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Updated 19 February 2019
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is actually a thing" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Interesting projects, great organisational support, and they take great care of employees and encourage" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "We are seeing on loosing out good people over the past couple of years and dont see any action taken over it" (in 5 reviews)

  • "As others have commented, going through growing pains as the original lightweight processes and org structures are being scaled" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Agile Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Agile Consultant
    Current Employee - Agile Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Equal Experts full-time

    Pros

    -Like minded people to work with.
    -Work life balance easy
    -Positive work environment, genuinely inspire people work here.
    -Great projects- Development till deployment
    -All projects modern and Agile

    Cons

    Sudden Growth - a good problem to have.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "People management needs to improve"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equal Experts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The global EE network is amazing. A lot of learning if you get to work with people from that network.
    Many good focused slack groups for a wide variety of topics ranging from delivery, technology, devops, security etc.

    Cons

    A lot of the good people from Pune office have moved out in a couple of years and the new ones that have joined are nowhere close even if they're experienced.

    EE Pune is heavily under staffed and the management is still happily signing up for new work and team expansion on existing projects. This leading to a lot of issues like no one to work on new inititatives like upskilling, R&D etc. Also, the earlier good things like bootcamps for new joiners are not happening more. It is also leading to cutting some corners in the recruitment process.

    Due to some project demands, enough thought is not being put into team composition. Some projects have all the senior and experienced people whereas a lot of projects are composed of mostly new joiners. This causes a lot of trouble in delivery as the new joiners are not familiar to EE ways of doing things.

    The management is decoupled from what is happening on the projects and can lead to making decisions which are not beneficial for some of the projects.

    Advice to Management

    Please give up some work and free up senior people to work on the necessary initiatives. Listen and act on the feedback given by employees regarding how things can be improved.
    Bring back the earlier hiring process of letting the candidate go instead of figuring out if he'll do on a particular project. Also, if some of the panels are not convinced for a candidate, listen to them rather than convince them.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "No more a must place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pune
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pune
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equal Experts full-time

    Pros

    Some of the best minds at work. On an avg, you will find people who are technically strong and easy to work with. Exceptions will always be there but overall a good bunch of people.
    Decent projects to work on.
    Good work life balance. People are expected to be responsible and mature and to honor the freedom and works well with the overall values.
    EE UK takes efforts to publish policies and review progress of each business unit. Transparency is looked at seriously at the global level.
    Admin staff is helpful.

    Cons

    We are seeing on loosing out good people over the past couple of years and dont see any action taken over it.
    People managers seem helpful and they have everything on the "agenda" but nothing EVER gets done, even a year down the line you will get same replies.
    No travelling opportunities, its just gone on a decline over the past couple of years
    We should adhere more to the EE global values of Transparency, no bias, no ego policy but that somehow isnt seen at the top management level. For eg. they made changes to the PF policy even without informing the employees from April last year. On top of that, voicing concerns is taken personally.

    Advice to Management

    I really appreciate the UK team to focus on making the company a genuinely better place to work at . Please make every business unit professional and in sync so that people can suggest and give feedback freely, otherwise people will just leave.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work!!"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pune
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pune
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Equal Experts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good people both in tech and in support team
    - Exposure to many areas of software development - frontend, backend, devOps (of course, if you are interested to learn)
    - Overall good technology stack in almost all the projects
    - Company philosophy and values are really good and few people are true to them
    - Lot to learn from the people around, not just about tech but a lot of other helpful things in life
    - Most of the people don't care about their roles and eager to learn, share. So, you can spend a lot of time here, working with code instead of trying to climb the ladder of designations.

    Cons

    - Sudden growth is causing a real damage to the core culture of the company
    - Sometimes unnecessary importance is given to policies like WFH and that makes the new joiners question whether it's really a company of grown ups. No one misuses it, even if someone does, handle that specific case, don't make policies around it. It's not an incentive.
    - Compromises on practices like TDD, enough test coverage (its not just a number, its an important number)
    - Slow decisions by people team
    - Grey areas in some of the policies. Only when you ask, you will get the answer (sometimes its not helpful to the employee)

    Advice to Management

    - Set up a process to groom potential leads. The up-skilling initiative was good but somehow died.
    - Invest in internal tools like payday and others. With the kind of growth company is experiencing, it will be really helpful.
    - Have the senior folks visit every project once in a while to look from an outsider's perspective.
    - Keep up the good work, it is one of the rare companies with such a great set of people.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Equal Experts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities to learn new technologies. Provides flexibility to choose technologies. All the people are easily accessible and share a lot with the new members. Mentoring is there but not formal. Flexible work hours and work from home. EE UK network is great and lot of expertise.

    Cons

    Company and projects moving away from the values they preach and publish. People are forced to ignore quality for timelines agreed without discussion with the teams. India operations merely looking to get billable people instead of quality. HR policies are at whim's of few people and change overnight. Appraisals are delayed just a way of retention. Recent focus of local clients is leading to same environment as any other Indian service companies. No real onsite opportunities. Management has created there own ivory tower and is not aware of ground level reality. Just the name is Equal Expert but employees are not treated equally.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of asking feedback for people when they leave, better listen to them when they are in the organisation. Make people feel appreciated . Transparency is missing as compared to EE UK. People are just given responsibilities but authority is missing. Don't lower the recruitment quality bar it has already started hitting the overall quality.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Join to become an expert in XP practices"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equal Experts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. XP and Agile practices are actually followed and not just paid lip service.
    2. Flexible hours and WFH allowed
    3. Generous profit sharing.
    4. Free evening snacks.
    5. Flat organisational structure and open culture

    Cons

    1. Onsite opportunities are drying up.
    2. Even though it's a software consultancy, actual client consultation is uneven across the projects.
    3. The office is very nice inside, but the IT park (cerebrum) is poorly maintained.

    Advice to Management

    1. Close down support projects and redistribute employees to greenfield projects
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  7. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Equal Experts full-time

    Pros

    great crowd , great peers, minimum politics, very particular about maintaining software architecture , TDD , Agile practices

    Cons

    Get better projects please - everything else is fine.

  8. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Equal Experts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Like minded people, flat hierarchy, Software hygiene

    Cons

    - Sudden growth but that's natural I guess


  9. "One of the best community of people to work with"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equal Experts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is an agile delivery and consulting company with pragmatic approach to software delivery.

    There are very few companies in Pune which promote working with good technical practices at the same time provide support and motivation to learn new technologies. Equal Experts in one them.

    Without traditional managerial hierarchy, this feels like a community of like minded people rather that a corporate consultancy.

    I have been provided with lots of opportunities to follow my passion. Company has supported me in learning new skills at various stages.

    Because of their working model of short terms projects, you get to work on various domains and technologies.

    Focus is always on providing more value to customers. You feel to be doing the right thing by helping client delivery more value their customers.

    Equal Experts consistently share their knowledge with community by having sessions in their meetup group called Experttalks.

    Cons

    Still trying to mature as a company. Has not been able to cope with the size of more than 60-70 people well.

    Failed to evolve recruitment processes over time. Standards of the people coming inside company has gone down with growing demands of the projects.

    Virtually no HR management. It can be both good and bad. I think it leads to not having a proper career progression path. Which causes people to leave organization after few years as they feel lost and does not get clear picture about their careers.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in grooming new people. Mentor lateral hires to help them understand cultural values.

    Stop running behind every new project and play to your strengths

    Have a good mix of development and consulting capabilities.

    Have a meaningful career framework in place.

    Focus on retaining talent and reducing attrition.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "good for less experienced in the current situation"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Good atmosphere
    -good work life balance possible
    -Relatively new technologies used
    -Freedom to explore new things in market and suggest for projects
    -has some very competent people to collaborate and learn

    Cons

    -appraisal min 3-4 months late which can easily be achieved in time but more of a retention policy
    -shortage of projects
    -market outlook is really impressive but not so true within
    -admin and hr helpful but sadly cannot take any decisions by the looks of it. Single authority for everything
    -lot of grey areas in policies as they seem to differ person to person
    -no idea about how decisions on travel are taken
    -cost cutting at some places seems unwarranted and seems to be the general mentality

    Advice to Management

    Need to retrospect