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Smart Pension Reviews

Updated 19 Aug 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    The environment is calming and the people are friendly.

    Cons

    No cons at the moment

    Smart Pension2019-03-11

    Smart Pension Response

    March 14, 2019Head of Talent

    Awesome! We will try to keep it that way :) Martin Head of Talent/People

  2. "Good Company Culture"

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Paddington, England

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

    Pros

    - Given the opportunity to move around teams and develop different skill sets - Flat company structure enables you to speak to more senior people easily - Engineering team encourages feedback and focuses on continuously improving things

    Cons

    - Nothing major as a negative

    Smart Pension2019-08-19

    Smart Pension Response

    August 20, 2019Head of Talent

    Thanks for the feedback :) We will try (as we scale) to keep things that way. It's important that people who work at Smart already are given the opportunities to learn and grow, so thank you for letting us know that is happening! Martin (Head of Talent)

  3. "well doing startup"

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    Current Employee - Front End Developer in London, England

    I have been working at Smart Pension full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the business is doing well

    Cons

    tech stack is not the best

    Smart Pension2019-07-27

    Smart Pension Response

    August 5, 2019Head of Talent

    Hi! Martin (Head of Talent/People) here... Again :) Thanks for the feedback! As you rightly said, the business is doing well and it's great to hear that we are communicating that message clearly across the teams, it's important that we keep everyone informed. Regarding the Tech ...

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    "Business Development Man"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Pension full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Company , great people, fun staff

    Cons

    None at all, its just a great company

    Advice to Management

    None

    Smart Pension2019-03-31

    Smart Pension Response

    August 5, 2019Head of Talent

    Hello! This is great to hear and thank you for putting a positive review on our site, but if I could ask you to amend the number of years you have been working with us, that would be great. We haven't been around that long :) Martin - Head of Talent/People

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paddington, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative and fun environment, good ideas and hard work valued over job title, a no blame culture where everyone's suggestions are encouraged and welcomed. Full of very, very bright and nice people. Best place I've worked in many years

    Cons

    Minor point but acceptance of working from home varies across teams

    Advice to Management

    The environment you've created is down to your personal behaviours and it's priceless, the neat trick will be finding a way to keep this going as the company grows and expands

    Smart Pension2019-03-08

    Smart Pension Response

    March 14, 2019Head of Talent

    Hi there! This is Martin, Head of Talent/People and firstly, thank you for reveiwing Smart on Glassdoor, it is always important for us to get the reviews, whether good or bad as it helps us work on areas we need to improve and continue to do what is right! Just to answer the ...

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Pensions = __slowly__ building stuff for next 50+ years"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Thinking in terms of long-term pensions business is a key here. You may know some 50-years old pension companies that still run on COBOL and they cannot get away with it because many years ago someone screwed up the software architecture. Well, it feels directors experienced it first hand 'cos here we do things rather slowly and patiently. Good is better than fast. Adhere to best practices, follow architecture and patterns...

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    Cons

    Change from Kanban to Agile. Not that I have anything against Agile methodologies (SCRUM in particular is the one we use) but it'll definitely take time until whole team gets to know it, I think here especially of how dev team interacts with product team. But at least there are some training workshops in place so we'll see in time. We also have "corporate" laptops - you know, IT telling you how your password should...

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    Advice to Management

    I feel recent investment by JPMorgan may amplify need for self-directed learners but also add on bunch of IT regulations and # of meetings. Please, dear management, protect us from it ;)

    Smart Pension2019-03-03

    Smart Pension Response

    April 23, 2019Head of Talent

    Hi! Thanks for the feedback, it's super helpful that people take the time to write the reviews and since some of the review was around Engineering, I thought I would ask my colleague Brad to answer some of it, here is his response: "Each team is empowered to select whatever ...

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fun team, but not quite sure if it's a tech company or an old school financial institution."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
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    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great engineering culture, engineering management are brilliant. Very friendly team. Great codebase. £500 yearly training budget.

    Cons

    This is a tech company whose middle management layer have no experience of the technology industry, and run things more like an old school financial institution. Projects are frequently cancelled half way through because of a lack of expertise and planning from the business. Hopefully this will change as new people are brought onboard that understand agile practices. Office has more in common with a call centre than...

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    Advice to Management

    Look to other successful tech companies for how to keep hold of quality engineers as the company scales. Make sure middle managers understand technology, and view your engineering team as a benefit rather than a cost. Technical product managers and owners with development experience are important. Without the 'technology' part of the title, a lot will be lost in translation - as has been experienced over the last year.

    Smart Pension2019-02-28

    Smart Pension Response

    March 14, 2019Head of Talent

    Hi! This is Martin, Head of Talent/People for Smart. Thanks first of all for posting the review on Glassdoor - Super important that we get feedback on all areas of the business, no matter what format it comes in. It's great that we have the right Engineering Management ...

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "A roller-coaster ride...in a good way"

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    Former Employee - BDM in London, England
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Smart Pension full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    An exiting industry disruptor Very relaxed atmosphere Great management who are always open to listening Cutting edge tech Very rapid growth

    Cons

    Occasional politics...but never too bad

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    Smart Pension2018-12-13
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Positive and proactive company, using technology to help members save for their futures."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paddington, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Pension full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Encouraging and proactive. Creative. People are listened to. Things are done with a positive can do attitude. Some huge opportunities for this company globally.

    Cons

    It’s fast paced. So for some people with experience in pensions, or have worked previously with a culture of meetings, find that it doesn’t work as effectively at Smart.

    Advice to Management

    Scope the opportunities across the globe, and execute effectively. Great top team, which could do something special in the coming years.

    Smart Pension2018-10-25
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Business Development Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Smart Pension full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast growing innovative environment to be in. Hard & good work is valued over seniority level.

    Cons

    As a start-up direction changes with little to no warning. A lot of office politics.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people with made up job titles to do jobs that don't even know what they're doing. Fast growth is great, but only if it's in the right direction.

    Smart Pension2018-08-02
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