Hatch Employee Reviews about "shares"

Updated Apr 3, 2020

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  • "Not paid well, management doesn't care about their employees, shares are near impossible to get(in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Innovative (out of the box) company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hatch full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Employee shareholder owned, with a strong company culture. Very flat organizational structure. Top of the class engineers doing the work, and run by engineers with business sense, who understand changing work processes are necessary to remain strong. Company has patents for it's innovative designs!

    Cons

    Company ownership (shares) are by invite only, and criteria to become a shareholder is subjective, add highly dependent on your managers networking skills. Potential candidates for employment should join the company for the immediate compensation and great career development, and not future share potential.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to meet smart people and do amazing things technically"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hatch full-time

    Pros

    Very smart people Cool engineering projects Innovative Diverse, many different areas to work in Freedom to drive your own career Employee owned - if you get offered shares can do well

    Cons

    Salary growth is very slow - without shares you will have to live a humble life No performance based differentiation at the junior levels Light on management - need to be able to take control of your own career as you will have minimal guidance

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "Overworked underpaid"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer 

    I worked at Hatch full-time

    Pros

    Good learning experience, good people

    Cons

    Not paid well, management doesn't care about their employees, shares are near impossible to get

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good work experience overall, average company culture and compensation"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hatch full-time

    Pros

    Company gives good exposure to different projects, good engineers and subject matter experts, overall a good place to obtain engineering experience.

    Cons

    Biggest con is the business model, based on private equity that's supposed to go to high performing employees. However most of the time the shareholders are people that either know or have worked with upper level shareholders. No real process outlining how to obtain shares, creates unnecessary office politics and cliques of people within the company. Company culture is also very uptight and is reluctant to embrace new ways of thinking.

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  5. Helpful (15)

    "Light 'em up, because she's going doooooooooooooooown!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hatch full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The upper-echelon of management that answers to the CEO are charismatic and approachable. The logo is red. They have blue pens. Free Hat. The office buildings are very quiet with lots of empty cubicles. You can wing 1 day work weeks and "work from home" the rest of the time because your foot is sore, allergies, air pressure, it's cloudy, it's sunny, if the current year has numbers in it, or if it's daylight. If you get fired from Ontario Power Generation's procurement team for sexual misconduct with your secretary (in the office) outside of your marriage - you can land (and keep) a job here as a procurement director. HR doesn't do any reference checks. The CEO has a Ferrari on order. He can really open it up and let those horses fly on those municipal streets at 60km/h. You can watch cat videos all day because there's no project work - Youtube is not blocked. You don't have to license intellectual property - it's encouraged to violate it first and deal with fallout later. If you raise any questions about clear ethical violations about what's going on, they will lay you off with a significant package. It's easy to move your project files off their network before you get laid off. Easy to get a better job having worked at this disaster. You learn a lot about how not to run a business successfully. You just tell stories during your interview, you should see the looks on their faces. Dropping a deuce into a co-worker's desk drawer can go unnoticed for months.

    Cons

    Shares are a myth, like the lost city of Atlantis, we've all heard the stories, but nobody knows for sure if it ever existed. Hatch brags about how much cash they have with no debt. No free coffee. Hatch's rates are too high to win projects, yet wages are below market rates. Layoffs everywhere - it's so bad that we wrote an app that scanned the system database for Infratickets filed by HR to revoke user access (for a pending layoff). It gave us a heads-up so we could move our project files off-site if/when our time came. This year's raises came in a big box. When you opened it, a red boxing glove on a spring would leap out and punch you in the face. A global director then urinates on your shoes. There's nobody left in the software development team, it cannibalized itself when somebody was appointed by a genius to lead the team from marketing and everybody left. HR spies on you online. Once you beef up your online resume presence, expect to be pulled into a board room grilling you. Working here is like playing for the Maple Leafs. Sure they make a profit, but it's not because they're any good. Nipigon River Bridge failure 6 weeks after commissioning. Career Management Discussions - Each year I was told to go work somewhere else. There were no opportunities to grow a software development career in the Software Development group. Unknowingly worked with a sexual predator, but didn't know until his picture showed up in the newspaper as a follow up to a story a few years ago as the case was about to be in court the following day. The company is descending into chaos and darkness.

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "Director"

    1.0
    Former Employee - PDG in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at Hatch full-time

    Pros

    I made a $hit-ton of money because I owned shares.

    Cons

    Shares are a carrot most employees will never reach.

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  7. Helpful (5)

    "good for experience. was once a great company now a place to gain experience and move on."

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Hatch full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good experience, opportunity to move around (sometims)

    Cons

    upper management runs company with fear tactics Getting shares or pay raises is very secretive and has no straightforward path shares are never discusse, and you can tell who has share by who is actually happy. a lot of senior managers that get paid a LOT of money suck up a lot of the profits lots of smoke and mirrors about everything pay raises for the 5-10 year experience is lacking. excuses are always made and stupid reasons are always given for below average pay. people get sick of the "well one day you can own shares" carrot that is always dangled but never discussed. Non engineers get cut first, regardless of experience. its not good enough to do good work, since most managers only care about their project and not developing people. you have to do good work for the right people or your just wasting your time

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Hatch is a good company with a pleasant, collegial atmosphere."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrator Within Shared Services in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hatch full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company's good about things like exercise (lunch-time gym classes), tons of charity social events, maybe even too many. With offices all over the world, there's opps for travel. Many truly brilliant people work here, which contributes to the professional atmosphere. And people help each other. If you ask the right expert, he/she will share all their knowledge.

    Cons

    It's got a flattened hierarchy. To the point of a pancake. So you can grow technically, but very difficult to advance in the traditional sense. Bonuses and shares are a mystery. Job levels are peculiar (more secret flatness).

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  9. Helpful (18)

    "A Great Place for Stagnation, Stress-Induced Death, and Rudderless Management"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hatch full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people in the development teams are great and a pleasure to work with. Lots of freedom in you choose to get your work done including taking time off and telecommuting, given that those privileges are not abused. Team members all have the same problems, so there's always an ear available to vent with, and also to offer when in need. Main offices are all within 5 km of each other. The logo is blue. You can work here while looking for a better job. Raises are easy; you quit and find better work with another employer, then come back and have them meet your new standards.

    Cons

    Raises do not meet inflation. You can only choose 3 days of vacation. The rest are "suggested" to be taken off, because it's illegal for them to mandate that you take them off. Wage is below International/national/regional/local averages for the same profession. No wonder why we keep losing people with specialized knowledge in critical systems. Volunteering to go to site when no other team members offer doesn't mean anything and you could still find yourself unemployed soon thereafter. Issues inadequate hardware for software development when others that only run office get high performance machines. High level decisions are made by cutting the head off of a chicken and throwing the flailing carcass into a pit lined with a jump to conclusions mat. Where the body finally comes to a rest is the decision will be ultimately carried out. Donning monk robes, the associates meet biannually to dance around a figure made of sticks that is set on fire while chanting the words "glorious harvest". They then choose who they will indoctrinate to their group and offer shares in the company. A goat is slaughtered and their new members have the blood smeared on their forehead as they are no longer disposable slaves to the organization.

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Old boys club"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Shared Services in Mississauga, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hatch full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    None that come to mind. Oh wait. Free parking, but you have to arrive early.

    Cons

    Extremely difficult to be employed in Shared Services at this company and be taken seriously. Management believe they can do it all, though they are completely unqualified because they're all engineers and not experienced or educated in their Shared Services areas. Nearly impossible to be offered shares while in Shared Services or be female and promoted. Still an "old boys club" mentality.

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