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I worked at AO full-time (More than 3 years)
Working at AO was like working with a great big family. The opportunities for growth are there if you want to take them, and the senior staff really bend over backwards to help with your development.
Teams are free to pursue their own "flavour" of Agile, and to forge relationships with stakeholders.
Reasonable training requests are catered for within the 5 days training, but can be unnecessarily prescriptive. Training requests have to be in-line with things that will definitely benefit the department as a whole. Not an unreasonable supposition, but doesn't help individuals wanting to improve and develop themselves outside of that remit.
Tooling support tied in with budgetary review rather than aligned to team's autonomy.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at AO (Bolton, England) in February 2014.
2 stages; 1- technical test, 2 - interview
I applied for a Software Engineer position and they conducted a technical test (code kata) followed by some technical questions. Then the 2nd stage was a face to face interview.
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