MindGeek Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Oct 19, 2020

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  1. COVID-19
    Helpful (7)

    "Great place to start your career and gain some knowledge, but experienced developers beware"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Personally: this is the most fun job I have ever had. I have never had the ability to grow so much and so quickly at a company, and I have never been so happy to go to work • It's as fast- or as slow-paced as you want it to be, most of the time (with the exception of occasionally emergencies) • The software developers are great. Open-minded, kind, collaborative. Really awesome people! • Company has adapted to the Covid-19 Pandemic better than any other company in Montreal that I have heard of. MindGeek quickly shifted to work-from-home before it was mandated by the government, and has requested that employees stay working from home for the foreseeable future (at least until 2021). The CEO committed to not having the pandemic result in any layoffs. Very, very impressive on this front • Flex hours: show up and leave when you want as long as you are present for core hours (10am-4pm) • Summer Hours: leave at 1pm on Friday if you logged all your time for the week. (Applicable from June 1 to August 28) • Amazing quality FREE coffee: Illy & Starbucks Machines, freshly ground • Huge quarterly parties (5 à 7s, Summer BBQ, Halloween, Christmas) • Free breakfast (croissants, muffins, cereal, fruit, juice, etc.)

    Cons

    • Initial compensation is usually pretty decent, but pay raises after that are not typically very good (expect ~3% yearly unless you get a major promotion, regardless of the amount or quality of work you do) • Company is more interested in optimizing costs than code. They don't pay enough to retain the best developers, and it seems this is by design -- they want obedient little automatons who pump out cheap code like a PHP factory. This is a short-sighted strategy that I have seen backfire repeatedly, and that many developers I knew who left the company warned me about going back years, but upper management has no visibility on how much this choice costs them in the long run. They focus instead on graphs that show them how many new features go out and how fast, and they reward developers for speed rather than robust, reliable design or code maintainability. Then they freak out when these choices put them in legally or technically perilous situations, but fail to make substantive changes to the culture to correct this issue because that would inconvenience upper / middle management • Culture of nepotism. Expect to see incompetent people with bad attitudes promoted because of who they are friends with rather than the value they bring to the company • The higher up management goes, the more problematic the company's cultural issues appear to be. Most problems at the software developer level come from middle- or upper- management • The culture is fraught with indecision, and as far as I can tell it has been this way for many years. People higher up want the flexibility to change long term plans for software deliverables at the last second, but also want estimates by developers provided weeks or months in advance to be near flawless. You are expected to be near-perfect in your execution of long-term plans, but also are expected to accommodate tons of last-minute changes. It is unrealistic, and has been a problem for years before I arrived by all accounts. You will not be punished for failing, but it is demoralizing to constantly be told you are not doing a good job when you are killing yourself trying • There is a huge need for Project Managers who can properly coordinate big deliverables between teams, as inter-team communications is very, very bad • No Group RRSPs or financial contribution plans. Issue has been brought up repeatedly, but the company downplays it like the people who work there are "too young to need to think about finances"

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  2. Helpful (6)

    "Stepping stone at most."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Project Manager in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Perks, free stuff,free food, flex hours. Benefits are standard, lots of parties and social events. Young team, casual dress, informal environment

    Cons

    Too informal, no respect for those with experience. Very toxic dealings with upper management. Boys club, who knows who, who got the job because he’s friends with who. Ridiculous. A lot of finger pointing and throwing people under the bus Strange performance structure. They have a day called Black Friday where they let go of a bunch of people based on the annual reviews. Creates very strange competition Directors rarely support their teammates.

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  3. "Good place"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SDM 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MindGeek full-time

    Pros

    Good and stable company. People are great.

    Cons

    Upper management take dramatic decision based on their feelings. Does not seems to have a long term plan for employees.

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Lead"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perks Space for growth Continually a fast paced environment

    Cons

    Repetitive Lack of feedback Nepotism Lack of care from upper management

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  5. Helpful (14)

    "Good to get experience, bad for long-term"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Web Analyst in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MindGeek for less than a year

    Pros

    - Friendly, open-minded environment - Flex schedule, low pressure from managers - Work with the biggest web traffic you ever will - Learn a lot for entry-level position - free breakfast - very profitable company, stable

    Cons

    - salaries are much lower than other Montreal companies for similar positions - no pension (considering the revenue this company makes, this is a non-sense) - huge turnover rate, which often stall projects when key employees leave - Business Model of the company is somehow based on scamming people by upselling them as much as possible on their credit card - Upper management is somewhat arrogant and cares more about new Ferraris than where the company will be in 5 years - A lot of BI tools used are outdated, no will to buy licenses for new more performing softwares - No will to innovate, this company takes advantage of its monopoly position in the adult industry - each department works in silos, trying to protect its back rather than work for the whole company - Internal promotion does not exist; Managing positions are mostly given to inexperienced family members of upper management - Shady owners have often been cited in fraud, insider trading, scam cases in Canadian Courts (Know who you work for)

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  6. Helpful (6)

    "High potential but big machinery"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MindGeek for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance - Very good salary for higher positions - Easy to evolve inside the company even between departments - Nice perks and free breakfast

    Cons

    - Upper management is a very closed gentleman club. - Departments work in silos and there is little communication between them. - You often end up hitting a glass ceiling and have to move to some other company to continue your career. - The semester end review system is quite broken.

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  7. Helpful (9)

    "Mediocre."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - UX|UI Designer in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, flex hours, extravagant parties with great food, mediocre but free breakfast, good birthday lunch. If you are a "Bro" you can make it far here eventhough the boy's club is permanently closed. There are a lot of great professionals and nice people, unfortunately they get blocked a lot by management.

    Cons

    Nepotism, short vision with lack of management direction. Upper management and HR won't care for you, they live in Boogie Nights world or La La Land, I really don't know. Also be prepared as an educated professional (whether you are a developer, UX/UI or web designer) to be directed by management that has little or no education and in some cases even lack a technical background. If you have work ethics that are align with good practices and planning, then this is NOT the place for you.

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  8. Helpful (4)

    "Too many changes throughout the years. It has become a big corporation where employees are nothing more than a number."

    3.0
    Current Employee -  

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

    Pros

    If you are in the right field (sales) and make friends with the right people, you can get a decent career. There is some daily breakfast Good referral bonus Young environment

    Cons

    It used to be a stable company. Now not so much. They laid off over 100 people and then starting hiring again 200 more. Upper management have it's own agenda. They make huge restructural changes without taking into much consideration their employees. This is causing a lot of discontent and the highest turnover the company has ever had. They are cutting off on the amount social events that we used to have. They also removed, the always given, Xmas bonus (without warning). And now they are lowering the amount on the yearly salary increases. They are cutting budgets from a lot of different places. For new employees, it wouldn't make a difference but for people that have been there for years, all this changes are disappointing and discouraging. Non standardized salaries.

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "Only go if you are a junior"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Work Life Balance - Flex Time - Breakfast in the morning - Good salaries -

    Cons

    - Management is horrible - Blame game - everyone blames the other and no one takes ownership - Lacking team culture - Owners are liars, they say one thing and do another - No career path - No real leadership from the management team - most of them became managers because they are buddies with upper management. - The company is top heavy lacking any real organizational structure - No clear direction

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  10. Helpful (18)

    "Meh"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at MindGeek full-time

    Pros

    MindGeek allowed me to gain experience in a field I knew nothing about. It is good if you're just starting out. There are some good people working there.

    Cons

    - Management REALLY doesn't care about it's employees. - If you move up the ladder a little you are respected a lot more by upper managemt if you drive a nice car. This is no joke. I've seen upper management pressure people into buying nice cars. It's really not normal. - They act like it's 1995 and you have to effectively use a punch card to ensure you worked a min of 35 hours in the office. But what about all the time I spent working from home? Well that doesn't count. - They openly talk about past employees and try to make it sound like anyone who ever left the company now regrets it. Given their extremely low rating in sites like this one, I ask who are you going to believe? - Salary is quite low compared to most other companies. Also, they implemented a cap this year based on your role. I understand why they did this, but from an employee's perspective it's no fun. - Don't trust HR. They have management's back, not yours. - The office politics is unbearable. - Unless you're will to suck up like you've never sucked up before OR you are Lebanese, good luck ever getting promoted! It's been years since I heard of anyone ever being promoted in my division which had about 150 people. - Men who take paternity leave are treated as disloyal to the company and their team. They do this by making you feel guilty about it. -

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