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Sky Betting & Gaming Overview

Leeds, England
1001 to 5000 employees
2001
Company - Private
Internet
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
We're a tech company born out of Sky. We’re aiming to be the UK’s best digital business. And we do things the SBG Way.

1400+ colleagues, developing some of the country’s biggest brands in online betting and ... Read more

Mission: We're on a mission to make Betting & Gaming Better and build the UK's Best Digital Business.


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2018 (#17)

Company Updates

  • Here at SBG, we're constantly learning and adapting. Its a philosophy that's got us to where we are today. Thats why we're so passionate about developing our people to be the best they can be. We have dedicated L&D time every week, hundreds of internal and external courses available, a top-notch mentoring scheme and a £1000 ninja fund for all our new starters in tech. And then some.

    The opportunities to learn, develop, grow and progress in your role are endless. Find out more here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQzLx

    Learning & Development | Sky Betting & Gaming

    Ever fancied learning to speak Italian? Or want a personal coach or free access to the most in demand tech-skills? It's all part of the package here at Sky Betting and Gaming.

  • Have you got your ticket for biggest tech event of the year in Leeds?

    The Leeds tech scene is fit to burst with events this spring, so now is the time to plan to make sure you don’t miss out on some fantastic highlights which take place in April and May as part of the Leeds Digital Festival and Leeds International Festival.

    Top of the list is of course is the Sky Betting & Gaming sponsored Tech Edge 2018, taking place for a full day on Tuesday April 24th covering topics such as software development, agile delivery, people & culture and web ops.

    What are you waiting for grab a ticket: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQVaS

    TechEdge2018

    TECHEDGE 2018 CONFIRMED FOR LEEDS DIGITAL FESTIVAL www.techedge.co.uk Top name speakers from international tech companies including Ian Massingham, lead for global Technical and Developer Evangelism at Amazon Web Services, Anne Currie, Chief Strategist at Container Solutions and Neil Hall, Head of Product for BBC Sport, share their approaches to developing and running complex tech platforms at scale and at speed, in a one-day conference for technologists building and operating large-scale websites and applications.

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Sky Betting & Gaming – Why Work For Us?


We're a tech company born out of Sky. We’re aiming to be the UK’s best digital business. And we do things the SBG Way.

1400+ colleagues, developing some of the country’s biggest brands in online betting and gaming including SkyBet, SkyVegas, Soccer Saturday Super6 and Sky Sports Fantasy Football.

Constantly innovating we’ve doubled in size over the last 5 years. And we’re not going to stop there. Here, you’ll grow. You’ll be challenged. You’ll be well rewarded. And our fast-track progression will meet your ambitions. Our laid-back culture has replaced suits and ties with casual dress, pool tables and arcade tournaments. We’ve created one of the most exciting environments in the business. It’s no wonder we’ve been named one of the UK’s best companies to work for.

It's been a really exciting journey. Check out our story here...

Here at Sky Betting and Gaming we're driven by a very clear vision: to make betting and gaming better. And we do this through our own unique way of working. Through behaviours that enable us to create brilliant customer experiences and make us one of the best companies to work for in the UK. 

It's a bit like riding a bike. You never forget the experience, and you can take your career down any road you like. Put simply, it's the way we roll...

The SBG Way is made up of six Core Ways, which are the behaviours we are all expected to show, day in day out, whatever our role...

Supporting our Core Ways are our seven Ways to Grow, which encourage us to develop our careers and act like leaders of our business.

At Sky Betting & Gaming, we don’t have teams. We have Tribes. Tribes of people who work collaboratively with a shared purpose. Each Tribe is made up of small, agile and autonomous squads. And while each Tribe has a different goal, we’re all working towards one vision; to make betting and gaming better. Our Tribes also help us to tell a powerful and exciting story of what it’s like to work at Sky Betting & Gaming. Together with our Sky brand it's the way we work that makes us a distinctive place to work.

It’s an environment where startup culture, speed to market, agility and continuous improvement (from the game changer to the incremental) are powerful influences. It’s somewhere that values challenge and collaboration, while removing barriers and hierarchy. And it’s driven by an ethos that helps everyone feel like they’re part of something much bigger than their own role.

Being part of a Tribe means being part of a diverse and vibrant mix of people. People who make decisions together, quickly. Individuals flourish here; opinion is encouraged and everyone in the Tribe can make a big personal contribution. Above all else, we focus on doing the right thing for our customers, and on creating brilliant experiences.

It all means that we’ve created the kind of workplace that not only retains talent, but wins awards for it too - including a place on the prestigious Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list.

The bottom line is that all of our Tribes are committed to achieving our mission of Making Betting and Gaming Better, and to delivering on our ambition to be the UK’s best digital business. 


We’re passionate about developing our people to be the best they can be. In fact, we have some of the most talented technologists in the country so it’s vital we keep up our game.

That’s why our Learning and Development team offers tonnes of opportunities for tech and non-tech people to learn new and exciting things to develop you in your role - and beyond.

Ever fancied learning to speak Italian? Or want a personal coach or free access to the most in demand tech-skills? It’s all part of the package here at Sky Betting and Gaming.

There are over 40 internally led training courses run by our own experts to choose from, as well as plenty of external opportunities too. Here’s what we’ve offered our colleagues this year:

  • Management training for over 300 managers
  • Tech Ninja fund for over 400 of our technology team
  • Pluralsight licenses
  • Safari Books licenses
  • 100s of Tech Upskilling options
  • 10% L&D time every week
  • Over 70 colleagues gained recognised Management accreditations
  • Access to internal coaching and mentoring schemes
  • 2 free books from the Sky Bet reading list for all new starters 

It all means we’ve spent over a million pounds on just 1,200 colleagues in 2017/18 alone.

And on top of all of that, if you’re interested in something we haven’t delivered in the past, just ask us - we’re always ready to explore what’s out there to help others learn.

Here at Sky Betting and Gaming, we’ve all got different daily schedules. Different career needs. Different ambitions. And different plans for the future. But what connects us all is our passion for greenfield tech – and the opportunity to drive it forward in a working environment without boundaries.

It’s called working our way. But it’s really about doing things your way, and it offers the flexibility to mix your work with your other commitments (or even to join us with limited experience) and build a tech-focused career that you can take wherever you like.

Here, you’ll push new tech to its limits as you help us deliver resilient, scalable, high performing systems. You’ll work with the industry’s best digital minds as you create innovative products and applications. And you’ll develop systems and software that can handle huge challenges - like 11m financial transactions on a Saturday afternoon.

We’re looking for experience in everything from MongoDB, MySQL, and SQL to React, Node, Kotlin, Kubernetes, Java8, Scala, Akka, Clojure, Chef, Grafana and Splunk. We want expertise in high traffic/availability websites and in scaling event driven architecture. And we need people who can get to grips with a range of tools like LAMP stacks, AWS, Fortigate firewalls, F5 loadbalancers, Icinga, Grafana, Graphite, NewRelic, Redis, kafka, RabbitMQ and more.

But equally, we’re looking for people who are taking the first steps in their tech careers. People who can think big, and act bold in a lively, family-feel working environment that’s supportive, respectful, collaborative, and most of all fun. People who can thrive in a culture that nurtures talent, listens to its people, and trusts them to get on with the job.

People who can work our way.

If you'd like to be part of this growing culture of innovation and delivery you can find out more at skybetcareers.com.

You can even take a virtual tour of our office by clicking here.

Or, for more information about the cool stuff we get up to, follow our engineering team's blog at engineering.skybettingandgaming.com

Our Way means a working life like you've never experienced before. We’ve built a workplace that inspires amazing people to create brilliant experiences – not just for our customers but for our people, too. Here’s what #sbglife is all about…  

The Gathering

Here at SBG, we don’t have conferences, we have Festivals. “The Gathering” brought together our people to learn more about future opportunities, where we are investing, and our culture and people. Check out the video below...

Benefits

Our rewards are as unique as our culture. And you can tailor them to your needs. We want to attract the best people and keep hold of them. So, you can look forward to all of these things and more:

  • Competitive salary, pension and a twice yearly bonus
  • Flexible working hours
  • Free SkyQ - Ultra TV premium package including Broadband
  • 25 days’ holiday, 30 if you stick around, you can also buy & sell 5 days a year
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Digital health - A digital doctor, don’t wait for an appointment.
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Health Insurance & Dental Insurance

Giving Back

Our way works for lots of other people, too. We put the fun in fundraising and throw ourselves into all sorts of activities to help charities and good causes. You bet we're proud to make a difference. In 2017 we partnered with The Give a Duck Foundation, raising £65,000 for the children's cancer charity. This year our chosen charity is Candlelighters.With plans to raise thousands of pounds for families in Yorkshire affected by cancer, Sky Betting & Gaming will offer Candlelighters a special focus from their community engagement, volunteering and fundraising activities throughout the year to help them bring light and hope to families affected by cancer.

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    I have been working at Sky Betting & Gaming full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Vibrant, exciting, fast-paced. A place to think big and really achieve things you couldn't in other businesses. People have really strong ideas and are able to put them into practice with the calibre of colleague who can support and unlock potential.

    Cons

    If you're not a strong character able to shape your own agenda it could be too free for some people.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let it get corporate

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Sky Betting & Gaming Interviews

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    Contract Back-end Developer Interview

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    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Sky Betting & Gaming (Sheffield, England) in March 2015.

    Interview

    One hour interview with tech lead and engineering manager, following phone screening by a recruitment agency. Talked through my CV, the (greenfield) project I was being hired for, and some agile/cultural and tech questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Showed me a canonical MVC diagram of a web app and asked me to talk through potential attack vectors in each part of the architecture and how to defend against them.   1 Answer
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Sky Betting & Gaming Awards & Accolades

  • The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For, The Sunday Times (UK), 2016, The Sunday Times (UK), 2016
  • In-House Recruitment Team of the Year, Recruitment Business Awards, 2016
  • Fast Growth Business, Yorkshire Business Masters, 2016
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, The Sunday Times (UK), 2017
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