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Updated August 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "The level of autonomy, my colleagues and the flexible working hours" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Great people, great ethos, great future ahead" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Growing pains of lots of exciting business, and needing to scale appropriately" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Senior management aren't involved enough with the younger members of Kainos enough" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kainos full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Looks after their employees.
    Great Training.
    High level of skill.
    Opportunity for Travel.
    Flexible.
    Opportunity to move roles - I have been an coder, support engineer, architect, manager, consultant, and am now in sales.

    Cons

    Growing quite quickly and it's taking supporting functions (travel, finance etc.) a while to catch up. In my view only.

    Advice to Management

    Look for technical solutions to Travel for example, like concur. Teams of people are great, and they are a great group of people, but it seems a little outdated.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Overall a good place"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good and training and development actually exists
    Very understanding employer
    Some interesting technical challanges

    Cons

    Management structure is too hierarchical
    As a technology consultancy the lack of engineers in senior positions is going to kill the company
    Can occasionally feel like an old boys club

    Advice to Management

    It feels like your senior management needs more of an engineer focus

  3. "Worksmart BU has serious problems"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - HCM Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - HCM Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The top level board, CEO, Brendan and co seem to have a good ethos and values

    Cons

    The Senior Management of the Worksmart Business Unit are not good, they have a poor attitude, limited people skills, no transparency and ignoring any feedback from employees

    The turnover of experienced Workday staff is sky high, in the past 12 months so much experience has walked out the door only to be replaced with untrained inexperienced mostly graduates who are then expected without any knowledge or experience to step into the shoes of experienced departed consultants.

    Culture of over working people - people are constantly bombarded with more and more work, no wonder frustrations are growing and quality slipping

    Pay - by far the lowest paying partner in the Workday eco system, if you are an experience Workday consultant expect to paid almost half industry standard and be expected to accept it 'because this is Kainos'

    Travel policy is laughable, the amount of unjustified time people are expected to travel is crazy

    All these issues have been raised of the past year and constantly ignored. It has created a toxic environment in the BU

    Advice to Management

    Top level senior management, go and speak directly to the employees in the BU this has been going on for months I can only assume you aren't aware.


  4. "Decent all round company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SSE
    Current Employee - SSE
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kainos full-time

    Pros

    The people in the comoany

    Cons

    Reward package could be better


  5. "Pretty good company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - WebOps Engineer in Gdańsk (Poland)
    Current Employee - WebOps Engineer in Gdańsk (Poland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of travel
    Carrer opportunities

    Cons

    Not very competitive Salary,
    A lot of travel


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Best consultancy I have ever worked for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was in Kainos for about a year, and had to leave for family and side-business reasons.

    Every time I look back at them, I will always feel a sense of pride that I worked at such a high quality company.

    My highlights at Kainos have been:
    - Smart people who are dynamic and down to earth
    - Great leaders who work hard, are very approachable and are people focused
    - True followers of Agile & constantly thinking of working better & smarter
    - Lots of work that adds value to society
    - Good Employee perks
    - The business really thinks about pursuing business that is right for its values

    Cons

    Take more risks as AI, Big Data & Blockchain start to take real shape

    Advice to Management

    Employees will come and go, but hold on to your values.

    Don't sell the company when the big whales make a bid lol


  7. "Good time!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Awesome Benefits
    They provide great opportunities to go above your current role.
    Never afraid to give everyone a chance to run events or take on challenging tasks.

    Cons

    Losing its 'small company' feeling
    Some of the decisions made don't feel in the best of interests of the people of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Take more of the employees views on board. #openbydefault

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Best Company To Work For !!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Test Automation Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Test Automation Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No doubt Kainos is the best company to work for in many aspects as mentioned below and I personally enjoyed my time here :
    - Employee friendly, policies are very good
    - Managers are very good and very supportive
    - Benefits are excellent, you will love it and far better than other company's in London, UK
    - Flexible working hours and work from home facility
    - Excellent projects and impressive client base
    - People here are very supportive and easily reachable. Very transparent and if required you can reach out to anybody in the company
    - Frequent team outing and drinks
    - Monthly pay day drinks- company sponsored
    - If you are travelling everything will be taken care by company
    - Sponsored trainings and frequent in-house trainings arranged. Also you can ask for external trainings and it will be approved if you can showcase the benefits out of it.

    There are many more ...

    Cons

    You might have to travel if from your base location depending on projects availability.

    Advice to Management

    Kainos has excellent & high profile customer base in Govt. sector. Management should try hard to get into private sector as well.

    Also need more focus on project's related to Data Analytics, AI , Data Science etc.


  9. "People centric organisation"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Designer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Service Designer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kainos full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Approachable executive leadership, career coach and career lattice (especially for techie people), tried and tested Agile delivery management framework, company values and respects its people

    Cons

    Travel: on site 3 days/ week

    Advice to Management

    Keep building design and user research capabilities


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A great company to work for, with excellent team spirit"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Architect in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Architect in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Approachable, open senior management. Outstanding technical people and a drive to innovate. Dedication to doing a good job for the customer. A genuine desire to be an inclusive, progressive company. A great, fun place to work. I really felt part of a big family here and trusted the management to look after their staff.

    Cons

    Base salaries were a little on the low side for the skills / market.
    Utilisation targets are high so you need to be happy spending a lot of time on customer site.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on the staff and on technical excellence.


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