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Sky Reviews in London, England

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
94 Reviews
3.6
94 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • A very professional company which pays well and offers great benefits for all staff (in 18 reviews)

  • Decent corporate environment, free Sky, good work/life balance, can progress depending on department (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • shift work - work-life balance non existent but they are working on it (in 11 reviews)

  • The senior management don't really know what life is like in front of customers or at the coal face (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    An agile company, but they can still improve.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    work/life balanced, interesting tech talks, good benefits

    Cons

    architects not always present in a team thus the code quality could be improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    sky - great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sky

    Pros

    career development and benefits are great

    Cons

    not a city based company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Sky Network Services: Good overall, but in decline

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Java Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Java Developer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sky full-time

    Pros

    Agile environment
    Not high pressure
    Reasonable amount of freedom on technology choices

    Cons

    A cull of contractors has meant that senior perm developers have left too
    Agile development environment, but working within waterfall project management
    Tech debt is sidelined despite it adding significant cost to new projects and operations
    Some vanity projects that cannot be killed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pause for a breath and make the existing systems more maintainable where possible, and rewrite where not

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    A challenging and satisfying environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head of Department in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Head of Department in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sky full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sky is very competitive when it comes to salary and benefits. Being a strong personality is often rewarded. Sky is a very relationship based organisation, where you effectiveness is often dictated by your relationships with others versus a rigid structure. Most of the time, work-life balance can be achieved and there are often opportunities to grow beyond you specialist area if you seek them out.

    Cons

    Sky can chew you up and spit you out if you let it. It can be very demanding and at times, if you are in a position of responsibility, it can be very stressful. Sometimes Sky can run afoul of big corporate culture and inefficiency, where there are 5 times as many people to do something than needed. Sometimes you can be shocked about how simple things can be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Because it is such a relationship based organisation, sometimes there is a resistance to change, even when it is obvious that individuals aren't the right fit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Growing employer, good name to have on CV

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Researcher in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Researcher in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sky full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice buildings, nice people although I guess it depends on your department

    Cons

    Constant regular job freezes over the years.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    An excellent place to work with plenty of opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Producer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Producer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Sky

    Pros

    A positive and friendly working environment with the opportunity to work with, and learn from some of the best in the business. Sky encourage a competitive approach to working which drives staff to consistently produce the best work possible.

    The opportunity to work on some high profile content and given the creative freedom to produce original and compelling TV. In an industry where people move around a lot, it's easy to see why people stay at Sky for years.

    Cons

    As with any big company, politics play a large part. In such a creative industry, Sky sometimes struggle to take a meritocratic approach. A culture of nepotism is rife and promising talent is often overlooked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire top graduates from relevant university degrees who have a passion and drive to work in the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good environment for developers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Lots of interesting projects, canteen, benifits

    Cons

    Difficult to progress
    Just do it management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company but too much politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sky full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's a fair amount of good technical people working there and the opportunities to move between teams around the company are really good.

    Cons

    The pay isn't great and trying to get an increase is like getting blood out of a stone! Sometime there's not enough good work to do, and the office politics is a bit much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people decide how to run their teams, don't interfere with Agile.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Sky Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good, friendly culture
    Projects tend to be well funded - capex is not an issue
    Good canteen
    Work unchallenging

    Cons

    Work unchallenging if not working on a pet project
    Prioritisation of projects is poor
    Massive duplication across the business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Assaulted on the job and no one did anything

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Sky as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the people I worked with I really liked working with and I enjoyed my role until the assault.

    Cons

    When a fellow contractor assaulted me, I think the people who should have acted might have been too young and inexperienced to know how to deal with this appropriately, or even worried their own performance might have been scrutinised as I had already reported there were serious issues before the assault happened. The "solution" I got was termination of my contract because I'd "breached" it for leaving the premises in work time – never mind that I'd left those very premises to escape someone assaulting me, eh?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the diversity of your workforce right across your corporation, because the section I was in, I was one of the oldest people there... and I was only 37 at the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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