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3 March 2019

Does Smart Pension have a pension plan?

Pros

Thinking in terms of long-term pensions business is a key here. You may know some 50-years old pension companies that still run on COBOL and they cannot get away with it because many years ago someone screwed up the software architecture. Well, it feels directors experienced it first hand 'cos here we do things rather slowly and patiently. Good is better than fast. Adhere to best practices, follow architecture and patterns and all that. I've been working here for 6 months now and so far I head only two features with a deadline but those dates were imposed by government regulations so what you gonna do. Everything else is negotiable. If you want fire burning all around you, you should look for another startup. This is place of 100% TDD and always choosing to spend more time even if it brings only a marginal improvement. This may not be suitable to hacky types who'd prefer to race on with the world. Not overly exciting like Silicon Valley's juice startup. But sane and intellectually challenging. Would give 6/5 in Work/Life Balance if I could. It's also quite flexible in terms of what kind of job you do. Sure, I have some title in my contract but I already forgot what it is - I told managers what my skills are and that I'd like to proceed with learning about a specific field in which they needed personnel and now I'm doing it full-time. So pretty flexible in terms of self-direction.

Cons

Change from Kanban to Agile. Not that I have anything against Agile methodologies (SCRUM in particular is the one we use) but it'll definitely take time until whole team gets to know it, I think here especially of how dev team interacts with product team. But at least there are some training workshops in place so we'll see in time. We also have "corporate" laptops - you know, IT telling you how your password should look like, installing antivirus on it and so on. They don't spy on what you do but even the sheer idea of IT folks deciding what's better for my OS makes my cringe as a dev. I don't really like Paddington in terms of food to eat around :P Also, it gets boring at times. It's just part of patient and predictable workloads and no drama - it fits my introverted mind well but might be too boring for some. Example: before you start a big feature you write up a doc, share with others, comment on it, go back and forth - I like it, feels like uni/science paper work a bit but I know some people hate that part. Also, during 6 months I had to stay once beyond 5:30pm... I know certain software releases are dependent on 3rd-party working hours but still, it happened.

Advice to Management

I feel recent investment by JPMorgan may amplify need for self-directed learners but also add on bunch of IT regulations and # of meetings. Please, dear management, protect us from it ;)

You may know some 50-years old pension companies that still run on COBOL and they cannot get away with it because many years ago someone screwed up the software architecture.

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12 February 2020

What kind of career opportunities exist at Smart Pension?

Pros

Helpful, friendly staff Opportunities to grow Great workplace culture Growing business Opportunity to take part in events and other activities (e.g. football, pool)

Cons

Benefits might not be as strong as other companies in the same industry, however they are still decent. Due to how relaxed the culture is, more effort needs to be put in sometimes to get stuff done or get noticed (but this could also be a pro).

Opportunities to grow

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4 February 2020

How is management perceived at Smart Pension?

Pros

Very supportive and open management culture. People are encouraged to speak their mind on how to make things better. Never feel alone in solving a problem. Nice comfortable offices as well, some people seem to live there.

Cons

Building is a bit structurally wobbly

Advice to Management

Keep it up and we will make it

Very supportive and open management culture.

4 February 2020

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31 March 2019

Is Smart Pension a good company to work for?

Pros

Great Company , great people, fun staff

Cons

None at all, its just a great company

Advice to Management

None

Great Company , great people, fun staff

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12 February 2020

What is the company culture like at Smart Pension?

Pros

Helpful, friendly staff Opportunities to grow Great workplace culture Growing business Opportunity to take part in events and other activities (e.g. football, pool)

Cons

Benefits might not be as strong as other companies in the same industry, however they are still decent. Due to how relaxed the culture is, more effort needs to be put in sometimes to get stuff done or get noticed (but this could also be a pro).

Great workplace culture

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