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BGL Group Software Engineer Reviews

Updated 4 de Oct 2019

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BGL Group CEO Matthew Donaldson
Matthew Donaldson
5 Ratings
  1. "great place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Ios Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BGL Group for less than a year

    Pros

    enthusiastic, passionate people, technology driven company and constantly trying to improve processes.

    Cons

    lack of trust on contractors, delivery pressure sometimes.

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    BGL Group2017-06-09
  2. "Great atmosphere with ambitious plans"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BGL Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance, always looking to improve the ways of working and investing in technology and people

    Cons

    Depending on what department you work for, the work and atmosphere can change drastically so be wary when applying to understand exactly what department you are applying to and probe their ways of working. If you work in the Comparethemarket.com arm of the business, you will experience the best of the BGL group

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    BGL Group2019-10-04
  3. "Not that bad"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BGL Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working, good office environment, relatively modern tech stack

    Cons

    Too political, bad middle management, not clear career paths, slow adoption of new technologies

    BGL Group2019-09-07

    BGL Group Response

    October 21, 2019

    All of the feedback we receive is reviewed carefully so thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughts. You don't say which of our locations you work in but please do feel free to get in touch with the CEO of your business who would be glad to hear more specific detail.

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  4. Helpful (7)

    "Not a great place for engaged, agile, customer/product focused people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BGL Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They have great benefits, not clock watchers - leave early & arrive late, complimentary meerkat movies membership, good pensions. Lots of potential to be great. Great place to stay under the radar - if you're not into agile, want a simple life, aren't interested in really being able to change anything its superb for writing code and building a career of 5-6 yearly promotion cycles. They support XP (pairing, TDD etc)

    Cons

    Lots of very frustrated people that cant get anything done. Very heavy at AD/Director level all of whom are under huge pressure to deliver and own all of the 'ideas' consequently very little recognition going back to the people who deliver all the value and rarely are their opinions heard or considered and when they are - ideas are repackaged and presented higher up with no credit. (AD usually takes credit) Not at all agile in the slightest even thou they will tell you they are. 'Just how we roll' is exactly that ...... uphill. It's a really obvious waterfall process driven from the top with no autonomy in the team ( if you have an interview ask them to take you through it!!) - architecture is centralised and driven down without consultation by people that haven't developed products for years. Design all UX and Backlogs are planned six months in advance and can only be changed by executive order. To make a change teams are expected to "present' at monthly meetings to seek approval (steering, design authority, board meetings etc etc), no ability to experiment at product level for risk of impacting commercial results. Staff turnover is high because people believe the message they are given during recruitment and then stay until they loose hope that it will change takes about 12 - 18 months on average sometimes less. If you come in at senior technical level expect not to write any code at all and spend a lot of time in meetings trying to get teams to do it the way they are told. Huge amounts of politics - mostly generated through fear of change or lack of decisive decision making - it can take months and is often held up.

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    BGL Group2018-01-25

    BGL Group Response

    February 7, 2018Senior Manager

    Thank you for your feedback, we do take it very seriously. I’m so sorry that this has been your experience, and I’m sure you will understand that I’d like to help resolve the issues you’re experiencing, and also prevent this happening again. Can we meet up to discuss your concerns, and work together to improve your experience? Regards Dewi Rees.

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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Beneath the surface..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Peterborough, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BGL Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible working environment in most areas, but not all are treated equally. For those that are, very refreshing attitude of trust with time management. Very friendly colleagues. Great gym onsite gym on the cheap. Onsite canteen and café with great variety.

    Cons

    As a software developer, you will mostly be treated as a means to an end, you're there to simply deliver features ASAP at the cost of quality, and don't expect ever to be given the time to refactor as technical debt balloons. Larger architectural decisions are paralyzed by petty squabbles at a higher level, resulting in decisions never being made, hindering progress. Beneath all the shiny, happy branding, it's still very much a stuffy financial business in many areas. Expect formal dress, severely bloated levels of upper management, and plenty of red tape. Inept HR department and internal systems. BGL are very good at purchasing terrible software packages from external providers for internal use, and the money wasted on these is simply astounding. If you're applying for a job, if you do get it, expect a very long drawn out process, if you don't get it, you will never be given the courtesy of a response.

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    BGL Group2017-11-25

    BGL Group Response

    November 27, 2017Senior PR Manager

    Hi - thank you for your feedback. We would really like the opportunity to discuss the points you raised in more detail. Please email us at bglfeedback@bglgroup.co.uk with your contact details so we can get in touch. Many thanks.

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  6. Helpful (9)

    "Developers Beware!"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BGL Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Honestly, as someone in tech, there are hardly any tech-based benefits to working here. Maybe, If you're lucky you get a new MacBook Pro and you get to use some interesting languages etc but that's about it. You may, if you're lucky, also get to work with some great and intelligent people that have also, unfortunately, ended up in the same situation. - Work/ Life balance can be good. - Some ok benefits but nothing special (Meerkat movies, etc).

    Cons

    The list could go on. - Firstly I've noticed they changed their glassdoor from comparethemarket.com to their parent company BGL group so these reviews don't get associated with comparing the market (Very sneaky considering they use the comparethemarket brand to recruit, not BGL). - Following on from my first point, I've heard a lot of these positive reviews are fabricated by their HR department. - And again following on from my last point their HR department treats employees terribly. This is definitely an HR department only in place to serve the higher up's. They would never do anything exceptional in order to make the company better, they just stick to what they are told. This statement could definitely also extend to include some of the management staff. - There is a terrible hierarchical structure where people get into positions of power by sucking up to higher-ups instead of by actually being good at their job. In my opinion this is just asking for trouble. Less intelligent people trying to control very smart individuals, just cannot and will never work. - In tech terms promotions that aren't based on ability lead to bad developers reaching more senior/ tech lead positions whilst good developers end up leaving, hell or high water, for greener pastures. - Finally and this is a big one. Most of the work is maintenance work. Expect to just fix bugs and refactor. You may enjoy this, you may not, - There's probably a few more pages of issues I could write about how bad of a shape I personally feel this company has gotten itself into, how they don't seem to care and how they seem to just attempt to hide the evidence. So look forward to wearing formal clothes, mandatory corporate dinners, mandatory corporate events and mandatorily meeting the execs even though all you're there to do is build a website. (You could literally be doing the same job in pyjamas at home, just saying...)

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    BGL Group2017-11-01

    BGL Group Response

    November 3, 2017

    Hi there, thank you for taking the time to share your detailed feedback. We would like the opportunity to discuss your feedback further with you. Please can you contact us on bglfeedback@bglgroup.co.uk

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  7. Helpful (4)

    "Chaotic, nepotistic, top down, waterfall."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Peterborough, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BGL Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Experience predominantly at comparethemarket.com but relevant to BGL Work life balance is good, can leave early lots and work from home ad hoc, no real pressure as structure makes it easy to avoid responsibility. Real preference for code factory approach over agile working not following Dan Pink's Drive advice! . Easy to duck under the radar and stay for years with no progression. Salaries aren't bad, benefits ok, good kit.

    Cons

    Experience predominantly at comparethemarket.com but relevant to BGL Really top down. Ideas from employees never reach top level without being hijacked and credited to a manager on the way up, which often means great people rarely get any recognition, there are plenty of levels of management too! Technology stack is controlled and laid out years in advance with little scope to change or flex to accommodate developments or shifts in ideas. the platform teams are more concerned with over complicating and proving how clever they are than simplfying, developing and educating their teams real hidden passive aggressive almost bullying approach to degrading people deemed not in the right 'club' Progression is restricted to those that don't question at all, which means teams become clones of the middle leadership real lack of diversity and willingness to innovate or support disruptive thinking No acceptance or learning from large scale failure. Million £ projects canned after a year completely rewritten and presented as 'successes' despite then being in development for years. No lessons learnt no people changed. Unfortunate deliberate move away from agile engaged employees towards 'jfdi' approach.

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    BGL Group2017-10-31

    BGL Group Response

    November 3, 2017

    Hi there, thank you for taking the time to share your detailed feedback, we really appreciate it. We would like the opportunity to discuss this further with you. Please can you contact us on bglfeedback@bglgroup.co.uk

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  8. Helpful (9)

    "Liars, Poor Management, Old School, Top Down"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BGL Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * The parent company BGL provides a lot for employees (gym, subsidised meals, healthcare, fun-day etc.) * Indulges in latest tech

    Cons

    * Lots of Politics. It does not matter if you can code well, it does matter how you speak and build on your connections. * It takes ages to get stuff into production. The numbers and reports discussed in all-hands meeting show that the department is doing great. But they struggle to ship stuff. It took them over 2 years to ship Home (which they did two times continuously), 3 years to ship Bike. It's absolutely nuts. More blame culture and sloppy shouldered management. It's like this, when they had 1 monolithic app, they did fewer releases but probably shipped a good amount of functionality. Now they have broken it down to many applications so they do several releases but ship even lesser functionality. * All-hands management fudges all numbers in the reports to show how good the department is. I was surprised that engineers were not able to challenge it. They need to be honest about the start date of the project and end date of the project. If they don't acknowledge the failures, they will not improve. *The promotions made in IT department are based on how close you are with the SNR. management and not based on the skills you have. The promoted people have little experience in the role they have been promoted to. * More than 60% of the time goes in meetings. So you get very little time to code. * They got more managers than developers who can code * It's not an IT/Technology company -- Stay away if you are interested in Technology. Join if you want a 9-5 job with little to do and enjoy some water cooler gossip. (there are lots including management affairs etc) * The quality of engineers they are hiring in London office is appalling. They opened that centre to hire good talent. But since the attrition rate is so high and is not able to hire to meet their targets. They have dropped their hiring standards. You probably won't get to work with good smart people there.

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    BGL Group2017-09-17

    BGL Group Response

    September 20, 2017Senior PR manager

    Hi. Thank you for your feedback. We would really like the opportunity to discuss this further with you. Please can you contact us on bglfeedback@bglgroup.co.uk

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "I loved it but now I just like it"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Peterborough, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BGL Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    So many to fit in this little text box but I'll give it a try. Work with top end technology; Opportunity to develop at your pace, meaning the right solution and not just something to make the deadline; Perks are awesome (some free meals, movie tickets, loads of discounts, etc.) Inhouse cafetaria/cantine; Great work conditions like 4K sreens; Working from home is a thing and all the conditions are there for you to do it, the only thing stopping it is you ... To sum up, great environment, with great conditions for you to get it done

    Cons

    But not all is great, as everything in the world. Salaries could be better, as bonuses. And latelly carrer progression isn't that clear.

    BGL Group2017-04-27
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Peterborough, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BGL Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stress free, work from home scheme, cycle to work scheme, free fruit (sometimes food, lunches, dinners, etc), great parties! Latest and greatest tech stacks

    Cons

    Not all teams are at the same level of knowledge and expertise, which might result in feeling a bit deprived on the learning side. I assume payment is average, with some exceptions, unless you manage to negotiate a good entry level.

    BGL Group2017-03-09
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