Flipp Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated May 16, 2020

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great Company, Sad to Leave"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - AMAZING culture and just the best people - New leadership - really love the new CTO (lots of relevant experience and very thoughtful) and the executive team seems to work well together - Big goals and big industry - there's lots of room to grow and the business is cracking a hard nut, so once they get it right this business will be huge - Good pay and great work-life balance (don't listen to all those people being sour on here) - Newly true, but lots of autonomy (wasn't always the case, but recently its been amazing)

    Cons

    - New leadership is still unproven, but I have a really good feeling about them - they're doing all the right things - Goals have been all over the place in the past (was pretty tough on the sales team in particular) - Culture is strong but sometimes feel like there isn't enough focus on investing in the culture - Need to see more clarity about how the goals tie to the strategy - a little confusing sometimes

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  2. Helpful (10)

    "Just Don't Do It"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Perks are competitive - The people you work with are amazing (not always as coworkers, but as friends you want to hang around) - Office space is nice though cramped - If you want to move to a new role outside of your current org, they are usually happy to help get you there

    Cons

    - Salary is well under what people deserve and what the market indicates - Management has no idea what they are doing, usually someone who was promoted before they were ready and has been given little to no support/training - Mass firing recently was handled as well as possible but there was very little follow though on the rest of their plan. Not to mention they seem to be hiring back a lot of the roles that were just laid off so that seems fishy/off. - Sexism is WILD in this office. I've personally been told some nasty things just because I'm a woman (i.e. "your mood is unacceptable, you must be on your period" and the like). Leadership roles are being filled by women as a show of solidarity. And like other managers and upper level staff, they aren't ready or being supported with proper training. - Work-Life balance is non-existent. Startup culture means you work hard, for sure. But there is no support or encouragement for people to take vacation. The bare minimum in support for mental health and therapy. - Teams are planning in silos and no one is as forward looking as they need to be - Don't be fooled by the recent CEO swap. The new one has the potential to be just as useless as the last "man child" who was in power. Not to mention outgoing CEO is still on the board and will likely attempt to play puppeteer to the incoming CEO. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. If the new CEO plans anywhere near as "well" as he did in his previous role, this isn't going to bode well. He's full of creative and aggressive ideas. But he's got to actually plan and action on them properly. Not only take them halfway. - Not a lot of follow-through; there will be a lot of hype for a big initiative one month, and it will be dead the next - If you look at the App store, the 5 star reviews are mostly from people who do work there (or reviewed at the time when they were employed by Flipp)

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  3. Helpful (6)

    "good experience"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    culture, training, work/life balance was very good

    Cons

    difficult to build connections with other departments, became close with only a few people

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  4. "Great culture"

    4.0
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    Former Intern - Production Artist in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Flipp for less than a year

    Pros

    great work life balance, culture is very supportive, many events and perks, fun place to work at

    Cons

    Work can be repetitive, but that is the nature of the production artist job

  5. Helpful (8)

    "Great company but a bit slow to innovate"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing work / life balance Generally fantastic / smart people working here Great, ambitious company vision

    Cons

    Retailers move slow and it seems like the company is content to move at a similar pace on the client solutions side. On the user side, product innovation felt slow to non-existent and user growth is stagnant as a result. Lots of potential, just too slow to execute! Culture not as data-driven as it should be for a tech company. Partially blocked by tech debt in legacy systems which is acknowledged by management. Severely lacking lacking in analytics leadership. Bad case of too many cooks in the kitchen sometimes (too many teams with small / inefficient scope). Individual growth is really stagnant as a result.

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  6. Helpful (32)

    "Benefits and events aren't everything"

    1.0
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    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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  7. Helpful (42)

    "Brings out your worst characteristics"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Orientation: the experience in joining is fairly smooth, once you sign the offer, you get an intro email to give some info about yourself, i.e. the type of technology you prefer (Mac vs PC, iPhone vs. Android, etc), t-shirt size, and a fun fact. You get a swag bag, a origins story type intro, office tour, then you get shuffled off to a company wide morning meeting where you get introduced. Your immediate team takes you out for lunch which is nice. After lunch, one of the IT dudes go over the IT policy and setting up of your chosen equipment, then you are picked up to go sit with your team. All in all day one is a delusional experience of what your life will be like here. Employees: For the most part, the employees are wonderful. You meet some really hard working and motivated people who really care about their job + you meet people that you will make great connections with a truly become friends with. Office: the office is beautiful and at a decent (accessible) location. The business buildings have some services that allows you to have an ease of doing errands - i.e. dentist, service ontario, bank, gym, etc. It is clear that the team that took care of the new floors really cared about the place, and the newer floors are beautiful in comparison to the older floors. Perks, events, benefits: competitive offer of benefits for the most part, RRSP matching, snacks and Friday lunches, but lately the supply has been lacking so it may be due to budget cuts or poor management. There are some nice services onsite such as RMT, naturopath etc. Annual events are fun if partying a lot and drinking if your thing, we go to places like Blue, or Muskoka.

    Cons

    "Cult"-ture: The culture is there is.... well, manure. They preach a certain way that you are required to act, work, function, etc and if you do not, you are deem unfit to be a part of the culture and off you go. They tout about accountability, however when something happens, they look for people to blame and often that individual gets fired. They preach a family feel and while that is true for some teams, it is not true across the board. When situations happen, they "investigate"... and often if the CEO is involved in this investigation, his impulsive decisions result in a decision that is his way or the highway, and as a result, people's hands are tied. Their core values, the 3xH, are thrown in your face constantly and of you don't fit their mold then that's it for you. It is like one big frat house and if you do wrong, you are shunned, forget about sitting with the cool kids. Massive turnover: I have noticed a massive turnover especially since they did the mass firings in Dec 2017. They let go of a batch of ppl, which was done unprofessionally, never addressing the rumours and if any leader stood up to them during the process, they too were fired. The People team played a crucial and very bad role in this, the leadership in the people team was lacking and there were a lot of departures there too after the talent team was destroyed and most employees’ lost trust in the people and leadership teams. Departures are on the higher end due to termination vs ppl leaving on the own (usually pushed out) and if you are terminated, it is because you are targeted for some reason (to take the blame for someone else’s failing, or the CEO just doesn’t like you all of a sudden because you do not agree with him). Career growth: There is none. There are depts like operations, sales and maybe even engineering that have a set if steps to a career growth “ladder” that makes it look like you have career growth but it's all manure. Other depts will throw in a “Sr.” in front of the title to appease you but you're often already outperforming in the role and given recognition retroactively. In fact, your career path goes almost backwards -- you may have discussions about moving forward, and then you are blindsided and back where you started, often even further back. Employees: while I note above the pros of the employees there ... there is a ton of entitlement within the company. For a company that preaches being humble, there are a lot of egos constantly flared up. There are people there who will roll up their sleeves and help you with anything, especially if they see you struggling -- a lot of these gems have again either been fired or left on their own accord. Leadership team: With the addition of "real executives" who voice their opinion and stand up for proper business practices -- don't be surprised if these executives get sick of the way things are done and walk away, or simply get fired for doing so. The founders and other leaders are not real executives, sure they have some leadership skills, but have no business at all being in the role they are in. In fact, this is more and more transparent as different executives have been demoted yet the CEO continues to steer the ship. The CEO goes through these phases where if you don't drink the juice, you are then targeted. These are often followed by his own bursts of religious guilt that he projects onto others despite your own religious background. He is aggressive and doesn't care for anyone's opinion but his own. He is one of the worst CEOs I have ever encountered in my career. The balance of the executive/management team is okay but they too have no balls and tend to just agree with the CEO. Lots of them promoted into these roles before they are even ready to do so. Execs are manipulated daily with employees stopping at nothing get their way, for example, crying and yelling is a tactic often used. Yelling and anger seems to be only acceptable from the exec team, heaven forbid you do it, you get called out on it that you are not living up to the culture. The CEO talks about how this is a real canadian story with long time friends who got together to find a solution to problem, however, what ever friendship was there, has long since died. These founders are no longer best of buds, in fact, the CEO has demoted them, and made them publicly take on the blame of failures and admit to those failures in front of the entire company. Perks, events, benefits No real negatives about the benefits, like all places, they could be better. The novelty of the perks wears -- Friday lunches are disorganized, with food supply running out, and the quality of food may give you food poisoning. The cupboards are often empty and if you give feedback, it is ignored. They used to offer “unlimited vacation’ but now it is limited to 2 weeks (see the advice section for warning against the latest changes) meanwhile the CEO openly brags about how he takes at least 6 weeks off. You get a choice between a really good mac or windows machine, but then you also get a choice between an iPhone or Android, and the expectation is to be connected 24/7, so even though they talk about work/life balance, in reality, it does not exist. The events are fun, the exec team gets plastered along with everyone else. Lately they have been preaching to “protect the brand as we represent the company” however they don’t practice what they preach, as usual there seems to be exceptions for some versus others, especially those people that are their personal close friends on the payroll. Some people are expected to work through the trip while others are not depending on who your boss is.

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  8. Helpful (7)

    "Fantastic Work and Culture"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Flipp

    Pros

    Working for Flipp as an intern was an absolute pleasure. The work was challenging and rewarding, the location was ideal (western Toronto), and above all the people and culture were fantastic. Work-life balance assured, frequent team and company bonding events, very flexible work hours. They are always open to and appreciative of feedback.

    Cons

    Not much, maybe more fast-paced than some would like.

  9. Helpful (31)

    "Definitely not the place for everyone... be very careful."

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Flipp full-time

    Pros

    - Incredible technology and market opportunity - Employee benefits

    Cons

    - Upper Management is seriously underqualified. - Public ridicule - Employees were constantly berated in public. - CEO has serious anger management issues and is very immature. - No work/life balance - the culture is filled with hypocrisy.

  10. Helpful (27)

    "This place is a NIGHTMARE"

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

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

    Pros

    - Nice office. - Some smart people.

    Cons

    - No job stability - Office politics, secret meetings, people are let go without the rest of the company knowing. People talk behind your back. - No work life balance. Expected to work weekends and nights. - Too many meetings, many unnecessary and a waste of time. - They tax you on the benefits. They made a mistake on the taxes and then everybody's taxes were re accessed and everyone had to pay more taxes for the past 3 year. - They say your allowed to work from home, but then your judged if you work from home. - If your given a promotion there is a 50% chance of being fired. Seriously, I was there for 5 years and 1 out of 2 people who were given a promotion were fired. - Friday lunches are free but you have to wait about 45 mins in line. And they do not order enough food so they tell you to watch your portions. If your late in line there will be no meat left. - Snacks and fridge is usually empty, they stock it up on interview days I think. Bottled water is only for candidates. - Your given a laptop and phone, but they charge you if you go over the usage and the laptop might be an old laptop. Actually the phone will be used too.

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