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FreeAgent Overview

Edinburgh, Scotland
201 to 500 employees
2007
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
£10 to £25 million (GBP) per year
FreeAgent is a multi-award winning online accounting system specifically designed to meet the needs of small businesses, freelancers and their accountants.

We’ve won lots of awards, including Best Accounting Software Provider and Small Business ... Read more

Mission: Based in sunny Edinburgh, we’re on a mission to make businesses happier and more successful by putting them in control of their finances.

Company Updates

  • COVID-19

    At the end of every Friday the whole company gets together virtually for Town Hall to reflect. Here are just a few of the friendly faces from our team who are here to support you as we all navigate these uncertain times together 💙

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FreeAgent – Why Work With Us?



Right from the very start, our founders Ed, Olly and Roan were uncompromising on their vision of creating the kind of workplace culture they’d always wanted for themselves - somewhere you can be yourself and do your best work.

We've defined three core values that are really important to the way we work:

Own it!
Be empowered to tackle big hairy audacious goals, while accepting that we’re smarter together.

We relish accountability as our mandate for putting a dent in the Universe.

Enjoy it!
Life moves pretty fast. We work hard, and things get bumpy sometimes, but you should be enjoying the ride.

Stay curious, keep learning and be excellent to each other.

Be proud of it!
Sweat the details, be bold in your ambition and innovate by pushing the boundaries.

Above all, understand how you’re helping the customer.

How We Work

We want to give everyone the opportunity to shape and influence where we are going. Regular planning sessions keep us focussed on strategic objectives and our weekly Town Hall meeting means everyone always knows what’s going on across the company.

Our IT team kit everyone out with MacBooks to make flexible working really easy and tools like Google Suite help our teams collaborate.

“Hack days”, twice a year allow us to take a couple days out from our regular roles to team up and work on anything we like, meaning new and creative ideas can be explored across the company.

Our Office

In our Edinburgh city centre office, you can enjoy our pool table, balcony, catered Friday lunches, drinks fridge, fresh fruit, coffee machine and much more! Our office is full of both social spaces and quiet places.

There are a range of FreeAgent clubs, activities (and Slack channels!) to help you get to know your colleagues better. From Monday running club and Wednesday yoga to our board games night and our #ot-cats Slack channel - there’s plenty around here for you to get stuck into!

Our Edinburgh HQ spans two floors and is full of goodies:

  • Fresh fruit (and a biscuit cupboard…)
  • A well-stocked drinks fridge
  • Pool table & table tennis
  • Balcony with Edinburgh castle views
  • Catered Friday lunch
  • Great coffee machine
  • Cake on your birthday
  • Events like quizzes, scavenger hunts & board game nights

Make a difference 💫

The technology in this space is changing rapidly and at FreeAgent we're working on the cutting edge. We're focused on providing the best possible user experience for our growing customer base: currently over 90,000 customers. This is your chance to come and shape the future of small business banking and accounting!

 

Creating the best place to work 👩🏽‍💻

We want people to be productive, to have career opportunities, to be focused on meaningful work and to have an excellent work/life balance. We like to think we work smarter, not harder, which is why we stick to a 35-hour working week and still Get Things Done.

Our product managers and product designers are embedded alongside our software engineers on cross-functional teams. Our product designers are also part of a wider design team that includes communications designers and UX researchers. We work closely together, share work often and collaborate across teams.

We have built a powerful CI/CD platform which can run 40,000 automated tests in less than five minutes which allows us to remain productive at scale, and allows all engineers, regardless of level, to deploy code to production multiple times a day.

We value a diverse team, and we believe the variety of experiences and backgrounds in our team make us stronger. We believe in a learning culture and encourage self-development. We have regular 'wiggle weeks' and we hold our legendary 'Hack Days' twice a year. Engineers write about what they do, and what they learn, on our popular engineering blog.

We have an amazing office in central Edinburgh (one of the great cities of the world), and our work environment is light and bright with inspiring spaces and quiet places. If you're based in the office you'll enjoy catered lunches every Friday, weekly yoga and many other perks and treats. Find out more about life at HQ here!

Of course many of our senior engineers work remotely throughout the UK and we make sure they feel really included. From daily video calls just for chit chat, to our huge variety of Slack channels - we make every effort to make everyone feel welcome.

We provide a comprehensive package of employee benefits, which have been carefully selected to protect you, to promote healthy lifestyles, and to give you peace of mind.

  • 33 days holiday: We add an extra day for every year you're here (up to 43 days). Public holidays are included and up to five days a year unpaid leave is also available.
  • Private medical plan: You'll get comprehensive private medical insurance and access to a health plan covering a wide range of healthcare expenses.
  • Company pension scheme: All FreeAgent employees are welcome to join our pension scheme. We'll match your contributions up to a maximum of 5% of your salary.
  • Life assurance: We hope it will never be needed, but you’ll have added protection with our lump-sum life assurance benefit.
  • Income protection: In case you are unable to work due to long-term incapacity, you’ll have income protection insurance.
  • Employee assistance: 24/7 access to free, confidential support and advice on a range of everyday issues including health and wellbeing, childcare, money, and legal issues.
  • Share scheme: You can access our Buy As You Earn scheme to purchase shares from your pre-tax salary
  • Cycle to work scheme: Fancy a canal-side cycle to work? We’ll help you purchase your bike and equipment tax free, through the government scheme.
  • Discounts galore!: Save money on a wide range of purchases - from half price gym membership and cinema tickets, to bargain holidays and phone contracts.

Roughly 30% of our team work remotely and we want to make sure those colleagues feel just as much a part of the team as those of us who are office-based. From daily video calls just for chit chat, to our huge variety of Slack channels - we make every effort to make everyone feel welcome.

Hear more from our team about what it’s like to work remotely at FreeAgent from Eva and Anup: 

FreeAgent Reviews

  • Featured Review

    "Fantastic company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Finance Assistant in Livingston, Scotland
    Current Employee - Finance Assistant in Livingston, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FreeAgent full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have worked at FreeAgent for 3 years and it is the best company I have ever worked for.

    Super talented work colleagues, everyone is so nice and you are really made to feel that you are an important part of the team. Great perks include fruit, biscuits and Friday lunch.

    The office has all the latest equipment and we have amazing views over Edinburgh.

    Cons

    There are no cons to working at FreeAgent

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FreeAgent Interviews

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    Product Designer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at FreeAgent (Edinburgh, Scotland) in April 2020.

    Interview

    Great engagement throughout from the People team. Very thorough, staged interview process but always welcoming and supportive. Initial phone interview followed by a face-to-face and a design exercise. The team have been a joy to work with so far.

    Interview Questions

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