Sophos – Abingdon, England
We are looking for a Senior QA Engineer to strengthen our team ensuring the superior quality of our content data that is used by our products to… Sophos
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I have been working at Sophos full-time (More than 8 years)
Sophos is definitely on the rise after a tough few years. There's a renewed vigour, and some innovation. Bonuses are being paid out again and some salaries being addressed although a little too slow for some. The office has had a revamp and is now far more colourful, with great break out areas. Great facilities, and some very good events including Christmas party, go-karting in the car park and the "spam & lettuce" pub on Friday evenings. So of the "old school" are complaining it's not like it used to be, but that's actually a positive. For several years it was over cautious to the point of nearly standing still. The new CEO (well he's been here several years already :) ) has brought in some good quality senior managers and has real ambition for the company.
For those of us who've been here a long time, salaries have declined in real terms but for many this is beginning to be addressed (although not for me yet, but that's for a different reason). Sometimes engineering can still be over cautious, and over analyse everything to the point where it's difficult to get things done but that's a hang over from how the founders ran it.
Advice to Management
Keep focussed, don't try to do too many things at the same time, focus on the key strategic developments and do them well.