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Tribal Group Reviews

Updated August 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Working at Tribal gives me the work life balance I require (in 7 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours, could work from home regularly if needed (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management better at talking than listening (in 10 reviews)

  • Investment in the UK software development teams is lacking, focus is too often on setting up development in other countries, to cut costs (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Disappointed."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good reputation externally (but how long will it last)

    Cons

    Disappointed at the current state of the business. Constant cut backs, really good (non-replaceable!!!) people leaving the business (and more to follow!) and yet we are expected to perform just as well with no resource. Senior managers don't seem to have a clue, company strategy lacking, lack of investment, lack of cross-team collaboration. The company is running itself into the ground, and running their employees to the ground (or out of the business) as a result.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Well..."

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    Current Employee - Developer in Hessle, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Developer in Hessle, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible
    - Graduate programme
    - Interesting projects

    Cons

    - Lack of specification for work
    - Lack of standards
    - Lack of progression, unless your face fits

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff or they will not be around for long.

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Circling the Drain"

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

    I worked at Tribal Group full-time

    Pros

    The staff down at the coal face are excellent, trying their best under difficult conditions while senior management undo the countless years of hard work put in
    Flexible working hours, could work from home regularly if needed

    Cons

    Cost cutting is brutal at the moment - 300 staff culled in 2016 plus another 100 recently. The company seems to have no real long term plan, the atmosphere in the office is turgid and those that aren't being made redundant are leaving in their droves.

    There also seems to be a large amount of nepotism going on - a senior member of staff's wife got a role with no apparent interview process, for example. There were countless examples of people being overlooked for promotion for people who's face "fit" better.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the business and the staff that got the company to where it was in the first place. Invest in the UK market before you lose it altogether and offer some incentives for those who have been loyal to stay.


  4. Helpful (12)

    "A difficult time for Finance"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Accountant in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Tribal Group full-time

    Pros

    Some brilliant people: constant organisational change keeps people flexible and creative. Interesting work provided by the breadth of business activities.

    Cons

    Aggressive cost cutting and major organisational change mean the next six months or so are likely to be a difficult time in Finance. Recent moves away from business partnering towards functional alignment could be seen as regressive. Senior management better at talking than listening.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget to look after the people who do the work as well a handful of senior managers


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Tribal is a simple dish ruined by a bad chef"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - N/A in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The staff lower down. I found the staff on the support teams and lower teams within HR and finance were all really friendly and helpful. Always willing to go the extra distance to help you out if they could.

    Cons

    Where to start. The management is a major issue in tribal. Tribal is in a bad way at current and as a result they have decided to outsource staff from different areas and background experience to try and patch up the sinking ship. Unfortunately as bright eyed and enthusiastic as they may be the lack of communication from the top down makes for bags of promises and in reality redundancies and changes of the core jobs that are the only good thing about the company. The desire for everyone in each role to make an individual change and make a stamp on tribal is pathetic. In essence, everyone wants to be a manger for the day but no one wants to be a leader for the year.

    Advice to Management

    Your core staff have hidden qualities and can take on the burden of more work and responsibilities if you let them, instead of taking away their benefits and pay and replacing it with a bonus for the higher ups maybe you should look to them for innovative and exciting ideas to take Tribal forward.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Review"

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home.
    Friendly.

    Cons

    Poor communication.
    No training.
    Below average salaries.
    Inconsistent processes.
    Lack of stability.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and show them respect. Stop manipulating processes to cover up inadequacies.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Downhill"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tribal Group full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Nice office environment, free coffee
    Friendly team
    Easy to book holiday

    Cons

    No career development

    No technical training

    No recognition

    Salaries below market average

    Issue with communication at all levels of the organisation

    Line managers don't have enough time to actively manage their teams

    Rather old fashioned senior management, sometimes without clear understanding of how today's software development works

    No integration between departments. Rather than "Working as One", teams tend to shift responsibility to one another

    Advice to Management

    Talk to people you manage. Value your staff. Put your money where your mouth is.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Going downhill"

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    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


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Reality check"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "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


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