Winton Group Employee Reviews about "free food"

Updated 8 May 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. "Good place to work, but not for long"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, free food, nice office, in-house doctor. The base salary was ok, but good bonuses.

    Cons

    No job security - people were let go quite frequently, even back-office staffs. Very political.

  2. 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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  3. Helpful (8)

    "Confused by some of the recent reviews - Winton is actually an amazing place to work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group full-time

    Pros

    With any experience of other similar companies, most people will find that Winton is a fairly spectacular place to work: Pay - when the fund performs, pay is very good. When it doesn’t perform, pay is still good. Bonuses are quarterly which means people don’t stick around for longer than they should and people aren’t worried about missing a huge bonus when leaving. This really makes the place a more enjoyable place to work. (There’s no obsession with the annual bonus that you get in other similar organisations - no massive surge of effort towards the end of the year and no anxiety and anger if you get less than you feel you deserve as you’ve got to wait another 12 months for the next one). Hours - I left at 6.00pm most days and was one of the very last people to leave in the building. Anyone that has worked at a serious organisation will know how incredible this is. Health - rather than the sort of place where people work themselves to the ground, the place promotes health and fitness. There’s a free private doctor always available to see you within a day or two. Also, a good portion of the company heads off to the gym for an hour every day. Free food - even though this has been scaled back very slightly, it is still incredible. There are always three choices of lunch - all amazing. The day I left the company, I had a seared tuna dish you’d pay £30 in a London restaurant. No-one particularly cared because everyone is so used to it. Baristas - as above, there is a barista on hand all day long making great coffee Clever people - this is one of the world’s most successful hedge funds - therefore from top to bottom its filled with exceptional people. Because the place is small, everyone talks to each other. Again, this doesn’t happen everywhere.

    Cons

    I can see some truth in lots of the recent negative reviews, but I think some perspective is needed as many posters clearly haven’t worked anywhere similar. Breakfast and bottled water scaled back - this is actually ridiculous to complain about. To save money they remove the (frankly extravagant) evian bottles and chopped pineapples in the morning. There is still amazing food and coffee available all day. Performance - as you’d expect, there have been quarters where the fund has performed less well. Bonuses have therefore been more modest, but frankly, this is what you’d expect. Good luck choosing somewhere where performance will always be spectacular and bonuses will always be huge. Limited career prospects - not really sure what this means tbh. People that perform well are promoted, paid more, given leadership roles and moved on to more important things. When people leave, they have a top company and top experience on their CV and move to other top jobs. Want to move teams and gain experience somewhere else in the company? Often fine too. Not sure what people are on about here. People also complain about lack of training, but this is ridiculous too as any courses etc. that people want to take (within reason) are paid for with just a couple of emails to HR. These things aren’t mandatory and shoved down your throat, but if you want them they’re there. People moving around to areas they have little expertise in - again, this shouldn’t be so strange - it happens everywhere. Leaders and potential leaders frequently get moved to different teams to give more experience and bring new perspectives etc. Its really common and shouldn’t be seen as a negative. Frequent org changes - In reality, the company is small enough that it is able to make the kind of changes that big companies are just not nimble enough to make. Projects start, they don’t work and are stopped. Honestly one the best things about winton is that there is no fear in starting something unknown or proposing something a bit experimental. If it doesn’t work out, fine, we move on and try something else. This goes for all parts of the business. In my experience, people don’t get fired for making mistakes or for failing in a project, lack of immagination or lack of ambition is considered much worse. Lack of job security - again, its one of the world’s most successful hedge funds. No-one should really expect a job for life here. FWIW - even though the headcount has reduced recently, I would say 95% of the top people have remained. There could be more of a flexible working/working from home culture.

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  4. Helpful (15)

    "Unskilled management"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Winton Group full-time

    Pros

    Free food and drinks Nice offices

    Cons

    No flexible working. No access to work from home if you are at an analyst or associate level. Unskilled and self-centred management. They can’t even allocate resources to cover for you if you are off from work. You come back to work and you are screwed! They talk about team working but there is no team. They want you to have goals and objectives but they don’t support you to achieve them.

  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good company but not idyllic"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous compensation and benefits Smart and (mostly) nice colleagues Ambitious Intellectual honesty Nice offices Good food (free)

    Cons

    * Inconsistent management - technical people promoted into leadership roles with insufficient mgmt skills. Not enough good training/mentoring. * Efforts to project a Google/Facebook image mean a raft of people have been hired on false expectations, fuelling resentment. The work is interesting, but it’s a hedge fund not a tech company - if you expect a university environment with freedom to work on whatever you want, you’re going to be disappointed. * The company frequently starts and stops projects, with teams reassigned - it’s not always clear why.

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  6. Helpful (21)

    "No Security"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice team of like-minded people. My manager was very caring and there were good perks... free food, snacks, flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Extremely repetitive. Upper management weren’t happy to relocate and so they put about 70+ jobs in the firing line. The HR department dealt with this transition extremely badly and I am hearing that there are still issues with the process. On the whole, the business favours a small group of people (not uncommon in the industry) but this has a very real impact on people’s lives unfortunately.

  7. Helpful (23)

    "Lack of strategic vision"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    Quarterly bonuses can be good depending on the fund performance, free food, doctor on site, friendly people.

    Cons

    The CEO and founder seems to have lost interest in running the core business and is mostly focused on his pet projects. The lack of a strategic vision has had a clear negative impact on the company in the last few years. There have been constant re-organisations and most of them are a direct result of a muddled vision. As a result staff morale is very low and staff turn over is very high. Recently many well respected researchers left the company following the closure of the Oxford office.

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  8. Helpful (14)

    "Bad place to work"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food Lunch lectures Good work life balance

    Cons

    Very political. Shady recruitment practices (promise unrealistic bonuses) Relatively low compensation. Most people (not all though) are bot that nice

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  9. Helpful (19)

    "False impressions"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Winton Group

    Pros

    Great selection of healthy food, free all day.

    Cons

    The company does not appreciate or value genuine, hardworking employees. There's a false impression of career progression and you can be left feeling very overlooked and undermined.

  10. Helpful (5)

    "Growing pains"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, and nice new office with free food all day. There is momentum for growth and innovation to the business model, providing opportunities for motivated people.

    Cons

    Lack of a clear direction, with a lot of changes, leading to demotivated staff in places. Poor communication from management.

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