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Updated July 31, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great experiences, but can be a bit hands-off"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Great work environment. Free food, frequent events, annual holiday.
    + Amazing training programme. Great opportunity to launch into a software career. Small and inexperienced company means that career opportunities are great if you are proactive about it.
    + Personally empowering. If someone wants to make a change, they are largely able to try and do so. The company is the sum of a lot of great people.
    + Generous bonuses for technical staff. It may seem like they underpay but the profit share scheme is genuinely great for technical staff.
    + Very smart staff. The staff are genuinely quick and quick-witted. It is empowering to be around them, both for their on-project work and what they otherwise contribute to the company.

    Cons

    - Negative experience with people management. Key staff can be rude. Accusations of sexism are not uncommon. Processes in place to resolve issues here are underdeveloped ("have you tried avoiding them?")
    - Projects are largely uninspiring. The sales team do a great job trying to find interesting and worthwhile projects, but the consultancy nature of the business means that often we have to accept less than desirable projects.
    - General lack of experience. Often projects are run by the blind leading the blind.
    - Can sometimes leave staff feeling a bit 'used'. The company has a 'libertarian' attitude which means it gets involved minimally in the efforts of individuals; but is quite happy to take credit for these to put itself on a wider platform.

    Advice to Management

    Take a bigger role in your staff. Put protection and processes in place if there are complaints against others. If something your staff members do is good enough to advertise, support your staff (financially and in time).


  2. "Excellent Culture"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Softwire as an intern

    Pros

    > Very nice people
    > Very nice culture, employees are valued highly
    > Very intelligent people. Not very techy but quite mathsy (most employees are maths grads), and the interview process reflects this
    > Lots of scope for fun, e.g. table tennis DURING OFFICE HORUS
    > Simple but tasty set of snacks
    > Nice cooked lunchs (you have to pay but well subsidised)
    > Do it right philosophy to programming: always go for best solution as opposed to most expedient

    Cons

    > Doesn't pay so well, so you are 'paying' for the less intense culture
    > Culture isn't tech, if you're into that sort of thing
    > Technologies used are not great

  3. "The company that knows what it's doing for customers and employees"

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

    I worked at Softwire full-time

    Pros

    The culture is based on giving the best possible experience for the employees, while also solving customer's problems. The engineers are either highly skilled or strive to be. The common problem seems to be "how do we clean the mess the previous contractors left us with" - and they tend to excel at that. Superb opportunities for growth: it's the company strategy to make its employees grow. The most important: the company will take care of you, ensure you're happy and that you feel there at home.

    Cons

    The projects can be nice... and not very nice. Sometimes you have to deal with ancient horrors. The pay is not the greatest you can get in London - but remember that you will be usually shielded from soul-crushing or failing projects.

    Advice to Management

    Do the thing you are doing - the company culture is great. Ensure the knowledge is being transferred on old projects. Expand the hiring pipeline and deal with the company's size.


  4. "Great environment, challenging work, a little too risk-averse"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot in my time there, even as a relatively experienced developer when I joined. There was a welcome focus on quality. The environment was great as well - plenty of space, good social spaces, lots of events and a good bunch of people. No regrets about joining the company, wish I could have found something like that earlier in my career. Would recommend it to pretty much any junior- to mid-level developer.

    Cons

    Career progression is a little fuzzy. There doesn't seem to be a lot of ambition at the company and they tend to play it safe. Those who want to innovate or build products tend to lose interest and move elsewhere, which means the environment is a little self-selecting for those who are either still learning their trade and those who aren't interested in taking risks.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some real entrepreneurs! You talk about diversification and seem confused when attempts to do so fail, getting some outside expertise and ideas would really help.


  5. "Great Company Spirit"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Working in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Working in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Softwire as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Relaxed friendlily work environment
    -Company spent money on staff moral for events like Third Friday Drinks, Pizza + Video Games, Garden Party
    -Food provided in office
    -Very flexible working hours
    -Worked with charities

    Cons

    Work was never menial but sometimes was not challenging and was fairly routine programming.

    Advice to Management

    The office environment makes this company.


  6. "Fantastic place to work"

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

    Pros

    Fun, fantastic atmosphere, great focus on personal development

    Cons

    Not many qualms at all. While some projects pose interesting challenges others can be more dull.


  7. "Nice company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Softwire as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Interesting projects
    - Great social life, morale events every week
    - Very smart people
    It's a great place to work at, especially for the intern. Softwire provides training in the first 2 weeks of the programme to understand technologies you are going to work with.

    Cons

    There is not much feedback about your performance from the line manager. Can't think of any other cons really, quite enjoyed the internship.

    Advice to Management

    Let people know how they are performing, so that you know what to improve rather than suddenly telling them that they are no longer suitable for the role.

  8. "Great Company to Work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Voted one of the best places to work in the UK. It lived up to the hype, I had a great experience at the office. No pressure but you must stick to your targets.

    Cons

    Sales team can become complacent and not enough initiative to work harder.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on going with the great work


  9. "Verry efficient feedback"

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    Current Intern - Software Developer Intern in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Intern - Software Developer Intern in Bucharest (Romania)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Softwire as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    very efficient when comes to feedback

    Cons

    can t think of any


  10. "Excellent start to career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Kentish Town, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Kentish Town, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    True focus on employee welfare, and personal development. Excellent office atmosphere, with universally very intelligent colleagues. Good starting salary. Okay location. Excellent social events.

    Cons

    Salary becomes less and less competitive with time. Some projects can be boring, but can often change. Working off-site can be a chore.

    Advice to Management

    Generally a lovely company to work for.

    Softwire Response

    Mar 12, 2015 – Director

    Thanks for the review, glad you liked working here! For the benefit of people reading the review I wanted to respond to the point about salaries becoming uncompetitive over time. We do regularly... More