I worked at G-Research full-time
Some very smart people to work with
Good pay and benefits
Rules limit hours in the office so engineers generally have to leave before 8pm
Lack of email outside of the office means getting urgent emails that disrupt your holiday is not an issue
Very draconian constraints in the name of security make getting work done extremely hard (rubber stamping from various levels of management to make otherwise-straightfoward changes, mandatory spyware-like tools that cause performance issues on workstations and servers, purposeful knowledge siloing, ...)
Lack of personal phones in the office and work-from-home options means office-hours life admin can be difficult
Advice to Management
Make empowering the people beneath you a priority and listen to them when they advise that your decisions are getting in the way of their work
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at G-Research (London, England (UK)) in July 2012.
Had to sign a confidentiality form so I won't get into much detail. Anyway, the interview involves no human interaction: the only words I exchanged with the interviewer were to answer the question "Java or C#?". Then, you are given some problems (I had 4) and you have a computer to code them up. They use Windows, and you have both Visual Studio and Eclipse at your disposal. They expect you to code up running code, and you have only 1h. Definitely a hard interview (I failed).
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