Ibuildings has some very smart people working for them. They have a great marketing team, and some really nice managers in the Dutch office. The Dutch company is certainly one that inspires people to join. Ibuildings manage to have some really great companies that they work with (but see notes below).
The CEO and the UK sales director are focused on nothing but money. The proportion of salespeople to developers is completely biased, and for good reason: ibuildings have made a mess of so many big (100k+) projects such as at Five.tv and Ladbrokes that they never win repeat business. They continually need to make new sales to cement over the corpses of the many dead projects they leave behind. The churn rate at ibuildings is over 60% in one year - that says a lot about the general feeling of the developers.
Advice to Management
A message to the dutch directors: you need to think long and hard about the relationship you have entered into with the uk firm. The uk may have a smooth marketing machine, but its really not helpful in the long term to your brand if you continually make a mess of big projects in the pursuit of 'the numbers'.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Ibuildings (London, England (UK)) in July 2009.
Initially I had a telephone interview with the CEO of Ibuildings UK, allowing them to gain insight into my working past and personal life. It was very informal and friendly. This was followed promptly by a test that I had to complete in my own time- the test is now famouse within Ibuildings. The test is designed to assess the skill of the applicant. It is short, relatively straight forward and should easily be completed in an evening. After the test was submitted, I was interviewed over the phone again by an existing Ibuildings employee and asked a lot of technical questions regarding PHP, OOP and general development practices. After this I was interviewed face to face by the development manager, who conducted an IQ test and discussed the working patterns of the company. Finally I was made an offer.
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