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  1. "Dev"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Softwire full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Nice place to work, good benefits and everyone is very friendly

    Cons

    Pay is not that good if you have been there a long time.

    Advice to Management

    None

    Softwire2019-01-27
  2. "Great place to work and develop skills"

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    Former Employee - Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment for developers to grow

    Cons

    No cons of working at Softwire

    Softwire2019-04-22
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Great experiences, but can be a bit hands-off"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Softwire full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    + Great work environment. Free food, frequent events, annual holiday. + Amazing training programme. Great opportunity to launch into a software career. Small and inexperienced company means that career opportunities are great if you are proactive about it. + Personally empowering. If someone wants to make a change, they are largely able to try and do so. The company is the sum of a lot of great people. + Generous bonuses...

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    Cons

    - Negative experience with people management. Key staff can be rude. Accusations of sexism are not uncommon. Processes in place to resolve issues here are underdeveloped ("have you tried avoiding them?") - Projects are largely uninspiring. The sales team do a great job trying to find interesting and worthwhile projects, but the consultancy nature of the business means that often we have to accept less than desirable...

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    Advice to Management

    Take a bigger role in your staff. Put protection and processes in place if there are complaints against others. If something your staff members do is good enough to advertise, support your staff (financially and in time).

    Softwire2017-07-31
  4. "The company that knows what it's doing for customers and employees"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Softwire full-time

    Pros

    The culture is based on giving the best possible experience for the employees, while also solving customer's problems. The engineers are either highly skilled or strive to be. The common problem seems to be "how do we clean the mess the previous contractors left us with" - and they tend to excel at that. Superb opportunities for growth: it's the company strategy to make its employees grow. The most important: the company...

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    Cons

    The projects can be nice... and not very nice. Sometimes you have to deal with ancient horrors. The pay is not the greatest you can get in London - but remember that you will be usually shielded from soul-crushing or failing projects.

    Advice to Management

    Do the thing you are doing - the company culture is great. Ensure the knowledge is being transferred on old projects. Expand the hiring pipeline and deal with the company's size.

    Softwire2017-02-17
  5. "Great environment, challenging work, a little too risk-averse"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Softwire full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    I learned a lot in my time there, even as a relatively experienced developer when I joined. There was a welcome focus on quality. The environment was great as well - plenty of space, good social spaces, lots of events and a good bunch of people. No regrets about joining the company, wish I could have found something like that earlier in my career. Would recommend it to pretty much any junior- to mid-level developer.

    Cons

    Career progression is a little fuzzy. There doesn't seem to be a lot of ambition at the company and they tend to play it safe. Those who want to innovate or build products tend to lose interest and move elsewhere, which means the environment is a little self-selecting for those who are either still learning their trade and those who aren't interested in taking risks.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some real entrepreneurs! You talk about diversification and seem confused when attempts to do so fail, getting some outside expertise and ideas would really help.

    Softwire2017-01-27
  6. "Fantastic place to work"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Software Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Softwire

    Pros

    Fun, fantastic atmosphere, great focus on personal development

    Cons

    Not many qualms at all. While some projects pose interesting challenges others can be more dull.

    Softwire2016-02-23
  7. "Great Company to Work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Softwire

    Pros

    Voted one of the best places to work in the UK. It lived up to the hype, I had a great experience at the office. No pressure but you must stick to your targets.

    Cons

    Sales team can become complacent and not enough initiative to work harder.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on going with the great work

    Softwire2015-08-07
  8. "Excellent start to career"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Kentish Town, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Softwire

    Pros

    True focus on employee welfare, and personal development. Excellent office atmosphere, with universally very intelligent colleagues. Good starting salary. Okay location. Excellent social events.

    Cons

    Salary becomes less and less competitive with time. Some projects can be boring, but can often change. Working off-site can be a chore.

    Advice to Management

    Generally a lovely company to work for.

    Softwire2015-02-23

    Softwire Response

    March 12, 2015Director

    Thanks for the review, glad you liked working here! For the benefit of people reading the review I wanted to respond to the point about salaries becoming uncompetitive over time. We do regularly review our salaries against the rest of the market to check we are competitive; if you ...

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Best place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Softwire

    Pros

    It's just a great place to work, no matter how you look at it. Salary is competitive with other Greater London companies, and working at Softwire you can advance quickly (or slowly) depending on how good you are. It's a true meritocracy, where there are no fixed positions - you just get to do what you're good at, and your job will be tailored to what you want are are able to do.

    Cons

    Projects can sometimes get boring, though never for too long.

    Softwire2011-10-31
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Softwire is a great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Software Tester in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Softwire

    Pros

    - small, successful and growing company - bright staff who are also a nice bunch of people - plenty of out-of-work socialising (often with company paying) - flexible on hours & work/life balance - varied and interesting projects to work on - flat management hierarchy & approachable & democratic senior management - friendly & respectful office environment - annual company conference abroad - lots of opportunities...

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    Cons

    There's really not that much bad to say about them... - work can sometimes be "bitty" if working on several small projects at once (especially as a tester as opposed to a developer) - as the company is growing pretty rapidly it is starting to become a challenge for it to keep its small company feel - sometimes too much going out (though actually there is never any pressure to do so, but it's hard to say no to lots...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Softwire2011-10-17
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