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18 English questions out of 18

2 February 2020

What is health insurance like at Kainos?

Pros

Great Perks - free shares annually to all staff - excellent healthcare packages - £250 personal skills training allowance - free fruit & cereals/excellent coffee machines/free juice and selection of teas - Social events - pay day drinks, free xmas party (amazing) and summer event Challenging work - work that really impacts the citizen - cool tech Promotion Opportunities - Twice a year - Feedback to help you improve - Invests in training and development programmes to support progression

Cons

Has grown quickly and is experiencing growing pains in Corporate teams/processes and communication but these are recognised and they plan to fix these NI office is not fit for purpose...tired and too cramped, but new office underway Inexperienced managers as the company has grown - investing through new manager programme

Advice to Management

Give staff a clear sense of purpose and direction by better communication of the company strategy

- excellent healthcare packages

2 February 2020

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24 October 2018

How are the career development opportunities at Kainos?

Pros

Great place for career advancement

Cons

there can be times when you are working off-site for long periods

Great place for career advancement

24 October 2018

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19 January 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at Kainos?

Pros

Good pay, great benefits (including free shares, which are looking seriously lucrative at the min), progressive senior management team, seem to genuinely care about the workforce, free payday drinks, free fruit, free breakfast, a leader in Agile development and delivery, a shining light in Workday, starting to come into their own in Cloud too

Cons

Head office is incredibly dated (although plans in motion to move), work happiness can depend on what you’re working on, travel is usually required to get the best opportunities, in the rush to move to Agile some traditional consultants and managers have been left behind by the leadership

Advice to Management

Take care. Recent sustained growth, whilst fantastic, has put pressure on staff and exposed bumps along the road. The Sunday Times Top 100 results has exposed this. Work with middle and junior managers to ensure staff welfare and satisfaction is a closely tracked metric. Identify those left behind in the agile rush and help them with the retraining they need to excel again. In some cases they’ve given you many years of their lives.

Head office is incredibly dated (although plans in motion to move), work happiness can depend on what you’re working on, travel is usually required to get the best opportunities, in the rush to move to Agile some traditional consultants and managers have been left behind by the leadership

19 January 2020

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18 August 2020

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Kainos?

Pros

training allocated to all staff annually close to public transport shares and health cover for most staff (after qualifying period)

Cons

From the very top-down, there is an issue with trust between the management and staff. Huge problem. This leads to a blame culture, managers micro-managing their teams, everyone focussed on covered their back instead of what they should be focussed on. Another huge issue- there is no organisational clarity. Never seen org chart entire time I was there. No-one knows anything about org structure.. There is no articulated strategy. I never heard the company strategy discussed ever. Communication is very limited. Only company updates we had were quarterly financial performance updates, or the annual kickoff companywide update. This is lacking. Clearly, remote working through COVID will be a real challenge for Kainos primarily due to lack of trust in employees, with immature managers valuing hours worked over outputs achieved. CEO and senior management are largely focussed on graduates and long term (10-15yrs+) employees. This is problematic as the majority of staff fall outside this focus group. Obviously the salary review process is ineffective as is it not based on merit, rather who you know which becomes all too clear after 12 -18 months in the role. There is a distinct lack of diversity, again this comes from the top with senior management almost exclusively over 40yr old white males from Belfast. Although diversity is recognised as an issue at Kainos, nothing has been done.

Advice to Management

Most important of all - change to a culture of trust and respect for the employee. This will go a long way to reducing workplace stress. Communication is so lacking, especially the company strategy, your staff need to know what this is. Create, distribute and discuss organisation charts with clear lines of reporting. Introduce measures to improve organisational clarity. Give staff clear job desc and performance metrics. Trust your employees hired for their experience and suitability for the role to deliver on their responsibilities. Focus on outcomes thus negating the need to mico manage. Provide your managers with training as many are first-time managers and are ill-equipped to understand how to be good managers. Review what needs to improve re diversity, communication and organisational clarity and then address it, make the changes. It's not hard, most companies do it.... Kainos has the ability to move from a second rate company to a first rate company but falling short by a long way for years.

There is no articulated strategy.

18 August 2020

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18 August 2020

Does there seem to be diversity at Kainos?

Pros

training allocated to all staff annually close to public transport shares and health cover for most staff (after qualifying period)

Cons

From the very top-down, there is an issue with trust between the management and staff. Huge problem. This leads to a blame culture, managers micro-managing their teams, everyone focussed on covered their back instead of what they should be focussed on. Another huge issue- there is no organisational clarity. Never seen org chart entire time I was there. No-one knows anything about org structure.. There is no articulated strategy. I never heard the company strategy discussed ever. Communication is very limited. Only company updates we had were quarterly financial performance updates, or the annual kickoff companywide update. This is lacking. Clearly, remote working through COVID will be a real challenge for Kainos primarily due to lack of trust in employees, with immature managers valuing hours worked over outputs achieved. CEO and senior management are largely focussed on graduates and long term (10-15yrs+) employees. This is problematic as the majority of staff fall outside this focus group. Obviously the salary review process is ineffective as is it not based on merit, rather who you know which becomes all too clear after 12 -18 months in the role. There is a distinct lack of diversity, again this comes from the top with senior management almost exclusively over 40yr old white males from Belfast. Although diversity is recognised as an issue at Kainos, nothing has been done.

Advice to Management

Most important of all - change to a culture of trust and respect for the employee. This will go a long way to reducing workplace stress. Communication is so lacking, especially the company strategy, your staff need to know what this is. Create, distribute and discuss organisation charts with clear lines of reporting. Introduce measures to improve organisational clarity. Give staff clear job desc and performance metrics. Trust your employees hired for their experience and suitability for the role to deliver on their responsibilities. Focus on outcomes thus negating the need to mico manage. Provide your managers with training as many are first-time managers and are ill-equipped to understand how to be good managers. Review what needs to improve re diversity, communication and organisational clarity and then address it, make the changes. It's not hard, most companies do it.... Kainos has the ability to move from a second rate company to a first rate company but falling short by a long way for years.

There is a distinct lack of diversity, again this comes from the top with senior management almost exclusively over 40yr old white males from Belfast.

18 August 2020

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