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Fuel Industries Reviews

Updated 4 September 2018
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  1. "Foot in the Door"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fuel Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice People, neat projects, fun.

    Cons

    Optional (coerced) unpaid overtime to get projects done.
    Low salary for job, reliant on starry-eyed recent students.
    Managers usually hired from outside of the company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A rebuttal to post titled "Great while it lasted.""

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    Former Employee - Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fuel Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    (Please read the post "Great while it lasted.", dated 27 Aug, 2018, before continuing.)

    "...they left..." >>> Everybody left because paychecks were consistently late and everybody had bills to pay, regardless of talent.

    "...no vision to support the creative leadership" >>> "Google: Translate BS" >>> "why can't everyone just work unpaid overtime all the time to meet unrealistic timelines while being denied the use of a lot of off-the-shelf technical resources?".

    "...hard to find talent in Ottawa" >>> I can't argue with this point. The singular leadership needed to guide such large and varied teams of highly-qualified professionals across many disciplines was sorely lacking.

    "...once the founders left, there was no talent and no culture" >>> "Google: Translate BS" >>> "...after the CEO was forced out, an investor saved what talent and resources that remained to try again, hopefully treating it more like business and less like someone's personal playground". *Someone* thinks the founders were the sole source from which all talent and culture flowed!? I just threw up in my mouth a little.

    Cons

    Who on Earth could possibly "Approve of (clearly referring to the previous, ousted) CEO" and write this shameless drivel?

    Advice to Management

    Ignore the Grumpy McGrumpyFace who wrote that previous post. Keep the name. Learn from the past. Do better. Good luck!

  3. "Designer"

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

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

    Pros

    Fun environment with projects that are flexible to designer input and flowing well with working on a team

    Cons

    Team is international and can be difficult solving problems when team members are working opposite schedules.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great while it lasted."

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Art Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fuel Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing creative leadership and the delivery team to match, but they left along with any talent that supported them.

    Cons

    A lot of the back office and operational team had no vision to support the creative leadership and vision. A lot of unqualified people promoted and brought in - hard to find that talent in Ottawa. Restructure was a giant failure. Once the founders left, theres no culture and no talent. Just a name and a lot of awards won by other people.

    Advice to Management

    change the name, it's not Fuel anymore.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, not well run"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fuel Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people
    Lots of smart people
    Interesting work
    Good location

    Cons

    Management does not know what their doing
    Poor decisions led to massive layoffs
    Lots of power struggle

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the dead weight, figure out a game plan and stop wasting money on stuff that doesn't go anywhere.


  6. "Youth focused engagement"

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    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fuel Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    In it's early days, Fuel was a fantastic place to work. Always inspiring, full of amazingly talented people. The coolest clients such as Vans, HBO and Mattel. Formoer leadership were global influencers.

    Cons

    New ownership forced out talented folks so I can't speak on it's current status.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "What a shame"

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    Former Employee - Creative in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Creative in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fuel Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked on some of the most amazing jobs of my career, and made life long friends with the people I worked with. It had so much potential. For all it's faults (which it had many) it was still home to a lot of talented people.

    Cons

    Unfortunately that amazing creative place is long gone. Fuel Inc went bankrupt in August and they changed the name to Fuel LTD in order to skirt some shady bankruptcy loophole so not to pay out any of the employees what they were owed.

    In the end, you're just gonna be treated as dispensable.

    Advice to Management

    They should of done things the right way, instead of the easy way.

  8. "It was a wild ride!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Fuel Industries full-time

    Pros

    We made some cool sites and games! Had some amazing times.

    Cons

    Work life balance didn't really pan out so well.

    Advice to Management

    Godspeed!


  9. "Service Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Fuel Industries full-time

    Pros

    Amazing talent. People who are hired are the best in their field. Very nice building with lots of room. Well decorated.

    Cons

    No direction. Little pay. Unrewarded overtime. It's a revolving door company. Amazing how many people get through one project and just move on.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting so many management resources on every single project, it's excessive up to the point where everyone is stepping on everyone else's feet and nothing gets done. Usually more management than the people building the actual project.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Train wreck"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fuel Industries full-time

    Pros

    - Get to work with top brands
    - Teammates who create the work are fantastic

    Cons

    - Executives are delusional
    - Executives do not value the employees who do the hard work
    - Money is wasted like it holds no value
    - Executives forgot the hard work put in by employees very quickly

    Advice to Management

    Quit


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