Octopus - Avoid. Should have left earlier | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (5)

    "Avoid. Should have left earlier"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Octopus full-time

    Pros

    Some great, likeminded people working there. Good social programmes

    Cons

    Poor middle management, many of whom lack basic people skills let alone leadership quality. Numbers driven and uninspirational. Toxic gossip environment, reminded me of a school playground full of adolescent teenagers. I personally witnessed a culture of victimisation and bullying, forcing a number of highly talented people to leave the company. The company is full of politics, getting the right people on your side by any means whether it's lying or shamelessly brown nosing is key to progression. A number of high profile senior leaders brought into the company, only to leave 6-9 months later with litter to no explanation. A real concern. Very little racial diversity. Desperately trying to be a Fintech company and failing, most of the tech within large part of the organisation is backward and not fit for purpose. Work life balance non existent, it's frowned upon if you leave on time.

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    Advice to Management

    You need a series overhaul of middle management. Talk to those in the trenches do not rely on your internal feedback systems, they've become toxic. Spend more time sat within your teams, get a deep understanding of sentiment and culture.

    Octopus2019-02-09
  1. "Associate"

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    MBA Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Octopus for less than a year

    Pros

    amazing company + team. highly recommend for finance professional londoners

    Cons

    very long hours + work on weekends

    Octopus2016-08-24
  2. "Eh"

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    Former Employee - Server 

    I worked at Octopus part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good coworkers, bad customers, alright food

    Cons

    Terrible management, and lack of order

    Octopus2019-06-27

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