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Tribal Group Software Developer Reviews

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  • Flexible working hours, could work from home regularly if needed (in 11 reviews)

  • The team was great with each other and one had a great work life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work, pay not up to industry standards"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Lancaster, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Lancaster, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tribal Group full-time

    Pros

    The main benefit of working at Tribal was the ability to work from home when required. They were always focused more on delivery and I felt that they always trusted their staff to deliver.

    Cons

    When profits took a turn for the worst, the company showed their true colours by cutting the benefits of the lowest on the ladder first and working their way up. They don't seem to grasp the concept of looking after their staff so that their staff will look after their business.

    The management in my particular office worked well, but quickly disintegrated when external influences from head office became involved.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management need to understand who's keeping the business on their feet and reward those people. They need to become more involved with their real staff and not just the big wigs at the top of the rung.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to begin your career."

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    Current Employee - Graduate Software Developer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Software Developer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    great teams.
    great office spaces and hardware.
    very friendly to junior and graduate devs.
    well paid graduate scheme.

    Cons

    Higher management are very disconnected from Development and Sales.
    Dated Products.
    too many similar products.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your devs. Look at where technology is going. Streamline product catalouge.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A software company lacking leadership and vision"

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, flexible hours and reasonable office space

    Cons

    Tribal is a software company that does not understand modern software development.

    Senior managers typically have no or extremely outdated development experience. Development is generally seen as a simple matter of numbers - add more developers to increase productivity, add more servers to increase performance and so on.

    Modern techniques and processes are almost universally shunned, primarily due to lack of understanding or perceived risk. For most teams development processes are dictated by the demands of unrealistic deadlines - things like design, refactoring or automated testing are seen as impediments to shipping features, which has an adverse affect on the quality of the software, which in turn makes it harder to maintain. It's a vicious cycle that the company has been unable to escape despite various changes at senior management and organisational reshuffles.

    Managerial empire building and inter-team politics further hinder any attempt to move away from the status quo.

    Finally, there is little or no technical training available. Perversely there is a variety of training available in non-technical areas (e.g. HR, project management etc.).

    Advice to Management

    Trust your technical staff. Tribal is a software company but technical staff are viewed as nothing more than numbers on a spreadsheet. Many of the problems facing the company can be partially addressed or at least mitigated using modern practices and approaches.

    Add more structure to development operations (e.g. CTO, technical architects). The company lacks any real technical hierarchy or direction, which simply exacerbates matters.

    Invest in your technical staff. Training and continued professional development are crucial for technical roles.


  4. 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).


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Stuck in the past"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer 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

    Helpful and friendly people (mostly anyway)
    Global contracts with high potential
    Flexible working hours
    Attempting some agile methods
    Office newly refurbed
    Free tea and coffee

    Cons

    Software is dated
    Although there are a few good developers, innovation is stifled by those in charge.
    Very much a software hacking company with few industry standard patterns or methods used. It's all about bolting on some new half baked features and shoving it out the door.
    Lip service is as much attention as testing is given.
    Senior devs fear change due to their lack of knowledge and experience outside of tribal.
    They need to drag themselves into this decade and put more focus around quality.
    Management are very inexperienced and run around like headless chickens (literally)
    Much more agile methods are needed around the software development if they are to sell themselves as "agile", it's more than just two week iterations and a daily stand up.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage new ideas, there are developers with good experience on the floor.
    Learn more about the software development cycle.
    Place more emphasis on quality and a little less on new half cooked features.