Sophos

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Sophos Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
71 Reviews
3.4
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Pros
  • Healthy work/life balance - although it's hard to shut off sometimes (in 14 reviews)

  • Good work environment with occasional fun (in 15 reviews)


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

  • Pay rises are usually pitiful, not keeping up with inflation and bonuses are 5% of salary (if targets have been met) (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work I would recommend it.

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

    I have been working at Sophos full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company is really going places and sales are up every single quarter so there is money in the company. There seems to be some real drive and progress. Pay is good, while lots of people moan but they tend to be old timers who actually don't deserve more. The office is very good - high quality and free cakes, fruit and biscuits.

    Cons

    It is a busy place to work, it does require a lot of effort. It's been around a long time and some of the old timers really should go and work somewhere else. Holiday is very stingy it's advertised at 25 days per annum but they make you take 3 at Christmas so you only end up with 22. You can accrue more but only 1 day per 5 years service. The last company I was at we got 1 day per years service - that's more in tune with how people change jobs today and would actually create an incentive newer talented people to stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are clearly doing the right things - keep going. Bit of work on benefits wouldn't go amiss. You should also try and focus a little more, we have too many things happening at once.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, fantastic culture and good people

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Sophos is a brilliant company to work for, they have a very clear understanding of what they want to achieve and this is clearly communicated to its employees.

    The culture is what makes Sophos a great company. They're constantly creating employee orientated days, activities and benefits. Working in the Global HQ (Oxford) is a great experience too, unusual for large security companies.

    Cons

    Sophos' pay is behind the industry standard and if you're successful, you can soon reach the ceiling. Unfortunately Sophos lose a lot of good people to other companies willing to pay more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the employee focus and pay good people more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sophos is one of the best companies to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Clear strategy and direction from upper management, with a strong drive for innovation and quality. Compensation has improved since the tough global period is behind us. As Sophos is growing there are opportunities for promotions internally. Great working facilities and environment (UK). A real sense the company is going places.

    Cons

    As the company is growing fast it's a challenge to keep up with all the new things, people and locations you work with. UK company pension contributions aren't the worst but they aren't the best either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing the innovation but make sure to keep organised as we expand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Above Par

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sophos

    Pros

    Standard Pros for Sophos: near sports centre, canteen is good, free pastries in the morning, table tennis, pool, table football. 95% employees are easy to get along with and friendly. Company is currently making good profits.

    Cons

    Standard computer science cons: switching between methodologies, project specs change 3 months in etc etc. Long periods of not much work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than spending more money on hiring a ton load of people, you should spend it on keeping talent. Plan projects better or have greater flexibility when planning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    company doing well in numbers, but that's all

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

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

    Pros

    local, nice swanky office, err, free parking? nice to go for a walk at lunch? does that count? casual dress code?

    Cons

    lack of trust - all based on quantity rather than quality - no leadership - talent leaves - management teams grow - salaries are out of date - personal development is not fostered

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove head from sand --> listen and react

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Political

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sophos

    Pros

    Great talent within your immediate peers, most departments seem to work in harmony together on a day to day basis and nice working environment in Abingdon.

    Cons

    Politics, back stabbing and a clique, you're either in the club or you're not. Certain leaders take huge pleasure in berating other departments when they have an audience and others simply live in a bubble from reality. Talent lost on a constant basis because they won't pay market rates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Celebrate the talent you have and get to know your staff directly, not just through your managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Only focused to motivate Sales. Turning into a replicate of other American competitors, losing original values.

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Abingdon, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Accountant in Abingdon, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Ok to gain experience, it gets demotivating after being working for a year there.

    Cons

    No career progression exists unless you work in Sales. Lack of controls in all areas of the business and management not interested in motivating the staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Getting there

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Sophos is definitely on the rise after a tough few years. There's a renewed vigour, and some innovation. Bonuses are being paid out again and some salaries being addressed although a little too slow for some.
    The office has had a revamp and is now far more colourful, with great break out areas.
    Great facilities, and some very good events including Christmas party, go-karting in the car park and the "spam & lettuce" pub on Friday evenings.
    So of the "old school" are complaining it's not like it used to be, but that's actually a positive. For several years it was over cautious to the point of nearly standing still. The new CEO (well he's been here several years already :) ) has brought in some good quality senior managers and has real ambition for the company.

    Cons

    For those of us who've been here a long time, salaries have declined in real terms but for many this is beginning to be addressed (although not for me yet, but that's for a different reason).
    Sometimes engineering can still be over cautious, and over analyse everything to the point where it's difficult to get things done but that's a hang over from how the founders ran it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focussed, don't try to do too many things at the same time, focus on the key strategic developments and do them well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Aggressive, controlling and heartless

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sophos

    Pros

    good people at lower levels
    will grow - but at expense of people
    will float
    good starting salaries

    Cons

    CEO clueless about true culture of company
    Massive pay gap between execs and lower levels
    Very high turnover
    Heartless & Soulless; regular bullying, weekend working, aggression and constant infighting. All of which is accepted as a cost of delivery.
    Dominated by machismo and egos looking to empire build
    Delivery focus; unaware of own culture. no internal promotions or payrises for lower levels, zero external courses or coaching
    No hesitation in removing people due to 'cost savings' and then spending money on furniture and days out for remaining employees
    Process immature
    Siloed departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    So unfair.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sophos

    Pros

    Free doughnuts so you can kill yourself off before needing to collect your miserable pension.

    Cons

    Unless your team has the word Cloud in it expect to be shat on from a great height.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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