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28 October 2020

Pros

- Friendly colleagues and a great environment overall. - Lots of opportunities for learning. - Exciting technical challenges. - You can move between teams and your manager can't stop you if you get an offer. - Company values encourage collaboration and you can grow by helping others. - Some other reviews say that avoiding conflict is the only way to move forward. This is not true. Healthy conflict is actively encouraged. Compromises have to be made, that's what business is. And I say this having been on the bad end of most compromises involving the department I work for. - If you get a good manager (I've had 5 of them), you can be very happy. - James Mathews (current CEO) is very open to feedback and gives a very positive example of what leadership should be. - Good work life balance. - Pay rates are not at the top of the industry, but I haven't stopped looking around and can say that I'm very satisfied with it considering all the other advantages of working here. - Having an office outside of London is an advantage for me.

Cons

- It is becoming quite a big company and this involves some dreadful processes and standards. - As you can see in other reviews, some people think that "meritocracy" means you can be a great engineer and an unpleasant person to work with at the same time. Luckily, the company policy disagrees, but you may still get in a "team" with those self called great engineers. - You need to be very open to change. Even your job position might be subject to change suddenly. If you are too attached to a technology or a piece of work, you might have a bad time. - As an engineer, you might get frustrated because business decisions might contradict what seems to be the best technical path to follow. When this happens, there's no argument that will change it and you should be able to let go. - Management policies are not standardized enough, from what I see. All my experiences (I've had 5 managers so far) have been extremely good, couldn't have asked more from my team leads, but this doesn't seem to be the same for everyone and I've seen some micromanagement to ridiculous extremes. - Lots of company politics playing a part in senior leadership. For a company that claims to avoid finger pointing, there's a lot of it in meetings where problems are discussed. This leads to the next one: - Cross team communication can be really broken. One of the ways your performance is assessed is how much your impact reaches across teams and departments. It can get really frustrating to try to do that and hit a wall of full agendas, team support policies and other steps on the way of a conversation.

Advice to Management

Get feedback from good managers, there are some incredibly empathic and kind people who are great examples and should be leading the way, instead of getting stepped on by narcissists who turn every cross team meeting into a genitalia measuring contest. Those who keep imposing their views and blaming others get their way because most people in a nice environment don't like to point their finger back, you need to stop the bad habits and get people to work together, instead of fighting for a spotlight in all hands meetings.

- If you get a good manager (I've had 5 of them), you can be very happy.

28 October 2020

Reviewed by: Software Engineer in Hatfield, East of England, England (Current Employee)

7 July 2020

Pros

No pros for this company

Cons

Bullying culture. Lazy managers. Engineers think they are administrators and pass the buck a lot. Lack of accountability. Managers fill their calendars with nonsense to avoid work. No bonus scheme. Poor incentives. No investment to help staff complete their jobs properly.

Advice to Management

Take responsibility. Stop having meetings for the sake of it. Do some work.

Lazy managers.

7 July 2020

Reviewed by: Engineer in United Kingdom (Former Employee)

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