IG Group
3.3 of 5 27 reviews
www.iggroup.com London, United Kingdom 500 to 999 Employees

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Learning experience but increasingly bureaucratic

Technical Team Lead (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

ProsSome excellent tech people working here that you can really learn from.

Fast career development up to team lead due to very fast turnover of the better tech people.

Good offices. Good social scene. Work is genuinely fun.

ConsSenior management very out of touch with the jobs people are doing.

The release procedure belongs in about 1998. Takes until 8am quite regularly and you have to stay up all night to do it. Of course people make mistakes having been up all night and it frequently goes wrong. Releases are only monthly because the procedure is so painful. There are some efforts to fix this but bureaucracy slows everything down and it is still very far from best practice.

Not really embracing Agile. Eg, QA is a separate team, there aren't members of QA on a project team. Some QA is outsourced to India but for every pound it saves two are wasted on the inevitable misunderstanding that result from QA being 4,000 miles away and not sitting in any of the meetings. It is quite common to get into the office and spend your first two hours explaining why the bugs raised by India QA are based on misunderstandings of the solution rather than actual defects.

Business managers who oversee tech projects don't really make the decisions, they just try to sit inbetween do-ers and deciders. This makes for some very weird Chinese whisper type conversations. The company recognised this but their solution was insane - more project managers so that now there is an extra link in the Chinese whispers chain.

A lot of work is little more than vanity projects designed to make somebody senior feel special because he gets to sign some big cheques. These projects are always arranged so that reliable metrics on their effectiveness can not be gathered.

Projects started without knowing what the project is for. A purpose gets bolted on later.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou must know who the under-performers are in senior management. Get rid and replace with competent people. Empower teams. Don't talk about "innovation" as some mysterious abstract quality - actually foster innovation.

Turnover in IT is a big problem. It is just masked because the worse tech people stay for a long time. You're losing the best people because they can easily move on.

Let the people making the software talk directly to the people who want it to be made instead of jumping through so many weird hoops.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work with.

    Developer (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

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


    Pros: Good work and good package if you negotiate proper.. Cons: In India people are not aware of company. So please… Advice to Senior Management: Be aggressive.. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    7.5/10 - Work here but not for long. Stepping stone company for the young ambitious type.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at IG Group full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: People work together and are very lovely to work with. Advanced tech. Medium to fair salary. IG… Cons: Redundancies made but some middle managers remain. Costing the company 250k a year in salary etc.per person. Possibly a further round of redundancies needed… Advice to Senior Management: Sort out the end of year appraisal system. It's currently a joke. There is also less than zero career development paths… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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