Tribal Group Reviews

Updated June 7, 2015
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  1. Don't expect Training or Management

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

    I have been working at Tribal Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel.. Can be left to own devices for the most the time. Due to the lack of management at the office - can pretty much get away with murder.

    Cons

    No management. No training. Terrible team communication. Lots of office politics to contend with... Will happily expect staff to work until the late hours because of staffing issues.

    Advice to Management

    Employ actual managers.

    Tribal Group Response

    Jun 5, 2015Talent Partner

    Thank you for leaving this review. At Tribal we take pride in employing bright, talented people. We therefore aspire to have an environment that is trusting and autonomous, and so it is positive to ... More


  2. A company with a lot of strenghs but led down by lack of structure and poor communications.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Tribal Group

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

    Pros

    The company has a good reputation delivering a range of comprehensive services across to aa wide variety of clients within the public sector and this incluses health, education, local authorities, local government. The skill and knowledge within the organisation is excellent and they have very prestigious client list. There is almost an unprecidented range of servcies incuding architechts, IT consultants, housing and regeneration specialists, HR and recruitment, advertising. This when pitching to new clients was extremely powerful that the company had grown through acquisition and could provide almost a one stop shop to deliver this breadth of diffferent services. Also has the advantage of being abel to provide excellent geographical support to their clients.

    Cons

    The downsides to working for the Tribal Group are primiarily the lack of cross working between the different parts of the organisation, this is poorly manged from the top and within each operating untit within tribal, this is partly based on the company having grown through acquistion suffers from sub cultures and silo working and I beleive a hughe amount of opportunutes are not utised to truly deliver 'big ticket' sales and maximise account development within the organisaiton, There is also a lack of management strcure and performance management compounted vy poor HR support and inadquate communiations strategies within the operating divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Analyse the potential of the benefits of working more cohesively and joint opportuities across the group.


  3. Excellent staff treated as commodities.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tribal Group

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

    Pros

    Nice bunch of talented people
    Training and development: not so much in terms of qualifications, but rather the opportunity to learn new software and gain experience, which is vital for career progression
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    We felt disengaged from the company as a whole: that was good in some ways, but not so in others.

    Salary didn't always reflect the success of the company: there were a lot of salary freezes, office and team changes and overall cutbacks during the bleak times and things didn't really change after new contract wins and improved market conditions. Similarly, as one improved their skills and ended up doing more to help the company, it wouldn't show in their pay. Aside from slight cost of living increases, things didn't change between joining with considerably less experience and three years later, when I was doing a lot more specialist work.

    Perks: the online scheme seemed to be designed to dissuade or at least it just targeted a particular niche (in other words, it wasn't useful at all).

    Advice to Management

    Work out where you are going, recruit accordingly and value your staff.


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  5. Continual downsizing/cutbacks have created a company with little true integrity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at Tribal Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some really interesting contracts and work.
    A pool of talented people in some areas.

    Cons

    Poor middle management. When people are promoted to positions for which they lack the necessary ability, the company do not address the fundamental problems
    No CPD (continuing professional development) despite repeated promises.
    Lack of honesty about company plans. Sudden redundancies.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your staff, value them and invest in them. It will reap much greater rewards in the longer term than short-term short-sighted profits.


  6. Stuck in the past, Management highly inexperienced

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

    I have been working at Tribal Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good Salary, Free Tea & Coffee, flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Management highly inexperienced! Really glitchy products! They tend to simply "add a new bit on" which should hopefully mask the broken parts, I think there software has more versions than I do hot dinners!!

    Developers living in the stone age! QA is almost none existent!!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff more! Seek advice when needed and start looking further afield when developing software, all of it needs a fresh approach! Excellent development teams scattered around Tribal but terrible managers who don't utilize them to the full extent!


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good in parts

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

    I worked at Tribal Group part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, great products, strong reputation and brand which gets you through the door of clients'.

    Cons

    Struggled to capitalize on all intellectual capital of the companies it bought or to leverage off the range of different relationships. Less of a tribe more of a collection of many tribes. Left its value base behind..


  8. Profit before all else

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I have been working at Tribal Group

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

    Pros

    Work colleagues are good, management is poor, team spirit is good at times

    Cons

    Board do not undestand the software development life cycle and never let you return to 'finish off' an application

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the chalk face workers, come down out of your ivory towers, open your eyes, stop taking bonuses earned by the chalk face workers, adn reduce some of your ridiculous salaries


  9. 2015 a big year for Tribal

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

    I have been working at Tribal Group

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

    Pros

    Worked with some talented and passionate people and achieved a lot in my time with the company. Developed very good working practices in local team and helped support wider business.

    Cons

    2014 was a very difficult year. Poor trading results and dwindling UK sales on the back of poor product development led management to embark on a major cost cutting exercise. Many talented people have left the company as Tribal seeks to realign its structure to global market. CEO leaving in June reflects board view on current status of company. Further big changes will inevitably follow as there is no chance of achieving projected results for 2015. Support functions have seen a lot of experienced people depart and replaced by cheaper resource. Lack of leadership and direction has seen major disconnect between head office in Bristol and other offices in UK. Management in Bristol have major deficiencies in people skills.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your offices and understand the business. Don't pay yourselves huge bonuses on the back of poor trading results.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good Place to work

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

    I have been working at Tribal Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work-life balance, good culture and values with in the team. Have benefits like cycle to work scheme, gym memberships etc.,

    Cons

    Cannot go ahead in your career ladder, there is so many opportunities.

    Tribal Group Response

    Jun 4, 2015Talent Partner

    Thank you for leaving this review and your positive comments regarding some of the benefits that we have in place. Similarly, thank you for your comments regarding career progression. Strong career ... More


  11. Helpful (1)

    Enjoyable friendly working environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Studio Artworker in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Studio Artworker in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Tribal Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good professional and personal support

    Cons

    Lack of understanding regarding personal commitments (ie taking the kids to the dentist)

    Advice to Management

    Office culture relaxed and friendly, as you would expect within an advertising agency



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