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Pure Technologies Reviews

Updated 12 December, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial, Progressive, Lots of Opportunities

    Cons

    Driven, Focused on Growth & Profitability


  2. "An old boys club"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Smart people working on real problems
    - Great office environment
    - Decent folks
    - Cutting-edge technology

    Cons

    - Nepotism and favoritism run high in this company
    - Senior management protects those people they like and not looking at people producing results.
    - people who are favored get to move up the chain and sometimes receive promotions
    - They positioned the firm to sell to a buyer (Xylem)

    Advice to Management

    - Flush out the old bureaucratic folks in senior management and get rid of those who are just clogging up the firm
    - People are protected at various levels because they are buddies with senior management.
    - Senior management should look at the quality of work produced by people
    - It's time to recruit new people from outside the firm

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Come if your desperate - just don't get comfortable"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The old Pure:

    This place was an OK place to work. One could overlook the well-below average compensations for the workplace culture. There were frequent team building events and after work drinks and food. Everyone worked hard and played hard. Lasting friendships were made. Upper management was more approachable.

    The new Pure:
    -health and dental benefits
    -coworkers are friendly
    -ping pong table (if they haven't gotten rid of it)
    -some smart people (if they're still around)

    Cons

    Over the years, the company took the direction of making themselves look good on paper for an eventual sale. To do this, they pinned raises at inflation +/- 1% and they cut their ESPP by 50%. There were freezes on hiring and also cutbacks to the social committee. What's left is a frail skeleton of a workforce. An overworked, under-employed, or under-payed workforce who can barely manage to hide their discontent.

    To make matters worse - much worse - is that the ones who've clearly benefited from the cutbacks and eventual sale were the executives, and they've made no effort to hide it. They've formed a sort-of 'old boys' club. Patting each other on the back, speaking over employees about their new homes, vacations, etc. Soaking in their raises, bonuses, and stock options.They make no effort at all to communicate with their employees. They're relatively young - and all but maybe one or two have their heads up you-know-where. Now you're also up against nepotism. Sons, daughters, nephews, granddaughters and sons were all shoehorned into some sort of position here at some point. Good luck competing for a promotion.

    I noticed Pure was recently purchased by a larger company (Xylem) for a hefty price tag. You can bet they're looking for make their investment back asap. This can only mean more tough times. Expect at least two years before you see any light, and in the meantime, don't assume your job is secure.

    Now let me elaborate on my position. I had no clear mandate. No career direction. No mentorship. Management made promises that were never kept. I was straight up lied to. I did not have one single performance review. Some of my team members were so overworked they were completely inapproachable because I knew all I'd get is a moody/snarky remark.

    One last point I feel requires emphasis is the office environment. Personal - items at your desk? Nope. Maybe a plant on your desk? Nope. I've been very frank so far, and I won't stop here. Think hospital-like sterility and lighting combined with a call centre layout. It's loud and you're crowded in the center like a herd of livestock while the execs watch through their glass windows and enjoy the only direct sunlight in the entire office. So the execs have offices, but are they used? Rarely. I'll say it again, it's loud in here, and the execs don't hesitate to yell at each other over the heads of the employees. So if you're the type of person that needs quiet to focus and solve difficult problems, well, good luck. They don't like you working from home either. No one uses the lunch room. It's small and very poorly laid out. I suspect most people don't use it because of the ridiculous wall poster of the founders as kids - the most blatant and poorly executed attempt at brown-nosing -by an exec - that I could not have imagined.

    In summary:
    -inapproachable management
    -hypocritical management
    -heavy cutbacks
    -lack of organization
    -poor management
    -low wages
    -no career growth
    -terrible office enviroment
    -poor location unless you live in the beltline (train, then walk 15min. Only the execs get parking)

    Advice to Management

    Get your heads out of your ground before you lose whatever talent you have remaining. Talk to them. Mentor them. Treat them more than just temporary cheap labour. Quit trying to get them to drink the koolaid and treat them like adults.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "System Developer"

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    Current Employee - Systems Developer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Systems Developer in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic environment. Exposed to a wider field of knowledge.

    Cons

    Vague position definition. Not much of career opportunity


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience, friendly colleagues willing to help, focus on skills development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people
    Team building activities
    Flexible working environment
    Encouraged to take on new projects or present ideas
    Managers are willing to help in career goals

    Cons

    Mississauga office in location far from commercial stores
    Not much exposure to other areas of business
    Will most likely need to travel quite a bit


  6. Helpful (2)

    "The last few years were rough but now it's ok. Better than many other companies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pure Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good benefit and health plan if you are in Canada

    Cons

    Pure is an international company. Some employees need to be educated on how to respect minorities and people from different culture.

    Advice to Management

    offering more career paths to employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It used to be good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pure Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people are amazing. There is great camaraderie.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not great.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Field Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    visit the world, projects take place in lot of interesting locations

    Cons

    low pay and long hours for what is asked for


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Field Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It has a friendly environment plus good people are working around your desk. If you like travelling, you are going to love this job but not if you have a engineering degree!

    Cons

    When you work there for couple of weeks, you will understand that management is taking advantage of you. They give a title but you are just a construction handyman. They will ask you to do different things that has nothing to do with your job title. Lots of travelling in short notice which makes you uncomfortable with the job. If you are looking for a challenging job, this is not your place.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good environment to work in ...Learning and excellent culture

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive so ............................................