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"Shockingly poor management and lots of politics."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Sky full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Interesting projects, some really good people, great perks, agile software development and a great brand to have on your CV.

Cons

Really poor people management, some of the worst managers I've ever come across particularly in the technology division. Very political as an organisation with people spending more time fighting each other than the competitors.

Some of the guys who run the technology division are simply there to feather their own nests and fret more about how they look in front of the boss rather than delivering some real value. My advice is go find another company if you can. Having 2 years of employment at Sky is no bad thing but don't think you'll enjoy that 2 years.

A HR dept that does god knows what! Probably the worst HR dept known to man.

Advice to Management

Get a grip on some of the people you've employed in senior positions. I would fundamentally think about whether there is the right senior team in place to run the business and create a place that is happy.

I hate to say it but the current culture and behaviours need to be completely binned and started again. Your current financial results mean you can get away with it for now, but do you really have an innovation engine that will keep the results going for the next 5, 10 or 15 years?

Other Employee Reviews for Sky

  1. Helpful (8)

    "You might want to try it ... but not for too long"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * good benefits
    * good on CV
    * great colleagues
    * interesting projects (if you're lucky)
    * flexible working time (if you're lucky)
    * not that bad pay

    Cons

    * lack of technical direction
    * CYA change management
    * blame culture
    * silosed teams
    * useless HR
    * high stress environment
    * constant political games
    * clueless senior management
    * unrealistic project timelines
    * company run by beancounters
    * repeatedly poor internal survey scores for management
    * good people are quite often staying only because of current lack of opportunities somewhere else

    Advice to Management

    Change. Empower people. Start thinking about more than short-term budget targets. And actually try to make it 'Great place to work' (instead of pretending).


  2. "achieve anything you want"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    sky is fast paced, we pride ourselves on challenging the norm, doing things better always, helping our people, always looking for innovative, very ambitious, so exciting to be here

    Cons

    you need to be a self starter to excel here and that's not for everyone

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