Octopus Reviews

Updated Sep 23, 2021

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4.0
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Simon Rogerson
138 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible working and great company culture(in 13 reviews)

  • "Charity, social events and to have an entrepreneurial spirit in your work(in 9 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Senior management skirt around the issue because they don't want to commit to spending more money on staff(in 9 reviews)

  • "Very long hours for the salary paid(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Manager

      May 2, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lovely modern and bright offices in a good area, many very friendly and helpful people and a great deal of opportunity to work in a variety of up-and-coming sectors. Generous salary and benefits.

      Cons

      Personally I didn't like the Octopus culture - although I think it varied depending on what part of the company you worked for and many others loved it. Very few women in senior positions and bad decision making processes.

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Na

      Sep 23, 2021 - Executive Assistant in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Culture Social events Benefits Training budget

      Cons

      Not much scope for pay increases - max per year is 2-3% unless you are promoted

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Very Cliquey

      Aug 20, 2021 - General 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good events for all staff, nice offices, some friendly people, flexible hours, good technology and IT. Cannot think of anything more unfortunately!

      Cons

      Very cliquey and judgemental, did not feel welcomed by peers, informal, nominal access to senior managers, some functions not properly respected, not great for introverts.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Great on the surface

      Aug 11, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I loved Octopus when I first joined. People are friendly and smart, there's interesting stuff to work on and there's lots of social stuff and clubs to join. They say they care about there staff and sometimes throw out random stuff to keep you interested. Octopus Giving seems to genuinely want to help. There are some great people in the company, especially in marketing.

      Cons

      Issues under the surface. Hard to believe a company can care about the people working there when it's so hard to get recognised or promoted. Even after the work on levels that happened earlier in the year, people were upset and confused. There's no transparency. Treated like the culture makes up for not paying market rate but the culture is mostly fake. The CEO doesn't care about his staff - all he's fussed about is making money and he thinks looking like he cares will get him there. Paints himself as approachable and open but if you end up working directly with him he will ignore you/go behind your back to complain to managers about you rather than addressing it with you.

      4 people found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Weak management

      Jul 23, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits, salary, innovative ideas and, social responsibility

      Cons

      Management weak unable to support direct reports. Feedback culture is encouraged but not effectively managed. If management like you great if not your own your own. Encouraged to do things your way and not interested in hearing how it's going until something has gone wrong then your hung out to dry

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      5 people found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company making change

      Jun 29, 2021 - Operations Associate in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Inspiring founders, great social life

      Cons

      cliquey management and obsession with feedback

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company lousy middle/senior management

      Jul 3, 2021 - Customer Service Representative in Danville, PA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits and people were great

      Cons

      Long hours and clickey management. Not feeling you can be truthful about weekly feedback. Seen others lost their jobs for being truthful

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      4 people found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good company

      Jun 8, 2021 - Energy Specialist in Kingston, PA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good working environment and postive staff

      Cons

      You dont get paid for overtime

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Painful but successful

      Jun 9, 2021 - Various 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Throws off cash by making money at both ends

      Cons

      Complex, political, and occasionally infantilising

      2 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great company that is always learning

      May 26, 2021 - Product Manager in Saylorsburg, PA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Genuinely wants to make a positive difference in the world, always striving to do and be better, great culture

      Cons

      Still on a journey to increase diversity so biasis exist

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