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6 English questions out of 6

30 July 2019

What is a typical working day 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.

If you have skills outside your core role you can have quite the interesting work week.

30 July 2019

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26 April 2021

What are meetings like 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.

Adding an anonymous Q&A in the weekly meeting.

26 April 2021

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30 July 2019

What is the work environment 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.

Ably is the only company I've worked at (out of many) that offers a truly flexible work environment across remote and on

30 July 2019

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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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17 October 2019

What are working conditions like at Ably?

Pros

At Ably you're given responsibility from the get-go. You're trusted to get on with your work, while at the same have access to a great workplace culture with a management team who genuinely cares about employee growth and experience. As a result, there's a really healthy feel to the team. Working here currently involves wearing a few different hats, and the role itself can be challenging. This is a great way to learn new skills and feel like you're tangibly developing in your career. The company is small enough that your opinion feels heard and can influence the direction of your role.

Cons

The learning curve can be steep if you don't have a technical background! But the opportunities for growth are great, and it's truly a privilege to gain insight into highly technical aspects of the business. We're in a 'middle bit' of growth and only just starting to put scalable processes in place. But being a part of this and getting a real say in the company's development is an amazing feeling.

The company is small enough that your opinion feels heard and can influence the direction of your role.

17 October 2019

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