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Web Applications UK Reviews

Updated 28 May 2019

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Web Applications UK CEO Craig Dean
Craig Dean
15 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Culture of Learning ,Growth and innovation"

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    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Oldham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Web Applications UK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic people to work with - feels more like a group of friends than colleagues sometimes! Everyone is always willing to help each other - can happily say no one is toxic or someone who i dislike. Constantly learning new things: as someone who really cares about gaining knowledge - there isn't a day where i don't learn something new. Free food, drinks, gym membership, open bars ( good use is made out of...

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    Cons

    some of the policies seem ridiculous. Employees who have built up a lot of trust and have proven themselves are heavily restricted in what they can/can't do. I understand that certain rules are there to protect us. But i think certain people should be able to earn the right to be able to given more trust/permission It can be stressful sometimes. Especially when doing something high priority. New services that...

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    Advice to Management

    trust your employees - give us more responsibility and stop micromanaging all the mini aspects of our lives.

    Web Applications UK2019-02-27
  2. Helpful (167)

    "Beautiful project, poor management staff"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Oldham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - The project I worked on for 3years was a dream one and I'm forever grateful to web applications for making it a reality.

    Cons

    - Working with various levels exposed me to ridiculous management team especially Craig. He is so condescending, arrogant and abusive.

    Advice to Management

    - Craig and the team need to make the environment really an environment. Everyone was literally scared and unable to perform at their optimum.

    Web Applications UK2019-01-30
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to start as a software engineer with zero experience, provided a strong desire to learn."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Oldham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Real focus on learning and improvement, starting from low-level concepts and old tools. If you show good knowledge in areas specified in the job spec and a real desire to learn, they will take you in. Overlooking experience, background.

    Cons

    -lots of time spent on support duty (with terrible equipment) -extremely rare to use a new tool or framework -felt like no design patterns were ever mentioned apart from OOP -weirdo CEO -located in Oldham -low pay -poor benefits -no flexibility in type of work you do

    Web Applications UK2019-05-28
  4. Helpful (8)

    "A great place to work . . . if you don't any know better."

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    Former Employee - One Job, Many Roles in Oldham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * They do their best to look after their staff making it a fun and comfortable place to work especially for the younger staff members. Over the last couple of years, multiple benefits and initiatives have been brought in to ensure staff members are well looked after, both physically and mentally. * Friday afternoons are dedicated to Professional Development which often involves training courses run by the more experienced...

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    Cons

    * Salary rates are far behind the industrial average, the flashy benefits they pride themselves on are designed to draw in young, inexperienced engineers on lower than expected salaries. * There’s a lot of micromanagement in the day to day running of the company where the office manager rules with an iron fist. Miss one minute on your timesheet, one step of a process or just generally catch her in a bad mood and you’ll...

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    Advice to Management

    Learn to appreciate experience an the value it can have within the company rather than being completely focused on hiring cheap engineers.

    Web Applications UK2019-03-04
  5. Helpful (75)

    "I can see nothing has changed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oldham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * Nice building * Friendly people (some) * Good training opportunities * Good transport links and some good perks

    Cons

    * Tech stack from the last century * Abusive arbitrary and controlling management * Never seems to gain new customers only loses them * Feels like you have joined a cult * No career opportunities other than leaving

    Advice to Management

    I came here to post this after seeing the Twitter thing about that woman who was abused in an interview. I wanted people to know that everything she said was true. There is one massive elephant in the room and it is a really big elephant - that elephant is the CEO who seems to delight in putting down staff and destroying their aspirations. Sack him and watch your company fly.

    Web Applications UK2019-02-01
  6. Helpful (7)

    "Not a great career start."

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    Former Employee - Developer in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are wonderful people here Free perks Staff outings Office has pool table and nice breakout area Great colleagues with genuine passion for what they do

    Cons

    Micromanagement and control! Old tech still predominant, but changing slowly. As a first job can really alter your perspective about how you expect the industry to be.

    Advice to Management

    It is a strange place to work. Having a new job I can see this now. Your place was the first I worked at and you almost destroyed my confidence enough to make me feel like this was how it was everywhere. It is not. Not everyone here is bad most are amazing and I only hope they will find better things. Consider a new chief exec.

    Web Applications UK2019-03-10
  7. Helpful (22)

    "Double edged sword"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Oldham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most of the staff are very nice to work with and I enjoyed most of my time here. The benefits are reasonable, having free drinks in the office is nice and often understated what such a simple thing can do. The training budget for each employee is also reasonable and can be used on most things as long as it has demonstrable outputs (like certifications). Most people will be more than happy to help you when asked. Social...

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    Cons

    The salary is not particularly competitive. There can be quite a large emphasis placed on time allocation ensuring that all time is logged against something relevant, this can often lead to a feeling amongst staff that they are constantly being scrutinised which is not great for morale. Occasional weekend work whilst communicated before accepting the job is still not always ideal. There are some conflicts of interest...

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    Advice to Management

    Improve your salary offering to attract better staff. Stop the CEO from being a part of the interview process as his interview style is not even close to being appropriate. Ensure that the CEO is placed on some sort of management and sensitivity training course as he appears to be either unaware or simply doesn't care how his actions affect his candidates and subordinates.

    Web Applications UK2019-02-06
  8. Helpful (63)

    "Industrial Placement Year"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    For an Industrial Placement this is the place to be as you will learn so much from your time there especially in regards to things like the workplace environment, time management, problem solving and technical development. The people there are extremely helpful and friendly and you will get settled very quickly. Culture and Values rated at a 5 simply because the company ethos is discussed on a weekly basis and gets...

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    Cons

    For continued employment I don't feel this is a good fit as the majority of the software developers are now placement students. When I started there was a good proportion of placement staff to full-timers which allowed each student to have a buddy-mentor for the year but now some are having to have more than one placement student to mentor as the ratio is off. Career opportunities rated at 3 due to the heavy use legacy...

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    Advice to Management

    Senior Management rated at a 3 because the directors are simply brilliant and do try to go out of their way to help you whenever they can. The CEO on the other hand needs to further develop his interpersonal skills and try to avoid coming across in such a way that at times could be seen as borderline workplace bullying. We got frequently told to not hold back and speak up whenever we didn't agree with something that...

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    Web Applications UK2016-10-11

    Web Applications UK Response

    November 25, 2016Chief Executive

    Hi anonymous, thank you for your feedback, I do read each one and we discuss it together as a team. We do encourage staff to socialise, particularly industrial placements, as we passionately believe in learning from one another, and it’s vital IPs use their time with us to build ...

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  9. Helpful (17)

    "Much better than average!"

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    Former Employee - Developer in Oldham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company is based on really good principles and there is a great deal of effort made to develop its' employees. The offices are light and spacious with great facilities and you do feel they want to provide the latest and greatest software and hardware to work with. You get to work in teams and individually, which helps you develop your interpersonal skills, with access to training. There is access to tea/coffee/cereal...

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    Cons

    There does not seem to be many people with a lot of experience in the core/historical systems, which can be stressful for newbies. I did feel like I was surrounded constantly by new staff and very few long term staff - the ones there are are very supportive however! I will not labor the points made in previous reviews, they speak for themselves and are factual.

    Advice to Management

    Keep developing talent, I did appreciate my time there. Pay is below everywhere else, perhaps address that - I would have considered staying but for this.

    Web Applications UK2016-12-28
  10. Helpful (9)

    "Culture of learning, growth and innovation"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oldham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Web Applications UK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly, helpful and willing to get stuck in. Web Applications is a company that encourages employees to learn, grow and become better developers. Everyone gets a say in how a particular development should be undertaken through the Solutions Stand up. Soft drinks and coffee are free for everyone to help themselves, plus there's a breakfast bar which includes cereals, bagels and toast - so no excuses for...

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    Cons

    Can't think of too many as usually when conflict arises, it is dealt with in a quick and reasonable manner. The solutions stand up could do with some fine tuning to ensure that everyone gets a say and that we don't spend too long discussing cases in too much detail.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in young people and helping developed the careers of talented developers.

    Web Applications UK2016-12-03
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