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OpenBet Reviews

Updated June 19, 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. "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. "Really nice place to work on"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Athens (Greece)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Athens (Greece)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really good people working here and everyone is eager to help each other to improve their skills on every aspect.

    Cons

    Lacks on technology stack.

  3. "Great location and people, but very niche technology"

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly, professional, highly intelligent colleagues. Agile environment. A chance to work on high-transaction websites where performance is key. The gaming industry has some highly complex products: if you like analysis, then you'll find much to get your teeth into here.

    Cons

    The core platform is coded in C and scripted in a niche scripting language (TCL). Be sure that you can get on with TCL before you apply: there isn't any decent IDE support and you'll work mainly in Vi; TCL doesn't support modern programming paradigms (read a book on it *before* applying); and there aren't many job opportunities in TCL. This sort of environment favours those who have encyclopedic memories for large code bases. Lastly, when I worked there they used CVS (although I think there was talk of moving to Git in the future). Be sure that you can get on with CVS too.

    Advice to Management

    It's easy to recommend that management upgrade their core technologies. I recognise this is much harder in reality. Their technology is reliable, mature, and fast. However, by moving to a more modern stack, they would attract applicants from a much wider field.


  4. "A fun place to work"

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    • 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


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Give it a pass"

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    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.


  6. "Bad mentality, lost of focus, deprecated tools and technologies"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Athens (Greece)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Athens (Greece)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best work-life balance
    Ability to work with young and talented people
    Good place for junior developers to gain some experience

    Cons

    Deprecated technologies
    Poor management
    Extremely customer centric operations
    Personal agendas in management
    Favoritism and personal affairs on promotions
    Poor salary raises
    No clear vision

    Advice to Management

    Respect your people
    Make better evaluation schemes
    Update technology and move forward
    Select better middle level managers


  7. 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

  8. "Great company for Junior Software Engineers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)


  9. "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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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