Betfair
3.2 of 5 73 reviews
www.betfair.com London, United Kingdom 1000 to 5000 Employees

Betfair Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated Mar 18, 2014
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31% Approve of the CEO

Betfair CEO Breon Corcoran

Breon Corcoran

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59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Fast paced, challenging and exciting

Director of Technology (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Betfair full-time for more than 5 years

ProsNot afraid to embrace new technology. Lots of great people, very friendly working atmosphere. In Betfair there is always something to learn and always someone able and willing to teach.

ConsBetfair isn't for everyone, it is a fast pace environment with lots of change. To succeed at Betfair you need to flexible and don't be afraid to ask everyone is willing to help, but are probably too busy to notice you need help unless you ask for it.

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

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It was very short as Betfair was going through a period of downsizing

CRM Manager (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsThe people where quite friendly and the culture is relaxed.

ConsDuring the specific period, I felt there was no clear structure or career path. Also there was a lack of communication between upper management and the rest of the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to empower people, share your plans and vision in a clear and honest way.

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

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The Boat Is Sinking

Customer Service Agent (Current Employee)
Stevenage, England (UK)

I have been working at Betfair full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood hard working and Intelligent People

ConsToo many managers:Too much politics:No promotion prospects:

Advice to Senior ManagementYou are dealing with people - not robots::

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

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Great place to work

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

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

ProsSuper intelligent people, you can learn a lot, great platform and good technology mix. Very open environment, free beer on fridays

ConsCommercial pressures, more jobs cut, lack of general direction, less activity now a days generally compared to competition

Advice to Senior ManagementNot sure

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Good money, bad management, gave up on investing in technology and technologists

Tester (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsBetfair used to pay well, without actually knowing what their employees actually did day to day, as middle management was so dysfunctional.

ConsNo longer a technology company - as stated by the new ex-Sportsbook CEO. Now only focused on outsourcing IT to cheaper countries and to a bunch of bad TCL programmers (the latter also slavishly used by the non-tech bookie competition: William Hill and Paddy Power).

Advice to Senior ManagementIt was technology that made Betfair unique in the betting industry, so use it to innovate and build long term value. Copying William Hill and outsourcing everything possible to goose share prices isn't going to create any loyalty from your (former) customers.

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

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Lack of direction and terrible morale.

CRM (Former Employee)
Hammersmith, England (UK)

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

ProsSome good people, good location. Some intelligent members of staff.

ConsMiddle management too often take credit for other peoples ideas. No career progression. Intelligent staff have to leave to get recognition. Lack of direction from above. Morale among staff sunk to unrecognisable levels in my last year there, resulting in a mass exodus. The Betfair product itself has lost its identity.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the talent in the company rather than the huge number of middle management types. Current culture stifles innovation.

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

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Strong product, interesting projects, but too many cooks at mid-management.

Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
Hammersmith, England (UK)

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

Pros* Love gambling? So does everyone else.
* Several satellite offices -- malta, dublin, gibraltar -- together with conference season, means that if you have the appetite for travel and regular social outings, you'll get this in a career with Betfair.
* You're never standing still, drama and change is always around the corner. For the good or bad.

Cons* Too many managers, not enough executors.
* "Flavour of the month initiatives" means considerable effort sunk into the whim of a director, that are quickly forgotten within the month, suck up everyones time and make zero impact on the business.

Advice to Senior ManagementFire the dinosaurs. Hire more Junior to Mid Execs to execute smaller relevant projects. Too many managers sitting around slides and discussing initiatives to death, that they don't have the capacity to execute.

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

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Embryonic in terms of corporate structure.

Security (Former Employee)
Hammersmith, England (UK)

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

ProsGreat working environment, with some really talented people working there. Cutting edge IT is some areas, with the focus on technology.

ConsPoor understanding and pursuit of processes - Needed to become accustomed to implementing change control across Dev, Staging & Prod areas rather than just Prod. Senior (Exec) management out of touch and arrogant.

Advice to Senior ManagementBecome a process driven, change controlled organisation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Once revolutionary, now struggling with direction

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Betfair full-time for more than 5 years

Prosgood people, great office in a decent location, ample staff perks

Constakes too long to get anything done, too much turnover amongst senior members of staff and therefore no clear direction

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's a gambling company first and foremost, technology second.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Enthusiasm wanes to corporate monotony

Senior Technical Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsThe product is still (kind of) interesting / cool / leading

Compensation is quite strong

ConsPolitical

Really bad management

Far too many ill thought out JFDI projects

Staff morale is really low

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication from CEO level is quite good but from the levels below that it is virtually non-existent. Massively demotivating for staff

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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