Pole To Win Reviews

Updated 20 May 2020

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3.3
62%
Recommend to a Friend
85%
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Pole To Win CEO Deborah Kirkham
Deborah Kirkham
42 Ratings
Pros
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  • "Bad shift timings The night shift especially(in 22 reviews)

  • "They are never going to let the good testers go(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "QA tester"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Translator Interperter in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at Pole To Win full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    very good, excellent atmosphere, strategic place

    Cons

    too much over hours .

    Pole To Win2020-02-01
  2. "Great experience to have a experience in uk"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Language Tester in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pole To Win full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Multicultural place that allow people have contact with different cultures in work environment

    Cons

    Low progress and not organized management

    Pole To Win2020-05-08
  3. "Nice"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pole To Win part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible for a student Not to stressful

    Cons

    Project base company / Sometimes loads of work but cant commit. Sometimes you need to work but nothing to do

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    Pole To Win2020-03-04
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Unreliable"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lqa Tester in Glasgow, Scotland
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pole To Win part-time

    Pros

    Good work environment, easy to get along with colleagues.

    Cons

    Poorly organised, very unreliable hours.

    Pole To Win2020-03-10
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Not very good"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Tester and Translator in Brentford, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Pole To Win part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    a nice friendly environment to work with

    Cons

    they pay the minimum wage

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    Pole To Win2020-02-27
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Grateful for the experience, but..."

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pole To Win full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    PTW is a good starting point for anybody looking to get started with a career in Quality Assurance, and it's a good stepping stone for someone who wants to learn the ropes and get a foot in the door. It's fairly easy to get hired for a position: minimum experience is needed, outside of being competent with a computer, and many of the necessary skills and knowledge for the role can be learned on the job as you go. The work itself is also fairly straightforward and never super stressful or challenging. The novelty of working on video game projects is also interesting, particularly if you're at all interested in video games or the games industry. Most of your peers are also very friendly and easygoing, making for good collaboration and banter between team members. There is also a casual dress code, which makes working more comfortable. It's the kind of work environment that allows for a good work/life balance, at least in my experience, as I was able to leave the office as soon as my shift was over. This isn't the kind of role where working beyond your allocated hours is required or expected, and as someone who values their life outside of the office, this was always appreciated.

    Cons

    Sadly the cons of working at PTW heavily outweigh the pros, with the most notable ones being the absurdly low wages and the poor treatment of staff from the senior management and HR. While the work isn't the most demanding or challenging, it is still work that requires some degree of computer literacy and management skills, and while these can be learned on the job, it does not excuse the poor salary. Employees are paid minimum wage, which given the line of work is absolutely ludicrous. Pay rises are more or less non-existent, with an increase in wage only coming to employees once a year to meet the annual inflation rate, and Lead Testers, who do considerably more difficult and more stressful work, are paid barely any more than the average employee. Senior management are also far from accommodating and are often intimidating, acting with an air of superiority and treating their employees like children who should be "grateful" to work for them. All new employees also begin on a Zero Hour Contract, and this was poorly communicated when I first joined the company, and was sold to me as "you will always have work, so long as there are projects" only to then be told after my first two days that I wouldn't be required at all for the next week, as I was only covering holidays and sick days for permanent staff. This made every week as a casual member of staff incredibly nerve wracking, as the rota's were often not sent out until 4pm on a Friday, meaning I would be waiting up until the very last hour of the working week to find out whether or not I would be coming into work the next week, despite having bills to pay. This was often handwaved away with the attitude of "you should be grateful we're giving you shifts at all and are paying you", which was extremely condescending and upsetting. Furthermore, employees who worked under a Zero Hour Contract were constantly promised the opportunity to become "full-time", a promise which took over 2 years to be fulfilled in my case (and of course I was still being paid minimum wage). HR were also incredibly intimidating and often rude, making it very difficult to deal with issues that required their input or expertise. Security is also an issue, in the sense that it is ridiculously restrictive and borderline uncomfortable. All mobile phones, portable game devices and even personal items such as coats and jackets, are not allowed anywhere near the main office, let alone your desk, and must be stored away in a secure locker at all times. This is supposedly for "security", to protect confidential information from being stolen, but it simply showcases that the company does not trust its employees. Furthermore, internet access is also both heavily monitored at all times, and many commonly used websites are restricted, even during breaks, also for "security". It's like being back in a secondary school IT classroom. Of course this "security" doesn't apply to senior management, who can regularly be seen using their phones at their desks and browsing restricted websites at their leisure. And don't be off ill, you'll be treated like a criminal and put on trial if you happen to be sick more than three times in a year, despite sickness being something that is completely out of your control. I am grateful for the experience I gained at PTW, as it is where I learned a lot of my skills for my current profession, and I have some good memories working with the team I was a part of there, but unfortunately the low salary, general lack of organisation and the poor senior management put a huge downer on my experience there.

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    Pole To Win2020-02-27
  7. "Nice people"

    3.0
    Current Employee - QA Tester 

    I have been working at Pole To Win part-time

    Pros

    Make friends here and flexible working hour

    Cons

    Some time no protect

    Pole To Win2020-02-12
  8. Helpful (2)

    "No guranteed job"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Consulting Development Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at Pole To Win part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly collegues and nice view workplace

    Cons

    Minimum salary in Scotland, sometimes no projects

    Pole To Win2020-01-23
  9. "Fun Place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pole To Win part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good people around, easy job

    Cons

    could be better paid, but again, easy job

    Pole To Win2019-12-18
  10. "Zero hours contracts"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - QA Tester in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pole To Win full-time

    Pros

    Casual dress code, friendly people, free gym

    Cons

    All the usual cons of working on a zero hours contract, plus the office is kind of the middle of nowhere.

    Pole To Win2019-12-02
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