Circles.Life FAQ

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25 English questions out of 25

22 May 2020

What is health insurance like at Circles.Life?

Pros

Stocked pantry with snacks, coffee machine and tea. Amazing company LinkedIn profile that makes Circles look glorious on the outside. Telco bill reimbursement, group medical insurance.

Cons

Too many to list down. but here are a few. Things started going downhill since last year. Glassdoor rating was as high as 3.7 just a year ago, but now a pathetic 2.4 and this is NOT for no reason. - Multiple “restructurings” happened and people got laid off since last October. Used to joke that Thanos appeared in Circles because every few weeks there were layoffs, but it has since evolved into a fear culture that these jokes aren’t even funny anymore. We were tricked into believing every single lay-off was “the last one” in the company’s exact words. And then it happened, and happened, and happened again and again. - High turnover rate. Most good people are leaving the company because of the turn of events that have happened. Many are looking for an exit. Ask around, even recruiters from other companies know about it, we were told during interviews with other companies. - Don’t trust anything the recruiters tell you if it is not written in your offer letter. Don’t be naive. Make sure everything is in the OFFER LETTER that you sign and not only in the email, or worse still if it’s just verbally told to you. When questioned why salary adjustment was promised by recruiters but not granted, the company’s response was “we did not commit to that if you check your offer letter”. Wow, amazing. You won the legal game. Many people even for those who have worked for >1 year did not enjoy any salary adjustments last year, and for those who got it, it was way lower than market rate. Do you want your pay to be stuck at the same range even after working for a few years? Think twice because when you move on to other jobs, companies will base their offer on your current pay, which means you are kinda stuck. - Management here abuses the word “ownership”. Taking ownership means you are expected to firefight, churn and deliver within tight timelines and most of the time losing your work-life balance. The CEO said firefighting is in our company spirits. What? - Process changes all the time without elaborate planning and systematic execution. You are told to follow this process today, two-three weeks later they would change their mind and tell you to follow another process, and the cycle keeps repeating. You will find yourself being caught up with processes instead of focusing on learning and developing your skills in the company. - Insanely KPI-driven. If setting exceptional goals to appease your boss and working overtime to meet KPIs is how you enjoy working, welcome to Circus. Oops I meant circles. To people who are considering to take up job offers from Circles, if you do not want to constantly worry about job security, fearing that you will be fired anytime after seeing your colleagues being let go one after another, being stuck in an infinite loop of working like a robot to deliver within tight timelines but learning nothing, no pay increment, DON’T JOIN. You have been warned. Fresh grads especially, please look elsewhere. You deserve better. Don’t be tricked by the glorious social presence of the company. Always try to speak to engineers (engineers on the ground, not managers, not recruiters) in the company first before joining one, and for circles specifically, you will understand why there are so many negative reviews on Glassdoor.

Telco bill reimbursement, group medical insurance.

22 May 2020

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11 September 2020

Does Circles.Life offer sponsored degrees?

Pros

Mobile bill reimbursement, mobile device reimbursement.

Cons

1) Yesterday's intern is tomorrow's manager: ------------------------------------------------------- There is a manager for every three employees. Most of them do not have any people management experience. The only reason why they got promoted is that they worked in the same company for more than two years. 2) Bad TPMs and release based culture ------------------------------------------------------- TPMs are kings here. They do not care anything about tech. They only care about when we are releasing. 3) No engineering work ------------------------------------------------------- Most of the time employees would be on-call fixing some silly bugs. Bad tech stack and poor coding practices, the company needs just fast features but not the quality of the product and code. 3) No hikes ------------------------------------------------------- Only the top 20% of the employees selected by these untrained managers get the salary hike, others 0%. They fire the people whom they do not like. 4) Worthless CTO ------------------------------------------------------- Despite high turnover and low morale in the engineering org, CTO does not take any action. He said this is hell, you bought a ticket to hell, so you cannot blame. Instead, you can blame yourself. 5) Scammy founders ------------------------------------------------------- Everything that comes out of their mouth is non-sense. They say something in the town hall and go back and do something else. None of them has any engineering background.

Mobile bill reimbursement, mobile device reimbursement.

11 September 2020

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14 March 2020

Does Circles.Life offer parental leave?

Pros

Annual leave, Medical leave,Relocation bonus

Cons

They don't know how to run company. They know only how to hire the people and how good bye the people.

Advice to Management

There are nothing to advise management because management know all story about company and they are fully involved in this type of decision.

Annual leave, Medical leave,Relocation bonus

14 March 2020

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12 April 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at Circles.Life?

Pros

- Fake camaraderie events, - Fake town halls, reports - Fake media releases

Cons

- You learn to be fake and dishonest, looking almost passionate in your work when your self belief tells you that its actually a poor quality product we are releasing - The talk is all about inspirational leaders, sacrificial leadership when truth is one of bureaucracy - You learn you are never enough and you are not worth it, which leads to poor self belief and confidence - You learn to write fake reviews, provide false promises and releases - You go to work never happy and never safe which results in an unproductive career span - There is a library of how to make a workplace great and yet it is one of the worse places to spend time at - Work by instructions not by trust and inspiration - Majority are in for the ride not for the journey

Advice to Management

Read "Leaders eat last"

- The talk is all about inspirational leaders, sacrificial leadership when truth is one of bureaucracy

12 April 2020

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8 October 2020

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Circles.Life?

Pros

Wed Lunches, pretty much thats it?

Cons

Upper management doesn't bad an eye if you perform well. They will relentlessly let you go and deem it as "change in organization structure and direction"

They will relentlessly let you go and deem it as "change in organization structure and direction"

8 October 2020

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