OpenBet Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated 5 Oct 2020

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good people average work"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OpenBet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very helpful and always open. Company culture is pretty good. Very diverse teams spread across the world. Lack of office politics. Senior management does engage on regular basis and keeps the company up to date with what is happening in other divisions. Decent training program , but most learning happens on the job. Very lucky to have had good seniors on the team to teach and guide.

    Cons

    Work is not as interesting. Working on the product can be quite frustrating and repetitive. Pressure to deliver quickly affects the quality of the work being done. It feels as though the company has bitten off more than it can chew. Salary is not the best.

  2. Helpful (2)

    "All about the money - It's a Non-Technical Company"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Athens
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Normal corporate benefits - Normal salaries

    Cons

    If you are in a place were paying you on time and giving you normal benefits, such as 14 salaries, paid time-off, flexible hours, starts to be considered Pros, then you are in the wrong company. There is a huge lack of responsibility for several technical matters, people holding the pure management positions have no serious experience or skills. In reality, that leads to a place were everybody has an opinion, but nobody takes responsibility. It is a major problem to solve and I do think it can be solved unless people that have key roles are changed/replaced. You cannot have Senior Management with degrees and background in anything else but Software Engineering, just because they come cheaper or because nobody else will come to work for you. You need to step up and take this seriously. The most obvious to an engineer is that Product Managers are more than actual engineers, which does not make sense. Especially, when you lack people to test software or you delay big customer projects.

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  3. Helpful (5)

    "have been working at OpenBet full-time (More than 1 years)"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chiswick, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenBet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a very relaxing working environment It's very refreshing to walk through the business park every day Great people, great conditions, OK benefits, some career progression opportunities.

    Cons

    Very disorganized - constant reorganization and low retention on senior management positions. Frequently frustrating. A lot of technical debt and not enough investment to fix it.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "worst in class"

    1.0
     

    I worked at OpenBet

    Pros

    You can plan free pool and ping pong !

    Cons

    Outdated technology. High level of attrition. No Bonus. No Pay rise. As a result developers quit in 2-3 years time typically. To my knowledge this is a kind of hidden strategy by the senior management !

  5. Helpful (5)

    "Disorganised"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great conditions, OK benefits, some career progression opportunities.

    Cons

    Very disorganised - constant reorganisation and low retention on senior management positions. Frequently frustrating. A lot of technical debt and not enough investment to fix it.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good atmosphere"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly, good atmosphere in general.

    Cons

    Salary, senior management, lack of stability.

  7. Helpful (9)

    "Evil management"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Chiswick, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great colleagues, smart people, real projects.

    Cons

    I've heard the word "evil" used of senior management by several people who I worked with and have since left. That's not hysteria - that's thoughtful, intelligent, sensible people who have been shocked by what they experienced at Openbet. Senior management do not care one iota about people - they are only looking for personal riches. They are happy to exploit, damage, harm people. God help you if you fall foul of them. Steer clear - there's some genuinely unpleasant, toxic people running this company.

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  8. Helpful (16)

    "The valuable employees have left, or are leaving."

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Chiswick, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Location is pleasant to the eyes, even though it has almost become a circus - many activities suited for teenagers, which makes the park full with screaming children, and people just sightseeing and being loud. Some time ago, it was relaxing to just come out of the office and chill near the lake. Now, it's not relaxing at all - just another source of stress. 30 days holiday after 2 years is nice - if you can endure 2 years of amateurism.

    Cons

    It is a known fact that OB underpays engineering staff. Which immediately makes more experienced professionals avoid OB. As they should - OB recruits "as young and cheap" as possible. HR implemented draconian changes who are only bearable by the young first-job starters, as they don't know better. To anyone with a decade or two of work on their CV, it's borderline insulting. Senior Management is drifting away from the people who actually work and create products that can be (and are) sold and represent the foundation of OB's income. When a meeting to discuss the Business Continuity plan (that OB does NOT have) takes 3 months to be scheduled, then the CTO decides he has something more important to do like going to Gibraltar to sugarcoat a customer... his priorities are wrong. Speaking of priorities, most of Senior Management has, of course, agendas that cover all day. Sometimes, even 2 or 3 events at once. Impressive! But the truth is, that timeboxing failure is mostly spent with meetings.. between themselves. Because, yeah, it's "fashionable" for all the important people to talk a lot. Just don't expect them to have time to talk to lowly humans. Anyone below level 5 is not worth their time. Internal HR should cease to exist - there have been many "recruitment drives" who are rushed and only bring more "cannon fodder developers" to the office, because so many people leave, and then they have to recruit in a rush. Although, lately, not so much "to the UK office", but more to the Romania and Greece offices. Not that it's needed. Not that it helps the business model - not at all, communication is severely impeded. But the workforce in those 2 places is so cheaper than in the UK, that there's enough budget to make some people go back and forth, catch a flight - because, let's face it - whoever just came out of uni and has 3 or 4 reasons per year to fly a plane.. feels important. Every week, one can read emails about leaving drinks of multiple persons - it is clear there is no global team being solidified, just many people in and out. However.. if someone just doesn't add much value to a team, then one can just shift to another team - the amount of people just going round and round is staggering. Obviously, when they get tired of the "pretend to be working" game, they just leave. There is absolutely no Information Security mindset - both internal and external. Just recently, everyone had to change their password, because one of the few people who actually care about security discovered that the passwords were being transmitted across the internal network in unencrypted clear text! This vulnerability was important, and yet the CTO decided to stay clear. He has so many meetings, that security becomes secondary. He is more of a salesperson than a techie. That's the kind of Senior Management Openbet has - the CTO is immune to the security of the internal network. And the Disaster Recovery Plan. And the Business Continuity plan.. etc, etc. Several customers are gradually becoming more concerned about the lack of security mindset in OB - and the fact there is no CISO to whom they can talk to. So, the internal network can be really bad, as long as OB shows the "Gambling Commission Compliant" face to 3rd parties, partners and customers - some people at OB really love an external crowd, so Products and Marketing are taking care of Compliance (external only) - which is just SO wrong. Internally, any kind and/or type of compliance is non-existent, but if the image is passed to the outside.. all is good! No wonder the CISO that was recruited left after a couple of weeks - he just saw the state of things, and ran away. Trying to get a new one is still ongoing, after more than 8 months - HR is not capable of recruiting a position like this, and considering external recruiters is a valid option that was still not considered. So much for the "internal progression" promises. Career paths are completely broken. You can either have someone who, after working for X years at OB, now has another "probation" before taking a new role, or someone who just promoted because a new office across the world is being opened, and a promotion can convince the insecure workers to just go wherever. The technology is outdated, and some components are pretty much .. laughable. However, the generation who thinks that Facebook/Twitter is how the Internet was made always try to generate momentum to implement everything that shows up on more than 1 tweet or RSS feed. "ohhh, Python! I read it's good! Let's do something in Python right now!". Note: these are the same individuals who think that the only Linux editor that exists is VI, because it's the only thing they use in their 2-5 professional career. I'd wager a bet (pun intended) that only 1 out of every 5 developers at OB knows joe, nano, pico, etc... But, more than harsh measures, what OB needs is a global maturity stance that sometimes (most of the times) can not be seen. Free fruit? Cool. Why is that guy carrying 6 pieces of fruit for himself? Free sodas? Fantastic. Then there's a global email mentioning someone was caught stealing, to take home. Free pool table? Awesome. Why is the room not soundproof, and who works nearby has to listen to constant noise of balls dropping on the floor? Take off your shoes at work? Nice. Buy hey, why do some people take off their socks, too? Disgusting. Going back to the Dilbert age of cubicles would put perspective into many people's minds. Also, one wouldn't have to hear that guy, who simply can't talk, and starts screaming as soon as he sits down. No, it's not a vocal chords damage, it's just a "hey! I'm here! Listen to me!" impulse control disorder. And this doesn't happen in the office only - it also happens in the aptly named "Trash" mailing list, where after a couple of months (actually, days!), you clearly see some people who just like to "add one more sent mail to the history" to try and compensate for their (justified) introversion.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Supportive and exiting company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Great support structure for new starters Opportunities for travel and progression within the company Chiswick Park is a really nice place to work The company seems to be moving forward and growing I personally have had really positive interaction with senior management

    Cons

    Parts of the office are beginning to look a little old fashioned The laptops we get to use are not fantastic A greater variety of free food would be appreciated!

  10. Helpful (9)

    "OpenBet hires some genuinely great people, and then mistreats them."

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at OpenBet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people who you'll work with day in, day out are fantastic, bright and friendly people, you'll learn a lot about large scale systems and performance from them, even though the language isn't exactly re-usable. As a graduate, there's room for growth just from the sheer volume of turnover - so in a couple years you'll probably have a decent job title. Not so good for anyone with experience already though. 30 days holiday after 2 years is actually a really nice benefit - if you're actually able to take holiday anyway.

    Cons

    HR are doing their utmost to ruin this company for the people who stay - Bradford factors, dress codes, decreasing benefits while lying about their value, lying about what they're doing to improve issues, off-shoring as much as possible, bullying those who speak out about their issues rather than fixing them, etc etc The company "values" are a joke, especially the one about trust - thefts in the office, having to sign in in advance of working, having to be in the office on an "authorised machine" to do any work (are we still in the 90s?) No long term plan - 5 year roadmap was scrapped after less than a year. Senior management are practically invisible. Regular company meetings have disappeared, probably due to the heckling from disgruntled employees. Also long gone are the days where you'd go to the pub on a Friday and be able to have a chat with the CEO/VPs as actual people - it's a small thing, but made you genuinely feel appreciated as people, rather than a code monkey.

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