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OpenBet Reviews

Updated 10 Apr 2019

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  • "One might get stuck working on old legacy systems/languages (TCL)(in 26 reviews)

  • "Very disorganized - constant reorganization and low retention on senior management positions(in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Antiquated tech stack"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at OpenBet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Sydney team was full of fun people to work with. Good work culture (PS4 and table tennis in the office). Free fruit, biscuits, etc. Transition from waterfall to agile was painful but things had pretty much settled when I left in 2015. Management and clients were supportive and sufficiently involved in agile processes. Flexible working hours. Typically 7.5 hour days and no weekends (unless there was extra work and...

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    Cons

    Antiquated tech stack (TCL was by and large the main language used). Salary was lacklustre. I've heard both of these have improved since I left but not sure how much.

    Advice to Management

    Keep replacing your legacy systems with something engineers will actually want to use and benefit learning.

    OpenBet2018-08-11
  2. "Good place to spend some time before moving on"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OpenBet full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - friendly colleagues - good investment in employee training programmes - office in the city area and so easy to commute to/from - management support to grow individual's professional career within the company - opportunity to apply internally to other customer teams around the world and so travel

    Cons

    - too much social / non-working hours fun activity expectations to cover their inability to provide enough fun opportunities during work hours as a benefit to employees. - no place for innovation since most of the work being done is driven by customers and in most cases they control the 'what' and 'how' something gets engineered. This leaves the developers with less challenging work. - nothing valuable to add to the...

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    Advice to Management

    - invest in having employees work on some cool new resume-worthy things

    OpenBet2018-02-05
  3. "Good place to start career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OpenBet full-time

    Pros

    - friendly colleagues - small teams of mostly good devs - office in nice area - opportunity to write important, high-use code

    Cons

    - the teams are completely focussed on getting software out the door as soon as possible with little thought to architecture and new technologies - 80% of development is in outdated languages

    Advice to Management

    Management should ask low level employees where the obvious opportunities to improve the stack are.

    OpenBet2017-12-22
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Smart people, misguided goals"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OpenBet full-time

    Pros

    - Nice people (most) - Relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    - Stuck in 90's technologies and no technology direction - No long term strategy - do whatever you can now to earn a bit of money attitude - Trying to re-invent the wheel (badly). Examples: new web framework based on tcl, attempt to port OO features to tcl with homegrown solutions

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in new technology - Have long term goals - Enough buzzwords and BS

    OpenBet2014-06-22
  5. Helpful (3)

    "A good place to start"

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenBet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I joined the company more than 5 years ago and looking back it was a great place to start. Great people, good culture nice benefits and opportunities to work abroad.

    Cons

    Their technologies are outdated and won't help you find your next job. The direction the company is moving towards looks pretty grim. Loads of buzzwords coming from new senior hires but all I see is loads of old code with not tests, and the first attempt to modernise the company and bring in "products" failed, mostly due to the lack of tests documenting existing functionality. No new customers for a while now as initial...

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    Advice to Management

    Give better pay rises to keep existing employees. Convince stakeholders that we need to take a hit to get our code base in a better condition. Modernising the code base will be extremely hard because it is a long term investment with no short term returns and now that the company is owned by investors who want immediate results the company is facing a critical moment.

    OpenBet2014-05-06
  6. "Nice place to start your career"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at OpenBet full-time

      Pros

      People culture, offices, international exposure

      Cons

      Complex organization, minimum understanding of decision making process, limited documentation

      OpenBet2019-04-10
    • "Great working environment"

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      Current Employee - Software Engineer in Athens
      Recommends

      I have been working at OpenBet full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Nice co-workers, great office and benefits, work life balance. Good career opportunities. Java teams

      Cons

      Legacy tech stack such as TCL

      OpenBet2019-02-24
    • "Great working conditions but poor working content"

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      Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chiswick, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at OpenBet full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      - Great multicultural colleagues - Great working conditions - Good Benefits

      Cons

      - Outdated technologies and methodologies - Tasks set from external "customer" companies could end up being dull - Strict hierarchy could block new members from being involved in more interesting tasks

      OpenBet2019-03-01
    • "Work life balanced"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at OpenBet full-time

        Pros

        Great vacation package. 3rd year reaches 6 weeks.

        Cons

        Try to get the highest salary because after that, there won't be much raise

        Advice to Management

        Make salary raises more competitive, otherwise employees will keep on leaving

        OpenBet2019-02-11
      • "Friendly environment but Management issues"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No Opinion of CEO

        I have been working at OpenBet full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        - Very friendly collaborative environment - Very good work/life balance

        Cons

        - Not good people's management - Medium to low salaries - Outdated technologies

        OpenBet2019-02-23
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