Info-Tech Research Group Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

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Info-Tech Research Group Founder Joel McLean (no image)
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86 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people and great company culture(in 15 reviews)

  • "The company is mostly respectful of the work-life balance, especially in London research(in 10 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "old boys club - most upper management have been with the company since day 1(in 10 reviews)

  • "This kills your work life balance(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Company

      Mar 27, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      I have found my time at Info-Tech to be rewarding and provide experience which I could not have received in such a short period at other organizations. Our founder is a visionary who enables those around him to make change which can be impactful to the company. Info-Tech does not sit on it’s laurels and constantly works to differentiate itself from its competitors. If you are interested in a career at a company which encourages you to strive for more, If you are a self-starter and motivated to make impactful change, then you should join our team.

      Cons

      Working hard is certainly part of the culture and, at times, can cause difficulty with work-life balance. Be aware of this and you should be able to manage it.

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Underpaid and Overworked

      Jun 6, 2020 - Anonymous in London, ON
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      Pros

      Great office space, good company culture, good opportunities to learn, and get to work with smart people

      Cons

      - Everyone except maybe upper management is typically underpaid. Every attempt to bring this up for discussion is pushed under the rug. It's mentioned at every department meeting, but never properly addressed. - On top of this, you are expected to perform like a rock star, including working nights and weekends to deliver on projects. This kills your work life balance. - You are simultaneously expected to perform at a role higher than you to keep your job, and expected to out-perform this standard for a promotion.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      London Research is a great opportunity for new liberal arts grads

      May 11, 2019 - Research Analyst in London, ON
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      Pros

      Research specialists that are hired right out of university have great learning and development opportunities. The London research department culture is very collaborative. My colleagues are very smart. The culture is fun -- lots of philosophy jokes, word play, and technology discussions. The company is mostly respectful of the work-life balance, especially in London research. Management is starting to more seriously focus on leading and managing, and senior management is not micromanaging as much anymore.

      Cons

      The company is very sales-oriented. The Toronto office research department has been mismanaged resulting in extremely high turnover. Fast pace of change means that poorly performing initiatives are ended quickly, but also that good initiatives can also be ended. Many managers are not trained on how to manage effectively, but they are starting to train them on this. Compensation is good in London for new grads, but hasn't kept up with rises in costs of living (i.e. rent) in Toronto.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      good for fresh graduates and retired professionals

      Jul 3, 2020 - Senior Research Analyst in London, ON
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      Pros

      work-life balance, and nice colleagues

      Cons

      top-down management, old school thinking

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      Info-Tech Research Group Response

      Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition

      Thank you for taking the time to provide a review of your experiences, working with Info-tech Research Group, we appreciate your insights and advice.

    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Place to Work

      Aug 2, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
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      Pros

      I can truthfully say that like and respect everyone I work with. There's a great culture of getting things done and support throughout. In addition, there's a strong focus on work-life balance. You receive the benefits and support of a mid-size company without a lot of bureaucracy, and instead an entrepreneurial spirit.

      Cons

      Some growing pains as the employee base expands and matures. There is a need for overall process improvement. A lot of innovation and changes, which can be both good and bad.

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      2 people found this review helpful

      Info-Tech Research Group Response

      Manager, Talent Acquisition

      Thank you for your review and insightful comments; as we grow we have to delicately balance evolving our brand into a bigger organisation with wider reach, whilst maintaining who we are from a core values perspective. Our Senior leaders are cognoscente of this and our FY19 strategic planning includes employee focused processes and systems.

    6. 1.0
      Former Employee

      How do they keep winning Employer of Choice Awards?

      Apr 2, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Got drunk for a year on their dime. Worked on the HR side McLean & Company in research

      Cons

      Horrible executive and management High turnover especially seasoned professionals who are true to research (19 of us seasoned pros hired in a three month span gone in less six months most dismissal without cause) Lack of ability to stick with one plan for nay period of time Poor correlation between job posting, job description and actual work ( I was not anticipating having to be a graphic designer) Unrealistic time frames, zero work life balance Individuals on IT and HR side who have never worked in either providing consulting Executive wanted a slant on certain research to suit their needs and you were in trouble if you didn't follow it. For a company providing best practices guidance they did not follow it Power struggles at executive level Salary plans and practices all over the map More of a continuation of Ivey school of Business classes and the snobbery that went with it.

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      15 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Interesting Ride

      Aug 29, 2014 - Research Analyst in Toronto, ON
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      Pros

      Great team of smart people, looking into interesting topics and providing clients with solid, practical advice. Consistent delivery of results to the clients.

      Cons

      Difficult to understand advancement potential and path. Work Life balance can become a challenge with meeting deadlines. Stable structure would enhance long term commitment.

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to start for a young professional

      May 31, 2017 - Commercial Director in London, ON
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      Pros

      Fun and fast paced environment for young staff and recent graduates. Company does a great job of protecting a work/life balance. Good place to learn sales with a big focus on training and development. Great people!

      Cons

      Change happens very often around the company and in the sales processes and the communication down to the commercial rep level isn't always the best so you have to be very quick to adjust and learn.

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Info-Tech Ridiculous Group

      Jun 16, 2017 - Associate Commercial Director in Toronto, ON
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      Pros

      Free Fruits, Open bar at parties/ events, Intelligent people (in research), fast paced environment, work/life balance is decent too.

      Cons

      Probably one of the most unstructured companies in Canada- You'll absolutely love it the first 2-3 months, the ping pong tables, the chill managers, the masonic temple , you'll think its the coolest job in Ontario. Then you'll realize the quotas, the daily dials requirements, the sketchy and toxic sales environment and "company culture" was all a hoax. First and foremost Management in the Acquire division is absolutely poisonous. They all lie to their team members, they lead by fear and intimidation and give certain people different privileges. Managers talk about each other, the members of the team they should be leading and the founder of the company on a daily basis. The only way to succeed in a company like this is if you suck up to managers or if you're friends with the founder. The Acquire division is basically run by a dictator, instead of enjoying his old age in a rocking chair in the mountains in Europe, he marches around the offices giving orders and creating ridiculous sales targets and cold calling goals. The managers are absolutely afraid to stand up to him and instead just mock and talk about him behind his back (which I don't blame them for). Basically, the Managers are all "YES MEN". It's promising now that the only strong leader is taking charge of Acquire, so great days should be ahead of us. Employees quit/resign on a weekly basis and turnover in sales and in the company in general is extremely high. The CEO recently resigned because of misalignment with Senior Management and the mid managers were absolutely childish throughout that whole ordeal. They never gave him a chance to lead in my opinion. Management is out of touch with reality and challenged when it comes to communication and telling the truth. I think the founder is extremely approachable, hard-working and I have a lot of respect for him. Obviously no company is perfect, but attention should be given to the poor leadership qualities of the managers and that'll be the turning point for basically everything after that.

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      20 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Bought into the "culture," but it was all a lie.

      Aug 5, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Company successes are celebrated with alcohol. Employees get a ~$100 Christmas present every year & there is a wild Christmas party. Every year there is a "Fun Day" where employees gather, play games all day, and then drink/eat bar food.

      Cons

      Poor/absent succession planning. Poor work/life balance. Poor compensation relative to the industry. Management/HR do not genuinely care about their employees or show professionalism, integrity, or ethical behavior. Masquerades behind a "best workplaces image and a "we are awesome" culture that belies real operational problems, and serves to snare and squander talented, intelligent people. Company culture smacks of Napoleon complex.

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      10 people found this review helpful
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