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London, England
51 to 200 employees
2008
Company - Private
Financial Transaction Processing
£25 to £50 million (GBP) per year
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Smarkets takes a stand for integrity with its superior online investment platform for honest, user-centred trading on sports, politics and other events.

Mission: Smarkets takes a stand for integrity with its superior online investment platform for honest, user-centred trading on sports, politics and other events. ... Read more

Smarkets Reviews

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    "Be yourself. Chances to develop yourself & the company's international potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smarkets full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - company with lots of potential trying to innovate an industry and make it more fair
    - Exciting time while we're launching in several new markets
    - lots of opportunity to get involved with a big variety of topics
    - flat hierarchy
    - combine your interest in sports, politics and fintech. Not required though
    - strong product
    - work with smart people. Tech tools are great and you can change code very fast
    - you can be yourself. They encourage you to do so.
    - mental health counselling
    - great office with our own chefs who are a real part of our team

    Cons

    - the chance to get involved with what interests you also means a lot of people can give their opinion. This can make you better, but some don't like that.
    - budgets can be limited while there's a lack of sports, but positive signs showing
    - workload can be high, but it's voluntary. Up to you to mentally check out and ask for help
    - too much transparency is a sword that cuts on 2 sides. You love or hate it.

    Advice to Management

    - Push to change the status quo. Don't settle for good, aim for excellent.
    - Take more risk, grasp opportunities and trust your experts
    - Think about your long term goal and what customer you really try to please
    - Try and give more value to your colleagues that are experts in their topic. They're here to help.
    - 'promote' internal if possible, hire external if necessary
    - Think how your actual user base would react to changes your board suggests
    - aim high, but be careful with making promises you can't keep

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Smarkets Photos

Smarkets photo of: Foyer
Smarkets photo of: Deloitte Fast 50 winners again!
Smarkets photo of: Second annual Smarkets Hackathon
Smarkets photo of: Leap 100 Company of the Year winners
Smarkets photo of: Second in the Tech Track 100
Smarkets photo of: Foosball fun
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Smarkets Interviews

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    Front End Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Smarkets (London, England) in July 2020.

    Interview

    Had an initial chat with technical recruitment and the discussion was mostly based around what Smarkets is, what they do and what the role entails. A general screening to see fit and if it's still of interest. This went well and it was casual, more of just a general conversation than anything else.

    I was then given a technical exercise to complete in my own time without speaking to anyone from the development team which would then be sent back and reviewed. This is where i was stopped and told they won't be moving on with the application due to my solution not being "good enough". I asked for specific feedback and where it was marked down.

    After around a week i received those reasons and it seems the person reviewing the application lacked the necessary understanding of what was used in the solution to properly judge that a candidate will be capable of succeeding in the role. What was considered "wrong" - was actually not the case. It seems as though there could be a culture of "gatekeeping" here and attempts to try and mark down applicants for any possible reason right or wrong.

    There was also no acknowledgement that they provided a candidate with a production api that had bugs and threw exceptions for things that were required to work so that the exercise would be seen as "complete".

    It took around a week or so to be given a response once the solution was delivered and then around another week after that to be given feedback of why the solution was considered "poor".

    Interview Questions

    • Provide a solution to a technical exercise   1 Answer
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Company Updates

  • If you're interested in some of the perks we offer as a company, you can read this extensive feature on us written by Employee Benefits. As well as offering the core benefits you might see in most companies, we're proud to be a forward-thinking organisation. That means we also offer some that are less commonly seen, including everything from transparent pay and employee-centred salary setting, to our counselling scheme and in-house meditation sessions - to name just a few.

  • Today is Time To Talk Day, and to mark the occasion we've launched a new tête-à-tête initiative at Smarkets HQ. Read more in this Employee Benefits article:

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Smarkets Awards & Accolades

  • The Sunday Times Tech Track 100, The Sunday Times (UK), 2016
  • Deloitte Technology Fast 50, Deloitte Technology Fast 50, 2016
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