Gaspard LP was a family business that turned corporate, while I was there a lot of the family business aspects remained
Web Developer & IT Support (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 13 December 2014
A typical day at work depends strongly on the season, if you're in the middle of grad season you have to hit the ground running, hard, and you can't stop. During the off-season is when projects and other things come up that need to be worked on that had to be set aside during the grad season.
As my first position I learned a lot about user interaction, about how to solve problems, and how to get the job done as quick as you can because when there's a thousand students an hour hounding you because the site is down, you certainly feel the pressure.
Management is touch-and-go, part of the reason I sought alternate employment was due to management but before the company went corporate Management was approachable, easy to work with, and usually loaded with good advice.
My co-workers were as a whole great, it was certainly a highly volatile workplace sometimes due to how stressful the seasons get, but most people who lasted more than a month knew how to shoulder it by then.
The hardest part of the job, hands-down, is the season, as I mentioned above, there is a STRONG push during the season, so much so that everyone works an extra half hour a day during the spring season for a trade-off of getting Mondays off during the summer.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the employees, the way the business was structured developed something of a strong core of veteran employees who knew how to offset how terrible the season could be with degrees of humor, sometimes food, and always knowing when they needed to decompress.
Mondays off in exchange for half-hour extra work during the spring season
High stress cyclical environment