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Lego Group Software Engineer Reviews

Updated 4 December 2017
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Lego Group CEO Jørgen Vig Knudstorp
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Pros
  • Great people and work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, potentially fun work environment (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • high stress and lack of work life balance even here (in 7 reviews)

  • No full time work available as a merchandiser (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "You must really LOVE the company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Billund (Denmark)
    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Billund (Denmark)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The brand is recognized worldwide. Flexible and few working hours, lots of care about the individual. Great retirement plan. Free LEGO boxes and 50% discount at employee store.
    If you're accommodated in your career and not looking to do your best work, it's the place for you.

    Cons

    - This is where your career dies. There's no incentive or desire to push forward on innovative and creative solutions, or incentives for trainings, certifications and conferences.
    - It's very much an old-fashioned, non professional, network company where you have to know people to get things done. You'll spend a lot of your time battling people to convince them that doing the best solution and what's good for the company is the correct course of action.
    - Even if you're doing your job and the best for LEGO, you have to be careful not to step on anyone's toes, otherwise you're at fault.
    - If someone screws up, it will usually get sugar coated with some positive words to not hurt the person, but hurt the team and the company. There is no accountability or ownership on anything. This is the land where none gets reprimanded ever, mediocrity is rewarded, and top performers are burned on stake.
    - There are immense tribes of senior professionals who peaked over 10 years ago and are not willing to keep up with industry. People who don't have background suddenly parachute on a senior position in a career path they have no knowledge about.
    - It's extremely bad integration across company's departments. There are a lot of silos with misaligned strategies, that sometimes even fight each other.

    Advice to Management

    With managers having so few powers as they do right now, my advice for them is to look for something better out there.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good environment - too much politics"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Billund (Denmark)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Billund (Denmark)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Potential to grow
    Learn how big organizations work with its pros and cons

    Cons

    too much politics
    Slow to change to the 21st century
    No accountability whatsoever

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, promote honesty, implement continuous learning for your employees to ensure people are up to date in their fields.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mediocre, slow, uninspiring"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Billund (Denmark)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Billund (Denmark)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lego Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - good benefits
    - nice work environment
    - flexible hours
    - friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    - standard and often uncompetitive wages
    - professional and wage growth is difficult to achieve
    - difficult to get recognized for individual achievements
    - impossible to apply creative and unconventional thinking (i.e. Law of Jante)
    - no personal skill development in terms of external training, certification, etc.
    - too much bureaucracy and infighting between the departments (Corp. IT, HR, DevOps)
    - working overtime is more common than exceptional (can be 150-200% of standard working hours)
    - management is inflexible, mediocre and often unskillful in their area
    - lack of responsibility and ownership
    - too many unproductive meetings
    - the company environment accepts only Danish-minded people
    - can get very boring after a couple of years
    - the HQ is located in Billund in the middle of Denmark (rural area, no railroad)

    Advice to Management

    Actually follow through the innovative and creative strategies to make a difference in the long term.