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  • "Relaxed but focused culture where things get done but you can maintain a good work/life balance(in 14 reviews)

  • "G-Research has been a brilliant place to work(in 10 reviews)

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  • "No work from home except during pandemic(in 15 reviews)

  • "Historically the business had more stringent security measures, and some of the traces of that are still around(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good work-life balance, smart people

      Jul 19, 2022 - Software Developer in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People Competitive salary Good work-life balance Interesting work

      Cons

      Can be a lot of obstacles to just getting things done

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      2nd Worst Company I Ever Worked For - only the money is decent, but not enough to be unhappy

      Jul 27, 2022 - Engineer in London, England
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      Pros

      - Money is decent otherwise this would be my number 1 worst company as it was by far the most restrictive one in my entire career - GR pays well only because most people don't want to work there and don't enjoy working there - many people rejected job offers to work at other companies instead while I was there - Tech stacks sound great on paper - BUT the implementations are usually so bad/different from what normal companies do to be of less valuable experience - If you don't care about the quality of your work or work-lifestyle and don't think you can earn as much elsewhere, then this might be the place for you - Demand at least £50-100k a year more than anywhere else will pay or don't bother going - Income has diminishing returns in the higher tax bracket, so it's hard to make enough financial difference in your pocket to justify doing this to yourself - being unhappy with your daily life, lack of satisfaction in quality of your work, setting your career and skills back compared to working at other companies - You could take a brilliant person, drop them in here and now they are downgraded to just a cog in a machine. Not the place to be your best self - A lot of mid-senior engineers get stuck there while the better ones often leave within 10-18 months - You get used to it, slowly boiled like a frog, and forget just how much it sucks while you're there - You will be very happy when you leave for your next company

      Cons

      - High Churn - many colleagues left after a year - Offer Rejections - many good engineers took offers from other companies instead - Stressful - Least Flexible Employer Ever - Time Pressure all day every day - you're always on the clock via timed Jira tickets - eg. 4 hours to implement this new thing (usually crappily due to time pressure), 2-4 hours to fix that other crappily done thing by another colleague, have to book 8 hours a day no matter what happens... tube was delayed in morning, tough luck, find a way to book 8 hours of condensed sub-standard time-rushed work or face review of why your tickets are taking longer than the estimates - Relentless Without Reprieve - as soon as you solve one ticket you immediately rush to the next ticket, all day, every day - it's relentless - Most people eat at their desks every day because of time pressures - Endless legacy/rubbish work. Spending too much of your time fixing things that were done badly because they were under logged time pressure originally, while you're again under logged time pressure to do just enough to patch it over to get working again - People know they're doing rubbish work on top of rubbish work, but are too worried to rock the boat so they just keep their heads down - When you raise issues for improvements in Pull Request reviews, people just beg you to approve anyway and leave that for future because they're already over their ticket time so leave technical debt for next person - Even new implementations are often as bad as old ones due to time pressure, compounding their lack of expertise on the tech - Lack of Expertise - you don't have time to read or keep your skills up to date due to time pressures - Extremely restrictive environment. Things that would take 1 command elsewhere instead take 30-60 mins of time wasting workarounds due to paranoid over-the-top security - No Working-from-Home (I heard from ex-colleagues that they did some during first Covid lockdown only because they had no choice) - Severely restricted use of GitHub in your day-to-day work and almost no public contributions worth speaking of. Your work dies in GR. - Couldn't even take technical notes home from what you figured out that day to solve a specific tech problem - it's mostly dead work and dead knowledge - No Phone or any electronics allowed in office - have to keep in locker outside - Extremely paranoid environment - Unlikely to change - it's been like this for years - I've had similar reports from a lot of people throughout the industry, people who left, people who interviewed and didn't go, and several recruiters who talked to even more ex-GR people - One G-Research colleague called it "depressing" - Another GR colleague said he was "fed up wasting time on things that nobody outside G-Research will ever care about". ie. non-portability of skills / implementations - Another GR colleague said "they pay well but they work you hard" - Multiple ex-colleagues independently not knowing each other literally called it "slavery" when describing GR, because that's what it feels like to have your work day be so tightly controlled, it's abnormal - Doesn't care about people - just pretends to in order to get people to work for them because otherwise they would have even more job offers rejected - Unless you're desperate for the money, don't go

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Excellent place to work

      Jul 20, 2022 - Software Engineering Manager in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People Compensation Work/life balance Security has stopped getting in the way as much as it used to Highly successful company (sometimes in spite of itself)

      Cons

      Security is done pretty well, but it dominates much of what platform and IT teams work on. Open source is usually not good enough without an internal project to make it "high integrity". Nothing is easy as a consequence - many things take a much longer time to get done than feels reasonable. It's a big company, with big company politics. Management isn't candid about problems and there is a lack of trust. Decisions are made too close to the top, as opposed to where the people with the information to make the best decisions are. Management doesn't feel "happy". There still isn't enough internal mobility, although this has improved.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company but needs to be more fair salary wise.

      Jun 2, 2022 - Senior Platform Engineer in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Full of talented people Great projects Heavy investment in technology and research

      Cons

      It starts becoming obvious that there’s some unfair discrepancies between team members in terms of salary. The pay is good compared to other non financial companies but less than the competition.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Successful, ambitious and fun

      Apr 11, 2022 - Marketing Manager in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Incredible ambition within the firm - VERY smart colleagues - Still maintaining an entrepreneurial, ideas-driven environment despite scale of business - Excellent benefits - Genuinely operate at the cutting edge of tech/ML/finance - Lots of investment to help achieve goals - Really good work/life balance compared to quant competitors - Strong commitment to learning and development - Friendly environment where people are encouraged to enjoy each other's company and have fun

      Cons

      - As noted by other reviewers, security has historically slowed things but this area is much improved - Like many firms, took some time to alight upon best office/WFH stance (having not offered any work from home pre-pandemic) but now have a really nice balance (c 2 days/week at home if you want it)

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

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      Apr 4, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Working on a daily basis with very smart colleagues - Exposure to good tech - Good employee perks such as monthly drinks, annual weekend away, summer and Christmas parties - Good pay and bonus (compared to other companies in the sector) - Great manager and team - Diverse workforce - Great office location

      Cons

      - High individual workload & overworked team - Long hours which made it difficult to maintain a good work/life balance - Lack of comms from senior management which made it difficult to see how day to day work of the team fitted in with company vision, goals and strategy

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Generally fine

      Mar 21, 2022 - Software Developer in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Well taken care of - not just salaries, also lunch great coffee, fruit, drinks, health insurance etc Generally high standards and smart colleagues.

      Cons

      Hard to get code released - overcomplicated systems, flaky dev environment. Security still insane

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company

      Feb 13, 2022 - Software Engineer in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Frankly a great company to work for. The people are extremely smart, dedicated, and nice. Work is impactful especially when working with quants. Hours aren't particularly long and environment is laid back. Very diverse problems to solve and things to build, from high performance financial algorithms to web services. Great perks (free lunch, lots of holiday (30+ days), actual free cafe in office with professional barristas)

      Cons

      The culture of secrecy is still very much a thing, albeit not as bad as in previous years (or so I've heard). I have to leave all electronics in lockers when arriving at the office. Half of the company (quants, engineers, etc) is forced to work in the office full time with 3 days of WFH (but gets extra holiday), other half can WFH as much as they want but can also opt into working in the office full time to get the extra holiday. I'm happy to work in the office, but this is a con for people with families. Very much white male dominated, especially in engineering. GR badly needs more diversity.

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    9. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      I loved working here

      Jan 22, 2022 - Low Latency C++ Developer in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great environment, highly competent colleagues

      Cons

      Not much, really. Security was a bit tight.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good Company with Good Compensation

      Nov 20, 2021 - Software Engineer in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great colleagues, really positive and supportive work culture, great perks (free lunch and in-house barista) and really strong compensation.

      Cons

      The ‘work from home’ offering is fairly restrictive and senior management aren’t always ideologically aligned with the majority of the workers.

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