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Sophos Reviews in Oxford, England

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3.5 4 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Sophos CEO Kris Hagerman

Kris Hagerman

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75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • Healthy work/life balance - although it's hard to shut off sometimes(in 9 reviews)

  • fun nights with your coworkers drinking after work, lots of great people worked here(in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance, you find yourself doing overtime on most days(in 5 reviews)

  • The rate of pay is 10-20% below what it should be and it looks like pay rises have been put on hold(in 6 reviews)

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    Sales Engineer (Former Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsStrong management at all levels. Very supportive of staff. Excellent working environment.

    ConsSlow to promote strong performers. Slow to increase/improve remuneration packages.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward strong performers before they move to your competition (common at Sophos), takes 1-2 years to effectively replace them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Raspberry Jam is an insight to focus on detail

    Jam Doughnut Tester (Former Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsOpen plan offices very light

    ConsNot enough showers for number of employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe accountable

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Technically very strong, antiquated development practices

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

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

    ConsDevs 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 Senior ManagementNo 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Quiet Canadian makes Sophos a global player in security industry.

    Software Developer III (Current Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsSophos has that perfect mix of interesting and intelligent people and enjoyable but always challenging job. It is relaxed but professional. That is why many people stay for a very long time.

    ConsI suppose the main downside is that the company is not as well known and trying to position itself as a serious competitor to the big guys in malware security industry - Symantec, McAfee and Trend, though you could argue there is nothing wrong with trying to beat the best. The problem is that Sophos often acts as a follower not as a real leader.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you continue with implementation of your strategy to achieve Sophos' targets. Our bonuses depend on it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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