Equator Reviews

Updated 1 Mar 2021

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2.9
35%
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Equator Managing Director John McLeish (no image)
John McLeish
15 Ratings
  1. "Adapted well"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Member 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - People - Leadership - Exciting Work -Flexible Employer - supportive - plenty of opportunity to broaden horizon - adapted well to the Covid situation - rewarding

    Cons

    - Could put more emphasis on the team getting together (even virtually) - Managers deal with things differently

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  2. "Heavy on the client side"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Equator full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It was at one time a good company to work for. Sociable. Interesting

    Cons

    Heavy on client side. Tended to follow the client irrespective of the repercussions


  3. "Good"

    4.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SEO Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good medium OK Average Excellent

    Cons

    Excellent Good medium OK Average

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  4. "Avoid!!"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Equator full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Some really nice colleagues - The social aspect was quite nice with the summer bbq and Friday drinks to get to talk to other colleagues from different tribes and departments - Somewhat ok salary - Casual wear to work - Looks good on your cv if you do your time

    Cons

    - A lot of blame culture that goes on within the company. - Bully culture, if you speak up about any higher ups nothing will get done about it. Best advice is to stay quiet and do your work. - The MD appears to want the best of staff and wants to help staff develop but he's only mainly concerned with profits and billable hours. Projects get underscoped and then devs are left being pushed to meet impossible deadlines and expectations. - Not really interested in staff feedback, only the ones higher up matter. MD says his door is always open but to be honest, he's just focused on his own profits. - People that progress and make it up the ladder are the ones that just stay and do their time then over time they just naturally get promoted, rather than skill related. I guess that's their reward for sticking it out? - Lack of compassion, if they don't like you they just get rid of you with a snap of a finger. Seen it happen to a few people. Not somewhere you want to be if you want a stable job and don't want to be involved with the cliques!

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  5. "Poor."

    1.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers & clients. The difficulties of working at Equator are widely known, so having time spent can look good on your CV.

    Cons

    Micromanagement rife, poor culture, salary below average. Very uninspiring company to work for.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company but unrealistic work expectations"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Equator full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good clients Good/talented employees Good management Good office.

    Cons

    Overworked Too much responsibility put on client services team. Other teams should be trusted and given more project responsibility. Cliquey More training required

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Could be better"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Range of clients which are big names Talented people

    Cons

    Equator is OK but I expected a lot more from Scotland's biggest agency. Huge focus on profits and productivity over building genuinely good websites. Projects start with good intentions but there's so many different people involved that they end up being much more hassle than they should be. Management have tried in the last year or so to improve things but the management team have little outside experience, they've all been there for around 10 years plus. So hard to assess when you've never stepped out of the company. Salaries vary wildly, as a developer I found that even other mid level devs were paid as much as 10k less than I was. Doesn't seem fair or consistent. Client services team are OK depending on who you deal with. Some make your life extremely difficult. There's a real in crowd or clique I suppose, and I recommend staying out of it or any chat around it. Strange atmosphere at times. But I usually put my headphones on and get the job done. Not really an issue when you're working from home. Others have suggested to do your time here as it looks good on your CV. But actually not many people make it past two years. I've been here over a year now and weighing up the next move.

  8. "Equator review"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Business Development Director in London, England

    I have been working at Equator full-time

    Pros

    Strong business with quality staff

    Cons

    Can be a little too hands on

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, touch culture"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Equator full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of talented people. Lots of people to learn from and chances to get experience.

    Cons

    Not a great company culture. It’s obviously a business, but it’s way too profit driven. Staff feel like like they’re making up the numbers so clients can get billed as much as possible.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "You get what you put in"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great opportunity for development - wide range of clients - People - exposure to different aspects and roles of working in a digital agency - benefits - pay - hard work is appreciated and leadership want to hear what you have to say

    Cons

    - sometimes the time it takes to make a decision - consistent communication

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