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Updated 8 February 2019
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is actually a thing" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Interesting projects, great organisational support, and they take great care of employees and encourage" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "We are seeing on loosing out good people over the past couple of years and dont see any action taken over it" (in 5 reviews)

  • "As others have commented, going through growing pains as the original lightweight processes and org structures are being scaled" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Progressive Company"

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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 Equal Experts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A true values driven organisation that has progressive ways of working and attitudes to their people. Always seeking to learn, evolve and to do better. A world apart from the usual traditional IT consultancies and all the better for it . A focus on doing what's right for clients and their people above office politics and profits.

    Cons

    Some growing pains as they evolve.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for "grown-ups""

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 Equal Experts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging projects, encourages a great work-life balance (depending a bit on the individual client's working practices), some really good people who are highly skilled and in the most part humble and open to ideas. Lots of autonomy to make decisions, try things

    Cons

    As others have commented, going through growing pains as the original lightweight processes and org structures are being scaled. But generally this is being done in a sensitive and mature way, and for the right reasons. Recent changes to strengthen the Exec team are starting to work well.
    Some projects struggle to apply the EE cultural values, often due in a large part to politics within the client's team. Occasionally leads/EMs struggle to manage this type of client, but ultimately people get paid well to deal with these challenges.
    Permanent and contract staff are given a lot of autonomy, and in general the recruitment process selects great people ("grown-ups") who can make the most of this responsibility. If you can't, go somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Keep reinforcing the values, experiment a bit more with developing innovative internal processes and don't be afraid to try something and fail/learn.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equal Experts full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic work / life balance.

    Colleagues are treated equally across the network, regardless of position held.

    All ideas, thoughts and suggestions for improvements are valued. Feedback is actively sought for any process changes, providing employees with the opportunity to have their input and influence on changes within the business.

    You are treated as a grown up and entrusted to get the job done.

    Great colleagues to work with, everyone is willing to share knowledge and help others, really positive atmosphere / team spirit.

    Cons

    Non that I can think of


  4. "A great place to be..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equal Experts part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great work-life balance.
    - Your opinion is actively sought and valued.
    - You have the opportunity to influence at all levels.
    - There is a real team feel - individuals respect and support each other.
    - Autonomy - you are trusted to do the right thing and to use your expertise.

    Cons

    Non that I can think of!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  5. "Interesting work / work with the best in the industry / highly autonomous"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Sheffield, England
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Sheffield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Highly autonomous
    * Lots of opportunity to positively impact how and where the business grows
    * Lots of interesting client engagements, with real and interesting challenges
    * Great leadership team who get it and create a culture that enables growth
    * Working with a first class team of capable and passionate associates
    * Great company profile so great to be able to blog and speak on behalf of a respected company

    Cons

    Still young in many ways, but that's more of a Pro than a Con, as the leadership team work really hard to maintain the flexible culture whilst finding ways to embed foundations that enable continued long-term growth

    Advice to Management

    Evidently doing what's needed to grow


  6. "They waited to find me the right role before I joined as an employee, it was worth the wait!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equal Experts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Work life balance is actually a thing! I can't stress this point enough. EE recognise that people are more than work. By being able to drop kids off or get an emptier train or wait at home when they have a last minute fridge delivery mean individuals perform better at work
    - In the 3 months I've worked here, everyone I've met is a specialist in their field. It's refreshing to work with people who are passionate about what they do but also recognise when they need to lean on other people
    - Everyone is maxed but I have found that people have always made the time to help me develop skills, feel confident delivering as EE or just have a coffee to help me grow my network
    - The company lives its values and wants to be right by its client. Having worked for a large consulting firm and then a small start up it's refreshing not always be chasing the next sale.

    Cons

    - You make your own destiny in the network so there are elements of meeting the right people to answer certain questions
     - The autonomy and freedom does lead to inefficiencies in other areas and duplication but the company have made this conscious decision

    Advice to Management

    I feel like the company has been successful because of making lots of small decisions they've made in the journey. Don't loose the spirit or EE-ness as we continue to grow.


  7. "Probably best company for contractors to work with"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Software Developer in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Software Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equal Experts (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great network of smart, competent and friendly people
    - Almost no management, no egotistical people
    - Ability to switch between different projects (if appropriate & available)
    - Good business model and hiring process
    - Helpful staff

    Cons

    - For certain customers that are resistant to any change, challenging their values and decisions might be necessary & more useful in terms of the overall company & team performance
    - Regular feedback from teammates could be useful for improvement

    Advice to Management

    - With this amazing network of people, EE could create great products as well. I'd like to see more contributions from EE to open source world and see their own products.

    - Encouraging entrepreneurship and people to try their own ideas in the network and something like an internal incubator could be great for EE to build it's own products.

    - People could be encouraged to develop their own products by sparing certain amount of time each month (say, a day per month) and a partnership model could be offered for the ideas liked

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great network of contractors. Not such a good place for employees."

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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 Equal Experts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - The standard of hiring is really strong. They look for technically strong individuals with good work ethic and the right personality to work in a software development consultancy.
    - Because the vast majority of folks are contractors, the turnover is healthy. The teams scale up quickly and if someone doesn't work out, they leave at short notice.
    - The events are very good and well attended.

    Cons

    - The focus is on hiring people who are already experienced at what they do. Those contractors are not looking for any career progression, they generate the fees and so the employees are left behind. As an employee, more loyalty is expected but not much thought has been put into developing employees.
    - Oftentimes, associates (contractors) on-site will get opportunities to change their roles and increase their responsibility yet the same opportunity to progress is not there for permanent staff.
    - There is a distinct lack of females at the higher echelons of the business and we have seen quite a few senior women leave the business recently.
    - Those who give constructive feedback about the status quo are not 'grown-up' and marginalised.
    - Lack of hierarchy and career progression means that ambitious people are all looking to be partners as that seems to be the only thing to aim for. It has created chaos and unhealthy politics.
    - Many partners are not visible to the business and it's unclear what they actually do and what results they are accountable for.

    Advice to Management

    Are you bringing everyone to the table? Or just the chosen few?


  9. "Best Company I've worked for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Operations in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equal Experts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Working around some really smart people who are very passionate about what they do
    -Incredibly Enabling environment, if you have an idea as long as you have the ability / drive you can make it happen
    - The clues in the name individuals and ideas are given the 'equal' respect no matter what the job title
    -Client focused approach, at all levels of the business employees seem dedicated to provide quality and value to their clients

    Cons

    I enjoy going to work every day, Equal Experts employee people at experienced / senior level and they expect you to lead the way in your field. This is great but could be intimidating for some.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good stuff, some more staff nights out might be nice!


  10. "Great environment to work in and great work life balance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you want to be surrounded by egoless, intelligent and collaborative colleagues, Equal Experts is perfect for you. The network is extremely helpful and friendly, and it's a place you'll be certain to form long lasting friendships.

    Cons

    Due to internal changes you sometimes feel like they don't really know what's going on with a lot of things themselves, but they are growing rapidly, so it's to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Keep all the good work you're doing with restructuring EE. But don't let yourself get swallowed by process and become rigid! The ad-hoc and dynamic style of EE as a business is what keeps it personal and a great place to work.