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As a developer, the only things I care about is ease of development and workflow. Unfortunately, the legacy OJS is a bit broken. Here are some observations: - It is not uncommon to spend 10+ mins waiting for a page to load and sometimes it never loads.- Requirements for tasks are often vague.- Very little development, you spend all your time debugging (terrible for future prospects).- No mentorship or training.Upper management is OK. I did not interact that much with upper management and I do not have much to say about them. However, there was always a lot of tension whenever the CEO was around. Middle management was great including the Product Owner and Agile Coach. The current development team overall are all very kind and skilled people.Overall, my time at JMIR will likely be forgotten rather quickly. It is a workplace that attracts talented workers but overshadowed by a terrible development environment and rude upper management.
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Great place to work and they are making improvements

It’s a great company, there is a lot to learn but they are working hard to improve how information is being shared which is great. I love that it’s a learning organization and are striving to always improve.
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Based on 4 survey responses
What people like
  • Ability to learn new things
  • Fair pay for job
Areas for improvement
  • General feeling of work happiness
  • Energizing work tasks
  • Clear sense of purpose

Soul crushing experience

If you have any joy in your life or any aspirations for your career, I highly suggest considering another employer.The day to day tasks are meaningless and consist of fixing a long broken system that will never truly work in it's current state. The talented people the company manages to fool into joining quickly realize their mistake and either leave or give up.The current management will continue to siphon money from the company while accomplishing nothing, lying and deflecting blame for all their shortcomings(too many to list) along the way.

Pros

None

Cons

Toxic attitudes from management, legacy system, resistant to change, constant priority shifts
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Stressful and chaotic environment

There are no processes in place in the engineering team. Everyone is just trying to find anything to do, so another day goes. Unclear tasks are also great challenge for developers, as they get blamed for improper implementation of a feature that was poorly defined to begin with. The CEO is harrassing people in the communication channels.

Pros

Good salaries, nice office

Cons

Long hours, poor management
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Stressful workplace, coupled with unclear tasks/projects, with a laughable management team

The workplace may seem inviting in the interview process, but coming into the workplace, everything changes.The tasks and projects, while seemingly simplistic, are wrought contradictions and a lack of clarity. This would be fine if trying to solicit assistance from the management team wasn't a farce/wasted effect.There are 2|5|10X employees clearly carrying the weight of their bosses, causing burnout, and high turnover. And acknowledgment for your successes? Good luck if you're not part of the upper echelon.

Pros

Office is modern, snacks, coffee

Cons

Lack of respect, legacy technology (boring for developers, unintuitive to all others)
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Entrepreneurial, High growth/opportunity, Mission driven

I have been working at JMIR since 2020 and it is a dynamic entrepreneurial place to work. Very cool tech that is disrupting the traditional world of publishing. Mission driven to get critical research (recently COVID) into the hands of people who can use it with open source/ open access in scholarly publishing.Whole new management team from Toronto, LA, Philadelphia and Germany. Some of the best from our industry and nicest folks to work with.

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Terrible climate. The owner/boss is a maniac, with zero people skills, and a cruel streak.

This is not a place anyone will want to work at. It is the opposite of safe space. The owner has no respect for his employees, is insulting, and, worse, has completely unreasonable expectations. There is constant tension in the office. Everyone is afraid, especially because the owner is constantly shouting at everyone while on the phone. He seems to be fighting with all and sundry. Horrible!
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Based on 8 reviews

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2.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.6 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.0 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.3 out of 5 stars for Management
2.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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