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Helpful (1)

Technically very strong, antiquated development practices

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)

I have been working at Sophos

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great building
Passionate development community
Awesome (free) coffee
Buns and fruit at 10:30
drying room
shower facilities
security overlooked bike racks
convertible parking

Cons

Devs work with their hands tied - no training, no respect and no investment.
Banks of hardware on peoples desks rather than a VM Farm ?
Devs managing and maintaining some critical and some backup systems because they don't trust IT to have the skills or the turn around to respond to requests of the systems
Sophos spends much time and effort on managing bugs rather than fixing them
People considered and always referred to as 'resources'
Underlying feeling of chat over coffee as frowned upon therefore to be cut to a minimum
Time is money.
Very little socialising after work - which is indicative of the shallow relationships of your team.

Advice to Management

No Christmas parties, no summer parties, a few chosen ones get together for a day to build a go-carte? That's not Team building. £10 per person per month for team building - which managers are enthusiastically encouraged NOT to spend.
You have development managers who need to be extracted and have some time and money invested in their understanding of what is becoming standard practice in development. You employ the cream of the crop and then watch them die on the fine.
Salesperson of the month gets a prime parking space - and what motivators for developers? To be enthusiastically encouraged to work 20 hrs a day to meet Release Candidate deadlines and for what? Pizza? PLEASE.
Information sharing has no forum unless instigated and marketed by some altruistic soul. dev-chat forum ("has anyone experienced this bug in VMWaren.n") is not an alternative to a formal information sharing process.
Ask a lowly #1 Engineer to request a file to be recovered from a backup and see how long it takes IT to satisfy that req - they refuse to put in an SLA for a reason.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    A company with a very strong emphasis on sales, little emphasis on anything else.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Abingdon, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Abingdon, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sophos

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Free cakes at 10!
    - Free coffee that's very good
    - Good canteen
    - The Abingdon HQ is very modern

    Cons

    - Lots of managerial red tape. To work here, you need to enjoy attending countless hours of meetings where nothing gets decided. This of course means that you end up spending more time in more meetings!
    - Distinct lack of promotional opportunities.
    - Development practices are lagging behind the rest of the industry.
    - Engineering doesn't play 2nd fiddle, we play the viola. Everything revolves around sales, and as a result our products are designed to maximize short term returns.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management at Sophos need to have a better grasp of the security industry, and the direction they wish the take the company in. They need to make a decision, and stick with it. Ping-ponging development teams from one office to another, does nothing to inspire confidence in senior management!

  2. One of the great ones.

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Sophos

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great, focus, great products. Well capitalized and nimble enough for a mid-size organization. Increasingly market focused since moving global marketing function to the US.

    Cons

    Significantly smaller (capitalization, sales) vs. competitors, less brand awareness so more of an uphill sales battle. Company is still heavily driven by endpoint products.

    Advice to Management

    I greatly admire your singular focus on enterprise security, and attempts at product convergence in terms of user experience. Perception is slowly changing for the better (less academic, more nimble), so keep it up!

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