Kainos Reviews

Updated 13 Jan 2021

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4.2
83%
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Kainos Managing Director Brendan Mooney (no image)
Brendan Mooney
131 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great place to work overall with great people who are understanding of personal circumstances(in 17 reviews)

  • "Flexible working hours, good company culture(in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "The back-office teams in Belfast are hugely under-resourced and therefore disorganised(in 16 reviews)

  • "Has grown quickly and is experiencing growing pains in Corporate teams/processes and communication but these are recognised and they plan to fix these(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kainos full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits Flexible working arrangements Top quality, talented staff

    Cons

    Some travel may be required, depending on location

    Kainos Response

    January 7, 2016Managing Director

    Thanks for posting your comments. (I like your brief style of feedback!) Brendan

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not a long term option but a stepping stone"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Kainos full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Paid vacation leave and sick leave. Vhi medical insurance. Fruit and tea/coffee in home office. Opportunities to work on customer sites. Laptop and laptop bag provided. Opportunities to go on certified training courses. Christmas parties.

    Cons

    Role was made redundant. Ultimately the best career advice and mentoring came from clients on customer site rather than assigned "career coaches". Wasn't supported to move to other business units or change roles. Promotion/career advancement seemed unclear for regular staff who weren't company favourites.

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    Kainos Response

    January 6, 2016Managing Director

    Thanks very much for taking the time to provide the feedback. I like the reference to 'the laptop bag' being a 'pro' - it made me smile, which I guess was the intention! In terms of promotions and career advancement I thought that it was transparent - in the first 9 months of this year 160 people have been promoted (I don't have the exact figure for those that were unsuccessful in promotion - I'm guessing no more than 20-30 people). There are regular calls for promotion recommendations - the recommendation can be made by virtually anybody in the company although it is usually from someone's career coach or their day-to-day manager. There are clear and published criteria against which people are assessed on their ability to successfully undertake the next career level. The promotion process is also supported by the career development activity - which includes a formal, documented career, talent and performance review every six months. So while this feels pretty comprehensive, it may be that it did not work perfectly for you - if that is the case, please accept my apologies. Thanks again for providing the feedback. Best wishes, Brendan


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Excellent company in which to build a career"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kainos full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities exist for all delivery staff, enabling rapid progression from entry level positions to a varied range of roles across many industries and geographies. Very professional in dealings with customers and well respected and commended by clients. If you have a good idea, you can take it to management and it can be implemented. People are typically excellent, best I've seen in any organisation. Workplace maintains a friendly, helpful atmosphere. Lots of support around training. If you are good at what you do, that will be recognised, and you will do well. Management are approachable and listen to staff and communication flows both ways.

    Cons

    At times, internal admin functions are HQ-centric, slow to react, and lowest cost wins, despite the employee inconvenience or long-term aims of the company. Not sufficient diversification in projects across industries and locations for all staff at and all levels. On occasion, different BUs within the organisation work for their own good, rather than for the advancement of the company.

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  4. "Friendly"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment built around learning and improvement. Very relaxed and friendly teams that encourage both personal and professional growth. Open and honest management structure giving employees a transparent view of the projects.

    Cons

    Not as highly paid as others in the industry

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  5. "They are great"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 

    I have been working at Kainos full-time

    Pros

    Management is very friendly and working hours are flexible

    Cons

    No cons experienced as of yet

  6. "company focused on employees"

    5.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance is encouraged, great leadership, decisions transparency, stock options

    Cons

    salary could be more competitive

  7. "Great company and directors but depends on your project"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kainos full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyone has good skills and supports you

    Cons

    not all projects are equal

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  8. COVID-19

    "Good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Employees are treated well, especially during the pandemic. Dedicated graduate training with a look to empower new grads to contribute to projects.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent company to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kainos full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, communication, rewarding, everyone treated the same, great place to work

    Cons

    Historically make dominated, but trying to change that

  10. COVID-19

    "Great employer, really cares about staff wellbeing and job satisfaction"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Senior Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kainos full-time

    Pros

    Staff share save scheme. Share Incentive Programme. Diverse benefits package. Team members work "with" their managers not "for" them. Exec team take time to listen to & action employee feedback.

    Cons

    Only con I can think of would be that pre-covid travel could be a bit intensive at times. However, the new normal is likely to entail more WFH and customers requiring less on-site presence than before.

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