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  1. Helpful (64)

    "Industrial Placement Year"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    For an Industrial Placement this is the place to be as you will learn so much from your time there especially in regards to things like the workplace environment, time management, problem solving and technical development. The people there are extremely helpful and friendly and you will get settled very quickly. Culture and Values rated at a 5 simply because the company ethos is discussed on a weekly basis and... gets mentioned very frequently and not just by the CEO himself which shows that the people working there do clearly share the same values. Various benefits including: * Flexitime so you can start anytime between 8 and 10. * Weekly Code Clubs allowing you to go to various schools and help teach both teachers and children to learn how to program. * Half a day a week of "Personal Development Time" where you can further develop your skills in anything software or technology related or complete your own personal projects. * "Shield Days" for having half a day or a whole day off and make up for it at the weekend so you don't use up your annual leave at short notice. * Work from Home days for when you'd prefer to code in bed. * Various social outings and events nearly every week. * Free Microsoft Exams. * Free Breakfast.

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    Cons

    For continued employment I don't feel this is a good fit as the majority of the software developers are now placement students. When I started there was a good proportion of placement staff to full-timers which allowed each student to have a buddy-mentor for the year but now some are having to have more than one placement student to mentor as the ratio is off. Career opportunities rated at 3 due to the heavy use... legacy technologies nearly as old as myself. Had I stayed at the company longer I believed that I would have been stuck using these technologies for many years to come making myself fairly limited in terms of what I could offer other employers. Too many times I felt that I was forced to go to various company outings and events. I believe it's good for a company to offer a wide variety of events for their staff out of hours but to have marketing or admin staff hovering over your shoulder saying that you have to come or even when you do say no and that you're busy you still persistently get asked about why you can't come which I felt crossed a personal line into my home life. To make matters worse at the end of the year your attendance to these events apparently correlates with your ability as a Software Engineer. There were multiple times in which I had to work from home outside of work hours which I didn't mind doing at all and accepted therefore didn't have an issue with but what got to me was the fact that I had nearly all of my benefits removed from me for several months and when we had meetings discussing that things needed to be changed they never did. Even months later when the work resurfaced it went straight back to the way it was.

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    Advice to Management

    Senior Management rated at a 3 because the directors are simply brilliant and do try to go out of their way to help you whenever they can. The CEO on the other hand needs to further develop his interpersonal skills and try to avoid coming across in such a way that at times could be seen as borderline workplace bullying. We got frequently told to not hold back and speak up whenever we didn't agree with something... that someone said but when you did disagree it got ignored and there was no seemingly possible way of turning that around.

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    Web Applications UK2016-10-11

    Web Applications UK Response

    November 25, 2016Chief Executive

    Hi anonymous, thank you for your feedback, I do read each one and we discuss it together as a team. We do encourage staff to socialise, particularly industrial placements, as we passionately believe in learning from one another, and it’s vital IPs use their time with us to build ...

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Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (168)

    "Beautiful project, poor management staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Oldham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - The project I worked on for 3years was a dream one and I'm forever grateful to web applications for making it a reality.

    Cons

    - Working with various levels exposed me to ridiculous management team especially Craig. He is so condescending, arrogant and abusive.

    Advice to Management

    - Craig and the team need to make the environment really an environment. Everyone was literally scared and unable to perform at their optimum.

    Web Applications UK2019-01-30
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Decent place to start as a software engineer with zero experience, provided a strong desire to learn."

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Oldham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Real focus on learning and improvement, starting from low-level concepts and old tools. If you show good knowledge in areas specified in the job spec and a real desire to learn, they will take you in. Overlooking experience, background.

    Cons

    -lots of time spent on support duty (with terrible equipment) -extremely rare to use a new tool or framework -felt like no design patterns were ever mentioned apart from OOP -weirdo CEO -located in Oldham -low pay -poor benefits -no flexibility in type of work you do

    Web Applications UK2019-05-28

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