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21 August 2019

Pros

Great office and location, predominantly lovely colleagues, great tech-stack in certain departments and positive use of agile.

Cons

Recent cutbacks to benefits affecting pro bono consumables and services, such as fruit and on-site physio visits. Some departments using old tech and outdated project management styles.

Some departments using old tech and outdated project management styles.

21 August 2019

Reviewed by: Engineer In Development in Edinburgh, Scotland (Current Employee)

3 March 2020

Pros

Nice people to work with. Juice and cereal was all right.

Cons

Management were awful - dont have a clue what doing most of the time. All old men in management who are sexist and horrible about women. I wouldn't want daughters to work here. So much inappropriate stuff going on with managers. Mean to get support from HR but the "Advisor" I dealt with was nasty, thought she was prefect and thought she was gods gift so unfeeling about personal circumstances. She picked managers always and has made loads of us feel rubbish constant. Loads of people leaving cause they dont trust anyone there.

Advice to Management

Leave.

All old men in management who are sexist and horrible about women.

3 March 2020

Reviewed by: Anonymous in United Kingdom (Anonymous Employee)

2 April 2020

Pros

* Reasonable Pay * Good Line Managers who work closely with you

Cons

* Big bosses go over line managers heads and create plans to end your employment behind the backs of line managers. * Over 100 engineers received no communication at ALL from zonal regarding termination of employment and they used COVID-19 as an excuse * Really poor attitude, not one of us received thanks for our time, loyalty, work totally made a fool of a lot of people. * Refuse to pay day rates and expenses outlined in our contracts.

Advice to Management

Get real, be honest, don't hide and deceive people, grow a pair!

Big bosses go over line managers heads and create plans to end your employment behind the backs of line managers.

2 April 2020

Reviewed by: Field Service Engineer in Oxford, England (Former Contractor)

16 July 2020

Pros

Relaxed environment, no crunch development times, trying to improve development processes. Very accommodating of flexible working, working from home etc. Senior management understand their customers very well.

Cons

No real long term product roadmap, some old legacy systems using very out of date technology and struggling under their own weight. Senior management don't really seem to understand development.

Senior management don't really seem to understand development.

16 July 2020

Reviewed by: Software Developer in Edinburgh, Scotland (Current Employee)

4 April 2020

Pros

- Low deadline pressure. - Time set aside for relevant study, refactoring, hack days. - Flexible working hours. - Pen-testing training workshops run by security team. - Very customer-focussed, customers are loyal and have long-standing relationships with the company.

Cons

- No company culture, dull work environment/office. - No organised or standardised documentation, if you don't know how to configure something you need to find whoever has been maintaining it for the last decade. - No training on how to use flagship hardware and software. - All product design decisions made by product owners or developers so key software is barely useable. No qualified in-house designers. - Middle-management churn means processes always in flux. - Zero visible opportunity for career progression. No standardised appraisal process or recognition for taking initiative. - Poor communication between teams and from management. - Benefits package mediocre.

Advice to Management

Free cornflakes doesn't make you an exciting tech company. Being constantly reminded you're part of a family business isn't a substitute for actually feeling valued.

management churn means processes always in flux.

4 April 2020

Reviewed by: Software Development Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (Former Employee)

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