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OpenBet Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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Pros
  • This is a very relaxing working environment (in 16 reviews)

  • It's very refreshing to walk through the business park every day (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Very disorganized - constant reorganization and low retention on senior management positions (in 13 reviews)

  • Owners squeezing the cash supply and creaming off profits means low pay rises (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "A fun place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at OpenBet full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and supportive work atmosphere, great people, opportunity to work with some new technologies and progress quickly. great place to start a career in IT

    Cons

    Some of the core technologies are old however the attitude to technology is very progressive and there is a lot of adaptation of new technology


  2. "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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Give it a pass"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Free (but not very good quality) espresso-based coffee
    Fun colleagues and you got to work with some genuinely smart people
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Outdated tech stack
    Lack of development process (TDD? BDD? commit reviews? proper unit testing? documentation? ... we don't have time for that!)
    Lack of solid direction. The company kick started a Java transition strategy and then lost steam with underwhelming results.
    Absolutely demoralising HR. By the time I left it was clearly an us vs them mentality.
    Lots of new managers trying to make themselves important and lots of pointless meetings.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Technologist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting, opportunity for growth, good colleagues

    Cons

    Management team in transition, lack of product vision

    Advice to Management

    Decide what type of company you want to be and go for. You cannot run your product teams with a professional services mentality


  6. "Great company for Junior Software Engineers"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens (Greece)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens (Greece)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Transparent Management culture
    Frequent and regular catchups to monitor technical and soft skills
    Adapts new trends (eg. Agile, Cont.Integr., Dockers, BDD etc)
    Prospect for Quick Career advancement progress based on performance up to level 3

    Cons

    Mostly obsolete development systems/environments (TCL, Informix)


  7. "Nice for first job."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, overtime is paid. High value and large customers mean that you're working on products that people use every day, company is very laid back, decent variety in day to day work, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Obsolete technologies tcl language is a draw back to your cv.

    Advice to Management

    Migrate as many products to other languages.


  8. "Good benefits, job is what you make of it"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer L1 in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer L1 in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High value and large customers mean that you're working on products that people use every day, company is very laid back, decent variety in day to day work, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is below industry standard, review structure is bi-annual and limited in scope - if you're missing a tick box, or if your manager has limited oversight of your day to day then it's easy to miss out. Though varied the work can be quite dull, a lot of devops work and maintaining old codebases, not much room to own products (maybe a couple of mid-size projects a year).

    Advice to Management

    Update the employee review structure, increase salaries to industry standard, and add performance based bonuses. Focus on moving the technology forward.


  9. "Excellent culture with great opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chiswick, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chiswick, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent work culture.
    - Good work life balance
    - fast paced work environment.
    - lots of opportunities to push your career forward
    - Brilliant training opportunities
    - Travel opportunities
    - Less politics
    - More intimate review process
    - Great job security

    Cons

    - Average/ low compensation
    - Peers and seniors are sometime under-par
    - Tenure at the company trumps technical ability at times.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate technical performance over length of service to promote innovation


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great engineers, nice perks, lousy managers"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chiswick, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chiswick, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at OpenBet full-time

    Pros

    - The engineers are great. Both technically and as colleagues as well.
    - The environment is really nice and relaxed.
    - The perks are good, but not the best in the market. We get stuff like free food occasionally, private insurance and monthly budget for team activities.
    - Starting salaries. Not the best in the market, but you wont get dissapointed much. Especially if you are an entry level employee.
    - The office is nice, with relaxing view from the kitchen.
    - Work-life balance: I have done almost no overtime in Openbet.
    - Travel: With abroad offices in Athens, Bucharest, Australia, Canada and opportunities to travel to / work from the customers offices, you might spend some time offsite(that could be negative too, some people dont like it).

    Cons

    - Management: Only few managers fulfill the criteria of handling(efficiently) teams, with ambitious software engineers. Most of them are completelty incompetent, in terms of soft skills and to improve their engineers as well; The only thing they achieve consistently, is making the engineers unhappy and demotivating them. To add salt to the injury, they usually pass the blame, for their lack of skills, to them when it comes to the performance reviews!!
    - Technology: With TCL being the core language of the software(and in tandem with the bad managment), dont expect engineers to not leave the company, at first chance.
    - Turnover rates: Are you happy that you are working with a great senior developer or tech lead? Dont be, he will leave the company soon, because he is already dissapointed from the lack of technical progress and the old technology stack. The company has a very high turnover rate, almost worrying.
    - Micromanagement mentality. You should report in detail what you are doing everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Be pragmatic, work on the core of the problems that exist in the company. Make it a life purpose, your engineers to grow to the top.


  11. "Generally good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at OpenBet (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice and relaxed environment, nice location

    Cons

    Not many possibilities to extend knowledge

    Advice to Management

    Keep good people


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