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5 English questions out of 5

10 September 2019

What are meetings like at Ably?

Pros

Challenging and varied role with lots of exposure to various parts of the business. An exciting period of growth at the business with a genuine feeling of contribution and involvement in driving this. Great company culture! Opportunities for personal growth and lot's of team days, quirky events etc.

Cons

Lots changed/changing over the next few months - so it will be interesting to see how culture/company adapts and evolves with this. Not really a con, more of an unknown.

Advice to Management

Maintain feel of the company and continue to keep staff updated!

Opportunities for personal growth and lot's of team days, quirky events etc.

10 September 2019

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4 February 2021

What is the work environment like at Ably?

Pros

Nice working environment supportive colleagues

Cons

No cons, really lovely team and very technical product

Nice working environment supportive colleagues

4 February 2021

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30 July 2019

How is the office food 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.

And who can complain about free beer and snacks in the office?

30 July 2019

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30 July 2019

How do employees feel about working conditions 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.

energy, collaborative, and actually really fun work environment.

30 July 2019

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30 July 2019

What are working conditions like 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.

2) The office can sometimes be a bit noisy.

30 July 2019

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