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Updated 23 September 2018
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting tech company at an interesting inflection point"

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

    I have been working at Improbable full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting technological challenges and a great engineering led culture. There is lots of variety and challenge and I am continually pushed to learn new things.

    Incredibly smart people across the whole company.

    There is currently a sense of excitement and rapid growth, particularly with opening the new offices around the world.

    I would say the company has got past the growing pains of transitioning from being a very small startup to a mid-size tech company, particularly around HR processes, which have improved a lot.

    In the Enterprise side of the business where I work (which is separate from the games side) we are building a completely new product which is an exciting point in the company's journey.

    The CEO Herman is a charismatic and inspirational leader, and has now hired a lot of experienced senior leaders to balance his lack of previous experience.

    Cons

    There is still quite a lot of separation between the Enterprise and the games side of the company, transparency and communication between both sides could definitely improve.

    The Enterprise business is still a lot less mature than the games side, and lacks experienced engineering managers.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to recruit experienced managers and senior engineers, to balance the large amount of more junior employees.

    Improbable Response

    19 Oct 2018 – Talent Marketing Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review on Glassdoor. It is great to hear that you have had a positive experience working here and we hope that continues! Hiring more experienced talent is... More


  2. Helpful (3)

    "The best place to work in the tech scene right now"

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    • 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 Improbable full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's rare to find a company and with people in it so passionate and motivated to succeed.
    Senior management are not afraid to take accountability for actions and mistakes.
    Improbable has a genuine shot at changing society as we know it, and it's inspiring to be a part of it.

    Cons

    Communication is improving but still not the best at lower levels.
    Current office isn't great (But hopefully will be solved with the new one when we move)

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on internal communication paths across the company, it is vital to nail it.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "One of the best startups in London"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Improbable full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Work on one of the most exciting tech challenges of the moment
    - Everyone is very approachable and I got to build strong bonds with a bunch of people
    - A clear vision and transparency on changes (town halls were the best!)

    Cons

    - It's a startup! Decisions will change (sometimes multiple times) and there will be constant pressure. Not a con per se, but make sure you are ready for it.
    - Work-life balance. Depending on the role, the unlimited vacation isn't always a reality.
    - The office's lack of sunlight is a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Foster the amazing team and don't let the latest rapid growth make you unapproachable. Be there to deliver, but be there for the team - manager or intern. A quick 2 minutes chat can mean a lot - and Herman does this very well!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Seriously smart company"

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    • 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 Improbable full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Team of incredibly talented and intelligent people from quality companies all over the world
    - Disruptive and innovative product
    - Morale is high, we've landed a lot of funding and are working towards impactful goals
    - Very flexible work environment
    - Good culture, lots of sociable people

    Cons

    - Growing incredibly fast with a first to market product, impossible to make the right decisions every time
    - Office could be nicer


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Exciting, dynamic start-up"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, awesome product, terrific can-do culture. Really exciting Enterprise challenge - solving the world's hardest problems through cutting-edge technology

    Cons

    Basement office with Ikea furniture - but the best coffee and lunches and company in Farringdon

    Advice to Management

    Keep that start-up culture!


  6. Helpful (4)

    "The best of startup culture"

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    Current Employee - Head of Enterprise Engineering in London, England
    Current Employee - Head of Enterprise Engineering in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been with Improbable for 18 months now and I've found it a fantastic place to work. After being involved in a number of startups over the years, I've never seen it done better in terms of culture, managing growth and overall focus, particularly within the Enterprise division. The energy in the room something I look forward to every day I come into the office.

    Cons

    The dynamic pace of business mught not be suitable for everyone

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the agility and culture as you grow


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Software engineering for Improbable's enterprise division"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer, Enterprise in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer, Enterprise in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting problems to work on, freedom to innovate, encouraged to focus on self-improvement and skills development, fun culture with plenty of social opportunities, flexible working hours, generous work from home and holiday policy, a healthy work-life balance is encouraged, decent career progression opportunities, generally feel well looked after and supported to succeed.

    Cons

    Things can change rapidly at times, generating uncertainty and confusion. The office lacks natural light and generally has a bit of a bunker vibe.

    Advice to Management

    Generally, keep up the good work. If the company was moved to an office with a view and natural light, I'm sure it would payoff in terms of productivity and overall mood.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Innovative startup with great office culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Stimulating environment and intriguing product
    - Great company culture
    - Good location
    - Delicious free breakfast and lunch
    - Smart employees who are humble and always willing to help
    - Lots of opportunity to learn

    Cons

    - Basement office with lack of sunlight :(

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work but let's make nice big windows a priority when we move into the new office!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Enterprise Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Enterprise) in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Enterprise) in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Smartest people I have ever worked with
    - 20% time
    - Work on unsolved, real world problems
    - Great culture across the company and the division

    Cons

    - Growing rapidly comes with growth pains
    - Working on difficult problems means this isn't a cushy 9-5 kind of job
    - Enterprise division needs a new name

    Advice to Management

    Don't chase profit and keep awesome engineering and innovation at the heart of what the Enterprise division does.


  10. Helpful (19)

    "Disappointing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Improbable full-time

    Pros

    Food is nice and there is great talent in some departments. Pay is above average for London.

    Cons

    Frequent, meaningless, confusing changes. Even though Improbable is a startup that pretends to value individual contribution and transparency, things are simply decided behind closed doors and relayed to you.

    Humility is nowhere to be found except for "company values". Especially after the big investment.

    Day-to-day, company's operations are total chaos even for a startup (I worked at several before.). Internal processes are surprisingly clunky. Communication is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the knee-jerk reactions. Embrace a more open culture, more grounded strategy. Don't ignore the weaknesses of Spatial OS and believe you can do it all. Rethink who you retain in management. Bring people who actually have experience.


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