Kainos Employee Reviews about "great people"

Updated Mar 3, 2020

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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. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company to work for!

      Mar 3, 2020 - Trainee Software Engineer in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working from home, great people to work with, free breakfast, tea and coffee. The ability to potentially change a project if you're not enjoying your current work. The 7-week induction training course was fantastic!

      Cons

      The office is a little on the small side, and sometimes there is not enough space for everyone to sit down.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      People, not cogs

      Nov 30, 2019 - Senior Software Engineer in Birmingham, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent benefits package, great people

      Cons

      Bad IT tools, too many communication channels

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good company but needs to be vigilant

      Sep 2, 2019 - Dev Ops in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some great people at the company. Really top notch engineers and technical architects who you can learn a lot from. Some very interesting projects and tech stacks. Travel opportunities are plentiful (which is a perk if you like travel) Generous when it comes to working from home. Pretty good career progression if you put the effort in. There's no doubt about it; Kainos still has a good reputation in Ireland. It's still a good name to have on your CV.

      Cons

      Company dropped out of Top 100 companies this year on the Times list, but still implies it is a top 100 company. This is disingenuous. Travel opportunities are plentiful (which is a negative if you don't like or cannot travel). There is a sense that Kainos will take on any customer, even if the customer is dreadful, difficult to work with and the work is awful and it has a detrimental effect on frontline staff. This seems to have become more of an issue after the company went public. Pay is definitely an issue, but that's not only a problem with Kainos. I think the issue is with the notorious "benchmarking" tech companies in Belfast do. They only seem to benchmark against the old boys club (companies who have been here 15+ years). So the likes of Liberty, Kainos and AllState think they are on point with tech sector pay in Belfast, but in reality the tech sector in Belfast is booming and many new American based companies coming in are simply paying far more. So, benchmarking and salaries is an area of concern. Which is part of... Retention. While Kainos does have amazing people, it isn't doing that well retaining them. Incredibly experienced, highly skilled staff are simply walking out the door for better jobs and opportunities at rates which would make most People/HR teams shudder. On call can be an issue for teams, but again, this isn't just a Kainos issue. On call can be a major pain point for a lot of tech professionals in lots of companies.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good company, poor management

      Aug 24, 2019 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great perks and great people

      Cons

      Poor, messy management undervalues employees

      4 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company at the forefront of technology

      Apr 5, 2019 - Architect in Birmingham, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great place to work overall with great people who are understanding of personal circumstances. There is a strong culture of learning and being given a chance to learn.

      Cons

      Hours can be long on some projects

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      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Great potential, let down by poor managers & lots of travel

      Mar 16, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - This is an excellent company if you're starting out in IT, changing careers or just graduated. - Opportunities to work on interesting projects and meet great people. - Company pays for interesting courses/study/exam and attending conferences.

      Cons

      - Travel is a drain. - Some of the most incompetent managers I have seen around, not equipped to handle complex situations. - Money focused and all decisions made evolve around this (at least that's how I felt), expect to be treated like a resource being moved around from project to project. - Doesn't feel like a technology company, feels out of place in a vibrant industry, mostly because of the management style.

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      13 people found this review helpful
    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Worksmart continues to slide from bad to worse. Such a shame.

      Aug 17, 2018 - HCM Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - You'll work with great people for the most part

      Cons

      The worksmart 'leadership' team should be called the 'lack of leadership' team; incoherent pressure-cooker strategy is driving down quality, real productivity and morale whilst attrition continues to soar. Atmosphere is awful, overworking is rife and head in the sand approach to complaints continues. Constant pressure to reduce quality and just get stuff out the door so you can go on to the next billable project. You have to attend business updates and staff meetings in your own time unless you can bill it to a customer (unfortunately not a joke) and you now have to travel exclusively in your own time unless absolutely unavoidable. No TOIL. No frills. No thanks. Team-building is not a concept senior management understands except when it comes to their own jollies. If you'd like to be valued as an employee, paid something close to market rate, be appreciated for working extra hours.. don't hold your breath. To the senior management you're solely a resource who is there to make money and you should thank them for the privilege. If you're thinking of joining as a workday engagement manager or consultant and want to talk to someone who has been in the business for a while.. good luck finding anyone, the attrition rate is abysmal.

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      20 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good time!

      May 17, 2018 - Associate Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people to work with Awesome Benefits They provide great opportunities to go above your current role. Never afraid to give everyone a chance to run events or take on challenging tasks.

      Cons

      Losing its 'small company' feeling Some of the decisions made don't feel in the best of interests of the people of the company.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Fantastic company

      Feb 7, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people, great ethos, great future ahead. Constantly wanting to make their employees happy and have a very high standard to staff that aren't just smart but socially fantastic.

      Cons

      Salary isn't amazing but there are good perks.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place

      May 16, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Gdańsk
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - fantastic atmosphere - great people - place to growth

      Cons

      - nothing to add to this list

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      1 person found this review helpful

      Kainos Response

      Managing Director

      Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. And I find myself nodding to your comments about atmosphere, the people and the opportunities for growth. I wish you every success in the next phase of your career and I hope that you might be back in the future! Brendan

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