WorkJam Reviews

Updated Jun 7, 2020

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4.0
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WorkJam President & CEO Steven Kramer (no image)
Steven Kramer
33 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with good culture and values"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like how Steve Kramer (CEO), does a weekly meeting with the entire company to share with us some big updates, and congrats outstanding people for their remarkable work. Overall a great company with good culture and values. Plus people are nice.

    Cons

    It's very sales driven, and a lot of deadlines.

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Making a difference"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WorkJam full-time

    Pros

    Great company with great technology. It is amazing to see how the application is used and essential to so many of our customers. The stories that are shared from management and those that interact directly with our customers are truly incredible. You see how what is built makes a difference. I'm so happy and proud to work for such a great company that takes care of its employees and customers.

    Cons

    None, just a great place to be.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Fast growing product and company"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 WorkJam full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Huge demand for the product and HCM/WFM space as a whole

    Cons

    Large Enterprise Customers are demanding, which is exiting, but means lot of pressure to grow the product.

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  4. Helpful (7)

    "Good working environment but no career development"

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

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

    Pros

    The best thing about Workjam is their environment and people. Everyone is super relaxed and fun to work with and I had literally no trouble getting along with anyone I worked with. As a java developer, the tech stack is super good. The product is not super duper complicated, (which could be both good and bad, but I liked the fact that it's simpler) and also, the Product Owner I worked with was amazing so we, as developers, never had any trouble understanding what we are supposed to code. There are some very good senior devs and if you end up working with them, you will definitely learn a lot. The work-life balance is great. I never felt pressured to work overtime or weekends.

    Cons

    Compensation: The compensation could be better. The salary is just average but there are no benefits which makes it below average. The RRSP is a joke (it's $500 per year). There are no bonuses. They will tell you that your yearly salary raise will be based on performance but at the end, everyone gets the usual 3-4%. Career Development: When it comes to career development, there aren't much opportunities. It is a sales company, they want to sell fast and sell more, so the execs have no interest in the employees' goals and career development. You are expected to write code for the feature they want to sell fast, ship, and move on to the next thing the sales team brings to the table. Project deadlines: The project requirements and deadlines are set by the sales team BEFORE the devs even have a chance to look at the feature documentations. So the sales team promise the clients unicorns and rainbows without consulting the technical team if this feature is even possible to develop, let alone it being possible in the promised time frame.

  5. Helpful (8)

    "At least you can negotiate your salary"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people on the floor are really nice to work with. Lots of opportunities for career advancement (especially when a fifth of the employees leave every year...)

    Cons

    Higher management is a disaster. They are trying to sell how well their company is doing to their employees using the exact same pitch they sell to clients. They seem to forget we actually work there and are reporting flaws day to day, then getting ignored as if we didn't matter. You will be completely disregarded by higher management and that explains why they need to be so agressive at recruiting.

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Professional and friendly"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting and Administrative Clerk in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many advantages to work with this company

    Cons

    I don't see any cons. So far all i see are the pros.

  7. Helpful (16)

    "Dev process is poorly managed"

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

    I worked at WorkJam full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Well-located downtown office. All of my interactions with other workers were positive and friendly. IT/support/hardware guy is amazing, superhumanly fast and helpful. Decent benefits. The company has huge contracts with big name companies so it seems likely they'll be sticking around for awhile, if the stability of the business is important to you.

    Cons

    100+ people in an open office is not conducive to productivity... and they're not remote-friendly. I had fine interactions with everyone, but two coworkers I know closely got really caught up in bitter office politics. Oftentimes different teams are basically pitted against each other. This company is all marketing/business folks up top; there was no CTO when I was there, maybe this has changed since. A lot of pressure to meet deadlines set on the business side, leading to half-baked features implemented poorly. Always planning to go back to fix it later, and then another feature request comes in that takes priority over tech debt, and eventually the entire app is spaghetti code and crashes all the time. Many staff are unhappy and turnover rate is quite high. The company has grown on the strength of strong sales, but if the development process continues to be poorly managed, I think it's only a matter of time before it collapses under its own weight.

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  8. "experience : 1 year"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Android Developer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good place to grow and friendly enviroment

    Cons

    growing so fast so maybe we are not ready

  9. Helpful (19)

    "There are better options in Montreal"

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

    I have been working at WorkJam full-time

    Pros

    -The product is interesting and solves a real need in the market -If you're a junior /intermediate developer (0-5 years) it's a good place to learn a lot -There are some big name customers. -The executive team have a proven track record of building a company.

    Cons

    -The perks could be more competitive: - non-competitive RRSP plan, no bonus, no additional perks like transport or fitness allowances. -The company does not believe in sharing the wealth. Most employees do not have options or any part in the company. So even if the company ends up being a success, you're working to make the executive team more money. There does not seem to be any clear plan to share the success. -Lots of growing pains in the company and because of it, software development practices are not great. Release management is sloppy, automated testing is lacking, CI and CD are far from where they need to be. -Management does not invest much in their people, almost no training and they do not work to develop the staff. Moreover, there are not a lot of senior members on the team that are coaches that you can learn from. -There are no Product Managers in the company -No clear objectives a lot of the time. Most of the time seems to be firefighting. -This one is toxic: micromanagement from the executive team, e.g. a top-level executive should not be telling a developer how something should be done.

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  10. Helpful (20)

    "Lots of pressure, little reward"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting and interesting product. Big name customers. Awesome team. Flexible working hours. Overall, not a bad place to work, but it's not a coincidence that all the lower ratings have the same complaints.

    Cons

    No career options, no focus on employee growth. Hard to be invested in a company that isn't investing in you. The replies to these reviews are laughable if you work here. It doesn't matter what is said in meetings if it doesn't translate to reality. We may value being customer-focused, but values don't matter if we choose new features over fixes for existing customers time and time again. The executives often micromanage and make snap decisions without facts. It's good that they're invested in the company's success, but they need to realize that we're no longer small enough that they know everything that's going on. Some teams are expected to perform the work of a team many times their size, and are criticized for not being superhuman, while other teams seem to find plenty of time to play foosball and ping pong.

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    WorkJam Response

    March 14, 2019CEO

    Thank you for your feedback. We are all working very hard, and at times it may feel like the pressure is great. We are concerned about how the WorkJam team feels about the work environment and thank you for the feedback so we can get better plan our growth. Meeting our customer expectations and balancing the urgency to meet our commitments with a healthy work environment is our highest goal.

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