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Wave Reviews

Updated 31 January, 2019
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Pros
  • "I love the fast paced environment, learning something new everyday and the fantastic employees who make up most of the fun" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Respects work-life balance (flexible hours, option to occasionally work from home)" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Thus, the work/life balance is a hard one to keep whilst your brain drowns in happy thoughts about your work" (in 5 reviews)

  • "The fast paced environment is not for everyone" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Designer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people
    The culture
    The amazing product
    The office space

    Cons

    Not many, really. If you're not used to the fast-paced start-up pace, then it may not be for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being amazing and transparent!


  2. "Great culture, tons of room for growth"

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

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

    Pros

    - People & Culture team is top notch
    - Wave genuinely cares about their user base
    - Transparency from execs and management
    - Managers seem to care about well-being of their workers

    Cons

    - The building is quite old but the interior is quite nice

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

    Wave Response

    17 Jan, 2019 – Manager, People & Culture

    Hey Fellow Waver,

    Thanks so much for the positive feedback and for taking the time to review us! We are happy to hear you are enjoying your time here at Wave and are thrilled to have somebody like... More

  3. "Excellent Environment for Growth & Fun"

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

    I have been working at Wave full-time

    Pros

    Great Team, Great Leadership, Inspiring CEO, Opportunities for Growth, Excellent People & Culture team, 10/10 Office environment

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons

    Wave Response

    17 Jan, 2019 – Manager, People & Culture

    Hey Fellow Waver,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review with us and for your positive thoughts!

    We love to hear that you’re loving it here at Wave, and the positives you have... More


  4. "Case Study in the Peter Principle"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wave full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong work life balance is very evident

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Wave is riddled with examples of the the Peter Principle in full effect. However, if you are wiling to accept the fact that each of these examples of incompetence (and there are many) are nothing more than symptom of a broken inheritance model, it is somewhat bearable.

    Advice to Management

    You should focus less on the Superstar and more on the Rockstars. The Rockstars are in for the long haul. The Superstar are purely opportunists that will eventfully leave regardless of what is offered.


  5. "Great engineering culture; not enough product innovation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wave full-time

    Pros

    Great internal culture and everyone believes in helping small businesses.

    Cons

    Things take too long to move and with not enough innovation it feels like the work is just to maintain status quo

    Wave Response

    17 Jan, 2019 – Manager, People & Culture

    Hey former-Waver,

    Thanks for taking the time to leave us your thoughts.

    We hold true to our values and feeling that burden of the Brave Entrepreneur is one that guides our decision making, too... More


  6. "High Pace and Fun with a Strong Leadership Team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Director in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The company cares about you
    - You are surrounded by fun and smart people
    - All teams move fast and push hard
    - Good opportunities to grow inside the company
    - The leadership team, led by Kirk (the CEO), is strong and often inspiring
    - Wave is a great Toronto tech success story

    Cons

    - Moving fast and pushing hard is not for everybody

    Wave Response

    7 Nov, 2018 – Manager, People & Culture

    Hey Waver,

    We care a lot about our team, and we try very hard to bring in the best to work with the best - you! In an environment like ours, we all have to be moving fast and pushing hard to get... More


  7. "Culture"

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

    I have been working at Wave full-time

    Pros

    Incredible culture, very easy to feel like you are a part of something great, while being extremely well taken care of by an amazing HR team

    Cons

    As the company grows, it can be possible to lose sight of what makes the culture great. You have to give to get, and if you aren't willing to immerse yourself deeply within this culture, you can get stuck feeling like you're on the outside looking in.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up what you're doing; you're an amazing team that deeply cares about its employees and the company's customers.

    Wave Response

    2 Aug, 2018 – Manager, People and Culture

    Hello fellow Waver,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We work hard to build & grow our amazing Team, which includes you! With so much on the go, we encourage lots of... More

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Two Worlds: From Corporate to Startup"

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

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

    Pros

    Coming from almost 20 years in the conservative, suit-heavy corporate world in downtown Toronto, moving to the startup, casual setting of Wave just outside of the "concrete jungle" was a big step for me. I left a world that I was comfortable in (probably too comfortable) and embarked on a new career journey filled with different ways of doing anything and everything. The first few weeks were scary, but it's amazing how comfortable you start to feel in your abilities to do your job and also how quickly you feel a part of the Wave culture. Everyone here is very friendly and ready to help and answer all your questions. As scary as it was I never felt any regret or questioned making the move to Wave. I have been incredibly happy here and I would recommend working here to anybody. Don't be afraid of change and don't be afraid to take a big leap of faith at something totally different and out of your comfort zone!

    Cons

    I wouldn't say there's any downside to working at Wave...I think, for me, the most important thing is to give yourself time to adjust to a new working environment, stay confident, accept the bumps in the road, and in a few months you'll be back to feeling like the "rockstar" you always knew u were.

    Wave Response

    2 Aug, 2018 – Manager, People and Culture

    Hello, Waver!

    We're thrilled you chose us to take your career to the next step. With 185~ish people, we've all been new once, and continuous growth is a part of what makes Wave (and our Team... More


  9. "Intern Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great culture and product. People have passion for what they are working on.
    - Get real responsibility as an intern
    - Lots of learning opportunities
    - Good perks

    Cons

    Constantly changing priorities. But it is understandable as the company is growing fast and there are so many things it can achieve.

    Wave Response

    2 Aug, 2018 – Manager, People and Culture

    Hello, Waver!

    Thanks so much for leaving us your feedback. We're very fortunate to have a Team of folks who care deeply about each other, as well as our products and Customers. In order to... More


  10. "Great work culture and a fantastic office space"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wave (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Talented, driven and open-minded people.
    Great company culture, good perks and compensation.
    HR is really welcoming and friendly.

    Cons

    Bussing to and from work can be difficult.

    Wave Response

    2 Aug, 2018 – Manager, People and Culture

    Hello, Waver!

    We're glad to hear you're loving it here. We hope your work & the environment we have here at Wave HQ makes up for your commute - don't forget we have work from home days, if you... More