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Updated 12 December, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance for an agency, they work to be flexible as much as possible (in 4 reviews)

  • The leadership team has stumbled in the past but has found it's way more recently (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • No free lunches but lots of free coffee/cocoa (in 2 reviews)

  • There is no room for others if you are not like them (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Business development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Myplanet full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Myplanet has proven to be a humbling experience so far - exactly what I thought it would be // how the role was communicated to me in the interview process.

    A few pros that come to mind:
    - Coming from a larger tech giant, I find that there is so much humanity here (in the work they do, their business process and how they treat their people) - also one of the first Bcorps in Canada. This was a huge in my decision to move here and it hasn't failed to disappoint - extremely fulfilling. Really rare to see in the tech space.
    - Opportunity to work with a team with so much personality, integrity and expertise in their own domains. Opportunity to build something ground up.
    - Given that we're on an upward sloping growth trajectory, there is a lot of work to be done, which is a challenge but also a huge opportunity if you're a self starter.
    - Work with some of the biggest and leading companies in the world - projects are exciting.
    - Dogs in the office (for those who love dogs).
    - Our office is a heritage site and the first Bank of Canada building, real delight to the eyes.
    - Feel like I'm getting paid to learn.
    - They value work-life balance.
    - Mindfulness training.

    Cons

    - No free lunches but lots of free coffee/cocoa

    Advice to Management

    Really onto something with the incredible research and work they're doing around smarter interfaces, certified and/or endorsed by the big techies. Keep at it!


  2. "Fellowship program is great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The Fellowship program was well organized and very useful, they taught very useful and relevant web technologies in a fun yet structured manner.
    - Great company culture and environment, plenty of perks.
    - Really care about employees .

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say about Myplanet.

    Advice to Management

    Continue and expand the Fellowship program


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Inspiring leaders and smart employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Myplanet full-time

    Pros

    - The smartest people I’ve ever worked with, always willing to help and share their knowledge.
    - The leadership team is a group of passionate and intelligent people who really do care about their employees.
    - There is a competency model the company uses to evaluate employees, 360 reviews, biweekly professional development meetings and other frameworks in place to help you grow in your desired career path.
    - The work is challenging and fun, the company's initiatives in new technologies, smart interfaces and AI is super exciting.
    - The leadership is transparent and open. There are quarterly meetings to communicate company's direction and strategies.
    - The company culture around constantly making improvements to processes and operations is very encouraging.
    - Small but really appreciated: All desks can be adjusted to be standing desks!

    Cons

    Nothing major stands out to me but an area of improvement could be enhancing the breakout/collaboration spaces so they better facilitate myplanet's co-working culture.

    Myplanet Response

    7 Nov, 2017 – CEO

    Thank-you so much for taking the time to post your review. We always like to say that the people at Myplanet are the number one perk. :) We're really glad that you agree. We are also very excited by... More


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  5. "Great place to grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great company. People and culture are great. There are a lot of learning opportunities. Interesting projects and global clients. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    This is a consulting company, so career opportunities are limited because of the nature of the business. Projects are usually stressful and require overtime. Company direction is not always clear.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Growth-focused, talent-driven. Company for people who want to be people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Toronto, ON
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Myplanet full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Myplanet's greatest strength are the people at the company. The talent level is very high and everyone is friendly and collaborative. The level of emotional intelligence is high.

    Projects are self-organizing and driven by the team members. The level of engagement and ownership is very high as a result. The biggest thing about Myplanet is that I like the people I work with. I like the work we do. I have autonomy over how we do it. And I feel like I'm empowered to do the best I can.

    The company is dedicated to fostering an open culture. You can actually tell the C-level leadership what you think and they will listen. During company status meetings there are multiple venues to ask questions to accommodate different communication styles and locations. There's also plenty of 1-on-1 mentorship and syncs. The company also actively considers diversity and has a diversity committee to explore how to be more diverse.

    The leadership team has stumbled in the past but has found it's way more recently. The open and iterative approach to leadership has definitely yielded results. In addition, more support is being offered by the extended leadership team than in the past. The path of advancement has been clarified and they are very clear in what kinds of people in different leadership roles.

    Cons

    Seniority isn't really a way to get your way here. It's a strong meritocracy. You need to be both strong technically, and an effective and empathetic communicator to be able to influence your team mates. You need to be able to explain why your decisions are correct while being respectful and collaborative. I wouldn't say this is a "drawback" necessarily, but for people coming in who expect to have a more traditional culture, it can be a shock.

    Another downside is that projects can "follow you around". The nature of services is that you're doing something new 1-2 times per year, which is great for keeping it fresh. However, if you're a crucial person to the project then you can get pulled back into support it in exceptional circumstances (which affects your current commitments). The company has a support team which is supposed to handle these kinds of things, but it's still improving.

    Advice to Management

    Talent retention needs to be a focus. The strength of the company is it's people.

    Myplanet Response

    24 Oct, 2017 – CEO

    We really appreciate the time you spent to write this review. You've called out a number of the hallmarks of the Myplanet experience, traits that we have (and continue to) reinforce and improve upon... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great environment to expanding your skills"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Toronto, ON
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Myplanet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the company's core values, Humanity, is really at the forefront. You absolutely feel like you're treated as a person and not just a "resource" and your needs and desired are taken seriously.

    If you're in a technical role, working on different projects every 6 months to a year, you get to experiment with and learn a lot of new technologies and techniques. You're given a lot of liberty in the technical choices you make within your team since every team is autonomous and there's no top-down forcing of any particular technology.

    Cons

    If you like sticking to, obsessing about, and keep improving a single project a number of years, you won't find a long-termed project to do that here (at least in the short run).

    Even though it's a great liberty for teams to be autonomous and making their own decisions, this reflects negatively on the benefits teams could get from cross-team collaboration and sharing of know-how. There's a bit of a lack of a holistic technical leadership that applies to all teams.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "I continue to grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Myplanet full-time

    Pros

    -My team is super smart
    -We work for some of top companies in the world. Most customers are in the US and Europe
    -I can definitely notice my skills growing, and management is very committed to feedback. We get detailed feedback twice per year that is constructive and helpful.
    -The company is growing quite a bit. This is exiting, as they struggled with their sales model in 2015 but seem to have learned from the mistakes.
    -I like the commitment to making all employees owners
    -The company has been investing heavily in data and machine learning. There seems to be a commitment to significant skills upgrades and training for all of us.

    Cons

    -Company can be very Toronto centric as that’s where most people are based. This is improving.
    - I’m worried that the new capabilities we are building might come out of my own time.
    -Customer-facing roles often have a travel component. Most people have to spend a few days travelling each quarter, but Engagement Lead and Client Service roles can be more. Most travel is to San Francisco and London UK.
    -Work hours can be busy in spurts around product deadlines.
    -I’m not always sure what my stock options mean for me. This could be explained better.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep diligent on new hires to make sure our team stays strong. - - Spend more time with each team and employee to help convey what Smarter Interfaces will mean for them


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work at"

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

    I have been working at Myplanet full-time

    Pros

    - really smart co-workers
    - ambitious leadership team who are also very open to inputs
    - a lot of potential to grow
    - the company actually cares about their employees

    Cons

    - the last few years, the growth has been limited BUT that is changing now
    - the long-term strategy/ vision of the company is unclear sometimes


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Myplanet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about Myplanet is it lives by its values and the leaders of the organization ensure that Myplaneteers are taken care of. I have seen the leaders living the Humanity value on several occasions. Its a workplace that's friendly, transparent and flexible.

    I can walk in the office in the same way as I would walk in my home because of the great relationship Myplaneteers share with each other and the flexibility our work environment offers.

    There's a lot of diversity in the projects that the company takes on including IOT, AI, etc. This allows the Myplaneteers to be motivated, work on new and innovative stuff and learn new technologies.

    The company is working with clients all over North America and Europe. This allows the employees to learn about different regions, customers in addition to all the travel opportunities.

    Cons

    - The growth has been limited in the last few years which seems to be changing now.
    - Individual career path needs to be given more importance

    Advice to Management

    Myplanet is a great place to work overall and the leaders are doing an amazing job in maintaining the culture.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "One of the better places I've worked at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Myplanet full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - the opportunities are there to be had if you reach out and grab them
    - always positive personalities; inclusivity is important; help is always there if you need it
    - good work (i.e., money-generating efforts) is recognized and nurtured
    - genuine attempt to adapt to new tech
    - processes exist, but can be adapted to suit a team's particular style
    - time off is straight forward to book and not usually a problem
    - work is as interesting and challenging as you want it to be

    Cons

    - some work can be considered "grunt" work for clients, but that's what pays the bills
    - perhaps I'm just too cynical, but I encounter many personalities which seem overly positive; bordering on unrealistic. but positive is definitely better than negative!
    - too much sales-y, kool-aid, jargon-talk; not enough substance, guts, and realism

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep things real. Be concise, use plain language, and try to lay off the kool-aid. That said, don't stop thinking big: would love to see some risks taken on in-house products and/or projects that push the boundaries rather than simply purchasing a licensing agreement from an existing vendor.

    Myplanet Response

    17 Oct, 2017 – CEO

    Thank-you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I'm also really glad that you've noticed that we are never resting on our laurels. Our team does tend to be positive, and while it's... More


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