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  1. "Software Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unboxed full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Experienced, thoughtful, great people to work with. A truly inclusive place.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. They’re great.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Unboxed is less of a company, and more of a family"

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

    I worked at Unboxed full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Unboxed have a great culture and are very welcoming. There is purposefully a lack of hierarchy at Unboxed which encourages employees to take a more self directed approach with their career.

    You're encouraged to get involved with extra curricular activities, but unlike some other companies you're not judged negatively if you'd rather just do your job and go home. It's very much each to their own at Unboxed and I think they realise that everybody is different and that everybody can contribute in their own different way.

    Unboxed have a very relaxed and flexible working environment and are usually extremely accommodating to what might seem like outrageous requests at other companies. If you have any issues it's very easy to speak to one of the management team and they will try their best to help you out.

    Lunch time board games are popular and they are a great way to relax and get to know everybody when you first start at the company.

    From a developer's perspective, the Unboxed CTO (Andrew) is a Rails core contributor, and working with him has massively improved me as a developer, even in the short time was there.

    Cons

    Because of the nature of how Unboxed operate, sometimes you are asked to move projects at a moment's notice, or asked to work on a project for just a week or two and then move back to your other project. This isn't a negative per se, it's just something to be aware of.

    If you're somebody who prefers a more settled working environment, Unboxed can accommodate that (some developers have been on certain projects for a year or more) but it's worth pointing out that this may not always be the case and you may be chopping or changing projects depending on which projects come in.

    The only con I can think of would be salary. It tends to be slightly lower at Unboxed, but this is the sacrifice you make for working in such a relaxed and welcoming environment. If you're a junior to mid level developer, I really don't think there are many better places to learn your craft.

    Apart from salary, there really aren't many cons to working here. I can safely say it's the best job I've ever had.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

  3. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unboxed full-time

    Pros

    - A Friendly Environment where everyone is keen on sharing ideas and views
    - Interesting Projects happening which allows you to meet new people
    - Good communication structure
    - Opportunity for training/experiment
    - Coffee machine/Tea Selection

    Cons

    Nothing really other than you will leave with a few extra pounds due to frequent biscuit consumption..

    Advice to Management

    Monthly Meetings to update everyone about what has been happening, what will be happening which is good to see and keeps everyone in the loop.


  4. "Kind and Friendly Office that Encourages Growth"

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    Current Intern - Software Developer in London, England
    Current Intern - Software Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Unboxed as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Most staff are friendly and keen to help less experienced people train and discuss ideas
    - Lots of freedom to grow in skills you personally want to improve
    - You are kept in the loop about business descisions with monthly meetings and information about new employees
    - Modern hardware and software in use
    - Generous leave, including 10 'innovation days' to work on your own projects or explore new concepts
    - Flexible working time

    Cons

    There's really not a lot to say. Sometimes people can go a little overboard with taking the company's ideals to the extreme, but in general there is nothing bad to say.


  5. "What a great experience !!"

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    Former Employee - Technical QA Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Technical QA Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Unboxed full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a variety of great projects ranging from publishers, to healthcare projects and things in between that, which allows you to learn different skills from those business sectors.

    Great, smart people to learn from contributing to your growth at Unboxed, as well as mentoring sessions which allow you to improve, based on constructive feedback. Decent environment.

    Generous work from home as required. Regular games of giant jenga at lunch. Opportunities to experiment. New macbook for new joiners.

    Cons

    None really, other than wanting to chain me up in Narnia, to prevent me from leaving ;)
    (of course they didn't)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up monthly company meetings and the sharing information not normally shared in large corporations.


  6. "Working at Unboxed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great, smart people, decent environment. Generous leave policy. Regular paid lunches and free food and whatnot.
    Opportunities to experiment.
    Good hardware offered (with caveats).
    A great place to work for a while if you need a break from the grind elsewhere.

    Cons

    Beware if you have drive or ambition: there is nowhere to go, and the laid back attitude may grate.
    If you don't like/use Apple hardware & software be most afraid for it is as unto a religion and thee shall never hear the ende of it even unto thy last day.
    Favouritism + nepotism, but not overwhelmingly so. Many were content to be left alone in their niche, and it didn't affect them.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say really, they seem to have things the way they want. There's nothing you can do about it, but you're welcome to stay, without malice, whether you like it or not.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Open and interesting company"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great client projects, very smart CTO and senior devs.

    Cons

    Occasionally too much navel gazing and open discussion when zero-ing in a solution needed, but better that than command and control culture!

  8. "Senior Ruby on Rails Developer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Ruby On Rails Developer in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Ruby On Rails Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unboxed full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Truly agile, caring, skilled colleagues always willing to help you out, good mix between professional and informal.

    Cons

    Worst thing that comes to mind is that the coffee machine is environmentally unfriendly.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Tester"

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    Former Employee - Tester
    Former Employee - Tester
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unboxed (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learning as we work with many clients. Working in 3 projects at the same time gave me a chance to learn to work under tight deadlines

    Cons

    A group of people who never grow. Politics and favouritisim. Not much of a job progression


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Fun experience, and a lot of knowledge gained"

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    Current Employee - Web Developer
    Current Employee - Web Developer
    Recommends

    Pros

    - good atmosphere
    - using the best and the greatest technology
    - excellent place to start working if you are new to web development

    Cons

    - give more responsibility to starters so they can quickly get grip of what the company does and its vision.