Betfair Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
91 Reviews

2.8
91 Reviews
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Betfair CEO Breon Corcoran
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good people, great office in a decent location, ample staff perks (in 5 reviews)

  • There are some great people to work with (not always easy to find though (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • takes too long to get anything done, too much turnover amongst senior members of staff and therefore no clear direction (in 5 reviews)

  • the lack of work - life balance, extremely long hours and high expectations (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    OK

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    you learn new things about the industry

    Cons

    a bit full of itself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you are a sport betting company not Google

  2.  

    Breakthrough technology, high growth, hit plateau

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great gambling company. Was on great track in USA

    Cons

    Now off track in USA

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Do not recommend

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Betfair

    Pros

    Good location
    Causal environment, you can wear jeans at work everyday if you are the 'blue' fan
    Various snack, wine and beer
    Certain senior management are really good hits.
    Have good opportunities to learn new things.
    Business and product has good system knowledge.

    Cons

    Too much politics, it can be very difficult to work sometimes.
    Less vision and inexperienced in regarding to technology.
    Hardworking taken granted.
    benefits only sound great as in the ad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be brave to appreciate your employee.
    Do not hesitate to get rid of bad people.
    Be fair and discipline the troublemaker.
    Your employee need to live their life, work and life balance. Do not take granted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Betfair's development office in San Francisco is a very friendly environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Betfair

    Pros

    The people are friendly and are willing to help others to be successful as well.

    Cons

    Due to the chaos (like any other start-up environment), getting some answers to issues are a bit delayed at times....but will be received evidently.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I love my job and the people I work with

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Betfair

    Pros

    Betfair is by far the best place I've ever worked for. There's a lot of opportunity to learn new things and the compensation is competitive. The people are very professional and management is on top of things. You should try to work here... if you can get in lol

    Cons

    Management was trying to hire very rapidly and in the process they hired a few bad apples, but these people didn't last, you have to know your stuff to be last here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people on a contract-to-hire basis so you can get rid of them quickly if it don't work out. Don't hire FTE off the bat.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, process and investment in technology.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Betfair

    Pros

    The company is growing fast in San Francisco, picking up more and more talented people. It is a good chance to work with a company that has the look and feel of a start- up with international a foot print.
    Betfair has a great product and will change to face to the betting industry in the US.

    Cons

    As like many fast growing technology companies some of the managers needs some work on the basic skills of managing people.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great opportunity for growth and challenge while at the same time making a difference with an exciting mission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Betfair

    Pros

    Openness, willingness to do the right thing, challenge, mission, scale, experience, people, excitement. It's got good bones and huge potential.

    Cons

    Company has grown very quickly and it needs to rationalise performance levels across the group

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the easy things are too hard - we need more of the basics polished.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolutely no strategic direction...

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Betfair

    Pros

    If the US online gaming market ever opens, a sports exchange will be a next top ten online consumer product.

    Cons

    Until then - just another company trying to make a penny by chasing Zynga.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Differentiate yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not recommended

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Betfair

    Pros

    Good location in SF; decent pay

    Cons

    Betfair US is not a place I can recommend. Senior IT management is incompetent. Opportunities for growth are not as good as you might expect in a large global company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Telebroker,on course market opps,Betfair education and customer recruiting at live events

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    Former Employee - Telebroker  in  Stevenage, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Telebroker in Stevenage, England (UK)

    I worked at Betfair full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Enjoyed the variety working for other departments,even if it did mean doing 70+ hours a week. Fellow telebrokers were willing to swap shifts with me to enable me to carry out duties for other departments

    Cons

    The challenges were mainly having to cope with the majority of middle managers who were absolutely clueless,and in most cases useless. I encountered at least 10 in my time (mainly because of the different departments i worked for),MOST appeared to have been employed ONLY on who they knew rather than what they knew!! I was there in the pre-flotation days,and although Betfair made profits in those days,those profits were a LOT LESS than they should have been due to CLOWNS at the top. I was mainly in Stevenage where the director was about as much use as using a hockey stick to return a Nadal serve!! A departmental manager once told me 'We pulled the wool over her eyes left,right and centre' The result was the employment of more 'yes' people who were of little use in driving the company forward and were just an unnecessary expense. In my early working years (not in the betting industry) I was told by the oldboy of my department that a person at the top won't employ someone better than him/her because they will be a threat,so he employs someone not as good as him. That next person does the same and so one,resulting in a dilution of talent from the top downwards. That was Stevenage to a tee and from what I saw at Hammersmith it looked similar there. Those sort of frustrations were evident in at lest 3 very talented and knowlegdeable people leaving. As I am still in contact with ex colleagues I have learnt that a lot of those 'managers' I described were dispensed with,so it appears I was not the only person who saw them as a problem. Alas one of two managed to avoid the axe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can't really advise as it is 4 years since I left. The advice i would've given the day I left appears to have been carried out,namely getting rid of a lot of rubbish

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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