Kainos Employee Reviews about "great people"

Updated 3 Mar 2020

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Pros
  • "Great place to work overall with great people who are understanding of personal circumstances(in 17 reviews)

  • "Flexible working hours, good company culture(in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "The back-office teams in Belfast are hugely under-resourced and therefore disorganised(in 16 reviews)

  • "Has grown quickly and is experiencing growing pains in Corporate teams/processes and communication but these are recognised and they plan to fix these(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kainos full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working from home, great people to work with, free breakfast, tea and coffee. The ability to potentially change a project if you're not enjoying your current work. The 7-week induction training course was fantastic!

    Cons

    The office is a little on the small side, and sometimes there is not enough space for everyone to sit down.

  2. "People, not cogs"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kainos full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, great people

    Cons

    Bad IT tools, too many communication channels


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good company but needs to be vigilant"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dev Ops in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kainos full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some great people at the company. Really top notch engineers and technical architects who you can learn a lot from. Some very interesting projects and tech stacks. Travel opportunities are plentiful (which is a perk if you like travel) Generous when it comes to working from home. Pretty good career progression if you put the effort in. There's no doubt about it; Kainos still has a good reputation in Ireland. It's still a good name to have on your CV.

    Cons

    Company dropped out of Top 100 companies this year on the Times list, but still implies it is a top 100 company. This is disingenuous. Travel opportunities are plentiful (which is a negative if you don't like or cannot travel). There is a sense that Kainos will take on any customer, even if the customer is dreadful, difficult to work with and the work is awful and it has a detrimental effect on frontline staff. This seems to have become more of an issue after the company went public. Pay is definitely an issue, but that's not only a problem with Kainos. I think the issue is with the notorious "benchmarking" tech companies in Belfast do. They only seem to benchmark against the old boys club (companies who have been here 15+ years). So the likes of Liberty, Kainos and AllState think they are on point with tech sector pay in Belfast, but in reality the tech sector in Belfast is booming and many new American based companies coming in are simply paying far more. So, benchmarking and salaries is an area of concern. Which is part of... Retention. While Kainos does have amazing people, it isn't doing that well retaining them. Incredibly experienced, highly skilled staff are simply walking out the door for better jobs and opportunities at rates which would make most People/HR teams shudder. On call can be an issue for teams, but again, this isn't just a Kainos issue. On call can be a major pain point for a lot of tech professionals in lots of companies.

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "Good company, poor management"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 

    I have been working at Kainos full-time

    Pros

    Great perks and great people

    Cons

    Poor, messy management undervalues employees

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company at the forefront of technology"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kainos full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work overall with great people who are understanding of personal circumstances. There is a strong culture of learning and being given a chance to learn.

    Cons

    Hours can be long on some projects

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  6. Helpful (13)

    "Great potential, let down by poor managers & lots of travel"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kainos full-time

    Pros

    - This is an excellent company if you're starting out in IT, changing careers or just graduated. - Opportunities to work on interesting projects and meet great people. - Company pays for interesting courses/study/exam and attending conferences.

    Cons

    - Travel is a drain. - Some of the most incompetent managers I have seen around, not equipped to handle complex situations. - Money focused and all decisions made evolve around this (at least that's how I felt), expect to be treated like a resource being moved around from project to project. - Doesn't feel like a technology company, feels out of place in a vibrant industry, mostly because of the management style.

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  7. Helpful (19)

    "Worksmart continues to slide from bad to worse. Such a shame."

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HCM Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kainos full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - You'll work with great people for the most part

    Cons

    The worksmart 'leadership' team should be called the 'lack of leadership' team; incoherent pressure-cooker strategy is driving down quality, real productivity and morale whilst attrition continues to soar. Atmosphere is awful, overworking is rife and head in the sand approach to complaints continues. Constant pressure to reduce quality and just get stuff out the door so you can go on to the next billable project. You have to attend business updates and staff meetings in your own time unless you can bill it to a customer (unfortunately not a joke) and you now have to travel exclusively in your own time unless absolutely unavoidable. No TOIL. No frills. No thanks. Team-building is not a concept senior management understands except when it comes to their own jollies. If you'd like to be valued as an employee, paid something close to market rate, be appreciated for working extra hours.. don't hold your breath. To the senior management you're solely a resource who is there to make money and you should thank them for the privilege. If you're thinking of joining as a workday engagement manager or consultant and want to talk to someone who has been in the business for a while.. good luck finding anyone, the attrition rate is abysmal.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good time!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kainos full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with Awesome Benefits They provide great opportunities to go above your current role. Never afraid to give everyone a chance to run events or take on challenging tasks.

    Cons

    Losing its 'small company' feeling Some of the decisions made don't feel in the best of interests of the people of the company.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kainos full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great ethos, great future ahead. Constantly wanting to make their employees happy and have a very high standard to staff that aren't just smart but socially fantastic.

    Cons

    Salary isn't amazing but there are good perks.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gdańsk
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kainos full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - fantastic atmosphere - great people - place to growth

    Cons

    - nothing to add to this list

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    Kainos Response

    May 18, 2017Managing Director

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. And I find myself nodding to your comments about atmosphere, the people and the opportunities for growth. I wish you every success in the next phase of your career and I hope that you might be back in the future! Brendan

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