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Paddy Power Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2014
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3.1 31 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

Paddy Power Chairman and CEO Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy

(16 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Hard work, but good rewards and beginning to get their heads around career plans

    Trader (Current Employee) Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    ProsPaddy Power are growing at a rate of knots and it is only recently that the career progression and training process has improved, but it's improved beyond recognition. If you work hard here and are prepared to sacrifice then you will get on.

    ConsLeadership can be cumbersome and there is a long bedding in period before you start earning decent money. Forget about work-life balance if you want to succeed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCarry on along the recent path and create more defined career paths for employees. Consider more cross-promotion and inter-departmental secondments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Generally very good

    Area Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsVibrant organisation, exciting and fresh approach - autonomy to explore

    ConsNew management values and authoritarian approach to leadership

    Advice to Senior ManagementAbsorb all experiences, great financial perks and benefits. Too many impulsive decisions that unfortunately drove away good people at all levels, however overall a great opportunity to gain experience.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun, fast and good people

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    ProsGet to work with latest technology. Can influence technology decisions. Really good people and atmosphere. Feel like part of a team and brand as oppose to just working for one.

    ConsSeems to be a lot of politics. Feels like senior management doesn't make decisive calls. Canteen can be expensive, doesn't appear to be subsidised enough? Lots of secrecy around pay and reward with large differences even between team members.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore transparency around pay and reward. Stop the "us vs. them" bickering between teams / floors.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent start to my career, but I had to move on to make the next big step.

    Product Manager (Former Employee) Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    ProsOverall, Paddy Power is a great place to work.

    Salaries are only okay but bonuses are good for those wiling to set proper targets and work hard to achieve them.

    Technology wise, they are leaders in their industry and chances are you will get to work on or influence some really interesting products. Given the nature of the business you will get to see the impact your work has almost instantly which can be very satisfying.

    There are some excellent people you will get to work with and they are more than willing to share their knowledge to help you grow.

    Facilities in head office are good. Offices are kinda modern, a good staff rec room and shower facilities. There is a staff restaurant that also includes a pretty good coffee counter.

    Office is located right beside the UCD campus so if you wander out at lunch time you'll be sure to take in some pretty good eye candy.

    For someone willing to apply themselves, work hard and show an interest in what they are doing, Paddy Power will provide some very rewarding work and offer you a chance to grow you and your career.

    ConsAnnual pay reviews are very poor, the system they are attempting to move to more reflects public sector benchmarking and does not reflect individual performance fairly. When I stated my dissatisfaction in my last year and asked for a 2nd review, my request was met however it took 4 months to get it through all the hoops which have formed over the last few years. So, unless you are willing to voice your case and push and push and push some more, you won't go far up the pay scale.

    Communication between business and development has become very poor and sometimes it can feel more like a battle than a collaboration.

    There is a lot of politics, backstabbing and gossiping. I have seen first hand some of the most incredibly talented staff being slated just because they do not confirm or try to bend rules. However this is the exception and not the rule. So, unless you have a thick skin you could easily get upset or offended.

    Although there is a staff restaurant, it can be very pricy. If you were to get breakfast, lunch and a coffee or two each day, you'd expect to spent €10 - €12.

    Dealing with the Design department is possibly the most frustrating thing I have every had to do in my life (and I have kids!). They are wrapped in ridiculous processes which they are completely unwilling to change or bend, even if it benefits all parties and customers.

    Public praise is little or none. If you are happy knowing you have done a good job this could be good but if you are someone that needs praise for that boost to kick you into your next project you won't get it here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTurf the new pay scale process and reward people fairly based on their performance. Someone who is excellent at their job should get an excellent pay review. Someone who is terrible at their job and shows no signs of trying to improve should get a befitting pay review. Paddy Power is not a public sector company and should not try to copy some of their methods.

    Have a look at how Design is run, it will result in giving designer the scope to produce better quality work, more efficient deadline tracking and space for late requests (very important considering the industry dynamics).

    Have a look at the structure of the staff restaurant. A company should not be paying a what PP does per year and still have staff paying €5 for a basic meal. Nowadays (and with profit that PP is turning) it should be a given that staff get free or properly subsidised food.

    Do more for staff welfare. There are some staff members who have very serious gambling problems that go unnoticed for years. I have witnessed people on the phone in the car park crying, to people living on noodles for 3 weeks because they burned through their salary within a week of pay day. I'm not sure how this can be done but it is a widespread problem within the company that needs the attention it has never received.

    HR feels like a distant department and in over 6 years I never once had the feeling they were there for me. They are slow to respond to queries and too fond of brushing people off with a standard response, which a lot of the time does not answer the question.

    Praise staff when they do something good. Make a big deal out of it when someone spots a mistake that saves 10k, have a few beers on a Friday afternoon when you've had a good week to say thanks (not an ice cream truck).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice enough people, fairly bland atmosphere despite corporate organized events.

    Quantitative Analyst (Former Employee) Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    ProsThe office in Clonskeagh is nice, coworkers are either average or above average in quality for the most part.

    ConsPlenty of conflict and politics between different business divisions trying to expand their influence. IT resources can be slow to respond and are overworked. Culture of in early / leave late in many areas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet back the feeling from when the company was located in Tallaght!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Long hours, no breaks. A lot of night work.

    Trader (Current Employee) Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    ProsFriendly young workforce. Plenty of room to move up.

    ConsLong hours, no breaks. A lot of night work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great and fun place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExtremely dynamic, flexible in terms of hours, demanding during busy time and relaxing during non busy times.
    Full agile company.

    ConsNo particular cons in working here, maybe I would increase the number of trainings

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place For Learning Opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLively and friendly environment, many learning opportunities

    ConsEver-changing organisational structure, transitional and fluid

    Advice to Senior ManagementImproving employee engagement is key

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cool company, very dynamic

    Senior Developer (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsNice environment, company in growth

    ConsA bit disorganised, some problems in make IT infrastructure working properly

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs far as I saw, the management was doing thing properly. No advice

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Most the time it is an enjoyable place to work

    Senior Cashier (Current Employee) Reading, England (UK)

    ProsThe pay is very good compared to all other bookmakers

    ConsThe shifts can be very long , sometimes i do 14 hr days. The customers can also be very rude when they are losing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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