Softchoice Employee Reviews about "beer cart"

Updated 25 Nov 2020

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  1. COVID-19
    Helpful (9)

    "Great company for Sales roles no growth for anything else"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Position in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Softchoice full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -The executive leadership team at this company is solid. If you look at the profiles of the ELT they are relatively new with established careers and the strategy from the ELT is sound -There are career advancement opportunities for employees in Sales positions. You can start as a Account Manager and navigate your way to a manager, outbound, DSM, RVP -Provides all the other perks of other tech companies such as beer cart, bring your dog to work, ping pong tables, onsite gym (if you are into that stuff) -Company has many corporate social responsibility initiatives such as a day to volunteer, Softchoice cares and many other events -ELT really tries to stick to being human and inspiring and handled the shift during the pandemic very well.

    Cons

    -Below market salaries across the organization. This company would spend more to hire a new employee then pay an increase to maintain an existing one -High turnover. This company struggles to retain top talent so your are left working with mediocre staff. During my time here I would be surprised if anyone stayed longer than 2 years. In sales it can be as short as 6 months -This company is a Sales company first, as such 90% of P club seats are allocated to Sales employees. The criteria for P club is also very straight forward if you are in sales. For non-sales roles you are fighting with other departments (eg Ops, marketing, Sales Ops, Payroll) to get a P club seat and the criteria isn't as straightforward. I can tell you from my experience it really wasn't based on merit -Lack of career advancement opportunities for roles outside of Sales. The company doesn't do a great job with career development for employees. They spend a lot of time talking about the tools (successfactors) but not enough on building a framework for managers to have these discussions -Rampant nepotism at this company. There are managers, senior managers, directors that don't deserve to be in them. If you are an overachiever this can be discouraging to move up in the company because it isn't based on your performance or merit. -This company is very stingy when it comes to spending on employees. The company generates more than $1B in revenue but charges employees $20 for christmas party entry and additional cost if you want to bring a plus one. Not only that you only get 2 drink tickets, and if you are lucky you may be able to expense your ride home. Imagine working for a company that generates that much money but unwilling to splurge once a year for their hardworking employees -As mentioned above ELT is great, SLT not great and therefore not capable of executing company strategy well. The company recently underwent tech transformation as part of digital strategy but SLT members were incapable of execution and roll out was disastrous. -Long tenured employees at the company aren't the greatest to learn from. They just stick around cause their have their money invested in the company shares. So if you are young, driven, and ambitious you will be working for these folks to drive up the share price and cash out

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  2. "Order Manager"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Softchoice full-time

    Pros

    Work from Home days 2 floater Days/ year Flexible in hours Beer cart/ Pizza every Friday once a month lolll Bring your dogs to work

    Cons

    No internal growth unless you are into management positions


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Inside Account Manager"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dog friendly office, beer-cart Fridays, opportunities to win free trips from vendors. Great place to start career in IT if you have no experience.

    Cons

    Difficult to hit quota if you absorb poor accounts, work-life balance is awful, and pay is not competitive to industry standard.

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  4. "Great & collaborative workplace!"

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

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

    Pros

    - friendly environment - dog friendly - monthy beer cart and pizza lunch - monthly updates from the company - collaborative, everyone is out to help you

    Cons

    - subsidized parking but it isn't free in Toronto

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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Lot of Potential with a Lack of nDirection"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Softchoice full-time

    Pros

    Softchoice does have a lot of incentives and reasons to work their. They offer Spiffs and Trips to motivate employees. It’s a casual work environment, which is nice to have. They offer beer cart Friday’s once a month, and food through vendor engagements a couple times a month! Softchoice has a lot of knowledgeable staff, and their employees are awesome people with great potential. Once you’re in role for a couple of months you can work from home! Lots of fun at launch and other events. Great initial training -it’s nice to have some class trainingZ

    Cons

    I use to see a career at softchoice, and felt a purpose for my work. I’d had so much passion but now it is lacking and I find that a trend with most people I work with who constantly stressed and ill motivated. Softchoice has a lot of office politics, and the longer you work there the more obvious that it is. The processes and the way we operate internally is a chaotic mess, with extremely low response times and little value add. We keep investing in new systems -Salesforce, challenger, method, moving to different platforms, hiring more sales staff but lack investing in operational resources because they may not have a direct correlation to softchoices bottom line. There is not a lot of work life balence, you will have an extremely large work load, but that is this norm at softchoice. So at least you’re not alone is this work life (lack of) balence. Since this is the case people are less willing to help since they are overworked themselves. You’re initial training will seem great , a month in class, phase 2, but don’t be fooled in role there is so much you won’t learn and although people are willing to help since they are overworked themselves they can’t help you with the everything. A lot of the positive reviews on her are clearly from new staff who are still in their first month or two of training who haven’t worked at softchoice long enough to see how we actually operate and function as a team. We have become a group of people solely focused on numbers and the bottom line, which was not the way softchoice always was I can assure you of that.

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "review"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Camaraderie Nice coworkers Events beer-cart fridays pizza lunch once a month

    Cons

    sales reps get most of the perks i.e. free food, travel perks etc. lack of direction with management new CEO and culture seems to have shifted ageist company. A lot of young people and its not diverse in terms of age. I saw a lot of hardworking people on my floor let go that were older than the majority of the people.

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  7. "Territory Sales Representative"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive, progressive, people oriented sales culture with plenty of room to advance and grow with the company. Amazing training program called 'Sales Academy' that will increase your sales and business acumen. The Sales Coaches were all very helpful and enabled me to learn a vast amount of complex information in a short amount of time. Sales Coaches push you to achieve your goals and grow your personal brand. If you're focused and willing to withstand many tests and challenges you can quickly get put on a team and set yourself on a path to make a six figure income. There are many success stories at this company! Additionally, they have plenty of fun events, catered meals for staff, beer cart once a month, and they contribute to numerous charitable initiatives.

    Cons

    Training is very intense, so you have to be mentally prepared for a series of tests and presentations. One of their invoicing systems is extremely tedius, outdated and needs to be fully replaced w/Salesforce. More vacation time for first year employees would be nice.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture, poor departmental management"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Softchoice full-time

    Pros

    -amazing culture -unique/fun perks (e.g. Beer Cart on first Fridays of each month, dog friendly, free pizza lunch once a month) -absence of micromanagement -rewards innovation and initiative -lots of opportunity to learn

    Cons

    -lack of accountability from people -noncompetitive salary -turnover seems high and departmental management handles transitions poorly

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  9. "Extremely Misleading"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Softchoice

    Pros

    Really nice people Good work environment The dogs were nice Fun events, beer cart and the like

    Cons

    Job Description/Interview and actual role were completely different Incredibly boring day to day Not learning any new skills Not willing to follow up on promises made during the interview process

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing Culture & Fun Work Environment"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Service Desk Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Softchoice for less than a year

    Pros

    - People there are friendly, helpful, and happy to be there - Service Desk Team are smart and are more than willing to teach new guys in the field of IT the ropes - Company offers benefits like free lunches, monthly beer cart/social gatherings, a work computer to use anytime, and more

    Cons

    -N/A, it's like any job you get the good and the bad but I wouldn't trade this job for the world. The people here actually enjoy working and are not miserable unlike other workplaces

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