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Poor work/life balance
Sales Executive (Former Employee) –  North West19 October 2017
Fantastic company in terms of what they can offer customers. Managers are weak, don’t like to be challenged and expect their teams to be robots!
The high level of work means working after hours and at the weekend.
Communication is very poor!
Things change on a regular basis with very little support just the expectation to get on with it.
Pros
Salary & Bonus
Cons
Work lift balance, fear culture
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Fun and challenging place to work
Group Accountant (Current Employee) –  Oxford, Oxfordshire24 July 2017
Fun and challenging place to work, currently going through a lot of change but will drive long-term success. Management are supportive, knowledgeable and approachable. Progression sometimes lacks but if there is an opportunity internal candidates are the first to be considered.
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A useful experience
Project Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Corby, Northamptonshire13 July 2017
An interesting time spent working in PMO. Previously a Project Manager so it was good to see how things worked in governance of the projects and also how SAP worked.
Pros
Nice, friendly people
Cons
Commute was long and difficult
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Sexist & Unprogressive Company
Marketing Manager (Former Employee) –  London20 January 2017
Regressive management not keen to tackle the problem of sexism & xenophobia among senior manager who makes inappropriate comments as the managers are wimps who do not like conflict.

I was fired for complaining about one of my sexist colleagues. My wimpish boss totally denied the behaviour and chose to fire me instead of dealing with the sexism in the office. What a joke! The predominantly male senior management team are very old-fashioned and drink so much on team and company nights out. Leads to a lot of strange and unprofessional behaviour. The non-heavy drinkers among us visibly uncomfortable but just told we were boring not to get wrecked all the time. Pathetic way of socialising with your work colleagues.

Culture and digital in particular has become highly politicised. Makes it next to impossible to get digital projects off the ground smoothly.
London digital team very talented, but they are carrying a lot of the business. PPC in particular, is a very heavy traffic source for the company which is dangerous considering the volatility of the Google algorithm.

The company recently celebrated a digital festival called Digifest which was just a superficial exercise where the PPC, SEO, UX and other digital teams had to forcefully try and educate a lot of non-digital savvy employees about digital. Really hard to find motivation as a digital specialist when other employees say they hate the digital team and are only visiting your stand for an Adobe notebook or a free pen. What kind of way is that to motivate employees?

Understandable that a lot of the digital
  more... team leave after a few months. When I was there, there were 4 people from the digital team who left in the space of 2 months.

The IT team are useless and are frequently fired or given mass redundancies. As the HQ is in Corby, which is a historic industrial town, which has not been developed by Britain, the talent pool is slim and often just local people who have never lived anywhere else ever. A lot of teams in Corby are staffed by perfectly nice but very average people. Makes working with them a nightmare as they never, ever want to improve or learn anything new. Huge stigmas b

HR are non-existent who only ever step in when someone is being fired. Most people joining the London office are not told where to send their P45s when they join, so they end up asking up to 7 different people in Finance who eventually tell them the answer. What a waste.
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Pros
High salaries for very average people
Cons
Regressive management who care nothing for employee welfare.
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Progressive and ambitious business with well defined strategy. Demanding but rewarding experience.
Group Risk Manager (Former Employee) –  Corby9 December 2014
A fast paced environment with expectations of high quality and quick turnaround. The rewards were good as were the opportunities to participate in a wide range and variety of disciplines and topics; all in all a good environment for personal development if that is your driver.

Like most organisations, the business has a 'composite culture' between operational businesses and senior management levels. This was however less pronounced than in most other businesses of my experience, and I would say this is a positive point for the organisation.

Working hours and travel demands could be high and occasionally these could become unrealistic and so 'push-back' was necessary in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

In summary, a dynamic business that I enjoyed working for. It usually succeeds in what it sets out to achieve, and it tries to do the 'right thing' for its stakeholders. It does however make mistakes but it is my experience that it is quick to learn from these and adapt accordingly.
Pros
Ambitious, well organised, positive reputation, recognised name
Cons
Long hours, work-life balance
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Good place to work
Inventory Planner - Offer (Current Employee) –  Inventory14 January 2013
Great place to work. Dynamic and people focussed.

Resposible for maitaining high service levels across the EMEA region.
Continuous Improvement.
Cross functional working.
Pros
flexible working, private health care, pension
Cons
very top down approach to management
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