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Updated Oct 12, 2021

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65 Ratings
Pros
  • "My coworkers at QR have become some of my best friends(in 14 reviews)

  • "great company culture that is very people focused(in 10 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "QR will sell you to their clients as a 'specialist' even if this is your first ever job(in 5 reviews)

  • "Work life-balance can easily creep the wrong way - important to note this is never expected but is usually due to the character of the employees(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      great early career company

      Aug 11, 2021 - Data Analyst in Guildford, England, England
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      Pros

      Great company for getting large amounts of exposure to different areas of automotive

      Cons

      Some projects can be dull and uninspiring

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Oct 3, 2021 - Associate Consultant in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Interesting team, exciting projects in the automotive industry and beyond! Strong culture in supporting each other and knowledge sharing

      Cons

      Travel to client sites is required.

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Unprofessional, Money Driven, Cut Throat Company

      Oct 12, 2021 - Back Office 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      This is very limited. The recruitment process is tough but it sources the right candidates that can be manipulated into thinking they are the future of the company.

      Cons

      Made to feel like you’re a part of a bigger picture when actually you’re not valued at all. Management allow you to confide in them and then share that information with anyone.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Memorable

      Jul 9, 2021 - Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      You'll learn a lot, and quickly, especially as you progress through the business. This was traditionally on-the-job through those who have invariably seen a lot before, but there is now a big focus on structured L&D as well. Covid aside, there's opportunities to travel and potentially relocate if flexible. Office are invariably decent cities - either genuinely pleasant, or at least "interesting". The whole "team spirit" and "culture" thing is often put around by employers, but QR do a remarkable job of selecting people who are simultaneously very competent, a good laugh and very helpful and generous with their time.

      Cons

      The younger demographics in the company combined with rapid growth sometimes lead to long hours and a lot of activities outside of one's core area of responsibilities; flip side of this is it adds variety and they're pretty good at TOIL arrangements.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great job

      Jun 6, 2021 - Project Analyst in Brentwood, England, England
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      Pros

      Great company to work for

      Cons

      Can't think of anything bad

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Unnecessary Burnout Culture

      Jul 2, 2021 - Software Developer 
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      Pros

      - Opportunity to start a software engineer career with no experience - Some opportunity to experiment with different technologies - Made some great friends within the development team

      Cons

      - Software Development Projects cause burnout as you are giving direction to internal management, managing client expectations, teaching an analyst how to be a product owner whilst trying to deliver software with unrealistic time constraints - Lack of understanding from the business of what the software team does and when scoping projects you're expected to see into the future and see how long huge projects will take and justify exactly what that time will be spent on. When inevitably requirements change or unforeseen challenges arise you are then blamed by management for taking longer than you initially predicted. - Team used to be based almost solely on VBA projects and so you will be expected to learn and help sustain legacy VBA projects if not made to build new tools in VBA. - All employees in tech teams (product/engineering) have never worked anywhere else so no sense of best practice and how to build sustainably. - Struggle to recruit experienced developers who would bring better practices due to lower than industry standard salary. - Test coverage is usually an after thought and only if you have the time. - All design falls on product owners or developers with no experience in design which results in all tools being carbon copies of a bootstrap student project. This is the same for Technical Design - there is none. - Learning and development has been "solved" with SPLIT (a half day every two weeks for developing a side project) but this is often too disjointed and self driven. Projects have to be approved for this and are only allowed if "adding value to the business". - Limited exposure to learn about different aspects of software development e.g. design (no designers), architecture (all is handled by the CTO). - It's considered a "perk of the job" to have responsibility over projects and clients - this is not a perk that QR_ pay for with developer salaries. - Use Scrum as a crutch for lack of experience which results in the opposite of agility where a sprint is viewed as a contract and the burndown chart is reviewed daily in every stand up. - Pair programming is discouraged as perceived as "wasting time". - Unfair opportunities for quality of projects e.g. some people worked on continuous burnout cycle of 6 week projects for years where you can't take time to improve your code quality and learn through patterns, whilst others were put on permanent assignment to large tools with freedom to learn and grow. This resulted in a team divide where the latter were promoted to "leadership" and almost everyone else left. - Unrealistic product plan to develop new tools which actively shows the team is under-resourced and unable to complete this plan with no push back from management. - Mass exodus as people realise better places to work with better pay and less responsibility.

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      Quick Release Response

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      Hi. We're genuinely sorry that you didn't find your time with QR to be a positive experience. Despite our best intentions throughout, we clearly didn't live up to your standards and I'm sure there are lessons that can be learned from your experience to ensure that they are not repeated. We have already addressed some of your concerns by hiring experienced developers to mentor the team on best practice, and generally growing the team in-line with demand, to allow a much better work-life balance for our special projects team. As always, we'd encourage you to contact us directly as we welcome all feedback, positive and negative. We're always learning and improving!

    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Jun 5, 2021 - Project Analyst in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great company ethos, invested in people and development. Good entry salary

      Cons

      Suit extroverted people, can get exhausting as an introvert with the push to be a "family ".

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great employer

      May 20, 2021 - Business Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of responsibility, lots of internal initiatives to get involved in. Interesting projects and clients.

      Cons

      Not great management team mentoring and support. Culture diluted since going global.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Place to WOrk

      May 6, 2021 - Project Analyst in Woking, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fun People, Amazing Clients, Great Culture, High Starting Salary, mixture of technical and people focused roles

      Cons

      Relatively flat Salary structure once you have been in the business a couple of years. Experienced peaks and troughs with level of projects and # of people on the bench which can cause some stress.

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    11. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Transparent, progressive company

      Mar 31, 2021 - Back Office 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Open communication channels from New starters to Directors Inclusive working groups Challenging projects Great support from management and the people team.

      Cons

      Nothing springs to mind as negative.

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