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Flipp Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Oct 16, 2019

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3.3
56%
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Flipp Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer Wehuns Tan
Wehuns Tan
108 Ratings
Pros
  • "Very flexible in terms of Work From Home policies(in 19 reviews)

  • "Amazing Culture (lots of company events and everyone wants to be team first)(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "No work/life balance - the culture is filled with hypocrisy(in 15 reviews)

  • "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(in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Fantastic Work and Culture"

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    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.

    Flipp2018-11-29
  2. "Great culture"

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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

    Flipp2019-10-16
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Great company but a bit slow to innovate"

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    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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    Advice to Management

    True transparency is acknowledging faults and losses from time to time. Be upfront with issues the company is facing and build a rallying cry around addressing those problems instead of constantly beating the same high-level vision drum or giving the same talk about culture again. Bitter sweet when I left, but don't regret moving. All in all still hope to see Flipp succeed and reach its potential.

    Flipp2019-06-26
  4. Helpful (32)

    "Benefits and events aren't everything"

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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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    Advice to Management

    Stop the favouritism, it's obvious and unprofessional. So many people have been promoted without going through the process and being qualified. It's a shame as the team that works with them ends up suffering due to their shortcomings and egotistical plays on power dynamics of the role. Make sure to hire managers who have gone through manager training and been managers. It's a joke how quickly people are able to manage people here and become their "coaches" without knowing what they are doing and faking it.

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    Flipp2019-03-13
  5. Helpful (41)

    "Brings out your worst characteristics"

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    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.

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    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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    Advice to Management

    This is not advice to the company, because they are too self involved to take it anyways. THIS IS ADVICE FOR FUTURE AND CURRENT FLIPPERS!!!! The way the company conducts itself is headed to its demise. Recently anyone who received a raise due to performance or cost of living, a promotion etc is forced to sign a newly revised employee agreement skilly drafted by the hot headed GC. Some people sign this blindly. The agreement limits your basic rights when it comes to termination, voluntary leave, vacation and much more. The agreement states that you may give 2 weeks notice but they can make the choice to walk you out the door right then and there, you don't get paid. You waive your right to sue.... That means they can fully verbally abuse you, harass you, bully you, shame you or worse etc. but you won't be able to sue, probably because they have been sued multiple times. The agreement also secures Flipp ensuring they never have to pay out more than the basic ESA outlines -- for example, if you get “laid off” or terminated without cause, they simply state they will pay the minimum governed by the ESA so if you have worked there longer, you are likely to not get paid out, and you are SOL because you cant even sue for more. They want make sure they can terminate anyone at anytime with no legit reason and have minimal cost damages on their end. I would say law advice before signing anything at all. The majority of these positive Glassdoor reviews are fake, written by employees forced/manipulated by an overall strategy enforced by the exec team and people team. If the review sounds too good to be true, it is. The agreement also states you are not allowed to post any negative reviews about the company… well, what sort of company censors their staff like that and doesn’t allow them to write their true honest experience, even if it is negative? I know what you're thinking, ridiculous, who would deal with that... Flippers do. Daily. You have a hard time moving on, like any abusive relationship, you think it will get better and the perks only outweigh the cons for a short amount of time before you need to GTFO for your own sanity or just don’t sign that dotted line…. There are better places to work, this is sadly no longer one of them. Their ‘best places to work’ award is a sham and obviously either paid for or company sponsored. I have one foot out the door, I can’t wait to be free.

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    Flipp2019-02-15
  6. Helpful (31)

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

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    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.

    Flipp2018-05-08
  7. Helpful (27)

    "This place is a NIGHTMARE"

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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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    Advice to Management

    Do not shoot and move. Do not over promise to partners. Try to keep your employees(I don't think you can find 10 people in the company that have been there for over 2 years)

    Flipp2018-04-20
  8. Helpful (15)

    "Great Culture and Place to Own Your Business"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team members are the reason to come to work. Everyone is driven to win and supportive of one another. The business has gone through a lot of change but feels like we have the right direction and great strategic partnerships with our customers. Good pay and benefits and the ability to manage your own work/life balance. Finally, excited about the future and what we can do if we stay focused on what we do best and deliver the plans for the future at the right pace.

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    Cons

    For all of those who ask for feedback but do not mean it this place is not for you. However can say in our team the feedback is generally to strengthen us all so we can be our best. Some travel which can make for long weeks once in a while.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the strategy and do not always create a pivot when one is not needed. Continue to listen to the business owners and give us a say in the strategy so we can help grow the company.

    Flipp2018-02-04
  9. Helpful (14)

    "Graphic Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Flipp full-time

    Pros

    -Amazing company culture. Working with the team with high trust is the best thing. -Work/life balance -Mentorship and coaching helped me to grow as a designer

    Cons

    Can't think of anything

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!

    Flipp2018-01-29
  10. Helpful (35)

    "The worst place I have worked my entire life."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Flipp full-time

    Pros

    - some people are great there - you get paid to put a roof on your head - perks that are better than your average job, but on par with any other tech companies

    Cons

    - lack of career development. The years I've been working there felt more like working at a factory than at a company. - unprofessional and inexperienced upper management. The lack of professionalism and unclear direction with constant heavy demands to deliver. The CEO is very bipolar and likes to change directions once a quarter. - no work-life-balance. You are expected to dedicate your life to the company and have no time outside to spend with family.

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    Flipp2018-02-11
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