OpenBet Employee Reviews about "flexible working hours"

Updated 2 Apr 2020

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  • "Very disorganized - constant reorganization and low retention on senior management positions(in 13 reviews)

  • "Lack of pay rises across the board(in 8 reviews)

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  1. COVID-19
    Helpful (4)

    "Bad management decisions"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Athens
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at OpenBet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    In normal circumstances it is generally a good place to work. Flexible working schedule, good work/life balance, nice working environment.

    Cons

    At the time of need (COVID-19 crisis), the company didn't seem to care about its employees and took immediate actions to reduce its loss by firing people, reducing payments and applying furloughs.

  2. "Graduate Software Engineer"

    4.0
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    Graduate Software Engineer in Chiswick, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at OpenBet for less than a year

    Pros

    + Really nice people in the company + Very flexible working hours + Very nice office + Training + Fun working enviroment + Nice location in Chiswick park

    Cons

    - Legacy tech stack (TCL, informix) - Customer focus

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  3. "Antiquated tech stack"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sydney team was full of fun people to work with. Good work culture (PS4 and table tennis in the office). Free fruit, biscuits, etc. Transition from waterfall to agile was painful but things had pretty much settled when I left in 2015. Management and clients were supportive and sufficiently involved in agile processes. Flexible working hours. Typically 7.5 hour days and no weekends (unless there was extra work and you agreed to it – this was paid overtime). Five weeks of annual leave a year.

    Cons

    Antiquated tech stack (TCL was by and large the main language used). Salary was lacklustre. I've heard both of these have improved since I left but not sure how much.

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  4. "Great company!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenBet full-time

    Pros

    Very diverse culture, great benefits, great remuneration overall. I am actually surprised by some of the negative reviews. Completely undeserved. It's set in a really lovely and peaceful business park which also has some enjoyable perks. Food stalls, events etc More perk: Ping pong room, Pool room, PS4, library resting area, free coffee, free fizzy drinks, discounted tier 1 virgin gym, flexible working hours, canteen with sandwiches and hot food, freebie fridays, excellent pension

    Cons

    Very big a spacious office, so parts can get quiet. Other than that I can not think of anything else bad to say.

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    "Excellent environment"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Athens
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OpenBet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Excellent environment - It is a high school if it is your first job - Development process - Good salaries for Greece - Flexible working hours - Ability to work in other countries - Good if you want to become a manager

    Cons

    - Most projects are in old technologies but it is ok - Need some more training, not only in-house - Not so much development in some teams

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    "Senior Software Engineer"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenBet full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice office location, good benefits package, flexible working time. There are some very talented people working there and most are very friendly.

    Cons

    There are some extremely poor people in high positions who cultivate a blame culture. Communication between teams and management is poor. No bonuses No real pay rises No real project management - the company has never understood what project managers do. TCL

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    "Fantastic environment and culture"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenBet full-time

    Pros

    Very supportive culture, great benefits, great remuneration overall. I am actually surprised by some of the bad reviews that are on here. Completely undeserved. The location is amazing too. It's very refreshing to walk through the business park every day. Perks: 2 Games rooms, big resting area, free coffee, free fizzy drinks, heavily discounted tier 1 virgin gym, various interest free loans, flexible working and many others

    Cons

    Coffee queue can get a bit long in the morning, can you please hire someone to help Bianca? You can't expect her to continue pumping out 100+ coffees in 30 minutes and make lunch every day for years to come.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Get the small things right, the big things not so much."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Test Lead in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Great business park. 2) Nice day to day perks (free drinks/fruit, games rooms, etc) 3) Friendly colleagues in general. 4) Opportunity to self-manage. 5) Flexible working hours 6) Laid back atmosphere 7) Multi-national workforce

    Cons

    1) The main reason I decided to leave Openbet was due to the future of QA in London appearing to be numbered. The department is on its last legs as more jobs are moved offshore to people who are perfectly qualified to do the job, but it makes the role of QA in the UK less and less significant as the days go by. The amount of experienced testers who have moved on in recent years, as a result, is overwhelming. HR seem to be able to do little more than shrug their shoulders and take down notes. 2) Self managing yourself is all well and good, but some management really do not have time to support and provide guidance in terms of what they want from you and the direction to go in. I was rarely congratulated for a good bit of work. Left to drift aimlessly trying to do stuff but not knowing if it'd really hold any value in the long run due to lack of feedback/guidance. My last review lasted 20 minutes and I wasn't even given the opportunity to put forward my own thoughts. I don't think it's a personal thing. Just think some managers are busy and have to prioritise people over others, and unfortunately some will suffer. 3) Lack of pay rises across the board. In almost 3 years I had one pay rise. Says it all really. No amount of free fruit will make up for this.

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great work environment"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many nice benefits are offered like loan to buy a motorcycle for commuting, help to buy prescription glasses (if you need one) etc. Chiswick Park is a pleasant place to work. The office in Chiswick has rooms with pool table, tennis table, video game consoles, sofas, a shell with books... Free soft drinks, hot drinks and fruits. Flexible working hours. Parents can sometimes work from home during school holidays. The Gaming Products team is made of quite friendly people what made the office a relaxing atmosphere to work in. My line manager, Joe Pasley, was a good guy to work with. He was always welcoming to have a chat even when he was under a lot of stress. I have certainly learnt a few things and made a few good friends here.

    Cons

    Salaries are below the market average for the same role. Heritage code is a little of a pain to change and difficult to follow. TCL is a boring language. OK it's also a scripting language like Javascipt, but it doesn't help having it on your CV. The amount of information on Jira tickets that you need to read/understand before making changes to heritage code is sometimes overwhelming.

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    "Getting worse and worse"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Test Lead in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very bright people, you can make a lot of friends here - Attitude is laid back (but getting less so) - Flexible working hours

    Cons

    - HR is making things worse and worse by enforcing draconian measures like the Bradford factor - You will almost never get a decent raise - The brightest people are leaving and things are slowly, but surely, falling apart as the remaining people are not great at their jobs or too stressed or don't care any more - Management has no problem in manipulating people (lying to them, threatening them, lowering their self-esteem) to achieve their goals and to not have to give raises

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