Avaloq Reviews in Edinburgh, Scotland

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software driven company with good growth prospects

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Avaloq full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Full of skilled and motivated people
    Half flex-time, core hours 10-4 but can be switched around in the week
    Company spends a lot of effort in the beginning on training, even including a few weeks at the head office in Zurich
    Software development is the core business, so opportunities for promotion in technical roles e.g. senior developer or software architect
    New office: raise-able desks to standing height (big plus in a desk-job profession), pool table in common area and expensive coffee machines
    At present the company has very good prospects, a lot of sales successes and a lot of future work and business to come.

    Cons

    40 hour working week, bit high for Edinburgh, though flexi-time does mitigate this somewhat (in any other job you'd work extra hours at times without being able to get it back the next day)
    Swiss culture takes some time getting used to. Google translate often needed for German/French/Spanish issues/specifications etc.
    Overall benefits are good but pay for Edinburgh is a bit flat. Company seems to just try and meet "market rate".

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Friendly, helpful company culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Avaloq full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very open and friendly culture. Almost everyone at all levels is very happy to provide help and answer questions on their area of expertise.

    A lot of tooling is made in-house, and thus well adapted to its specific job.

    Fairly flat management structure, and lots of opportunity for contact with both direct management and higher levels.

    Open and honest feedback is welcomed - and encouraged - in all directions.

    Company seems quite good at and used to managing and adapting to change.

    There is a procedure for everything.

    Cons

    Management have a habit of keeping information about upcoming changes secret, even when there is no reason to do so.

    A lot of tooling is made in-house, and thus can be wonky.

    Multi-site development is quite new to Avaloq, so it is still in the process of feeling out the best way to handle this in terms of organisational structures, reporting paths, etc..

    There is a procedure for everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organisation of multi-site development still needs work.

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  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic people and culture, often mind-numbing work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    * Friendly, relaxed, helpful, happy work environment
    * Young, intelligent, vibrant colleagues
    * Fantastic facilities and frequent events
    * Flexible working hours and casual dress code
    * Opportunities to travel
    * Opportunities for training

    Cons

    * Code is nasty to work with (PL/SQL, severe code bloat, confusing architecture)
    * Restricted and unfamiliar development environment
    * Difficult to transfer skills from outwith Avaloq
    * Many in-house products, tools & practices which need to be learned
    * Heavy Swiss influence (culture clash, language barrier, long working hours)
    * Interesting projects not available to everyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Main advice: Standardise and Simplify.

    Stop using dodgy in-house products to solve your problems (Ice, Abacus, IssueTool...) and start using community standards (Eclipse, Subversion, Jira...). You will spend a lot less time training employees, many of these products are free, and employees will be happier because they are using/gaining transferable skills. They will also be much more productive.

    On a similar note, stop using PL/SQL and your in-house scripting & mark-up languages - migrate to simpler and smarter Object Oriented languages with supported frameworks for working with large databases (Java, C#, Python, XML, Spring, Hibernate). Follow good software engineering practice and separate the front end, the middleware, and the back end to build a top product. The design is essentially there (clear components and business types), it just needs to be mapped to a new platform.

    I would estimate that the lines of code could be reduced by as much as 80% (yes, that much!), and the time spent on maintenance and training could also be reduced by the same percentage. It would make a huge difference to the maintainability of the product, and would be simple to do as the product is already designed with object orientation in mind (obj, doc, doc tabs, etc). It would allow everyone to be a generalist, rather than having everyone being a specialist in their area, which would make every software engineer significantly more productive (and happy!).

    If these changes were made, I could probably work there forever.

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    Good place to work with lots of young people

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Avaloq full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Spent 2 months for training
    - Paid trip, team building and training Zurich HQ
    - Young people with lots of energy to work
    - New offices
    - Possible travelling for business

    Cons

    - Swiss work ethic which differs from what you are used to
    - Yearly assessment for bonus and raise

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