VarageSale Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2018

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VarageSale CEO  Andrew Sider (no image)
Andrew Sider
10 Ratings
  1. "Great place to work - didn't feel like "work""

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by really smart, passionate coworkers who genuinely care about the company's vision. Really strong emphasis on culture and work/life balance. Huge opportunity to grow and learn - company is willing to invest in their employees for personal and professional growth. Ability to create your own career path within the company. Competitive salary and benefits. Management Team genuinely cares about the employees - After the lay offs at the start of the 2016 year (con), the entire Management Team went out of their way to help those let go find and land new (great) jobs.

    Cons

    Cross-department communication wasn't as strong as it could have been while I was working there.

  2. "A place to believe in"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great group of passionate people, who enjoy the work they do, and the impact that VarageSale has on communities. Not often you get to work somewhere that can profoundly impact the lives of the people using it. I've been both a front-end developer and Product Manager and loved both roles. Talented dev (and ops) team that keep things humming. I love being able to do multiple deployments each day! The product team is rock solid too. Hyper focused on delivering value, MVP'ing when it makes sense, and using user tests and member feedback to verify UX prior to shipping. Andrew the new CEO brought a product lead growth focus to the team, increased transparency, and is creating a data driven culture with clear goals for everything we do. He started his tenure by chatting individually with everyone in the team to get feedback and ideas which was awesome. Lastly, great culture. Had our work offsite last week. Was brilliant to hang as company, workshop ideas/needs/opportunities and see those getting funneled into our next quarter roadmap. Also nice to have patio drinks afterwards :)

    Cons

    Can't get amazing new people in the door fast enough. Common issue.

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Startup with a Heart"

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

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

    Pros

    I'm so thankful that I have a job that I enjoy everyday. VarageSale has an awesome startup culture, without the usual startup craziness and long hours. The executive team has done a great job at creating a culture that is fun, yet at the same time values peoples personal lives. I am able to come to work refreshed everyday and get started on the challenges ahead. In my past roles with other startups, I worked 12 hour days and found it hard to keep my passion. I was warmly welcomed into the VarageSale family and I have already built some great relationships. I feel respected. I have a ton of autonomy in my daily work. I also have a life outside of work which is so imperative to me.

    Cons

    Earlier this year, due to a change in strategy, some extremely talented members of the team were laid off. Most of those laid off have landed on their feet and found other great opportunities. Layoffs are scary, but par for the course for a startup of this size.

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  4. Helpful (10)

    "Used to be great but management has ruined it!"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at VarageSale full-time

    Pros

    Before the layoffs this ompany had a great vibeand culture as previous reviews have said. Too bad it was all a lie. I used to be happy working here, but since the layoffs in January job stability is uncertain, and many employees have quit. Ill be joining them shortly.

    Cons

    Lying to employees, poor management skills, lack of direction, inexperienced management, financial mismanagement, blaming employees for management mistakes. The founders really messed this up and are in panic mode and continue to make poor decesions. This list goes on...

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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Not a good place to be since the layoffs"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Raised a lot of money Nice office Had a lot of potential There are still some people there that are good to work with, that number is dwindling

    Cons

    Job security is unbelievably shaky VarageSale moved a lot of its former staff to Ontario from other provinces only to fire them Founders squandered a golden opportunity Terrible direction Unstable work environment - Google Varagesale layoffs

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Proud to work here"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VarageSale

    Pros

    Great company to work at in Toronto. People are smart, nice, genuine and generally great to be around everyday. Management treats people well without feeling like they're trying to buy our love and appreciation. The pace is fast and little red tape on doing things and they are eager to do new things or something never done before in our industry. It's growing quickly so lots of career development opportunities, but know you'll be facing change so be prepared for that. Family friendly environment with events that involve partners & children so people can get to know people on a non-work level. Plus, probably the nicest office design/space in Toronto.

    Cons

    One day per week we run out of our fancy free snacks. Madness ;)

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome Place to work!"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at VarageSale full-time

    Pros

    - Everyone is very passionate about the work they do and it is very evident working in a very collaborative environment. Ideas are valued from everyone within the company, not just one particular dept or person - Family friendly atmosphere, we even have had a "meet the family night" - New office, beer fridge, pool table, ping-pong, scooters, goodlife mambership lots of fun! - This company is going to go far!

    Cons

    - Sometimes have to work long hours because of the start-up life, things are changing rapidly - have to be ok with that, not for the slow-paced!

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Dynamic, focused, yet family-friendly"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at VarageSale

    Pros

    Good compensation (and interesting stock options), great office, lots of perks, management and owners really care for employees and strive to preserve work/life balance. Target audience is unlike anywhere else, and love the product to the core. Interesting technology stack.

    Cons

    Occasional ball dropped by excess of entitlement; onboarding could be improved.

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  9. Helpful (6)

    "Great company! The work we do impact the lives of millions."

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at VarageSale

    Pros

    Great opportunities for growing. Really smart and talented employees across all departments. Growing really fast while making a significant impact on people lives. Good salary and great culture. I don't think I could have find anywhere better than VarageSale.

    Cons

    current office is small. Good thing we are moving to a new space very soon

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing work environment and fantastic team!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The co-founders and the entire management team care about the product, the people and make everyone feel appreciated and valuable. The work is interesting, the team is reliable and talented, the product is impactful and additive.

    Cons

    With such rapid growth it's difficult to keep track of all the new employees, projects, and communities.

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