Nominet Reviews

Updated 6 Apr 2021

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3.6
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Nominet  Chief Executive Officer Russell Haworth (no image)
Russell Haworth
15 Ratings
  1. "Nominet is the best place I've worked"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oxford, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nominet full-time

    Pros

    Nominet cares about their employees. We have many internal opportunities, and there is a great work life balance.. The employees who work at Nominet are experts in their field and great to work with. We are a profit with a purpose company and we actively change lives. We have a clear strategy and driving forward into the future with many exciting opportunities.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture and work life balance"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nominet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people at Nominet are great to work with. They are a great team of people with expert knowledge who want to work together to get the job done well. The company really cares about the wellbeing of the staff. The company is ambitious and wants to improve and add more value, including a great public benefit mission. Very flexible working arrangements and good work life balance.

    Cons

    The ambition can mean there are too many competing priorities making it hard to focus. Or jumping from one critical deadline to the next without time to breathe. The differences with some of the membership causes instability and distraction from time to time.

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  3. "Still good, but once great"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mid Management in Oxford, England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nominet full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Colleagues. There was always a great environment at work, and felt like from home for many years.

    Cons

    I still consider them my best ever employer, but this is largely due to the time I served under Lesley Cowley as CEO and briefly for Dr Willie Black, because they genuinely cared and put their staff first, understanding that happy staff work hard to make the company succeed. I had to leave after the latest CEO took over because the culture change was heart-breaking, and the constant reorgs seemed like nothing more than getting rid of all those who were loyal long serving members of staff so the new crop were unaware of just how great Nominet once was. I’m positive its still a good employer for the “perks”, but it’s a shame it lost its way as it was once outstanding

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  4. "Too much fluff"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oxford, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues in IT Facilities do a great job

    Cons

    Senior management seem too concerned about glossy internal promotion about themselves (including support functions) especially about company values etc and not so focused on producing quality outputs and supporting front line teams.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Best kept secret!!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Oxford, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've read some other reviews but I can hand on heart say that Nominet is one of the best places I have worked. I feel really cared about have have had some amazing opportunities to do great things and gain development in my role! The people are really great here - always willing to help one another - working together on exciting projects and delivering really well against super ambitious targets, projects and activities. I am always surprised by some of the team members talents and capabilities - great people who are always trying hard to make a difference. I also think one of the pro's is that we've not been frightened to make change - if its not working then time to sort things out! One of our great values - Courage!!!

    Cons

    There are a number of things changing in the business right now - I know I have made some in my own team - but its how you make the tweaks that make the difference ensuring people are treated in the right way. What did Einstein say about the definition of madness .... so yes - change can be disruptive and not nice when you see team members being affected - but 9 times out of 10 I've seen the business try to make a change for the better.

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  6. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Great People, Continuous Change and High Performance"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Lead in Oxford, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I am surrounded by high performing and brilliant people. I have been empowered and encouraged in my role and when needed everyone is happy to help me. Albeit starting at a time when Covid was kicking in there is a great sociable culture which isn't pressed upon you unlike some places I have worked. They recently invested in LinkedIn Learning for the whole business and found a true desire to support employee's mental health and well-being (we had a sleep doctor come in last week). I have enjoyed my first few months here and hope the journey continues the way it started.

    Cons

    There is a heavy meeting culture here but I have heard a number of people say the same so I feel this might be addressed at some point. Some staff have been disappointed by some some reorgs the business has recently been through but overal the feeling is really positive about the direction the business is now taking.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting & supportive place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Oxford, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive teams, willingness to push for progression and a lot of encouragement for personal development and training. Lots of exciting projects and team interaction.

    Cons

    A lot of corporate aspirations, resulting in regularly changing goalposts and company objectives.

  8. "Globally great"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England, England

    I worked at Nominet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great company to work with

    Cons

    sometimes project management is a bit problematic

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, too many reorgs"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant 

    I have been working at Nominet full-time

    Pros

    The people and the importance of the work

    Cons

    Too many reorgs and a strategy without substance

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic opportunity"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nominet full-time

    Pros

    A terrific company with some amazing and gifted people. I had a hugely rewarding 9 and a half years (only planned on staying for 3!) working with people who passionately care about what they do. The culture really changed, for the better, during my time in the business from a very academically focused business to one with a more commercial heartbeat and drive. Recent new hires have also brought energy and enthusiasm to the team. The technology and projects are hugely interesting and the business definitely gets to punch above its weight thanks to its role in the UK internet infrastructure. There's some really interesting work to be done and the new work on Cyber Security is taking the business into an interesting and potentially high-growth area. It's a good place to work on some really mission-critical projects and initiatives that affect the lives of almost everyone using the internet in the UK. Some terrific experience to add to your CV. The teams work well together and there's a definite sense of community - evidenced by plenty of nights out together and a shared sense of success/reward when things go well.

    Cons

    Like any membership-based business, it's not without its challenges - namely trying to keep everybody on board whilst moving the business on. The business hasn't always got it right, but decisions have always been made with the best intentions and a lot of thinking and planning. It's still a medium sized business - with its heart in Oxfordshire. It's not going to be for everyone, but opportunities are there if you look for them. Like every business in or around Oxford...Parking restrictions!!

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