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Updated April 5, 2019
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Pros
  • "Relaxed environment, fast growth, good pay and great benefits" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Very committed to getting software right, line managers very supportive, plenty of opportunity for personal development, great benefits" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "The company has grown so quick seating within the office can sometimes be an issue as can getting meeting rooms" (in 4 reviews)

  • "A very fast paced organisation, communication sometimes isnt as good as it could be" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic company to work for"

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

    I have been working at Sky Betting & Gaming full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, great people and fantastic leadership teams

    Cons

    Decoupling from old systems becomes slow due to policy restrictions.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A year ago would have been 5 stars"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sky Betting & Gaming full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * Arguably one of the most relaxed places I have worked in terms of working culture.
    * Great set of benefits.
    * Tribe culture means teams are empowered within their own teams to deliver without much corporate red tape.
    * Agile pedigree, lots of teams operating in different ways and more is being done to share that working
    * Work hard, play hard mentality with some great annual events
    * Lots of leadership will take the time to talk to you in person if you ask for it
    * Has been lots of opportunity to move around and try new roles in the last few years
    * Worked with some of the most capable people of my career at SBG
    * Probably learned the most I have at any company in the shortest time
    * Would have been 5 stars but the last 6 months have been rough (see below)
    * I was well paid and made it difficult for me to find much of a better offer elsewhere

    Cons

    * Techies are treated like children that need to be pandered too the amount of money squirrelled away to allow techs to do what they want with tech instead of delivering valuable product is on the rise. There is a very unhealthy culture of tech having a say so with some pretty negative and non pragmatic people in senior roles.
    * Recent exodus of very well respected leaders that got SBG to where it was and unclear expectations from strategy and new leadership.
    * Recent acquisition will mean lots of change over the next year or two which may or may not be for the better depending on your role
    * Some leadership unable to let go of their old roles and help those below them thrive by giving responsibility and ownership
    * Some areas of the business get completely washed over whilst others have budget for parties, better office space and furniture and more time out of working for events (the division of tribes is grown by this)
    * Say goodbye to any predictability on bonuses (they are paid and usually pretty good) but its impossible to tell now they are not forthcoming with financial results (like they were previously)

    Advice to Management

    * Just because someone is good at a tech role does not make them a leader, all too often you see strong techies without the skills needed to manage people and has led to several people I know leaving or moving in the business. Make sure those people are being supported to be good people managers (ideally before putting them in those positions)
    * Clearer direction needs to be given, emphasis on the word clear, lots is left to each tribes interpretation and left to be resolved between tribes. But the tribes are set up in a way where they do not work well across tribes. Leaders need to be more involved in clarifying what that means for each area whilst allowing innovation
    * Tech are a vital part of delivering great product but need to understand what authority they have and that tech options need to be justified against ROI, too many of your architects and senior techs are hiding the options that would deliver your product faster. Challenge this more, those tech roles wont keep growing as product development keeps getting slower
    * SBG is already losing its touch in agile delivery prowess and culture, do something about it sooner rather than later. Everyone is busy but it will be a lot harder as more of those good people leave for companies putting the effort in

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Culture has taken a hit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Sky Betting & Gaming full-time

    Pros

    SBG is a young vibrant company where ideas are valued. The benefits are great and despite last year's TSG takeover, SBG has managed to maintain an open and enjoyable work environment.

    Cons

    Since TSG took over the mood in the office has definitely changed, which is to be expected. Being a publicly owned company, coupled with the increasing regulatory requirements is making it a more pressured place to work.


  4. "Wonderful Place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sky Betting & Gaming full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Culture/Good progression opportunities and an ambition to make it a great place to work

    Cons

    Hard to get a meeting room!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Slowly becoming the same as every other company"

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    Former Employee - Service Operations Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Service Operations Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sky Betting & Gaming full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced tech company in an interesting sector.

    Cons

    Slowly becoming the same corporate culture as every other workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on D&I and more on just doing the work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits but that's about it"

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

    Pros

    Benefit are great, although they are starting to dwindle due to overspending and the Stars Group takeover
    Great location in Leeds
    Some great people about

    Cons

    Promotions seem to be based on length of service rather than skillset. This means that there are a lot of senior level staff who haven't got a clue what they are doing in terms of line management.

    There is a 'lad culture' that makes it a hard place to work sometimes if you're not 'one of the boys'.

    Tech staff seem to be treated like they are special, and as a result it means that rude, ignorant, and unfair behaviour towards non-tech staff is widely tolerated.

    Offices in Leeds are fragmented and have different cultures despite being in the same business park!

    This place really does not live the message that they put out on social media. Don't believe it. The company has grown so big that they cant maintain the culture of old, even though they pretend that they can.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people into roles that they aren't ready for. Start listening to the feedback you're getting about whether it's a good place to work.


  7. "Good chance to use the latest tech"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sky Betting & Gaming full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Uses the latest tech, good people

    Cons

    They are short sighted at times

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Poorly managed graduate scheme"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Academy Engineer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Academy Engineer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sky Betting & Gaming full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some great people work here
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Graduates treated like children with their feedback ignored.
    Told most important part of the job is to be 'brand ambassadors' or to positively advertise the company - people who do this get rewarded.
    Higher ups don't care about the employees and reward people they are friends with rather than those who deserve it.

    Advice to Management

    Try and care more about the people who do the actual work and make the company money.
    Stop allowing people in high positions to employ their friends even if they are not competent at the job they are given


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not quite as it seems."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sky Betting & Gaming full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice perks. Nice benefits - free sky amd nice fruit in office. Nice facilities. Flexible working. Some good learning resources available. Bonuses could be good (that may or may not have stopped now)

    It can be a fun office at times with interesting things going on.

    Cons

    The company really, really cares about their staff. But not all of them. It is a bit like a micro class sysyem. If you are a developer or a software engineer then you will be treated brilliantly.

    If you are a call centre agent or admin staff they know they can replace you easily and it shows. Some staff get shiny new laptops others get ones that barely work depending on job they do.

    It can be a little disconcerting at times seeing some staff treated to luxury treats while others are overlooked.

    They can also seem a bit ruthless. Quite often you say bye to someone at 5pm and find out they no longer work there the next day with little explanation. This happens a lot.

    I exist in the middle ground.... not high enough to get the princess treatment but not treated badly either.

    Advice to Management

    Care less about being seen as a great place to work and actually be one.


  10. "Great tech team and culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ops Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Ops Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sky Betting & Gaming full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Lots of smart and motivated people
    - Collaborative and supportive environment
    - There's time and desire to automate manual effort
    - Teams have autonomy with just the right amount of central support
    - Great focus on learning and the development of people
    - Senior management are approachable and engaged

    Cons

    - Communication and co-ordination across many teams is hard
    - Office space can be noisy, depending on the area you work in

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on responsible gambling and remain open and honest with the communication.