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ID Business Solutions Overview

Website www.idbs.com
Headquarters Guildford, England, United Kingdom
Size 201 to 500 Employees
Founded 1989
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $100 to $500 million (AUD) per year
Competitors Unknown
Next time you open your medicine cabinet or raid the cupboard for chocolate or even jump in the car, the chances are our technology has played a part. Our data management software is used by household names such as Danone, L'Oréal, BASF, Sanofi and Total ... More

Mission: From pharmaceuticals to energy, healthcare to consumer goods, IDBS helps research and development teams make discoveries that have the potential to transform the lives of populations worldwide.

ID Business Solutions Reviews

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    Not somewhere to put your heart and soul into....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guildford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
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    I worked at ID Business Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)


    The general office atmosphere is nice and the people are intelligent and driven. Line managers try to be as supportive as possible, and it's a great place to work if you're a scientist who wants to leave benchwork, but stay within the R&D industry. The products are pretty cool and do very clever things - they can be complicated at times, but it's worth it for the sense of achievement. The clients are nice and they tend to rate IDBS's product suites highly. There are changes in place to modernise the Development and Testing teams which seem pretty exciting and I think will improve both the products and the experience for the employees in these teams. IDBS' flexible working hours are also very good.


    Over the last couple of years there had been a lot of pressure from upper management to aggressively grow the company, i.e. take on bigger projects and larger clients and push the boundaries of what was achievable. The products just weren't ready for this and it became a struggle for the people on the front line - trying to achieve arbitrary targets without a real vision of what it was for. A lot of bright people left IDBS during 2015 - about a dozen within a 6 month period. Partly because career progression was just not available, but in general the feeling was that their hard work just wasn't being acknowledged or appreciated. Aggressively growing a company simply so your CEO can have a bigger yacht does not appeal to many people. This exodus happened across many departments and some of the vacant positions were then outsourced - hiring and training new staff is expensive when you have targets to meet. The office is grotty and over crowded. Dirty carpets, tiny desks and no space to sit at lunch time. A MAJOR con is that commuting by car to the Research Park in Guildford is a pretty horrendous experience, but transport links are poor due to the location so there aren't many other options. The holiday allowance is the bare minimum and other work/life balances can be punitively stingy; for example bereavement leave is 1 day, sick pay / parental leave are also quite miserly should you need to use it. Other companies are not as frugal in these areas. These are relatively minor things but they do start to gnaw away at your work experience over the years.

    Advice to Management

    Send some time appreciating the talent that you already have in house. Be more sensitive to the needs of the people who make up the integral cogs of the business - without them you have no business. Encourage upper management to be more visible in the business; some people didn't even know what their departmental VP looked like. For a few years lot of lip service was paid making company culture and values, but it didn't amount to anything. Where there are good values and cultures they come from the grass roots up, not from the senior management.

ID Business Solutions Interviews

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    Senior Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at ID Business Solutions (London, England (UK)).


    I had a phone interview, followed by an on-site interview. It was a nice and friendly interview of about an hour with Line Manager, Lead Developer and a Senior Developer from his team. They briefly highlighted role responsibilities and what part of the product I would be working on, then they cracked on with the technical part of the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Mainly focused on core Java. Some question on algorithms, e.g. sorting, tree search. DBMS fundamentals, e.g. create a simple DB schema, schema normalisation.   Answer Question

Company Updates

  • Our people are the secret sauce that makes our products great. Learn more about what makes life in IDBS' software development team so rewarding by watching our video now live on our careers portal at http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIK6T


    Looking for great opportunities to learn and grow without a restrictive career path? Check out our current vacancies. Go to Our jobs portal " Our people are the secret sauce that makes our products great.

  • Read about life within our Product Delivery organisation from one of our Principal Technologists.

    A minute with Brian Hobbs, Principal Technologist in our Development Team

    Computers! You know what they say - once a geek, always a geek. My interest started when I was young (before computing was even an option at school) when my parents bought me my first computer - a Sinclair ZX81. And not just any old ZX8 - I also had the 16Kb RAM add-on.

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