Employee Review

  1. 2.0
    Former Contractor, less than 1 year

    An exercise in feeding the machine

    Nov 15, 2018 - Senior Developer in London, England
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good teamwork, especially across teams. Generally, the devs here are good at what they do and good communicators, with a some great personalities, in and out of work. The work can be really interesting, and sometimes really fun and challenging. Working at scale is especially interesting; it's very satisfying to solve a problem with complex moving parts, often with proper collaboration. The QA process is good, with a hardworking and dedicated team.

    Cons

    A lot of the work is actually quite dry, with much of it just shuffling data from the back to the front end. Lots of devs seem to be bored or frustrated; there's a lot of CRUD and mapping, it's not particularly creative. The work itself comes in fits and starts. You can be crazy busy, then have no work at all. The strategy and pipeline is not optimised for polish, rather just to get features out the door. There aren't really any structures in place to improve things, the anecdotal narrative is that it may get attended to one-day, some-day, but that day never really comes. Although they say they're "agile" it's actually just waterfall done in sprints. As someone else mentioned, the process is very siloed; it seems to be more of a blinkered, checkbox exercise in churning out features, rather than looking at the outcome holistically, or from the customer perspective. Management don't seem to want to listen to ideas. Sure they do retros, but nothing got acted upon in the time I was there, and there's no real structure or support process to raise issues and have them tackled. You will have the same old problems for months and months, so you have to develop your own workarounds, but don't expect it to go any further. It was a real challenge to get any software purchased and took 3 - 4 months in some cases (if at all). I was never sure if this related to the scale of things, the fact that banking is regulated, or just communication and lack of understanding of what we were trying to achieve at the coal face.

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  1. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Toxic Male dominated culture

    Jan 19, 2022 - Senior Scrum Master 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    A great team of Scrum Masters to work with, just a shame everyone had to leave due to the culture of the organisation.

    Cons

    A lot of toxic male egos to deal with, women continually silenced and put in the corner out of the way. The company really wants to be progressive and cutting edge of technology but at the heart of it is outdated banking culture with lots of red tape, steering committees, and forcing Agile ways of working into old style Waterfall management.

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  2. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Not an employee friendly company at all

    Dec 20, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    People are mostly friendly and complain on back of each other

    Cons

    People keep moving out regularly and when new manager comes they just want to get their people so regardless of the person’s situation they just force you to resign and never agree to alternatives proposed and not supportive managers at all

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