Knak Reviews

Updated May 2, 2021

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13 Ratings
  1. "A fast growing start-up that values their people!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've just been blown away by the open work culture, the friendliness of the people, the willingness to get things done without sacrificing work/life balance. Couldn't be happier to be part of it!

    Cons

    I Don't have anything to suggest.

  2. "Be careful, recent turnover"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the newer people are really nice and good to collaborate with. That's about it.

    Cons

    The company looks nice from the outside, but if you look under a rock or two, you'll find some interesting stuff. For example, why did the ENTIRE marketing team, the ENTIRE design team part ways in March? Seems off for a growing company... Large government grants have helped to subsidize some of the company's costs. Shouldn't the company be stable on its own? Without getting into details, some weird personalities around this place, not somewhere I'd ever want to work again.

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  3. "Best Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I made the scary choice to leave my previous company and soon after came across Knak at the perfect time. The CEO is the kindest CEO I have ever worked for and everyone on the team is a rockstar. Knak has an awesome set of core values that the entire team sticks to and actually implements every single day. Every time I come to work the entire team is working so hard, there are smiles on their faces and they are genuinely happy to be there, as am I. I felt more at home and comfortable with this team after the first week than I have after years at previous companies. Everyone is super helpful and so friendly and I am so happy to be a part of this amazing team. Can't wait to see what the future holds for this company and I plan to be a part of it for as long as possible!

    Cons

    There are coffee drinkers on the team. I prefer tea myself. (I won't hold it against them...they are still fantastic people).

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  4. "Phenomenal Place To Work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone who works at Knak is so talented! Management does a fantastic job of making us aware of their vision, and what their plans are to get us to the next level. The product is fantastic and continually evolving – it is so refreshing to work on a product that our customers love due to its innovation and ease of use. We are a team with big goals! Because we are still relatively a small team, everyone has an opportunity to work in different areas of the business that they normally wouldn’t be exposed to if they for example, worked in a larger organization. Management actively encourages and organizes brainstorming sessions where everyone gets to share their ideas. I feel like every option is considered, regardless of who it comes from. When product releases happen, we all have an opportunity to test drive and offer feedback, reinforcing the idea that everyone is responsible for the success of the company. Working from home is an option that is always available to us – another sign of the total trust the management team places in their employees.

    Cons

    So much to do and so little time - there are just not hours in a day but time really does fly when you're having fun!

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  5. "The Best Team!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Operating Officer in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The most fun I've had in my career. Super smart people and growing like crazy!

    Cons

    Not much I can say here...The dad jokes can sometimes get out of control...

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  6. "I love being a part of the team here!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Technology Officer in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love working at Knak; the team is like a family to me. Everyone is really talented at what they do and has a really positive attitude. Pierce, the owner/CEO, is a great guy and really wants the best for everyone in the company. Everyone is really supportive and works together to advance our product and it shows since we've been growing like crazy for the past couple of years. I feel like we're at the forefront of our industry so we're pushing the envelope all the time. Our clients love us and give us great feedback and direction. Overall, I love that everyone in the company can make an impact and is given the freedom to make a difference in the direction of the company.

    Cons

    Though work-life balance is really important at Knak (nobody is expected to put in more than their 40 hours), there is a lot of stuff we want to get done and the environment can be a little higher pressure than at some other jobs. Also, a lot of the work is done remotely which has huge benefits, but for some who might be more social, not seeing people every day could be a negative (more-so on with developers since many are scattered across Canada).

  7. "Fast Growing Company with a great culture and set of guiding values"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Sudbury, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I made the leap to Knak from another industry and have not regretted my decision. Everyone on the team is eager to help each other succeed. That type of culture is rare and it's a true credit to the leadership team that they are able nurture the great culture that we have. Work-life balance is always difficult in the competitive software industry, and Knak has "Maintain Balance" as one of it's core values and walks the walk in that respect.

    Cons

    None that I can think of at this time. Will update if I find one.

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  8. "Best Professional Decision I've Made"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Controller in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the core values at Knak is "Stay Curious". It is truly embedded everywhere in the culture. Everyone is always learning which makes it a truly empowering place to work and grow. I have honestly learned more in my 5 months at Knak than I had in my prior five years of work and I don't see that trend stopping. The team here is positive, encouraging, and very high on the "Get-Sh*t-Done" scale. With the business being a bootstrapped start-up there's never any shortage of tasks to do, but we collectively work through it at an astounding pace. Despite there being a huge amount to do, the healthy work-life balance is actively encouraged and everyone shuts down at 5PM which has allowed me to keep putting a lot of time into my own personal interests and hobbies. This is a huge change in culture from my last job.

    Cons

    As I mentioned, Knak never has any shortage of things to do, and as such there's isn't much time for hand-held training, though this is not to say that you can't ask for support or help. Depending on your personality and what you're looking for, this can be really intimidating, or truly liberating. With that lack of hand-held training, there is an encouraged culture of self-driven learning. If you need to know how to do it, go learn it. Even though I write this as a con, I think this has actually been one of my favourite pieces of working at Knak is the liberty to learn skills as I see them necessary.

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  9. "The best company I ever worked for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in Whistler, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team is full of rockstars. Everyone from Management down is passionate, driven, knowledgeable and good at their job. Very positive and supportive culture in which learning, development and a good work/life balance are encouraged.

    Cons

    Honestly pretty hard to fault, I've never worked somewhere where I'm so excited to come to work each day. The company is growing rapidly so there's always a lot to be done and things change quickly. It's exciting but you have to be able to adapt fast.

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  10. "Great company and amazing culture! I love coming to work every day."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coming from a large company, I was a bit nervous about making the switch to a small startup. Turns out, it's been one of the best decisions I've ever made! I LOVE working here. Every day brings an exciting new challenge, with lots of opportunity for growth and learning. I'm genuinely excited to come to work every day.

    Cons

    None, other than our team is so awesome that I wish we could connect in person more often (many work remotely).

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