you look forward to come into work everyday. - Environment. Though it's always shifting (and at times a little too much), the constant thought of providing an awesome place to work for employees is really great for a company that doesn't have a bank of VC money to pull from. Have been able to do a lot with having so little in comparison to similar companies in Toronto. - Fun engaging work. The range and possibilities of projects you jump into are actually pretty fun. The company likes to constantly push it's work to be as modern and cutting edge as it can be which leaves a lot of opportunity to not do repetitive boring work. - Potential for growth. Both for the company & the career opportunities as the company grows are hard to come by elsewhere. Management is constantly looking for individuals to take the next step and grow into the gaps that exist which is very promising. - Work life balance. People work extremely hard here but it's also really refreshing to see a company going through this much growth without slave driving it's staff and people leaving at reasonable hours, having weekends free, etc.

    Cons

    - Internal processes. Still have not matured enough for the size of the company. Lots of ad-hoc decisions made that are not communicated thoroughly. They seem to be done just to execute vs involving the people being affected. Lots of apologizing after the fact but it gets tiring at times. - Wrong hires. Reactive hiring is causing management to bring on poor culture fit or just not the right individuals for certain roles causing a rotation of people moving in and out in certain areas. Affects morale and slows down the teams and is a constant drain. - Refusal to let go of 'startup' mentality. At almost 100 people, there's some areas where the management thinks it's still possible to do as if they were 10 people. Wether it's product decision making, changes to the office or expectations of staff. Nothing has to be lost by letting go of these things, but these approaches need to adapt to being a larger team.

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  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great Opportunity for Career Growth"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    EventMobi is a great place to explore your role and grow within the organization. Everyone working at EventMobi had an a great outlook on work and life and have incredible positive attitudes. Teams go the extra mile and the friendships go beyond just going for a lunch. Everyone is willing to learn and grow and the company is open to making mistakes and taking risks, analyzing these and trying something completely different. I have been at EventMobi for a year and love the people I work with, think the new office is absolutely beautiful and enjoy the bright office, standing desks and views. I know that there is good work-life balance here when 5:00pm rolls around people are leaving with their colleagues which is think is great. The company is still a start-up and is highly collaborative and transparent. Anytime there is a new product launch the whole company will attend a demo day to keep us up to date. The CEO is very passionate about his role and I always see him talking with anyone in the organization. He does not have an ego and is highly approachable. The most recent retreats of SkiMobi to Blue Mountain was amazing, the company rented a Coach bus and brought everyone up while others went up together and rental chalets and spend more of the weekend together as a group. This shows a sign of close-nit groups. You feel at home here- I have worked in other offices and I often feel that I am not working downtown Toronto. I enjoy my job, know I have had a ton of growth within the past year and am blessed to work with passionate, intelligent people.

    Cons

    Not every environment is for everyone. If you do not love start-ups and organizations that are willing to change and try different things this company will not be for you. If you love start-up and lean organization with leaders who will mentor you it may be the company for you. This company is fast-paced and idea generation is valued and needed- if you are someone who likes to do the bare minimum your role will not lead to growth.

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  3. Helpful (12)

    "Stable company. Operates like a lean startup, and values all the right things"

    5.0
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EventMobi

    Pros

    I’ve been through many tech companies in my career so far, and I’ve never felt compelled to leave a public review of my employer, but given what’s been posted here as of late, I feel like it’s necessary. I’m in the engineering department, so I can’t speak to other areas of the company, but my experience here has been nothing short of excellent. Frankly, I suspect at least some of the negative reviews here have been from the same person, who clearly had a bad experience, which is unfortunate. Our engineering team is fantastic, progressive, open minded and hard working. There is a platform for everyone to debate and share ideas, regardless of their rank or role. I’ve never worked somewhere where even the interns are not only contributing, but helping to make critical tech decisions (and doing an excellent job of that). So you WILL make an impact here, and just as important, you will make friends. Work-life balance is respected here, probably more so than most tech companies in the area. We work extremely hard, but i don’t see the kinds of zombie workers you will find at many tech companies. We have a solid product and our numbers are fantastic. This isn’t a company who is frantically trying to build a product before running out of runway. Personally, any time I’ve brought a concern to management, it’s been listened to and addressed as best as possible. While we are thin on management and seniors (more on that in the Con’s section), I find it much more enjoyable to work in this kind of environment, rather than one where an army of managers has come in and stifled any and all freedom and creativity (I’ve worked in those kinds of environments too!). I’ve provided plenty of critical feedback to management, both through anonymous surveys, and in person. I’ve never been questioned or felt any kind of retribution for providing critical feedback. Things haven’t always gone my way, but I’ve always been listened to.

    Cons

    Yes, it’s true that we are light on senior/management type people. This leads to a higher burden on each individual to make (good) decisions and show leadership within the teams, which is difficult. I think we have a long way to go on this front. For example: in engineering, it can be difficult to come to consensus on things, and because we are lacking in senior developers, some of those lessons are learned the hard way. Management, in general, is still learning how to manage such a large team - so yes, mistakes are made. Sometimes, decisions are made seemingly without having enough thought put in, or without really having the data to back it up. There are other times when we need a Decision Maker to make a tough decision for us, and without that, we spend too much effort trying to make the decision ourselves. Sometimes, when we DO make decisions ourselves, they are over-ruled. Management has struggled with communicating changes, especially when people leave the company (or when they are let go). I also think there is a small gap between how we sell ourselves as a Toronto Tech Startup with All The Perks that go along with that, and how we actually operate. We are much more careful with spending than other companies, which is understandable given we are bootstrapped. However, I can see how from the outside, people might expect that we’re throwing money around on crazy things. We DO have fun, we do things together outside of the office, but it’s not a free for all. If the budget doesn’t fully cover the outing your team wants to do, you’ll either need to do something else, or cover the extra costs yourself. Lumping in things like corporate retreats and education budgets as part of your compensation makes things confusing, but actual compensation is on par with other Toronto tech companies.

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  4. Helpful (14)

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

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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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  5. Helpful (5)

    "A tremendous culture, a sparkling future"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    One of the greatest things about working at this company is the inspiring people that you get to work with every single day. I've previously worked for organizations of many different sizes, from 10 people to 2000 people, but EventMobi retains by far the most talented, driven and intellectually diverse people I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Even in a period of rapid growth hiring has continued to attract incredibly high performers almost without fault! Perks are usually fantastic: *Whole company incentive trips abroad (50 people went to Iceland in late 2014) *Great vacation allowance, flex time & work/life balance *Frequent catered lunches, lunch 'n' learns in which somebody lectures on an issue *Ping Pong Table that actually gets used *Free beer & soft drinks on occasion The culture at EventMobi is what most startups should be aspiring for. Real value is placed on your contributions; tangible effects of your efforts can quickly be recognized. Genuine meritocracy for the time-being, talent is rewarded and there are wide avenues for career advancement. Emphasis placed on results, not face time. Reasonable, responsive, scientific management techniques. Almost everybody loves working here and there is real belief in the vision and the future of the company. This team could move mountains (and we will).

    Cons

    Working here is for the most part a pleasure but no workplace is perfect. There are a couple of things to be concerned about: *Although the company is maturing out of its startup culture, compensation hasn't yet matured in tandem *No stock options or profit sharing, promises of both have yet to materialize *Real risk of this organization's number 1 asset, its company culture, being eroded by rapid pace of growth and potential wrong turns. Occasionally see elements of this surfacing and they must be stamped out before it has a chance to become cancerous. *General perks occasionally promised but not delivered upon. Nap room, anybody? *Greater levels of delegation needed, sooner rather than later. Thankfully this is already being addressed.

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