Flipp Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated Mar 12, 2019

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  1. Helpful (32)

    "Benefits and events aren't everything"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Lead of Operations 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, and lots of events for employees. Nice office layout.

    Cons

    Started off as a great place to work, but now has plummeted and become the most toxic work experience. Just about everyone I know is looking for an out to work somewhere else. Management and executive leadership within Operations are very gossipy and immature, confidentiality is not maintained for employees (private details about employees and past employees are discussed) – senior management is known to go overboard with role playing in training settings by yelling, repeatedly swearing and mentioning inappropriate things, such as asking an employee under training to have a meeting at a motel, to “throw off” the employee and see how they deal with the situation. Absolutely disgusting and unprofessional behaviour that does not get addressed as there is a clear hierarchy despite Flipp saying they are a flat organization. Senior management is incredibly arrogant and has acknowledged that humility (one of the core principles of Flipp) is one of their biggest weaknesses - something that doesn't appear to be changing or addressed by Flipp. Management begins spying on individuals once they express concerns with various aspects of unfairness taking place, to the point of not allowing team members to meet without management supervision. There is also excessive favouritism, where employees who are low performers but friends with Management will get promoted, even without the standard interview process and despite not being qualified. Management is constantly gossiping about their subordinates and their personal lives - confidentiality is not taken seriously and neither is professionalism. This is a result of Management not receiving adequate training and is winging their management style. A lot of inappropriate and offensive things are said to employees. If an employee confronts the situation, it’s downhill from there as management doesn’t like feedback, despite broadcasting that feedback is important and taken seriously. There is also an abnormally high turnover rate at Flipp where people are getting fired or quitting on a weekly basis. Never seen this at any other organization. I have heard from an ex employee that they were even offered money to not take matters to court or write a bad review about the company. Also heard they used to give out Starbucks gift cards for positive Glassdoor reviews, which says a lot about the way they go about things. No work-life balance. If you complain, don’t expect a promotion. People who slave away are the ones who eventually get a promotion. Compensation is not proportionate to the amount of hours you work.

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  2. Helpful (30)

    "Organisation Has Become A Toxic Soup"

    1.0
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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

    Pros

    Great medical benefits Competitive compensation TTC or parking pass provided Lunch provided every Friday

    Cons

    Senior management lives in an echo chamber, and they don’t receive even honest, constructive feedback well Senior management fuelled by toxic male ego; and they are often unprofessional, cruel, and vindictive Very few if any women in management Very little middle management remains particularly engineering directors and product management Culture of fear and intimidation Professional growth is hard to navigate and limited Poor vision, product innovation has been stagnant for 2 years

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  3. Helpful (5)

    "A Plateaued Company, With a Cult-Like Following"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Flipp for more than a year

    Pros

    - I was fortunate to have an excellent manager who provided one-on-one coaching and interesting work - Given responsibility to execute tasks independently, despite junior position

    Cons

    - HR or "talent" staff at the firm openly DERIDE candidates who have just completed interviews. They will literally, in the hallways of the office, talk down on candidates and make fun of their abilities. I was astounded to hear this, in the HALLWAYS, of the office. Like common man. - The firm's senior management are the opposite of intellectuals, they confirm their own biases and present strategy decisions that are not founded on any solid data or conceptual framework. Often, they will present ideas at company wide meetings, that state that they want to directly challenge some of the biggest tech companies in the world. It leaves you thinking, "what are these guys smoking!?". - Flipp is extremely hierarchical with their strategy decisions, and the firm vests far too much belief in its CEO, who by all accounts, isn't a smooth communicator and supportive leader. He dictates his demands to employees and doesn't accept criticism well. In one situation, he came by my desk and told me the work I was doing, where I was providing my own perspective on firm strategy, was completely wrong.

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  4. Helpful (36)

    "Employee Beware"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Flipp

    Pros

    Really wonderful junior team. Free snacks.

    Cons

    I couldn't in good faith recommend Flipp. I would best describe the environment as cult like. Senior management are tight, having gone to school with each other. Given that, they are very loyal to each other. Outsider leadership is committed to the rich pay cheque so they look the other way when the "boys," make new "strategic" decisions that don't make sense. Flipp says it's culture is a differentiator but it is nothing more than a mystical promise. Something the "boys," invented to complete with the real tech companies in town. The business value proposition is weak and doesn't translate in the US where they need to win to be successful. Google and Ebay will win there. Even Canadian retailers are reducing their investments with Flipp. Many impressive people are fired weekly now due to growth slowing considerably. The entire team fears the CEO. He humiliates people publicly, plays favourites and fires people who disagree with him. Things are definitely not headed in the right direction!

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  5. Helpful (38)

    "Negative Experience"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BD Manager in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the people I work with are really great. I see myself hanging out with them after I leave for another job. Snacks and free lunches on Friday and a nice spacious office. it's a pretty good place to work right after school to prove yourself before moving to another place. You'll work on different projects and get exposure you might not get at a big company.

    Cons

    The expectations at Flipp are crazy! The product Flipp develops might be above average, but the cost of it is too much. So many in my team have burnt out after a few months. Having a life outside of work is almost impossible, and you're expected to be available on weekends and nights. Sales targets set are not realistic to achieve and I doubt any one in my team is going to meet their quota. However, we are constantly being yelled at for not making those numbers. I tried discussing it with senior managers, but no one cared. I'm all for working hard, but working over 13 hours a day 7 days a week is more than I bargained for. Mistakes are not tolerated at Flipp, and I triple check everything I do in fear of being publicly criticized for it in front of my colleagues by senior management. They also really micromanage you all the time, with several meetings a day to check your progress. I honestly hate gong there every day and can't wait to leave!

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  6. Helpful (34)

    "Not what you think - stressful and unprofessional"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Etobicoke, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The company looks really awesome when you first walk into the office. You have fun stuff like ping pong, Foosball, Playstations, TVs and plenty of board games for staff to play during non-work hours. - Benefits package is good and work from home is acceptable without any issues. - Pay in on par with other tech companies. - Some people are really great and you can make friends pretty easily.

    Cons

    - Work environment is very stressful, not so much the tasks you're given to do or even the long work hours you have to put in. Each mistake or new product that didn't do as well as expected means senior management will yell at employees accusing them of under-performing. As a result, many employees get scared and blame others before they get blamed. In the end, each failure leads to several people getting fired, regardless of whether they actually had something to do with the failed project. - While some teams are okay to be on such as OPS, as a developer, I find there are lots of better options in Toronto with equivalent pay or higher. The long hours, constant fear and stress aren't worth it, not even for free lunches. - Too many meetings where you have to update different stakeholders on your progress. Most of the managers are not from a technical background and don't know what you're talking about. Learning opportunities are limited being far from downtown and not being able to attend meetups because you're working till very late. - You have to be very careful with what you say to other employees out of fear for your job. You're expect to fake happiness at all times and never criticize the culture or the management team.

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  7. Helpful (34)

    "Unrealistic Expectations"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Senior Partner Account Lead in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Flipp for more than a year

    Pros

    Your peers are awesome, there are many fun company events, and most people are hard workers and reliable.

    Cons

    You are given a company cell phone as soon as you start. But don't be fooled, this isn't a perk given to beloved employees, it's a traction device to ensure you are reachable at all times. And by all times, I mean ALL times, 24/7, in the office, at home, on weekends, at the hospital, sick, at a wedding, it doesn't matter and senior management doesn't care. They feel like you are privileged to be working here and in return you must be available to do work or answer work related questions every minute of every day. I missed a few calls from a Senior leader one night because I was at my best friend's rehearsal dinner for her wedding and the next day I came into the office to questions like "Did you lose your phone?" "Is your phone broken?" "Do you need a new phone?" After months of repeated events such as this one, this proved to be the final straw for me.

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  8. Helpful (30)

    "Way Oversold"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The office and the people are as nice as they seem, and when you hear about a great culture and fun events and free lunches during the interview, most of it is true.

    Cons

    During my first interview with the team, I brought up my concern with regards to work hours and expectations - especially given some of the reviews on this site. When this was discussed during the interview process, I was told repeatedly that "work-life balance" is priority number one, that's its so important to the company, and that happy employees and time with friends/family is ingrained in the culture at Flipp. They were so convincing, and they people are great, so I decided to take the job. But expectations starting from Day 1 could not have been further from what was described to me during the interview process. Senior Management expected me to be "online" and available every night, and if I ever missed a call from them after work hours, for whatever reason, they acted like I had committed a crime. It seemed like there was a deadline to meet that forced me to stay in the office until 8pm at least once a week. This is not a healthy environment and I wish I had listened to others. People break themselves working here - I saw it time and time again and I was only there for a short time. Make sure you really do your homework - there's too many disgruntled past employees for them all to be weak performers or non-cultural fits or bad people as they're described during the interview process.

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  9. Helpful (33)

    "Not Professional"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The office is really nice and there are a lot of perks, plenty of company events and solid employee benefits.

    Cons

    The Senior Management Team is the most unprofessional group of executives I've ever worked for. They use scare tactics to motivate their employees, and their immaturity is clearly evident when managing people or a product. Their guidance provides a poor foundation for the entire organization, which is unfortunate as the company has many strong employees. People are turned off often turned off by the Senior Executive Team and leave on the own accord, or do not get along with them and are forced to leave. As a result. the turnover is extremely high, the highest I've ever witnessed in any company I've ever worked for.

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  10. Helpful (28)

    "Terrible"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner Account Lead in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    A lot of the employees are friends and interact really well together, making company lunches and company events something to look forward to on a continuing basis. Ski trips, boat cruises, Raptors games are all part of the perks.

    Cons

    The expectations put on everyone are insane. The company has a cool product, but the cost at which it is developped can't be sustained. Most people burn out after a few months. Those who try to have a life outside of work are told they are not a cultural fit and sent packing. The amount of work demanded from the executive team will put all of your personal relationships to the test. Many of my relationships were strained, including the most important relationship with my fiancee. When people bring up these concerns with senior management, they are told to work more efficiently. When you've completed all of your work because you've been efficient, senior management assumes you're slacking because theres always work to be done. I like to work hard, have always been successful, but the expectations demanded from this company are unlike anything I've ever witnessed. You ust be in the office 12 hours a day. You're always on call, no matter what you're doing. When you're not in the office, you need to send a note to the entire company explaining why you're not there & what you'll be working on all day. Extremely demanding is an understatement - it's crazy, and don't think this level of craziness can be kept up. I don't know how the people who have been at the company for 5 years have been able to do it while keeping their sanity.

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