Sky Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
206 Reviews
3.3
206 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good company atmosphere, Great benefits, including a good work-life balance (in 17 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Work-life balance can be a challenge due to shift work at lower levels (in 9 reviews)

  • Mixed unclear messages from senior management (in 14 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    very good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sky

    Pros

    best benefit and friendly environment
    people here are all very nice
    good place to improve yourself

    Cons

    Failure of another team is seen as a success of the other

  2.  

    Innovative, fast paced and complex.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant
    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant

    I have been working at Sky full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people, good career progression if you drive it

    Cons

    Too hierarchical and too political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent and flexible

    Recommends
  3.  

    Amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Executive
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Executive

    I have been working at Sky part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good and inspiring colleagues to work with, nice pay for the hard work.
    Everyone helps to improve and achieve our goals.

    Cons

    Poor time to balance work and life

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fast paced and energetic place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Different challenges each day, good collaborative approach for colleagues.

    Cons

    Sometimes things change too quickly and not everyone knows about priory changes, company comms could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust in staff a bit more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Slightly dated in their thinking, not the most innovative...horrendous IT and HR...

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

    I have been working at Sky full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fantastic to have on your CV, people are generally motivated and friendly. Training opportunities if you are lucky, but plenty of opportunities to move around such a huge company to find a position you want.

    Cons

    Zero work/life balance, very corporate culture (work early till late with no time off in lieu) and a ridiculous amount of processes. I never got a computer sorted until 3 weeks in because the IT department messed up so I bought in my own which is actually against company policy (but there was no alternative!), then the rubbish cheap laptops everyone have to use break down quite regularly - quite painful experience when your workload is so big. Having a preferred supplier list means using new innovative companies or products is close to zero. Senior management are ridiculous, it would be nice if they didn't swan around in their chauffeur-driven Bentleys and have a ridiculously expensive building built mainly for them whilst the rest of us work in cramped, crap offices with even worse computer hardware. Double standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after your employees. Just because perm staff get free Sky and reduced broadband is not a good reward for zero work/life balance and enough with all the politics!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Office politics rule

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

    I worked at Sky full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free comprehensive Sky TV and Broadband package.
    Strong brand perception.

    Cons

    Loads of office politics and no internal collaboration between teams. New starter boarding process very poor and not thought through. Lack of transparency between teams. Mixed unclear messages from senior management. No investment in people development, so you feel like your just a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people and internal process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    "Believe in Bitter"

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

    I worked at Sky full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Subsidised Canteen, free TV/broadband package, great colleagues

    Cons

    I have worked for the company for more than 5 years and saw more than 6 re-orgs, reporting to a different manager every time that happens. The Middle management doesn't know what the top management wants and your immediate supervisor is in oblivion, now the standard phrase is "you carry on what you're doing, leave the mess with us". There is no career path and your immediate manager has no interest in what you do, as long as long as, you don't screw up. And the day that happens get your CV out, as there will be no one to protect you and if you have done anything good don't expect a pat on the back or a bonus, that praise/amount will be absorbed in your supervisors achievement/salary. Not to mention that I was bullied, threatened to pick up a different role, arm twisted, (HR - will not help you unless you decide to bring in your solicitor). It's not worth it. Good to work for 1 or 2 years and then leave if you want to progress in your career. There is a big lobby from another geographical area ready to pull all the IT work leaving the stake holders on this side very unhappy, in that process they would go to any lengths to achieve their goal, protect their local area staff even if they do blunders, but ready to point out the mistakes if it happens on the this side. The re-org is a joke, if you survive that, then you can relax for 4 months not thinking of being sacked (even if you are not a dead wood), this is not a process to get rid of the dead wood but the wood itself. Bonus is not based on personal performance but personal likes, all worked out well before PDP process has even started. Performance ratings are on manager's discretion. Slogan should be changed to "Believe in Bitter". To survive keep your head low and don't question the management, if you do make sure that you have a job offer ready in-case if you have to negotiate your stay. No trainings either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle Managers/Supervisors need to be trained in people's management and Sky should invest in people. Great staff make great company and great products. Hold your ears to the ground if you want to hear the voices which will make the difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Sky Response

    Oct 13, 2014Head Of Technology Recruitment

    Thanks for taking the time to give feedback and for sharing your views.
    At Sky, we strive to provide a structured approach to employee feedback and performance through our PDP programme. The scheme
    ... More

  9.  

    Amazing Products, Sprawling Organisation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Sky produce some great products in a really exciting marketplace. I worked with some incredibly smart people with amazing ideas accomplishing amazing things.

    Cons

    Massive organisation with sprawling, often competing, departments doing similar jobs. Can be hard to get stuff done. Campus style set up in West London may not be to everybody's taste.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consolidate teams

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Team Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Manager
    Current Employee - Team Manager

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Few opportunites for field staff

  11.  

    Great company to grow, varied and fast-paced

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

    I have been working at Sky full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very mixed workforce with people from all backgrounds and levels, fast-paced, great mix of youth and experience.

    Cons

    Politics, time required for decisions to be made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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