Winton Group Employee Reviews about "david harding"

Updated 17 Nov 2019

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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 (7)

    "Wasted potential"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Quarterly bonuses, good work life balance, free breakfast and lunch

    Cons

    David Harding calls all the shots and no one can challenge him or push their ideas, political environment where selfish behaviour is rewarded leading to poor morale across the ranks, people do not feel valued (despite monetary benefits)

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  2. Helpful (17)

    "Damaging"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    On paper, this is a great place to work. Decent pay, quarterly bonuses, nice offices, good location, decent food.

    Cons

    David Harding controls everything and the rest of the company spends their entire time trying to make him happy. The 'middle management' has been selected for their willingness to say 'yes', rather than their ability to do their jobs and they will all be very happy to throw you under the bus in order to avoid the wrath of the CEO. The company has also gone through some very hard times with AUM plummeting and most of the satellite offices closed. Almost all the experienced researchers have left, so I don't see this turning around any time soon. If you're thinking of joining Winton, please read up on how life under a dictatorship functions first. And if you're already working there, get out before the company damages you permanently.

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  3. Helpful (31)

    "Avoid at all costs"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Back Office in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to be a wonderful place to work - interesting, collaborative, challenging, with some genuinely impressive people to look up to. However they have now all left. Free food and nice offices Bonuses have been good at times In-house doctor is great

    Cons

    Constant and sudden change, firings, teams being dismantled and moved around, people being promoted one second and demoted the next with no explanation. Employees have no security, and no trust or confidence in the future. Senior management, including David Harding, will talk very negatively about other senior management, publically and in front of junior employees. Management will spend huge sums of money on private planes and away days, but then cut basic benefits for other staff. Real feeling that everyone apart from senior management is expendable, and that they want you to know that

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  4. Helpful (18)

    "A great company but brutal redundancy experience"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Winton Group full-time

    Pros

    - Career progression - Benefits - Busy, dynamic atmosphere - Nice colleagues

    Cons

    Lots of redundancies were suddenly made which was a highly upsetting and humiliating process. No real reason but they just decided they didn't need us anymore, shocking way to treat people. It later transpired that the CEO David Harding had said it was because I did not say good morning to him enough - probably at the age of 21 with no career experience was too scared.

  5. Helpful (8)

    "Enjoyable place to work in a research environment with clever and likable people."

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Researcher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Winton Group for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Most colleagues are both talented and helpful - with some being astonishingly talented, acting as superb mentors for junior employees. - As such, the experience of working at Winton makes you a better problem solver then before you joined, regardless of previous experience or calibre. - If you come up with a good idea, you're given full responsibility to explore it, and if it comes off, given full credit. - You can be presenting your own work to senior management, including David Harding, within your first year as a junior.

    Cons

    - Not so much a con, but there is a steep learning curve when you first join - there is a lot to take on board in a short space of time. - Whilst the pay is good, it's not as competitive as some of the tech leaders. - Permissions issues can be frustrating, and can inhibit the momentum of implementing new ideas.

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  6. Helpful (13)

    "Mixed feelings"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Large and stable company - Many people are nice to work with - I have a lot of respect for David Harding

    Cons

    - A bit more corporate and less researchy than it says - Not all people are pleasant - there is variability in the company - Winton's dismissal policy, some employees on their own without a fair chance to fit in and perform - Less potential for impact and interesting research than elsewhere

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