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Beamly Reviews

Updated 27 September 2018
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  1. Helpful (13)

    "Strong culture & fun work environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Beamly full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and very talented people across the different divisions
    Start-up mentality and a lot of learning opportunities that reach beyond social as you get to help out on different projects – very flexible if you want to learn different channels.
    Strong level of trust and support from senior leadership – approachable when you are facing issues.
    Good focus on training up staff and upskilling people – organising training based on what you need.
    Free food/drinks, plenty of social events and pub visits and great summer/Christmas parties!
    Great culture and very diverse, many different languages in the company which is great

    Cons

    Start-up mentality means that workload can be a bit much at times, but the extra effort gets recognised and awarded.
    From a social perspective there’s quite a lot of processes that could be simplified, which is currently being looked into.
    Office struggles with heating / AC at times 😉

    Advice to Management

    Keep building a strong culture
    Continue to improve work life balance
    Keep hiring people that fit into the culture


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Average company, needs improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Beamly full-time

    Pros

    Wages comparable to industry average

    Flexible working hours

    Company making efforts to forge a social environment with activities

    Somewhat nebulous training budgets

    Challenging work that throws up new problems every day

    A certain tribe is headed by a conscientious, level-headed, sensible VP, highly knowledgable and immensely well-regarded by staff, we need more examples of upper management like him!

    Teams pull together as much as they can with no problems, trench mentality

    Engineering sharing of knowledge is heading in the right direction instead of being locked in one head, more staff are being hired to remedy this situation

    Free food/drinks every other day, free drinks on Friday afternoon

    Despite a troublesome work environment, staff remain up for a laugh (in the extreme!)

    Camaraderie in the 1st floor is infectious

    Another plus is that there is a willingness to improve in the engineering dept and use the latest/best tech for a given problem

    Office Manager cares deeply about creating as pleasant a working environment as possible

    Cons

    Roadmap of company is opaque and not revealed to staff as a whole

    Company organization is dictated by upper management with little apparent research or consultation with affected staff

    Company seems to be suffering from split-brain syndrome, with upper mgmt occasionally forgetting (apparently) engineering tribes exist in favour of the mar-tech side of the business

    1st floor rarely talks to 3rd floor and vice versa, as we essentially don't have much to do with one another, given that the company has at least 2 distinct business offerings - the mar-tech side and the engineering (project development and coty website management) side

    Imperfect management of engineering projects (possibly due to most of the mid-levels mgrs leaving) resulting in solutions being delivered in an unworkable state requiring occasional reworking

    Troublesome relationship with agencies Coty subcontracts work out to

    Coty seems to not care excessively about Beamly's relationship with agencies as long as projects are delivered

    Not many people hang around on Friday nights (if any) for any social time in office or down pubs

    1st floor restructure has resulted in total silo'ing of the staff resulting in even more of a over-the-wall mentality where project squads are not cross-functional at all (although the dev tribes are hiring into these teams to alleviate this)

    Staff attrition is sapping good people but efforts are happening to hire more staff to alleviate this

    Advice to Management

    Research sharp direction changes in organizational structure BEFORE announcing them unexpectedly, the latest restructure appears to be suffering a strong lack of thought prior to the release, resulting in opinion of upper management being lowered

    Provide means of feedback for staff to upper management on the direction the company is travelling in (staff might feel uncomfortable initiating such a discussion)

    Increase visibility of roadmap for 1st floor AND 3rd floor in plain language (pillars and tribes are great but we have no idea what the other floor is actually doing)

    For the love of god, don't let us go through another winter of cold like the last one, please!

    Increase transparency of where the company is going and MUCH less "management speak", ie synergy, and inter-locking of functionality, please, we just want to know what upper mgmt is thinking WITHOUT any buzzword bingo to soften the blow which only increases suspicion and distrust

    Coty own us but most Beamly staff do not interact with anyone at Coty, which can leave staff occasionally feeling disconnected. The CEO of our parent company has never held a meeting in reception or invited comments, opened avenues for communication etc. This could increase the feeling of company community.

    If performance reviews are implemented, implement bonuses for non-management staff as well (if this is left till next EOY, staff attrition will probably only increase)

    Upper mgmt, consider just talking to the staff at the bottom of the pyramid who are living the direction you prescribe (as they might feel uncomfortable initiating a conversation themselves), it doesn't appear to be happening and feedback needs to be delivered about what choices are made.. and don’t be afraid to just say “good morning all!” when arriving into the office, we don’t bite :)

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Lots of potential. Lots to work on."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Beamly full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Agile start-up culture with major holding group brand portfolio and security.

    Talented, passionate team.

    Good salaries and benefits.

    Ambitious, futurist products & services with data science & insight broadly powering output.

    Good exposure and access to a wide variety of digital experts and disciplines, generally not seen in a typical digital agency or product org.

    Multi-cultural, global team.

    Recent focus on culture and engagement - although a lot of work to be done.

    Everyone is approachable, friendly and super helpful. Despite the major stress on bandwidth, I'm yet to encounter a time I've asked for help and not received it generously.

    Cons

    Tendency to look outward rather than inward for talent. Not enough focus on training and development but some encouraging signs of late.

    Work/life balance is bad in areas. Bandwidth problems have led to burnout and stress, which in turn has led to premature resignations.

    Certain business disciplines are often perceived as favoured to others. Need for more consistency.

    Some great people have moved on in a short space of time.

    Ongoing difficulty around committing to and easily articulating a clear identity.

    Advice to Management

    Silver bullet mentality will continue to disappoint. Focus on inspiring, motivating and developing your current team and pay more attention to the emotions and ambitions of EVERYONE in the business.

    When making big decisions, get a better balance between impulsiveness and decisiveness with more consideration for consequence.

    The business won't succeed without consistent, trustworthy and trusting leadership. I'm confident that C-suite and VP/GM's have these traits but feel they must empower the team to try AND fail without fear.

    Major need for better communication with a focus on transparency and fairness.

    Seize the unique opportunity at your doorstep. It really is a compelling proposition which will attract and retain great people with some minor and some major tweeks.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "A Good Place With Good People"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Beamly full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people with extensive knowlege in thier fields

    Fun work environment

    A chance to have your input into product and design

    Great social scene

    Cons

    Air con is erratic

    Sometime senior management are out-of-touch with the workforce

    Having 2 seperate floors alienates people from the day-to-day goings on

    Advice to Management

    Merge the 2 floors back together....or at least move the teams around every now and then so we can all interact with each other. There are time when you aren't sure if someone works there or have just walked off the street. Collaboration is essential.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "They give you your chance - amazing people to work with"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the company is filled with fun, skilled and motivated people to work with
    Good work is praised
    You're trusted
    Whatever career you want to follow, they'll support you, train you and move you to the position you want
    Blameless culture
    Afterwork parties are always cool (people are really fun to party with)
    Good office location (Covent Garden)

    Cons

    The senior management in general - it's improving, but there is A LOT of work ahead to improve the collaboration.
    Beamly is on 2 floors - there is a huge gap between them. They rarely talk to each other and rarely work on cross-team projects. That's a shame, because we barely know what each other do and I'm sure we could build some more nice stuff.

    Advice to Management

    What you've accomplished those past few weeks was difficult for everyone, but I have high hopes about the future when I see all the improvements you're working on to make our company better, and also make us happier. Keep going !

    Organise some more team-building.
    A company's culture is based on people, and also should be a part of the hiring process to make sure the people you hire actually fit with the teams here.


  6. Helpful (15)

    "Brace Yourself"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covent Garden, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covent Garden, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beamly part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are starting out in your field, good place to meet fellow professionals and gain experience

    Cons

    To be completely honest, i could go on for ages but i will condense it to a couple points.

    1. During Christmas season 2017 many staff members put in additional hours to help the machine that is Beamly progress The C.E.O recognised this and suggested every member clap for themselves as a thank you for doing extra work for free. Probably he could have at least done the clapping himself?

    2. There used to be a super vibrant culture which has diminished to nothingness.

    3. On the media side of the company, senior figures came into the company with relatively low knowledge of the workings in media and railroaded themselves due to their pride.

    4. On my last couple days at the company I was bullied into doing work that was out of my remit, to which i flagged to the C.O.O who is probably the only shining beacon left in the senior staff at the moment.

    5. In a couple conversations with current Employees there was a mistake that is still being brandished with my name due to the lack of process present within the company

    6. Last one, went back to the building and was talking to the receptionist after I had left the company and the C.E.O made eye contact with me and looked through me even though i said hello. The benefit of small companies is to be able know everyone at the top right?

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the people at the bottom, those are the guys who are actually doing the work. You'll be surprised at what you hear.


  7. Helpful (12)

    "Brain drain"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beamly full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free coffee
    Good location
    Friendly

    Cons

    All the smart people have left
    No team autonomy
    No clear vision
    Culture wiped by profit motive
    Unable to bring tech and agency staff together into coherent whole
    Office either sweltering or freezing
    HR function laughable

    Advice to Management

    Be honest: accept you are an agency where money is only motive; drop the pretence of a product culture, but do try and trust the talent you have left and resist micromanagement.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Paid social specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paid Social Specialist in Covent Garden, England
    Former Employee - Paid Social Specialist in Covent Garden, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Beamly full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - manicures once every 2 weeks
    - spirit within certain team members was the only pro

    Cons

    - no training
    - no team structure
    - no work / life balance
    - Lack of benefits

    Advice to Management

    Take more care of your talent . Your leadership lacks transparency and honesty.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Great Co-workers, Awful Leadership"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Beamly full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A hotbed of amazingly talented people on a junior level.

    Cons

    The structure doesn't work. They severely underpay their staff and the organization is way too top heavy. Not a lot of respect for junior members of staff. Don't nurture talent and genuine career progression is limited. Also, there is no company culture. Zero perks to working there.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring so many managers and actually nurture the talent you already have. Also, give good salary raises and stop underpaying hard workers!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Best of startup world meets big company impact"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Product Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture
    Great work/life balance
    Very flat structure
    Extremely intelligent people
    Very technically proficient engineers
    Working towards making a massive impact
    Feels like a startup but carries the weight of a massive company (Coty)

    Cons

    Many things going on simultaneously especially since the acquisition (not really a con)
    A strong expectation to define your own tasks and direction so you need to be a self starter (again not really a con but a personality trait required)

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving things forwards and aiming for big things.


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