Ably Senior Leadership FAQ

Read what Ably employees think about senior leadership and the CEO at the company.

Ably has a Senior Management rating of 4.9, and Matthew O Riordan, the CEO of Ably, has an approval rating of 100% across the organisation.

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30 July 2019

How are senior leaders perceived at Ably?

Pros

1) At Ably I've consistently found that I'm given the freedom and autonomy I need to do really good work. You have a high level of control over what you work on, how you prioritize it, and usually own projects from start to finish. But you are expected to deliver on your responsibilites. I find this great because there's little if any micro management. 2) This goes for the whole company so it creates a high-energy, collaborative, and actually really fun work environment. It's also nice to work in a tech company with a somewhat mixed set of demographics and quite a good gender balance. 3) The work itself is interesting, varied, challenging, and can touch all aspects of the company. If you have skills outside your core role you can have quite the interesting work week. Ably solves hard, complex problems as a company and it's cool to see the interesting (and actually useful) things companies build on Ably. 4) Work/life balance is good despite high-growth mode. Ably is the only company I've worked at (out of many) that offers a truly flexible work environment across remote and on-site without hindering communication, collaboration, and execution. 5) There's plenty of team events and after work social activities if you want them. And who can complain about free beer and snacks in the office? This is quite the gushing review but Ably is genuinely a great place to work.

Cons

1) As the company rapidly scales there's the normal teething issues of growing a company and its employee count: putting scalable processes in place and making sure the culture doesn't change as the teams grow. But the CEO and senior management are doing a great job focusing on this. 2) The office can sometimes be a bit noisy. But new offices in the next couple of months will solve this.

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work with the collaborative/inclusive company culture, the truly flexible work environment, and continue to clearly communicate the company and product vision.

But the CEO and senior management are doing a great job focusing on this.

30 July 2019

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26 April 2021

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Ably?

Pros

- There are valuable colleagues: emotional intelligent, smart, experienced or all simultaneously. E.g. I was in a call with 3 people, and we had 50 years of experience in technology. People are thoughtful when needed: long term strategy, short term tactics and communication. - There are even more perks, but here are some I like: Juno (which is an app with extra perks like food delivery, apple watch, based on accumulating points), healthcare, snack budget for every friday meeting, which goes between 4 to 5pm. - There is an outgoing, friendly and dedicated people team, who are detecting any issues they find. The people team have introduced an anonymous form for people to submit further information if they have any issues. They also share resources online, and recommend/ (advocate on slack) people buy resources/ books and get them expensed. - Organised: the confluence pages are well written - Very open. Things are very transparent. Adding an anonymous Q&A in the weekly meeting.

Cons

Nothing so far to mention.

Advice to Management

I like seeing the people team's engagement (e.g. in slack, in Zoom calls). I think there won't be any long term cons when issues are found and addressed like they are now.

People are thoughtful when needed: long term strategy, short term tactics and communication.

26 April 2021

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