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Tribal Group Reviews

Updated February 12, 2017
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  • Senior management think nothing of driving their employees into burnout when there is a profit to be chased (in 5 reviews)

  • Tribal is a software company that does not understand modern software development (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Going downhill"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Developer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tribal Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Fairly relaxed
    Nice people
    Interesting work

    Cons

    Constant cut at the moment
    Lack of recognition
    Lack of career opportunities
    Poor/non existent training

    Advice to Management

    Have a realistic strategy, value your staff, stop being disconnected from the rest of the company


  2. "Tribal"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Support Consultant
    Current Employee - Applications Support Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment
    Flexible working from home

    Cons

    Bad direction of company
    Loss of personnell
    Lack of career development


  3. "Reality check"

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    Former Employee - Developer Team Leader
    Former Employee - Developer Team Leader
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Quite flexible with teleworking available.

    Cons

    No corporate standards, peripheral divisions are basically run as autonomous little outfits with clueless non-technical managers thinking they are god and just interested in their little power games NOT the well being of the company. No standards for security, software development, documentation, testing, DR etc. even though this is the core business!

    Advice to Management

    A lot of middle management needs to change before the new Exec revolution can take place. Co-ordinate and manage the poor middle management. There has been a lot of great lip service from the new leadership, but little change in reality even though reality hit previous to you joining.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "OK but very focused on profits"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Norwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Norwich, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Tribal Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    An OK company to work for, decent salary and occasional bonus scheme offered, decent perks

    Cons

    The company is very focused on profits, often to the detriment of employee and customer satisfaction

    Advice to Management

    Be more customer focused and you may see profits increase as a result


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Bit of a mess at the moment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tribal Group full-time

    Pros

    self management and flexible time keeping, but driven by yourself rather than a corporate culture. It is the market leader in several sectors, FE and I think HE. Loyal customer base who have been with Tribal for many years, and remember the days before Tribal became a greedy PLC and existing to help the sectors it operated in.

    Cons

    This place is sinking like the titanic, years of miss management by senior people who have been setting unrealistic targets to the city, means successive profit warning. The impact at grass roots is simple, no motivation, no belief in the corporate lines, no investment and more importantly for people considering a job, no bonus payments, an expenses policy which costs you money to travel and a list of hotels which are far from acceptable to stay in. Plenty of money going in, but it disappears.

    The internal departments have mis-matched incentive schemes, so departments end up fighting against each other over petty things which will impact their budgets, this all means there is no focus on the important person, the customer.

    A newly appointed chair of the board might make things better, and the move to AIM might free up some of the money required. One thing for sure, something needs to happen.

    Advice to Management

    Get things moving, everything takes too long. Listen to your people and get the spirit back into the place, then watch it fly and grow.

    Tribal Group Response

    Mar 4, 2016 – HR Talent Coordinator

    Thank you for this feedback. Its positive to see that you recognise the flexible and autonomous environment within the “pros” section of your comments. This working environment is really important to ... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "If you are expecting a dynamic development environment, don't bother."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Developer in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Camaraderie is good at the level where the actual work is done.

    Hot drinks are provided (proper coffee machine), which is nice.

    Cons

    Archaic development practices where Innovation is stifled by supposed leaders who have no apparent experience beyond Tribal's walls.

    Because of extreme time pressures, the implementations are always "quick and dirty" which are never subsequently revisited, leaving the codebase with more holes than swiss cheese.

    Poorly defined requirements in the work you are given, coupled with constantly changing goalposts makes the work stressful.

    Promises of training were never fulfilled.

    Appraisals are few and far between

    Management is either inexperienced or simply poor, they view staff as commodities to be traded.

    Decisions are made, changed, rescinded and sometimes that they were ever made, are denied.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your non-managerial staff with more respect, you have more talent than you realise.

    Training is extremely important for developers, if it is not provided or encouraged, then they will stagnate and worsen, leading to the current state of the codebase.

    Salaries are poor compared to other employers


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Working as One? More like Fragmented."

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    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, free coffee, and a relaxed dress code. For the most part, friendly people.

    Cons

    One's working experience very much depended on the team one worked in. I was lucky and worked with a lovely, cohesive team of people. Most other development teams were anything but.

    Management is too structured: like a Russian doll of layers. Many 'old timers' resist change, and the business is extremely fragmented. No new innovation has been done for a decade, and Tribal is now beginning to pay for it. For a software company, this is shameful. Sadly, any attempts that are now finally being made at innovation are slow due to excessive bureaucracy/ inability of people to work together.

    On a personal level, there are scarce opportunities for personal development of skills, or to move up. Bean counting, and meanness is characteristic of the company. Could not even supply a replacement microwave. Salary is low.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on one strategy and run with it!
    Stop bean counting, and you might have staff that actually like the company.
    Promote better people into management (and remove some).


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent staff treated as commodities."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice bunch of talented people
    Training and development: not so much in terms of qualifications, but rather the opportunity to learn new software and gain experience, which is vital for career progression
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    We felt disengaged from the company as a whole: that was good in some ways, but not so in others.

    Salary didn't always reflect the success of the company: there were a lot of salary freezes, office and team changes and overall cutbacks during the bleak times and things didn't really change after new contract wins and improved market conditions. Similarly, as one improved their skills and ended up doing more to help the company, it wouldn't show in their pay. Aside from slight cost of living increases, things didn't change between joining with considerably less experience and three years later, when I was doing a lot more specialist work.

    Perks: the online scheme seemed to be designed to dissuade or at least it just targeted a particular niche (in other words, it wasn't useful at all).

    Advice to Management

    Work out where you are going, recruit accordingly and value your staff.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Continual downsizing/cutbacks have created a company with little true integrity"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tribal Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some really interesting contracts and work.
    A pool of talented people in some areas.

    Cons

    Poor middle management. When people are promoted to positions for which they lack the necessary ability, the company do not address the fundamental problems
    No CPD (continuing professional development) despite repeated promises.
    Lack of honesty about company plans. Sudden redundancies.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your staff, value them and invest in them. It will reap much greater rewards in the longer term than short-term short-sighted profits.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Stuck in the past, Management highly inexperienced"

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

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

    Pros

    Good Salary, Free Tea & Coffee, flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Management highly inexperienced! Really glitchy products! They tend to simply "add a new bit on" which should hopefully mask the broken parts, I think there software has more versions than I do hot dinners!!

    Developers living in the stone age! QA is almost none existent!!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff more! Seek advice when needed and start looking further afield when developing software, all of it needs a fresh approach! Excellent development teams scattered around Tribal but terrible managers who don't utilize them to the full extent!



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