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Does Babylon Health have a pension plan?

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27 April 2020

Pros

1) Free breakfast (very limited options) 2) Cycle to work scheme, 3) Towels for showering after gym (if still there, not sure) 4) Pension scheme 5% topped up by employer 5) 1 day per week working from home (prior Covid-19) 6) Free friday drinks (very limited in quantity and variety). Used to have Babylon bar monthly, but that's gone now. 7) Great mission, great social impact. 8) Free yoga sessions 9) Free psychological, GP services for employees via Babylon app 10) Great office staff and smart, friendly peers I worked with. 11) Babylon was announced as 19th best paying company. 12) Interesting challenging projects to work on if you are lucky to work on greenfield projects.

Cons

1) My experience was that work hours were much longer than official 40 hours a week. Due to very limited resources had to work extra time and often weekends ot be able to deliver on time. However, no overtime is paid since it is stated in the contract. In the end, after investing all my free time for company to succeed over the years, now I know it is just a work, not a family as they say. 2) I felt like company didn't invest into my learning or professional gorwth. Either no budget, or too small to book a conference (some teams get higher budgets than others) or no time to attend due to tight deadlines 3) The office chairs are terrible, causing back pain and qiote crowded desk space. I was experiencing allergies from dusty fake plants. People used to work on tennis tables at some point due to lack of office space. 4) No career ladder. It still doesn't exist. 5) I felt a lot of politics on daily basis, changing requirements and prioritites going around in circles to the level that it was driving me mad. I felt that my opinnion and technical expertise wasn't valued at all. 6) Not many benefits, no shop/restaurant discounts. No extra holidays after years of service. 7) Performance review process is very broken. People can get away with doing bad job or pretending of delivering something and even get promotions. I was never able to review people that I worked with and wanted to review (so that my reviews doesn't show that these people are not performing), instead it was chosen whom I can review. 8) Furlough of 5% as reported in news with potential of redundancies. 9) A lot of staff including high position senior staff just disapears without a sign. 10) The gym in the office is a joke. It is really tiny and people have meetings in there instead due to the lack of meeting space. No gym membership compensations. 11) A lot of recent "bad" hires in management makes the environment toxic. I felt like have no say in decision making. 12) Social media and slack are cesnored. The admins will delete your comment on slack or you will be asked to delete it, if it sparks too much discussions and attracts attention. 13) Working remotely is not very acceptable in the company (only once a week). Finally during covid-19 outbreak everyone was forced to work remotely, but it took some time to get there.

Advice to Management

Listen to your staff and make sure all communications are transparent. Value your staff as human beings, not only as workers, so they can enjoy their personal life, so they can be the best at what they are doing at work. For company to succeed there should be conversations between product, engineering and senior management, not unilateral decisions from above.

4) Pension scheme 5% topped up by employer

27 April 2020

Reviewed by: Anonymous in London, England (Current Employee)

13 June 2019

Pros

Potential for working with interesting technologies.

Cons

No incentives. Poor organization and planning of projects. No appreciation of hard work. No time to fix anything, as new projects are constantly forced in. Terrible working environment. Desks and chairs are uncomfortable and a generally high level of distraction in the office. No career plan or development. Pension issues were ignored.

Advice to Management

Listen to your engineers and stop treating them like disposable assets. Pay the going rate and look after people. Ensure projects are planned properly.

Pension issues were ignored.

13 June 2019

Reviewed by: Software Engineer in London, England (Current Employee)

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