Tribal Group Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. Continual downsizing/cutbacks have created a company with little true integrity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  2. Great place to work for a short while

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People where special - talented, kind.

    Cons

    Market conditions have left the company behind.

    Advice to Management

    Sell because it is not going to get better.

  3. Mixed Opportunities

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tribal Group

    Pros

    Depending on department great opprtunities for advancement and a very good atmosphere. If you are feted to be working in a profitable section you will have scope for career development and personal development.

    Cons

    Very variable across the country, Tribal is a series of small companies bought together by investors with a vision, what that was appears to have been lost and Tribal is struggling to define itself and within it's markets. This can must make management difficult and decisions often seem arbitrary with career development tied to whatever is the new vogue.

    Advice to Management

    A clear vision is needed for the future is needed.

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  5. Stuck in the past, Management highly inexperienced

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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!

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good in parts

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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..

  7. Helpful (2)

    Stuck in the past

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

    Helpful and friendly people (mostly anyway)
    Global contracts with high potential
    Flexible working hours
    Attempting some agile methods
    Office newly refurbed
    Free tea and coffee

    Cons

    Software is dated
    Although there are a few good developers, innovation is stifled by those in charge.
    Very much a software hacking company with few industry standard patterns or methods used. It's all about bolting on some new half baked features and shoving it out the door.
    Lip service is as much attention as testing is given.
    Senior devs fear change due to their lack of knowledge and experience outside of tribal.
    They need to drag themselves into this decade and put more focus around quality.
    Management are very inexperienced and run around like headless chickens (literally)
    Much more agile methods are needed around the software development if they are to sell themselves as "agile", it's more than just two week iterations and a daily stand up.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage new ideas, there are developers with good experience on the floor.
    Learn more about the software development cycle.
    Place more emphasis on quality and a little less on new half cooked features.

  8. A great company overall and a fine place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Sheffield, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Management are excellent, they trust employees and give a lot of support when needed.
    - Colleagues are also very nice, a good and postive atmosphere overall
    - Flexitime
    - Can work from home
    - Overtime available if wanted
    - Agile implemented properly (mostly)
    - 9/12 on the Joel test

    Cons

    - Some very mediocre employees
    - Code base isn't as nice as it should be
    - Unit tests exist, but writing them is always harder than it should be
    - A little bit too much bureaucracy for an agile company
    - Stories aren't always as well defined as one would like
    - A promise of lots of on the job training has not been fulfilled

    Advice to Management

    Improve the quality of the developers, either through more training or better hiring practices.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Short, and not very sweet

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

    I worked at Tribal Group

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

    Pros

    Colleagues were welcoming, supportive and always willing to give advice to projects, even if not personally invovled.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the Company has gone through many changes over the past few years, leading to dissatisfaction, unease and unrest amongst employees. Communication from the top down was poor, suggestive of a sentiment that the employees were merely commodities to be traded for the best possible share yield.

    Advice to Management

    Decide on your plan and stick to it; don't keep changing the goalposts for people.

  10. Opportunites

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

    I have been working at Tribal Group

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are opportunities to learn from seniors. Company is growing fast in the current climate which is a positive. However recently there have been more uncertainities.

    Cons

    Recruitment has been frozen recently. Not much benefits are available. There is lack of transperancy in the way projects are allocated.

    Advice to Management

    Manageent should strive to help the new comers specially when they do not have experience of working in this sector.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Mixed feelings

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

    I have been working at Tribal Group

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

    Pros

    - Reputable public sector consultants
    - Opportunity to forge own career
    - Breadth of experience
    - Distinctive in that there is a blend of young bright graduates and those with industry experience

    Cons

    - Unclear progression within new structure
    - Low morale in current climate
    - Experience depends on quality of team
    - Many legacy businesses being brought together causes friction

    Advice to Management

    - Clearer comms about important changes
    - Create more unified culture

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