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Updated 28 May 2019

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Web Applications UK CEO Craig Dean
Craig Dean
15 Ratings
  1. Helpful (9)

    "Culture of learning, growth and innovation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 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

    Everyone is friendly, helpful and willing to get stuck in. Web Applications is a company that encourages employees to learn, grow and become better developers. Everyone gets a say in how a particular development should be undertaken through the Solutions Stand up. Soft drinks and coffee are free for everyone to help themselves, plus there's a breakfast bar which includes cereals, bagels and toast - so no excuses... for missing the most important meal of the day. The management team are amazing and really take a vested interest in the staff. The CEO can be scary and intimidating at first, however a lot of the comments on here are not fair. The invitation to have a private word is always open, and he will always justify a decision that has been made. As a developer you truly get experience in every area of development as you are assigned various roles on any particular development. The Senior Managers and Directors have all been promoted internally, the majority of which started off as developers themselves which I think is really encouraging for my own career prospects. You can take days off with very little notice using SHIELD and make the time back over the weekend, this has come in handy a few times. Plus you have the option of taking up to 2 days a month working from home. I'd love to see more perks added such as a bonus Birthday holiday like many other companies are now offering.

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    Cons

    Can't think of too many as usually when conflict arises, it is dealt with in a quick and reasonable manner. The solutions stand up could do with some fine tuning to ensure that everyone gets a say and that we don't spend too long discussing cases in too much detail.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in young people and helping developed the careers of talented developers.

    Web Applications UK2016-12-03
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Summer intern at webapps"

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    Software Engineer in Oldham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK for less than a year

    Pros

    The first week at webapps consisted on bringing everyone up to speed with various technologies and languages. They gave us a run down of git (and the way the various projects used it), then a run down of SQL Server, JavaScript and a few other general things. Which while being a bit slow was very useful. After starting work properly I mixed with all the others working there and everyone was really friendly (and... free [soft] drinks and breakfast is a massive plus!) . I was working on a new crossbrowser platform using all the modern technologies and gained a hell of a lot out of working there. Everyone was really really supportive and patient. Also, I want to talk about Craig (the CEO), who seems to be getting a lot of undeserved criticism. I agree, when you first meet Craig you get the impression he's arrogant, but don't judge a book by it's cover. You realise very quickly that he doesn't think himself better or smarter than anyone but just wants to push people to reach their potential and doesn't accept low quality hacky code. He makes it very clear that he would never fire anyone for disagreeing with him, and encourages discussion.

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    Cons

    Like everywhere else, there are downsides. The main one as others have mentioned is the massive amount of legacy code which everybody has to maintain. BUT, they are slowly migrating their systems onto a new platform in which a lot of that is stripped out and is nice to develop against. It's unfair though to criticise a company for having been around for a long time, they're doing all they can to address that,... nothing more anybody can ask of them.

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    Advice to Management

    Keep taking on the numbers of interns you do, I know it's a lot for a company this size but I certainly benefitted massively from it.

    Web Applications UK2016-11-27
  3. Helpful (124)

    "Controlling leadership"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Oldham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK full-time

    Pros

    Microsoft gold partner. Training is of high standard. Personal development time - to enable you to further develop your skills on any subject that you are interested in (provided it's relevant to the job). Nice building. Plenty of social events.

    Cons

    Confirming the general theme of other reviewers here.. given that the feedback was supposed to be taken on board, I feel that the leadership is still the same as previously described. The CEO uses a controlling method of management, it seems as though most of the time he is trying to prove that he is better than you - this comes across strongly in the interview, training sessions and general conversations. Not... once did i receive any positive feedback from the CEO, wrong assumptions were made about myself, as a result of this I often felt singled out. I did witness the CEO's 'select few', these few often gave up any social time to excel in the CEO's tasks, and therefore were assigned to work on projects using newer technologies - whilst the rest maintained 20+ year old legacy systems, gaining little knowledge that would be useful later in life. Whilst I agree that to excel in a job, having a personal interest in the subject is necessary, however I do not agree that an employee should be 'punished' to an extent for not working in their social time. There were many opportunities where the CEO made it clear that certain out of work 'activities' were not compulsory, however there would be consequences if you did not attend.

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    Advice to Management

    CEO should step down before the company's status is damaged any more. The other senior managers are brilliant and would do the company great justice if they were not being controlled themselves.

    Web Applications UK2016-10-18

    Web Applications UK Response

    November 25, 2016Chief Executive

    Are you sure you worked here? With the exception of SQL, all the technologies we use here are less than 20 years old. The board and senior management of the company do a great job, and to claim I use a controlling method of management is a huge disservice to how we work as a company. ...

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  4. Helpful (14)

    "Student intership"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK

    Pros

    Good insight for young professionals looking to proceed in a career in computing. Extremely beneficial before university and hope to apply there soon.

    Cons

    Due to a lack of knowledge I wasn't able to do very much at the company. Although this is understandable I could have been given more help or been able to shadow some of the more experienced employees

    Advice to Management

    Great team and lovely people. I would like for college internship students to be given more help and possibilities to see what exactly the type of work employees in the industry have got to do.

    Web Applications UK2016-08-20

    Web Applications UK Response

    November 25, 2016Chief Executive

    Hi, I’m glad you enjoyed your time here but saddened you felt you weren’t given enough help. We do encourage students to go out and grab the learning that is available whilst here, rather than wait for it to be presented to them – which we feel to be an important part of preparing ...

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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Year Long Placement Student"

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    Software Engineer in Oldham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK

    Pros

    Really encouraged to do things out of your comfort zone. Friday afternoon training sessions (really high level and you learn a lot!), free exams (for real certifications!). Plenty of cake, free drinks (coffee, pop etc). Lots of things going on - football, table tennis + pool competitions. Flexi Time. Never had a holiday denied in the whole year. Really positive attitude to learning. Management are open to... constructive criticism and do genuinely take things on board. Lots of work do's, with open bars and fun activities There are two lovely labradors roaming about!!!

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    Cons

    Sometimes discussions can be bit one sided if you're a really shy person.

    Advice to Management

    There's a lot of comments on here about management, I found it to be much better than previous places where I've worked. Yes sometimes you might be told things which ares difficult to hear at the time. But you do get a genuine feeling that the management care about the staff and want to see you improve.

    Web Applications UK2016-07-12

    Web Applications UK Response

    November 25, 2016Chief Executive

    Hi, thank you for your feedback. We do explain to IPs the importance of being open to constructive criticism and it’s really rewarding to see you grasp that approach and benefit from it. We know it’s hard to speak out when things don’t make sense, particularly when you’re naturally ...

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  6. Helpful (71)

    "Nose dive!"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Web Applications UK

    Pros

    Nice building as many people say. Good people. Handy location with trams and shops for lunchtime. Core product in widespread use, which is very capable and stable. Lots of training and co-working opportunity. Plenty of social activity. You will learn to bond very quickly with your team...

    Cons

    .. providing they don't suddenly get ejected. I have seen many people come and go from this company (myself included). The routine is simple, you decide on an action plan with your colleagues and then wait for the CEO to stamp all over it. You then try and implement the ridiculous notions until you get berated enough that you have had enough. Seemingly the CEO believes entirely that there is nobody his equal... (in the world, YES the world), yet never actually seems to produce anything of of use. Before I joined it was much the same apparently. I am sure you will see yet another wall of text response below claiming how "changes are being made" and "I am trying", but for a man in his position trying is not good enough (and it is not true from my experience). A CEO should lead by example and this is by no means an example anyone with sense would follow. Senior managers get 5 stars because of the pressure they are clearly dealing with! In the end the pressure was not enough vs the reward and I am much happier where I am now, I have never seen a place like this to be honest.

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    Advice to Management

    Hire a proper leader who can inspire and motivate - the current one does not command any respect. The rest of the management team are lovely but do not seem to actually have any power or influence, which is a shame as they seem a lot more switched on!

    Web Applications UK2016-06-08

    Web Applications UK Response

    June 13, 2016Chief Executive

    Dear Anonymous, when you were at Web Applications UK you were reminded frequently of the value of being brave and addressing your concerns with people directly. It is extremely disappointing that you've chosen this particular medium to vent, as it makes it impossible for me to really ...

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  7. Helpful (13)

    "Great culture but obsolete technology"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Oldham, England
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent working culture, lots of events, paid certifications and personal development time for half day each week. As a graduate, it was a very positive experience for me.

    Cons

    The core product is written in classic ASP and most of the business logic is in the DB, which can be a very bad start for a fresh graduate trying gain experience with new technologies. The CEO was involved into the actual development of the new product and it ended up going into circles. Although the CEO is a very skilful C# developer, he couldn't delegate and trust his senior devs resulting into huge delays of... the new system development.

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    Advice to Management

    Try to have a core team of 5-10 senior devs and a couple of techical architects that will design a new modern and maintainable product. Delegate and trust your devs!

    Web Applications UK2016-02-01

    Web Applications UK Response

    February 9, 2016Chief Executive

    Thank you for taking the time to write this constructive review. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been working very hard to solicit criticism from my employees and address any concerns raised . I’m glad you made the most out of our commitment to employee development and had a good ...

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  8. Helpful (35)

    "I learned lots! Took this long to hear about site and to pluck courage to review."

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    Former Employee - Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK full-time

    Pros

    Arcade machines, pool tables. Really nice team to work with at developer level and free drinks on tap (in cans). Watch out for cake too it will make you fat! There are some good bakers ;)

    Cons

    HR department does not seem impartial as I would expect. Seems clique and closed door buddy buddy to me. Felt like if you make waves you will end up overboard. Not sure animals roaming and peeing is hygenic (may have been a one off). Ceo will scare you (or try). Lots of mumbo jumbo really, behaves like Judge Judy - without the smile. It is unlike any other company - but I felt in a bad way. These are my... feelings. I will not forget the good things, the opportunity and the good people who are not to be brushed together though.

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    Advice to Management

    Not a manager so cannot really offer any.

    Web Applications UK2015-12-20

    Web Applications UK Response

    January 7, 2016Chief Executive

    Thanks for plucking up the courage to post a review! I don't know how long ago you left, but it was certainly the case that we (and I) made mistakes earlier this year, as I've alluded to elsewhere. There was a lot of personal pressure and stress and it could've been handled better. ...

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  9. Helpful (37)

    "Shocking leadership style (from one)"

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    Software Engineer in Oldham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Web Applications UK

    Pros

    Wonderful team, lovely colleagues. You WILL learn new things and from some inspirational people. Nice building with pool table etc. As others say do not be put off working here as it is in the main great. The majority and I do mean majority are amazing people and truly nice to work with... Just feel the energy dissipate when the con (to follow) arrives and berates and tells you how rubbish you are compared to... him (simply rubbish). This is a great company with a minor but sadly controlling bad element. The senior management team are otherwise supportive and extremely helpful, hence my 5 stars in this area.

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    Cons

    Only one. Pick through the other reviewers comments to see the common theme. Sorry but if you are looking for empathic leadership, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Mellow out or replace the problem. It's not fair to belittle people when your own failings are so obvious to others!

    Web Applications UK2015-06-11

    Web Applications UK Response

    November 1, 2015Chief Executive

    Thank you for your feedback! I made a number of mistakes earlier this year with our industrial placement programme and I have sought to learn from those. If you would like to provide further details for me to address they will be gratefully received. I do want to assure you that ...

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  10. Helpful (7)

    "Somewhere to grow and flourish, if you put the work in."

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Web Applications UK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues, a beautiful environment, a lot of provision and effort put into making this a great place to work with good benefits and a supportive culture. There is great focus on training and development, for all members of staff no matter what their background or role. Many employees have progressed throughout the company, from entry level all the way up to some now being on the board of directors. The... roles really are open to those who give time and effort into developing themselves and not relying on or blaming others. Previous reviews I have noticed have been in my opinion relatively bitter and unnecessarily harsh. I actually find this disrespectful on many counts, not only to the company, but also it's current staff who are building their careers here and future employees who may be unfairly discouraged from applying to this great workplace due to their frankly unjust comments. The company is extremely well-run and the welfare and development of it's staff are always at the core of everything.

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    Cons

    The social schedule can occasionally be a little gruelling for some, however it is all with good intentions to nurture a camaraderie between colleagues and maintain a fun working environment. There's plenty to choose from and none are compulsory, but events can occasionally feel forced and guilt-tripping can occur if you politely decline which I'm not a fan of. Previous reviews have mentioned the CEO, who can on... occasion be a control-freak. However, I believe that previous reviews have vastly overblown his personality negatively, and totally overlook his many positive qualities. He has a tendency to promote himself, both internally and via the company externally and can sometimes be difficult to work with. He also is a fierce interviewer and many employees feel the most challenging element of working here was their second interview with Craig himself. He deliberately puts prospective employees under undue pressure to ascertain their ability to handle it - I do not condone this behaviour and do not necessarily believe it always achieves the goal of employing the correct person. However, it is an experience I personally do not regret. I surprised myself how much pressure I did sustain and even though I thought my interview had gone spectacularly badly, I was offered the job in the interview itself (a rare occurrence I'm told). I have since flourished in that role and am currently working towards moving into a more challenging career working with another department and taking a course and exam funded kindly by the company. This is purely due to hard work on my part. I truly believe that you get back what you put in, a negative attitude will breed a negative outcome. There are a great number of opportunities for everyone at Web Applications and whatever skills you may wish to gain or develop they will always be more than willing to help you.

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    Advice to Management

    I believe a more relaxed approach could be offered towards social occasions, and that perhaps people's experiences could be taken on board, both negative and positive - and any necessary changes made accordingly. But I would advise those reading these reviews that no guarantees are offered of the truth and reliability or lack of bias of these reviews and that a balanced view should be taken. Or apply and find out... for yourself!

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    Web Applications UK2015-06-01

    Web Applications UK Response

    November 1, 2015Chief Executive

    Thank you for your constructive review. As you are aware, I've been doing a great deal of work recently to take the time to listen to my employee's criticisms and address them. I understand that you may not approve of my interview technique and would be happy to discuss the reasons ...

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