Web Applications UK Reviews

Updated 28 May 2019

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Web Applications UK CEO Craig Dean
Craig Dean
15 Ratings
  1. Helpful (168)

    "Beautiful project, poor management staff"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.

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  2. Helpful (5)

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

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Culture of Learning ,Growth and innovation"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Oldham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Web Applications UK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic people to work with - feels more like a group of friends than colleagues sometimes! Everyone is always willing to help each other - can happily say no one is toxic or someone who i dislike. Constantly learning new things: as someone who really cares about gaining knowledge - there isn't a day where i don't learn something new. Free food, drinks, gym membership, open bars ( good use is made out of that) Constant social nights out - going to restaurants, sponsored runs, dodge ball the list is endless! Management actually cares about you. All the directors are approachable and sometimes can sit down with you for hours explaining stuff. One of them in particular deserves a noble prize for the amount of work he does. Customer first approach - focus on the best solution - not the quickest. Full stack environment means you get a good front end experience as well as back end. Constant training, learning new and exciting topics. Opportunities to attend technology events across the UK - fully paid for. Chance to do exams to achieve certifications and have those exams paid for you. One job many roles policy which is fantastic for experience. Company first business second. DOGS! ;)

    Cons

    some of the policies seem ridiculous. Employees who have built up a lot of trust and have proven themselves are heavily restricted in what they can/can't do. I understand that certain rules are there to protect us. But i think certain people should be able to earn the right to be able to given more trust/permission It can be stressful sometimes. Especially when doing something high priority. New services that we offer still need further refinement Few outdated technologies still in use (ASP sucks - it just does) Big focus on support. some days half of the dev's are on support! whilst i understand the reason behind this, i think more time should be given for experimentation with new technologies/ trying different products - though i had raised this before and it feels like its slowly being listened too!

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  4. Helpful (9)

    "A great place to work . . . if you don't any know better."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - One Job, Many Roles in Oldham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * They do their best to look after their staff making it a fun and comfortable place to work especially for the younger staff members. Over the last couple of years, multiple benefits and initiatives have been brought in to ensure staff members are well looked after, both physically and mentally. * Friday afternoons are dedicated to Professional Development which often involves training courses run by the more experienced team members. * Location is ideal whether you drive or take public transport. * There are some real stars among the staff who made it into a very difficult decision when I finally left. * Generally, a vibrant, friendly atmosphere with plenty of opportunities to meet new people and have a good time. * As a company, they are willing to change even if they're resistant to start with. Generally, if you're not even remotely ambitious, this would be the ideal company for you to ride out the paychecks without much stress.

    Cons

    * Salary rates are far behind the industrial average, the flashy benefits they pride themselves on are designed to draw in young, inexperienced engineers on lower than expected salaries. * There’s a lot of micromanagement in the day to day running of the company where the office manager rules with an iron fist. Miss one minute on your timesheet, one step of a process or just generally catch her in a bad mood and you’ll know about it through a snide e-mail, usually also CCed to your manager.. * Although recruitment suggests that you’ll be working on modern technologies, very few people get these opportunities as most developers end up working on existing monolithic classic ASP applications. * A large amount of development time is spent on support cases for existing software. Industrial placement students are highly unlikely to take on any substantial development work in their time with the company. * Although Craig is obviously very intelligent, his focus is on developing complex systems to to prove just how smart he is. * The company has an approach of "one job, many roles" meaning that you don't really get the opportunity to specialise in one subject, everyone is stuck as a generalist, never really getting to know any one topic. Generally, I felt that the company was out of touch with the modern software development industry. Their focus on recruiting cheap, inexperienced engineers leaves a vacuum of true experience within the company to the point where I felt that internally they're promoting an unhealthy approach to software development.

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  5. Helpful (79)

    "I can see nothing has changed"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oldham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * Nice building * Friendly people (some) * Good training opportunities * Good transport links and some good perks

    Cons

    * Tech stack from the last century * Abusive arbitrary and controlling management * Never seems to gain new customers only loses them * Feels like you have joined a cult * No career opportunities other than leaving

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  6. Helpful (10)

    "Not a great career start."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are wonderful people here Free perks Staff outings Office has pool table and nice breakout area Great colleagues with genuine passion for what they do

    Cons

    Micromanagement and control! Old tech still predominant, but changing slowly. As a first job can really alter your perspective about how you expect the industry to be.

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  7. Helpful (62)

    "Pathetic"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK full-time

    Pros

    None at all, just none

    Cons

    Everything about the ceo is wrong

  8. Helpful (24)

    "Double edged sword"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Oldham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the staff are very nice to work with and I enjoyed most of my time here. The benefits are reasonable, having free drinks in the office is nice and often understated what such a simple thing can do. The training budget for each employee is also reasonable and can be used on most things as long as it has demonstrable outputs (like certifications). Most people will be more than happy to help you when asked. Social events were frequent and often very fun.

    Cons

    The salary is not particularly competitive. There can be quite a large emphasis placed on time allocation ensuring that all time is logged against something relevant, this can often lead to a feeling amongst staff that they are constantly being scrutinised which is not great for morale. Occasional weekend work whilst communicated before accepting the job is still not always ideal. There are some conflicts of interest in upper management which could be problematic and doesn't foster a culture where all employees are able to feel comfortable coming forward with an issue, especially if that issue pertains to the CEO. Finally, and perhaps the largest con is the CEO himself. He is a very clever human being, and he wants you to know it. He wants you to believe he's more intelligent than you and always correct, I found him very difficult to work with; his ego was obstructive when it came to collaborative working and I often found he would talk down to his employees in a way which made them and others very uncomfortable. His interview technique also leaves a lot to be desired; I personally understand what he is trying to do when he interviews a candidate by putting them in a pressure filled and stressful situation to see how they respond to that pressure, but the way in which he does this is completely unacceptable and moreover does not even accomplish what he wants. He pressures and berates potential candidates trying to pick apart their career and their achievements looking for flaws and weaknesses, this is not an appropriate way to see how candidates respond to pressure. This behaviour needs to stop.

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  9. Helpful (64)

    "Industrial Placement Year"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

    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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    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 networks. However, that should never stray over into leaving you in a position where you feel that you are judged based on your attendance (which is simply not the case), or pressured into taking part in social activities. It is a fine line between making people feel welcomed, valued and included; and them feeling pressured and excluded and we've discussed your feedback to ensure we never stop trying to improve. However, I don't accept that the proportion of experienced to junior staff has changed (the figures don't support that, including for the period you were here), nor is it fair to give the impression that we are stuck using legacy technologies - particularly considering the proportion of work that is developed on the very latest of technology stacks.

  10. Helpful (17)

    "Much better than average!"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Oldham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is based on really good principles and there is a great deal of effort made to develop its' employees. The offices are light and spacious with great facilities and you do feel they want to provide the latest and greatest software and hardware to work with. You get to work in teams and individually, which helps you develop your interpersonal skills, with access to training. There is access to tea/coffee/cereal and gaming facilities.

    Cons

    There does not seem to be many people with a lot of experience in the core/historical systems, which can be stressful for newbies. I did feel like I was surrounded constantly by new staff and very few long term staff - the ones there are are very supportive however! I will not labor the points made in previous reviews, they speak for themselves and are factual.

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