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Shockingly poor management and lots of politics.

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

I worked at Sky full-time (More than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Interesting projects, some really good people, great perks, agile software development and a great brand to have on your CV.

Cons

Really poor people management, some of the worst managers I've ever come across particularly in the technology division. Very political as an organisation with people spending more time fighting each other than the competitors.

Some of the guys who run the technology division are simply there to feather their own nests and fret more about how they look in front of the boss rather than delivering some real value. My advice is go find another company if you can. Having 2 years of employment at Sky is no bad thing but don't think you'll enjoy that 2 years.

A HR dept that does god knows what! Probably the worst HR dept known to man.

Advice to Management

Get a grip on some of the people you've employed in senior positions. I would fundamentally think about whether there is the right senior team in place to run the business and create a place that is happy.

I hate to say it but the current culture and behaviours need to be completely binned and started again. Your current financial results mean you can get away with it for now, but do you really have an innovation engine that will keep the results going for the next 5, 10 or 15 years?

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  1. Helpful (8)

    You might want to try it ... but not for too long

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Sky full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * good benefits
    * good on CV
    * great colleagues
    * interesting projects (if you're lucky)
    * flexible working time (if you're lucky)
    * not that bad pay

    Cons

    * lack of technical direction
    * CYA change management
    * blame culture
    * silosed teams
    * useless HR
    * high stress environment
    * constant political games
    * clueless senior management
    * unrealistic project timelines
    * company run by beancounters
    * repeatedly poor internal survey scores for management
    * good people are quite often staying only because of current lack of opportunities somewhere else

    Advice to Management

    Change. Empower people. Start thinking about more than short-term budget targets. And actually try to make it 'Great place to work' (instead of pretending).


  2. Great place to work, big company, excellent environment and people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Livingston, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Livingston, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Sky full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with the media coolness effect but in the technology department it is very professional and well organised, with dedicated employees ready to help. Work/life balance environment is very good too with decent working hours, paid overtime and standard 25days holidays. You do get free Sky+HD subscription, which is always a plus! There are loads of opportunities to evolve as it's a large company with lots systems/departments.

    Cons

    Well if you're not into sports like me, it's problematic as we have TVs everywhere and every cricket/F1/football game is on!


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