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Pros
  • "Can work from home in any part of the world (even before pandemic)(in 44 reviews)

  • "Interesting projects, mostly open source(in 30 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "a commercial entity (Canonical) or a community project (Ubuntu)(in 26 reviews)

  • "I would love to see a greater diversity within senior-management, and if that means creating new positions, then let's do it(in 9 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Jul 15, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      work life balance and team culture

      Cons

      top down communication could be better

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good for growth, bad for your proactivity

      Jul 5, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in London, England
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      Pros

      A good company if you look for technically challenging products to work on. You can learn a lot and have a career, *up to a certain point*. I recommend it up to senior and lead level, while managers are too exposed to the huge limitations of the upper management.

      Cons

      Upper management micromanages *everything*, from the design to the implementation. Engineers are generally considered much more than the other disciplines, being very engineering driven as a company.

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Run far, very far away- it’s the most toxic place to be in

      Jun 30, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work from home Sprints at different places across the world Some really intelligent and kind colleagues (read SOME) Maintainers of Ubuntu

      Cons

      No one has any idea on what they are doing. Everyone reports to the same man- like, who can manage 120+ direct reportees? Product managers are content writers and people WITHOUT a team- these are lone rangers- mostly lost, overworked people who complain about everything but can’t change a thing (because actually they are slaves to the CEO and marketing) Marketing is fully in air- delusional goals, a fake bubble of “we know what’s right”, lazy (or doing donkey work). The worst part is that when they don’t know what to do, they just blame the others. Sales teams have no idea what they’re selling- in most meetings they will have no questions, no comments, in short, no ducking clue. No one (not even their boss) cares to sit down with them and bring them up to speed. Poor engineers are in constant chase to please the CEO and CTO. Sometimes they know what they’re doing makes no sense or are given unrealistic goals (engineering sprint presentations are a joke) but well, they are the horses from the animal farm. HR obviously has no power and has no narrative because, like everyone else, they are micro managed too. There’s only one person who is a unicorn- a guy who has promised stock exchange listing to the CEO— this guy can dream— he can say things that make no sense and, almost abrasively, drag everyone in it. And when things don’t happen as planned (which is obvi-ducking-ous) he opens his magical box— blame game! The only thing he is good at—pleasing the CEO. He’s a true unicorn because no one else has done it so well to date.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good work

      May 17, 2022 - DDR in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Team spirit and big team

      Cons

      Slow promotions and internal problems

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to work

      May 4, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good management Decent benefits Good location Talented team

      Cons

      Career growth Personal growth Salary Internal communication Travel

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to kickstart a career

      Apr 22, 2022 - Sales Development Representative (SDR) in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Extremely international company. You'll be surrounded by very diverse, bright colleagues quite literally from all around the world. - Great sales opportunity, diverse product portfolio - You will be part of the development of the most popular open-source OS in the world - Lots of resources for professional development and collaborations - Stimulating workplace - Room for growth/promotion if patient and persistent - Good pay

      Cons

      - No professional laptop given (byod). Very odd for a company like this - High turnover for certain parts of the company - Inconsistent decision making - Excentric CEO

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      One of the worst companies I have ever worked for

      May 16, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The ability to leave the company

      Cons

      You will be told Canonical is 'changing' within your interview process. Please do not believe this. The CEO continues to be overly controlling and creates one of the most toxic cultures you will ever experience. He thinks it's completely appropriate to fire people on the spot, he will tell you he cares about diversity and inclusion and yet he strives to create an elitist, type A, culture. He's surronded himself by people that will never say no to him. Why would they? They would be fired instantly! Please can I sincerely ask you to reconsidered joining this organisation! If you are good, you'll be resigning within two years.

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      23 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Run for your life

      May 2, 2022 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Open-Source company with seemingly beautiful mission - Exposure to vast community of open-source - Opportunity to contribute to open-source - Contributing to products of one of the most popular distros - Beautiful mission statement lures great developers, despite negative reviews - Opportunity to work with people from all over the globe - even your closest team is represented by many countries

      Cons

      - Toxic leadership by CEO and CTO, who do not value their employees - Toxic culture thriving on fear and absolute submission - Total micromanagement imposed by CTO, who behaves as a complete narcissist - No actual leadership - people are treated as expandable pawns - High turnover of employees, and the management seems not to care about it - Forget about diversity and inclusion, despite the diverse representation of countries * Trust other reviews on Glassdoor about Canonical. They are true. This will spare you from deep disappointment, damaged self-esteem and despair.

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      14 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Awesome place to grow and learn sales

      Mar 24, 2022 - Sales Development Representative in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Everyone in the team is nice and welcoming with all the new joiners. You'll be working with some bright minds and learn all the best practices to become a great salesperson. What else would you want in an entry-level role? Management is great and very supportive; they really help you grow a lot.

      Cons

      Sometimes there could be more organisation and planning, but it's normal for pre-IPO companies.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      SDR Review

      Mar 24, 2022 - Sales Development Representative (SDR) in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good management No micro management Interesting product portfolio Great culture Great working environment Diverse team Inclusive and supportive team Multiple career progression options Social outings Travelling

      Cons

      Eccentric CEO Little diversity at VP level

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