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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    One of the best places to work.

    Jul 26, 2021 - Lead Engineer in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, England
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    Pros

    Fantastic people to work with. Really supportive and good training and promotion opportunities. An exciting place to work.

    Cons

    New product development has sometimes lacked clear strategy.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    It's a pleasure to work with such an incredible team

    Jul 16, 2021 - Chief Operating Officer in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, England
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    Pros

    The best thing about Enable is being part of a community of talented, like-minded people. Enable has a rich tradition of developing capable but inexperienced people into experts, almost always promoting from within. We make time and space for people to learn, whether they're in their first year at Enable or their tenth.

    Cons

    A consequence of growing so quickly and hiring so many people is that new starters need a lot of help and support from our experienced team members. Every team at Enable faces growing pains from time to time and every team member is playing a part in laying strong foundations for our next stage of growth. The journey we're on isn't easy, but it's certainly rewarding.

    4 people found this review helpful
  3. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great company to work for

    Jul 15, 2021 - Customer Success Manager in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, England
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    Pros

    - Company which is going places - Strong leadership - Given alot of responsibility - Great company culture - Modern equipment provided to staff - Great social environment (social events) - Exec are willing to hear and learn from the team - Free lunch! Enable is easily the best company I have worked for

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of!

    4 people found this review helpful
  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great structure & management

    Jul 4, 2021 - Software Engineer in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, England
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    Pros

    Structure and goals of every employee are very clear. Some of the best internal tools to achieve this I've ever seen. Some incredibly clever and talented people here, all of whom get along really well. Team is very motivated, moving extremely fast right now. Great team atmosphere. Lots of trust in management and higher ups.

    Cons

    Individuals could be allowed more flexibility on things like working hours, working from home etc. Sometimes too much focus on arbitrary key results rather than overarching goals.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great people, great company

    Jun 24, 2021 - Solutions Consultant in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, England
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    Pros

    Great working environment, with the freedom and flexibility to work independently. Very well provided for by the company, with great team spirit.

    Cons

    Often end up working odd hours due to covering multiple timezones.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  6. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Not good

    Jun 25, 2021 - Account Executive in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, England
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    Pros

    Compensation is good Good software tools

    Cons

    Very negative communication from sales management... even if you are hitting your number.

    5 people found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Fantastic!

    Apr 27, 2021 - Sales Operations Administrator in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, England
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    Pros

    Teams made up of great people with plenty of collaboration between them and loads of room for personal and professional growth!

    Cons

    The hours may be slightly offset from Normal working hours due to multiple time zones.

    4 people found this review helpful
  8. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Friendly team, dull work, complete lack of automony

    Jan 21, 2021 - Experienced Software Engineer in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, England
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    Pros

    - Great training program - graduates (with or without a computing background) and engineers lacking .Net and Angular experience are put through a comprehensive set of training on the technologies used by Enable. This includes workshops with engineers and programming challenges to re-enforce learning. Training is then scheduled in regularly throughout the years to come to ensure you are up-to-date with technologies. The rate of training did drop in my last year as the company pushed to complete product features over training. - Commitment to exploring new technologies - there are research tasks undertaken to explore new technologies to see if they could be incorporated into the product. - Friendly team - everyone is very friendly and supportive; you never feel hesitant to ask questions even to senior members of the team. Team members will happily give up lots of their time to help you even when they are busy. Most people socialise together regularly, during lunchtime video or board games or just a chat and down the pub at the end of the week! - Free food and socials - free lunch and snacks are provided every day to all employees and there is a social team that organises social events for employees once a month. This is a great way to get to know everyone and helps foster a friendly and supportive environment.

    Cons

    - Complete lack of autonomy - as an engineer, all your work is scheduled into an internal scheduling system. Your day is completely controlled; tasks are assigned to you before you start your day, with hours against them to ensure they take up at least 8 hours. You are unable to take control of your own work which I found very stressful. - A large amount of your time is spent doing non-development tasks. In 2020, I spent just over half my time doing dedicated development work. One day every week is spent doing ad hoc tasks. This can include a range of work from working on your own to review and estimate specifications for new features, to tackling support tickets created by customers. Every 2 weeks you will have a whole week of these tasks. Some of this time is spent writing up improvements to the product at the whim of senior management, which should be the responsibility of the product team. Improvements that are written by engineering often concern functional improvements, not technical ones. - Product and development teams do not communicate outside of official documented channels. This leads to huge problems in misunderstanding and duplicated effort as there are rarely any official meetings between the product managers and developers. - As an engineer, you will also be a QA - testing other engineer's work. This lack of dedicated QA combined with not enough time or will to write automated tests due to rushing to add features to the product has led to poor quality software that often has many bugs by the time it reaches the customer. - Code quality - there is no emphasis on code quality, Enable does not care how you write the code as long as it works in their rush to add features. Whilst people are trained on the SOLID principles and design patterns, these are rarely implemented. This lack of code quality makes it very hard to add new features and fix bugs as you will spend hours trying to understand what on earth the previous engineer has written. - Constant context switching - after every build cycle, you will be switched to work on a different solution. This means that you never have the chance to fully familiarise yourself with the code and as the lead engineer is constantly switched as well, the architectural standard of the solutions is broken and messy. No one has control over the architectural decisions of the product from beginning to end. Not only will you switch every build cycle, but on support days you may be asked to respond to the customer on an issue in a solution you may have not seen in many months. This leads to a very stressful scramble to setup the solution again, familiarise yourself with the code and produce and deploy a fix in mere hours. - Time wasting - as often the wrong person for the job will be given a task (the right person unavailable due to the rigid way of working) this will mean spending hours trying to setup and fix a bug that would take the right person with the solution setup a lot less time. - Pay is generally unfairly distributed, you can be on a lower title than other employees but be paid more or be on the same title with much more experience and get paid the same. Your title and experience seem to have little impact on what you get paid, it seems to be how much they like you. Feedback on how you can achieve more pay or what you need to do to get promoted is often unclear or not provided. You can also be promoted without any pay rise.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  9. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    A friendly team, uninspiring work

    Jan 11, 2021 - Software Engineer in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, England
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    Pros

    - Enable hire with no prior experience assumed, which was useful to get my career started. There is also a 6 week intensive training period, covering the key technologies the company uses, including daily workshops with other members of the team. You're not expected to become an expert overnight, and the first year is spent ramping up to full productivity. - Engineering team is friendly and helpful. I've had no issue with any of the other engineers. There are frequent (now-online) post-work meetups as its a genuine pleasure to socialise with the rest of the team. - Its clear what you'll be doing on any given day. Project work is not diluted with support work. - Company socials, games and free food. - Mostly high quality equipment, but some team members still have laptops which are not quick enough for daily work. - Meetings start and finish on time, and there isn't an expectation to work overtime. - The flagship product fits into a niche with a lot of opportunity. - 10 days paid sick leave, and generous parental leave.

    Cons

    - The company is no longer making products for clients; instead, the focus is now on the bespoke rebate management system. Overall, this is not an interesting product to work on. - Little interest amongst management in improving the existing codebase or improving the development experience. There is a push to cram as many features into the product as possible. There is rarely enough time to implement automated tests or perform extensive manual testing, which is having a significant effect as the product grows, and the quality of the product is declining as time goes on. - No room for specialisation in your role. You're not able to work solely on the front-end/the back-end/design. - Little room for promotion. - Work is frequently scoped to a project without being fully reviewed or estimated for. Requirements often change part way through a project. - The leadership team have neglected employee wellbeing over the past year - e.g. by imposing holiday restrictions with no notice, and freezing pay until the end of 2021, all while the company has been in the best financial shape its ever been in. The team has also been expected to run on all cylinders during lockdown. This has caused high turnover, burnout and low morale in recent months.

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    8 people found this review helpful
  10. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Strong SaaS company, uninspiring work and lack of flexibility

    Sep 23, 2020 - Software Engineer in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, England
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    Pros

    - Excellent place to start your software development career. The company really does invest in you by providing you with all the technical training needed for the role, especially in the first couple of months. - Career progression is based on merit rather than on how much time you have done.

    Cons

    - The flagship software product Enable develops is uninspiring to say the least. No matter how fancy the branding is, it's hard to forget that you're ultimately working on rebate management software... - Be prepared to be worked to the bone and have your time micromanaged. Every hour of your working day has to be accounted for. - No flexible working whatsoever compared to other software companies.

    5 people found this review helpful
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