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Updated December 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "A lot of focus on personal development and growth" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Full of career opportunities and great colleagues" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Netlight's personal development process is troubled by a fundamental conflict of interest" (in 6 reviews)

  • "To reach higher levels expect quite a bit higher work load" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Munich, Bayern (Germany)

    I have been working at Netlight full-time

    Pros

    Good environment, good coaching and career plan

    Cons

    It doesn't have a big kontra, great company to start working


  2. Helpful (5)

    "You're The Inspiration"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sane working hours - the whole consulting industry should learn from Netlight here.
    Colleagues are more like friends.
    No trying to get ahead at the others' expense.
    Inhouse courses are extremely good, onpoint.
    People really take the time to help each other, make sure you are fine, developing, having a smooth time.
    Many excellent networking opportunities.
    People at each level, including partners, very easy to reach out to all the time through Slack.
    Generally very good deal for fresh starters with little experience. Also good if somewhat experienced, but wanting to focus on your interpersonal skills.

    Cons

    Netlight's personal development process is troubled by a fundamental conflict of interest. On the one hand, you need to sell yourself to level up, on the other you are supposed to talk openly about your ideas and problems. But you really can't be completely open if you also need to promote yourself at the same time to level up.
    Hard for senior people to level up.
    Compensation package is good, but other companies offer more.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries: Some companies offer a higher compensation. Family costs real money, lots of it!
    Senior people are incentivized to leave at a certain level. It's easier to get ahead by taking a job somewhere else. Not the situation you want!

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Best option if you want to be employed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Netlight full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Really nice and ambitious people
    - Great place to develop soft skills, such as communication and business sense when you don't have much experience.
    - Very steep career and salary development, if you're fresh from university.
    - Great culture of sharing knowledge and giving and receiving feedback, that helps you and your colleagues to improve faster.
    - Semi transparent salaries. Consultant level salaries are transparent, but not the variable salary when you're inbetween levels.
    - You're trusted to make your own decisions that are closest to you as long as you ask for advice from others that might have a perspective that you need in order to make a good decision.
    - You don't really have a boss that you need to ask permission from in order to do things. Instead the things a boss normally does is split into other roles. A lot of things end up on yourself, but for personal development you have mentors.
    - HR actually does what they should do, compared to other companies. They are there to help you and the mentors. Not protect the company from the employees or work on forming company values etc.
    - You're not expected and actually told not to work more than the 8 hours that the client pays for. The extra energy you have should be put on things that you want to do.
    - There are no individual bonuses (even among sales), the incitaments are collective on how it's going for the whole office, which is really good compared to other companies.
    - Great clients that let you work with companies that you would normally want to work for if you had to pick.
    - Top grade when you're fresh out of university and want to learn and improve fast.

    Cons

    - Career movement pretty much stops if you focus on tech and becoming a good developer after a few years.
    - Sustainability, it's really difficult to help build the company if you're a consultant and working at a client for 8 hours and then have a private life that takes up a lot of time. It's super important that you bill the client for 8 hours every day. There's only one exception which are internal development courses that sometimes are during the day, they occur maybe once every two years depending on your level. All other things are optional and needs to be done outside of the 8 hours you bill the client, but in order to advance you need to do them anyways. For example: Meeting adepts, interviewing new colleagues, going on conferences/summits, they are in the weekends.
    - Not authoritarian, but very hierarchical organization. Colleagues on higher consultant levels are the ones that decides who advances and who doesn't. Not a big issue on lower levels, since career movement is steep anyways, but a bigger issue on higher levels, since consultants are not working directly together in most cases and not near enough to be able to make a good decision. In order to advance you need to get into politics and build relations with people higher up in the hierarchy. In the end this leads to corruption and promoting your friends and people that are similar to yourself.
    - Tend to have become a more up or out culture within the last few years. It's not that people are forced to leave, but when people don't advance and they see others advance, they tend to leave. A lot of more tech focus people leave, which leaves a bigger burden on the ones that are left, since they are the ones helping out more junior colleagues answering questions and helping out as project mentors (SMs) etc.
    - Starting to feel more and more like a company. Used to feel more than a company before. Trying to become a movement, but so far the feeling is that it's really difficult getting there since it takes a while to understand the culture and vision and feels like half the company are always junior, which makes it difficult to influence other companies. But a lot of people that leaves probably brings the culture with them, so it spreads anyways. But would be nice if employee churn rate was much lower, then the feeling might be that Netlight was a movement. Now it feels more of a place where you work for a few years to boost your career and then leave.
    - Medium grade once you've worked for a few years and don't want to get engaged in to much internal politics.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure if Netlight has a management or if everybody is part of it. But from an external perspective there is a top management group. The partner level. Keep doing what your doing, believe in the vision. Be careful of only promoting people that are similar to yourselves. Try to help build a more sustainable company where people can work for a longer time and not just a talent refinement machine. Yes I wrote machine ;)

    Netlight Response

    Oct 25, 2018 – Talent Manager

    Thank you so much for your comprehensive feedback! We appreciate you taking the time to provide observations from your experience. We value you, because without you we wouldn’t have Netlight, which... More


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Cool Culture but has lost it's mojo"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Netlight full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues
    Great culture for personal development and growing
    If you are one to be seen you are in for a great career

    Cons

    Sales has lost the real focus, instead of selling want the consultant want, they are just selling people off for the buck
    If you speak your mind and it is not the managements mind, you are out in the cold.
    age discriminating

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about what kind of company you want to be. Right now you are just a messed up teenager


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Talent Relations and Equality Driver"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Relations and Equality Driver in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Talent Relations and Equality Driver in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture, values and distinct drive for developing technologies in the forefront of the digital industry!

    Cons

    There is always something to engage in and a new colleague to meet.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on onboarding!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great atmosphere"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Netlight full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great opportunity to try new areas of work
    - Open and flat company culture where you can approach more or less anyone to talk about anything
    - Transparent and well worked out processes for personal development, introduction into the company and working as a consultant
    - Competitive base salaries and benefits which are reviewed on a yearly basis (without having to negotiate it yourself).
    - Plenty of extra activities, including breakfast-, lunch- and evening events.

    Cons

    - Consulting lifestyle where you have to be pro-active, flexible and cater to your client's needs may be tiring.
    - Freedom under responsibility means more conversations and discussions to come to a decision, which may feel like more work that usually management would take care of for you.
    - Expectations from clients may vary quite a lot

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Encourage more discussion!


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Forward thinking community and great career path"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Software Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Netlight full-time

    Pros

    I've really enjoyed my time at Netlight and only left the company due to moving to a city where they do not have an office. I came in as a graduate and was instantly surprised at how friendly and caring everyone is. It was the ideal environment to evolve from a graduate, as the whole company is based around knowledge sharing, and you always had someone to turn to for help and guidence.

    Cons

    Netlight likes to stay in the forefront of political and social discussions which has led to some great results, such as a very high percentage of women working in the company. Sometimes it feels like opinions that do not line up directly with the company are discouraged however.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Netlight full-time

    Pros

    After a few years I still find this company very impressive. Inclusive and equal culture, highly talented people and great client assignments. As a consultant I have a lot of freedom and I feel it’s easy for me to impact how the company is managed. A lot of focus on personal development and growth.

    Cons

    With the rapid growth, I guess it’s inevitable that some internal processes suffer slightly. No big issues but something to keep an eye.

    Advice to Management

    The company still feels very authentic and personal, and this probably becomes a bigger challenge as the company grows. Keep up with the very flat structure and avoid creating layers when growing further.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Good benefits, a bit too strong culture for my personal taste"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits in terms of salary, gym membership, possibility to do transfers/commute to other offices around in Europe.

    Cons

    - Got the impression that it's expected that you work a bit more than the 40h/week in the beginning (40h at the client and then Netlight activities).
    - Culture is good for bonding but felt almost too strong for my personal taste in certain situations.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Being a consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been working full time for a year. Being a consultant in Netlight is fun.
    There is a lot going on: Edge X, summits, code pub etc. The company doesn't feel like an organization, rather a society. It's transparent and flat. Thus you can talk to anyone, even a partner, bring initiatives, you have a vote over your assignments and development. There are no obligatory overtimes, although most of the employees decide to join events (like after-work beer, seminars etc.)

    Cons

    Technically-wise you might be finding yourself in too many challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Success is celebrated, failure is silenced. We can learn from failures.