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Good as at the very beginning or the very end of your career.

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Former Employee - Java Developer  in  London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Java Developer in London, England (UK)

I worked at IG Group full-time for more than a year

Pros

Great company culture, relaxed environment, not too stressful.
I met very great and experienced people ready to share experiences and have the occasional beer.
I think it's a great place to have a first exposure to a "big" company, without the stress that usually comes to it: very recent technologies, good developing best-practices, agile environment.
A great place to do a Graduate Scheme and have that first step into Finance.

Also, IG would be a great place if you are looking for a technical position that won't stress you, 9am-6pm, fairly incremental work.

Cons

After a while, you can learn something new only if you try really hard. The source of innovation comes more from the minds of bright employees that strive for improvements than from Management or the Company in general.

Also, it feels like IG is becoming more and more corporate by the day, and this transition is not being handled as smoothly as it could. I guess this will settle down, in time, but right now things change every day, not necessarily in coherent directions, and this leaves employes wondering what is the "bigger picture", if there is one.

Salaries not very competitive, for City standards.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Organize resources better, value the work of your younger employees (grads, juniors): it's a waste of time if after spending one or two years training them, they just leave for another place and you have to start all over.
Also, coordinate the communication between teams and departments better.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Learning experience but increasingly bureaucratic

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

    I worked at IG Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some 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.

    Cons

    Senior 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work with.

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    Current Employee - Developer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Developer in 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 develop a better india website... So that people can join..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aggressive..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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