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4 February 2020

How is management perceived at Babylon Health?

Pros

- The best iOS engineering team I have ever worked with. - Healthcare is a rewarding market to be working in .

Cons

That great iOS engineering team I mentioned above? Well, it's being destroyed by management. During the first 2 years I was in the team, we grew from 10 to 30 engineers, and not a single person left the team. Since September 2019 the team lead and 3 engineers have left, and more will soon leave. The problems started when ThoughtWorks were hired to work on part of the project. ThoughtWorks turned that part of the project upside down with a top down "my way or the highway" attitude. Later several people from TW were then inexplicably hired to top level positions, including CPO, and the CPO is now gradually destroying the entire company. We have a great CTO, but they are only responsible for the AI side of engineering, so the rest of engineering has little to no representation at the C level. We have a CPO taking engineering decisions! The management structure at the director and C levels is utterly chaotic and full of nepotism. Those who have the ear of the CEO can do what they want. Everyone else has no voice. The final nail in the coffin was that the CPO decided unilaterally that mobile engineering (iOS and Android) would switch to using React Native cross platform technologies instead of the fully native Swift and Kotlin currently used to build the apps. They didn't consult with anyone in mobile engineering and had a couple of people start working on a "proof of concept" in secret. Then they presented this direction as the way things would be from now on. The company supposedly prides itself on transparency and this was just an autocratic stabbing in the back of the entire mobile engineering team. No alternatives were considered, no measurement of whether the new approach was even a good one. And it's not just mobile. They think that they can replace hundreds of engineers, backend and mobile, with a handful of full stack cross functional engineers who will do everything from backend to mobile. It's an utter travesty. Unfortunately they were able to sell this cost saving lie to the CEO who knows no better.

Advice to Management

Please go and talk to the engineers that have built the brilliant and very highly regarded apps that the company depends on. Don't let your CPO destroy everything that has been built over the last 3 years.

The management structure at the director and C levels is utterly chaotic and full of nepotism.

4 February 2020

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26 March 2020

Are employees at Babylon Health generally happy and/or satisfied?

Pros

Great environment and people who are truly committed to getting the best out of the product

Cons

still start up mentally has a way to go and progress is slow but will get get there

Great environment and people who are truly committed to getting the best out of the product

26 March 2020

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