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Web Applications UK Software Engineer Reviews

Updated 28 May 2019

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Web Applications UK CEO Craig Dean
Craig Dean
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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    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
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Culture of Learning ,Growth and innovation"

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    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...

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    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...

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    Advice to Management

    trust your employees - give us more responsibility and stop micromanaging all the mini aspects of our lives.

    Web Applications UK2019-02-27
  3. Helpful (22)

    "Double edged sword"

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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 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...

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    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...

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    Advice to Management

    Improve your salary offering to attract better staff. Stop the CEO from being a part of the interview process as his interview style is not even close to being appropriate. Ensure that the CEO is placed on some sort of management and sensitivity training course as he appears to be either unaware or simply doesn't care how his actions affect his candidates and subordinates.

    Web Applications UK2019-02-06
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Not enough Help"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oldham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Web Applications UK (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly People/Staff plus a nice working environment

    Cons

    No help for beginners with coding

    Advice to Management

    provide more training

    Web Applications UK2018-05-25
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Best company"

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    Current Employee - Industrial Placement - Junior Software Engineer in Oldham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Web Applications UK (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you desire to evolve and learn a multitude of things, not only concerning software development but also about life and morals, Web Applications UK is the best place. I had a great time working for this company and I will never forget what I learned.

    Cons

    No cons from me, the time I spent at this company had a great value for me and the skills I gained will help both in my career and also in my life.

    Web Applications UK2017-11-13
  6. Helpful (9)

    "Culture of learning, growth and innovation"

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    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...

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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
  7. Helpful (8)

    "Summer intern at webapps"

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

    I worked at Web Applications UK (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...

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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...

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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
  8. Helpful (123)

    "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...

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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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  9. "Summer intern"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Oldham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The dev office is awesome and I have learned so much in 8 weeks as the senior engineers really looked after us even even if they were quite busy. I was quite lucky to use the latest technologies in trend like node.js, and write js at ES6 standards.

    Cons

    I do not have too many cons, but sometimes I felt that my colleagues are quite afraid to talk to the directors of the company and also the CEO. I realised that the CEO is actually quite friendly, even though he is serious all the time at work. I mean, that's his company though so he should look after it.

    Advice to Management

    Try to engage more with the people who seem to be introverted as some of the placements students especially seem to be so scared.

    Web Applications UK2016-10-17
  10. Helpful (2)

    "A great Summer Internship experience"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Oldham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Web Applications UK (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Training: Excellent! Firstly, there were lectures to introduce the company products, in details, followed by technical lectures that helped us to get up to speed with the technologies that we needed to be successful during our internship. Secondly, an all day training for Presentation skills was provided for us. The training was amazing, I've personally learnt a lot as it was conducted by professional actors...

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    Cons

    I cannot come up with any downsides to be honest, at least I didn't see any for the 2 months I worked there.

    Advice to Management

    Management was awesome! It was really easy to work with these people and my only advise would be to keep working hard like that.

    Web Applications UK2016-10-02
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