IG Group Reviews

Updated 14 October 2014
Updated 14 October 2014
31 Reviews
3.3
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  1.  

    Mainly positives to be fair!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at IG Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    IG looks after staff fairly well and the benefits and facilities around the office are good. If you deliver, you can be rewarded well. The company works hard to maintain the quality of it's products and brand values which is reflected in the corporate culture. IG can be slow to adapt to new technologies and ideas

    Cons

    There is a hierarchy and a gulf between staff and senior management. There is another gulf between technology and the business functions and it can seem at times that it's two separate companies you're hearing about. Because of high staff retention over the years in certain areas, it can be clicky. It's a professional, well oiled machine and that doesn't suit everyone's working style, particularly if you hate the idea of being a cog in a wheel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at IG Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - funny and friendly environment
    - people are smart, dedicated and passionate
    - mid-management nice and open to improvements and employees needs

    Cons

    - no real possibilities for growth
    - not advanced at all, technology need to be improved, and also the way to use it.
    - senior management don't even know their employees...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and meet your people and recognize their value!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Use to get a better job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Team Lead in London, England
    Former Employee - Technical Team Lead in London, England

    I worked at IG Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good bonus and benefits. Nice office location.

    Cons

    Company has a blame culture. Management like to micro-manage staff with useless KPI's. High staff turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging and Friendly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Executive in London, England
    Current Employee - Communications Executive in London, England

    I have been working at IG Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great working culture, support when new, good level of training, possibility to move around within the business, good pay and perks, balance of work and play, met many lovely people

    Cons

    Sometimes lack of cohesion and structure on bigger projects, lots of pushing back on deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to all

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lack of career progression

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in London, England
    Former Employee - Developer in London, England

    I worked at IG Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    IG Group use cutting-edge technology, and staff are meant to have time to keep their skills up-to-date, but the reality doesn't happen often. I was able to pick up some new skills. There's free fruit daily and free drinks once a month. The office is new and conveniently located and in the square mile, so it is easy to get to. Overall, most people are friendly, but there is a clique culture and some staff do not act professionally.

    Cons

    Tight deadlines meant working long hours and over Christmas and New Year's Eve as the company had poor planning. Staff not recognised for doing hard work and long hours, and there are not any career progression prospects. Staff seem to be treated the same, irrelevant if one colleague has a couple years of experience and another has over 12 years of experience. Progression, more than anything, seems to be related to who has been at the company the longest or who fits into the "old boy's club". Hours are also 9:00-6:00, and they are not very flexible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at staff career progression and recognise staff for doing hard/good work, especially when meeting your difficult deadlines due to lack of planning at the top. I would have stayed on had I been able to progress.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Developer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in London, England
    Current Employee - Developer in London, England

    I have been working at IG Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working hours (except when on support) and pay is competitive. Overall though it's a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Very limited progression path and at times you feel like you're just plodding along.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to engage staff at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Challenging, fast paced work place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at IG Group full-time

    Pros

    Access to latest technologies, regularly pushing the technical boundaries with suppliers as the flag bearer, modern and fun office with excellent amenities. Competitive pay and benefits, close to Gym.

    Cons

    The fast pace is often at the compromise of technical training and staff growth is limited, lack of or limited planning for projects and a 'just make it work' approach. IT staff participate in on call work with time in lieu as compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your staff, treat them as your greatest assets and as people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good but not that good.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IG Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good group of colleagues. Nice perks e.g. monthly drinks, good bonuses.

    Cons

    Very political, minimal communication with senior staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more regular feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok-ish company to work with, for a short while

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Java Developer in London, England
    Former Employee - Java Developer in London, England

    I worked at IG Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very pretty office, plus all the nice IT company perks: fruit, Friday beers (well, once a month), pool table, etc. Good social scene: drink, parties etc. Opportunities to learn, especially for beginners. Deadlines nearly non-existent in some projects. Big bonuses and regular pay hikes, although the base salaries are pretty low. Very easy to get promoted (and demoted).

    Cons

    Catty, stressful environment with a culture of blaming, finger-pointing and brown-nosing. Thriving there is more of a matter of marketing yourself than producing good code. Lots of stuck-up people, in some teams more than in others. Micromanagement endemic, again only in some teams. Some mediocre staff who have managed to build themselves a niche and seems to be there since about forever. Not fully agile: QA somewhat disconnected from the building process. Systematic character assassination of every developer who has left spontaneously. Frequent firings of people although, as far as I've witnessed, only as a last resort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernise. Some of the procedures used, both technical and managerial, are jurassic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good as at the very beginning or the very end of your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Java Developer in London, England
    Former Employee - Java Developer in London, England

    I worked at IG Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great company culture, relaxed environment, not too stressful.
    I met very great and experienced people ready to share experiences and have the occasional beer.
    I think it's a great place to have a first exposure to a "big" company, without the stress that usually comes to it: very recent technologies, good developing best-practices, agile environment.
    A great place to do a Graduate Scheme and have that first step into Finance.

    Also, IG would be a great place if you are looking for a technical position that won't stress you, 9am-6pm, fairly incremental work.

    Cons

    After a while, you can learn something new only if you try really hard. The source of innovation comes more from the minds of bright employees that strive for improvements than from Management or the Company in general.

    Also, it feels like IG is becoming more and more corporate by the day, and this transition is not being handled as smoothly as it could. I guess this will settle down, in time, but right now things change every day, not necessarily in coherent directions, and this leaves employes wondering what is the "bigger picture", if there is one.

    Salaries not very competitive, for City standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize resources better, value the work of your younger employees (grads, juniors): it's a waste of time if after spending one or two years training them, they just leave for another place and you have to start all over.
    Also, coordinate the communication between teams and departments better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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