Winton Group Employee Reviews about "constant change"

Updated 11 Oct 2018

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Winton Group Chief Executive Officer and Founder David Harding (no image)
David Harding
39 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free food - even though this has been scaled back very slightly, it is still incredible(in 13 reviews)

  • "Quarterly bonuses, good work life balance, free breakfast and lunch(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Constant change, poor internal communication, high staff turnover(in 5 reviews)

  • "David Harding controls everything and the rest of the company spends their entire time trying to make him happy(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (12)

    "Wolf in sheep's clothing"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in London, England
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group for more than a year

    Pros

    Relatively well paid, nice food

    Cons

    Constant change, poor internal communication, high staff turnover

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  2. Helpful (24)

    "Hierarchical organisation that lacks direction"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Quarterly bonuses, free (delicious) food, doctor on sight, friendly people. Good work-life balance. Free umbrellas

    Cons

    Most people are hired into one role and then end up in a completely different team or function. There is a lack of inspiring/innovative leadership, as at the end of the day all key decisions are made by 1-2 people (the heads of teams/ leaders have no say). There is constant change and turnover, so existing staff feel demotivated and unsure about the security of their jobs. People end up 'playing the game' rather than being honest about their work and career goals, because they're scared they'll lose their job otherwise. Most end up coasting because they are being paid relatively well for the job they're doing. There is, therefore a lack of dynamism and energy in the workplace, and morale feels quite low.

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  3. Helpful (37)

    "Toxic environment fuelled by fear"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hammersmith, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Free umbrella's. - Interesting lectures by academics and notable people available to all. - Hammersmith is an unusual area for the head office.

    Cons

    -Environment of constant change was exhausting and without business justification. -20 question review given to all employees as their only feedback mechanism from their manager once per year. Poor fit for most employees and not tailored to the role or department of the employee. This perhaps perfectly demonstrates the level of thought given by the CEO to employees in his firm (he wrote all the questions - including my favourite 'Does this person work hard?') - 'Build not buy' attitude to software has left an unsustainable maintenance and support legacy. -Refusal to employ contract staff (in any department other than the siloed data crunching pit in Oxford). This inhibits new techniques and ideas, majority of staff have only ever worked at Winton. Difficult to get anything other than the 'Winton way' approved. -All decisions are made by the CEO, even hiring of a junior analyst, there seems to be a real lack of trust from the CEO even in senior management. This filters down through the company. -No working from home opportunities (see above - no trust). Happy for employees to have remote access in order to be continually contactable and able to extend the working day often through the weekend, when it suits Winton. -Free food = weight gain and a feeling of being trapped, no reason to leave the office. -Free private GP - over medicates strong drugs for minor ailments. Prescribing sleeping tablets seemed to be commonplace and indicated to me an unhappy, stressful work environment.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Cushy place to work"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Winton Group full-time

    Pros

    - Culture is far removed from traditional FS company - Good work/life balance - Other staff are in general highly intelligent and proficient - Exceptional staff benefits

    Cons

    - Constant change can sometimes feel disruptive - Almost all decision making power is concentrated with the CEO

  5. Helpful (7)

    "Great at senior levels, not so much for juniors"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group full-time

    Pros

    - Free lunch, drinks and snacks. - Matched contribution to pension. - Good pay with generous quarterly bonuses. - Interesting research threads if you can manage to get staffed. - Regular guest lectures with an interesting set of personalities. - Colleagues are generally nice and helpful. - Low pressure work environment in general, work-life balance is very favourable. - Good name to have on a CV.

    Cons

    I expect some many of the below complaints to be addressed in the future, but some will remain as they are: - Company operates on the whims of the CEO. Constant change depending on his moods; staff demoted/promoted at whim, teams and functions changed frequently. - Many nominally Research teams’ time spent on operational and technological problems. - Pace of incorporating new Research into funds lethargic. Company prefers to market ideas to impress clients rather than implement them. - Opportunities for career advancement unclear. - Pay may be somewhat lower relative to peers/Investment Banks.

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