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OpenBet Reviews

Updated November 28, 2018
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  1. "Challenging fast pace environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    fast pace, New directions and challenges each year or project.

    Cons

    needs more diversity. super tight schedules with no time to slip.


  2. "Graduate Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in Chiswick, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in Chiswick, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OpenBet (Less than a year)

    Pros

    + Really nice people in the company
    + Very flexible working hours
    + Very nice office
    + Training
    + Fun working enviroment
    + Nice location in Chiswick park

    Cons

    - Legacy tech stack (TCL, informix)
    - Customer focus

    Advice to Management

    My suggestion is to limitize the work in TCL only to the old developers and to try move quickly in Java.

  3. "Good company overall"

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    Former Employee - SRE in Athens (Greece)
    Former Employee - SRE in Athens (Greece)

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment,
    Good working hours, no overtime

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for salary progression


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate environment within a gaming company"

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

    I worked at OpenBet full-time

    Pros

    Market leader in industry, good product

    Cons

    The employee who have been there for 5+ years are treated completely differently to those who are new.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire people from different industries and at a variety of ages from L4 upwards


  5. "Tech's equivalent of a time capsule"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at OpenBet full-time

    Pros

    - Sugary treats once a month
    - Nice offices
    - Free coffee
    - Free fruit
    - Generous holidays
    - Free canned soda, while supplies last
    - Nice location

    Cons

    - Little room for career progression
    - Very corporate (much red-tape)
    - Poor salary
    - Occasionally uncivil management
    - Big on micromanagement
    - No certifications offered
    - Tech stack very niche and out-dated
    - Feels like a factory
    - Doesn't acknowledge individual contributions
    - Very little useful training
    - Doesn't seem to care about investing in its staff
    - TCL

    Advice to Management

    Do everything differently.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Nice people doing mundane tasks with outdated tools"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Athens (Greece)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Athens (Greece)

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

    Pros

    Openbet has some really nice and friendly people. The company treats its employees well (at least by today's standards) and there's a general culture of openness and understanding which makes for a pleasant working environment. There are no forced overtimes, or excessively long hours, so you can have a healthy work-life balance. There are also opportunities to travel around the world which is a nice plus.

    Cons

    This company is "customer-centric" to a sick degree. The are two basic pillars in Openbet: 1) The customer is always right and 2) any technological advancements must be funded by a customer in order to be realized. On top of that, this is a big company. This means: ridiculously outdated tools, nightmarish monolithic code, bloated software products, lots of bureaucracy, chaotic communication between teams and lots of repetitive and mundane tasks for developers.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to invest on the actual technologies, tools & processes used in this company. It's a company that sells software after all.


  7. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OpenBet full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Worked in Openbet for over 7 years. There are many opportunities within the organisation to grow. Chiswick business park is great place to work in.

    Cons

    Salary is considerably low as compared to other technology companies in London. Most of the technology is out dated but I think Openbet has made good effort in last few years to incorporate new technology.

  8. "Recommended"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Athens (Greece)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Athens (Greece)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good working environment, polite people, organised, learning lots of things, flexibility on moving among projects

    Cons

    must focus to many technologies in order to advance, high complexity of internal processes


  9. "Antiquated tech stack"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sydney team was full of fun people to work with. Good work culture (PS4 and table tennis in the office). Free fruit, biscuits, etc.

    Transition from waterfall to agile was painful but things had pretty much settled when I left in 2015. Management and clients were supportive and sufficiently involved in agile processes.

    Flexible working hours. Typically 7.5 hour days and no weekends (unless there was extra work and you agreed to it – this was paid overtime). Five weeks of annual leave a year.

    Cons

    Antiquated tech stack (TCL was by and large the main language used). Salary was lacklustre. I've heard both of these have improved since I left but not sure how much.

    Advice to Management

    Keep replacing your legacy systems with something engineers will actually want to use and benefit learning.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Really friendly work place with opportunities for growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenBet full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and relaxed workplace, young staff, good adoption of agile methodology (equals quite good planning equals no overtime), good development ecosystem, constant training (technical and soft skills).

    Cons

    Lots of legacy systems/code and most code in TCL and Informix as DB (however moving to Java and modern tools quickly). Renumeration package below average, especially for senior resources and taking into account it is a multi-national group doing business in Greece. Travel expenses among the lowest in the Greek IT market. There is also a tendency to reward more generously PMs and people with good communication and bureaucratic skills rather than the doers.

    Advice to Management

    Address cons