KAL Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2021

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Aravinda Korala
6 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place - Great people - Great prospects!

    Feb 12, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Brilliant atmosphere and team - open plan so you get to understand the full business.

    Cons

    None - Travel, work-life balance - overall really enjoyed it!

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Good company

    Jul 16, 2021 - Graduate Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Professional Workplace, Great and friendly people to work with - not your stereotypical "software engineer" types. Good opportunities to learn and progress

    Cons

    Small gripe - but they have global calls which can happen at like 3am, which kind of suck getting up for.

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  3. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Avoid at all costs!

    Nov 12, 2020 - Graduate Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Working with some very clever engineers Overtime hours worked are paid at the normal rate, but that means it's usually expected to work overtime. Because of the high pressure and low management involvement, you'll be expected to perform at levels way above your paygrade, which is useful for gathering experience for better-paying positions at other companies

    Cons

    Clueless upper-management, that's constantly overburdened and has no idea of the state or direction of their own projects. Toxic environment mostly due to unreasonable pressure from an inefficient implementation of top-down structure Because of the above, overwhelming amounts of responsibilities are given to junior-level developers and unrealistic expectations are sold to customers, which results in constant overpromising, under-delivery and stress. Expect to work late hours (leaving after 10pm is frequent and I've personally had to go home at 11pm on a Friday to then need to come in on Satuday morning only to satisfy a soft weekly deadline)

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  4. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Good colleagues, but not great for progression

    Nov 4, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Flexi-time; Overtime either paid or can be taken as extra time off; Great IT support. Some colleagues will go above and beyond to help.

    Cons

    Lack of support from line management. HR efforts to enforce beneficial measures or suggestions are often discarded in favour of the CEO's personal preferences and opinions, regardless of the employees' subject-matter expertise. This is very detrimental for the workforce, unfortunately creating often an unpleasant work environment. On a similar note, there is a lack of meritocracy. Any requests or policies are not enforced the same way for every employee, but seems to be based on personal sympathies.

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  5. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great colleagues but KAL is not a spring board for your career

    Oct 1, 2019 - Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland
    Recommend
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    Pros

    1. Great colleagues 2. Free coffee, juice 3. Great facilities 4. Colleagues will go out of their way to help you

    Cons

    1. Little or no focus on improving skills, developing staff and learning new technology 2. Low salaries 3. No on-boarding process, awful internal documentation and zero training. You learn by doing or asking the right people and are expected to know 'everything' when starting a project 4. The way some senior level staff members speak to their staff is awful. It all depends on what teams you work in

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    4 people found this review helpful
  6. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Assistant

    Jan 6, 2020 - Student Worker 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    A m a z ing

    Cons

    Far Far Far Far Far

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  7. 4.0
    Current Employee

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    Dec 22, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Pleasant atmosphere Great colleagues Paid overtime

    Cons

    Long hours Management could be better

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  8. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    There is good and bad but wouldnt consider if you want to progress in your career and learn

    Nov 29, 2018 - Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Flexible working hours Generous holiday package Overtime Paid Good work life balance for some but not all

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities Lacks structure Not enough support for graduate engineers Being polite and professional doesn't seem to be encouraged

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Working Life @ KAL

    Jan 10, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The work-life balance is excellent with opportunities to either bank overtime and take it as time in lieu at a later date or have it paid out to each in your salary each month. It's a very friendly place to work and each Thursday KAL has a 'coffee morning' style catch up for everyone and provides cakes, snacks and fruit.....a great way to see your colleagues in a relaxed environment.

    Cons

    A few of us wanted to get more involved in local charity work and this has been taken onboard and we got involved with a food bank collection at Christmas.

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Diverse and interesting

    Jan 12, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    KAL is a very diverse and interesting place to work. You are encouraged to think on your feet and take your own approach to solving problems. You will be given the opportunity to work on a wide array of projects and develop new skills. The work-life balance is very good, with flexible working and a laid-back office environment. Also, progression within your role is a realistic goal at KAL. The company has regular global calls to encourage communication between teams and keep employees updated on what's going on in such a rapidly growing global company.

    Cons

    Expect to be very busy at times, however, support is always available

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