IG Group

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Updated Jul 15, 2014

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3.3 28 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

IG Group CEO Tim Howkins

Tim Howkins

(21 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good place to work

    Junior QA Tester (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsVery friendly environment and you get the other benefits of drinks once in a month.

    ConsI don't think there is anything bad in this company

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging and Friendly

    Communications Executive (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat working culture, support when new, good level of training, possibility to move around within the business, good pay and perks, balance of work and play, met many lovely people

    ConsSometimes lack of cohesion and structure on bigger projects, lots of pushing back on deadlines

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to all

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lack of career progression

    Developer (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsIG Group use cutting-edge technology, and staff are meant to have time to keep their skills up-to-date, but the reality doesn't happen often. I was able to pick up some new skills. There's free fruit daily and free drinks once a month. The office is new and conveniently located and in the square mile, so it is easy to get to. Overall, most people are friendly, but there is a clique culture and some staff do not act professionally.

    ConsTight deadlines meant working long hours and over Christmas and New Year's Eve as the company had poor planning. Staff not recognised for doing hard work and long hours, and there are not any career progression prospects. Staff seem to be treated the same, irrelevant if one colleague has a couple years of experience and another has over 12 years of experience. Progression, more than anything, seems to be related to who has been at the company the longest or who fits into the "old boy's club". Hours are also 9:00-6:00, and they are not very flexible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at staff career progression and recognise staff for doing hard/good work, especially when meeting your difficult deadlines due to lack of planning at the top. I would have stayed on had I been able to progress.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Client Service (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    Prosgood company culture where the employee had good relationship with one another, the annual and christmas bonuses are great, good annual leave

    Consnot much career development, lack of benefits eg medical leave, no marriage leave etc.

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    Developer (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGood working hours (except when on support) and pay is competitive. Overall though it's a good company to work for.

    ConsVery limited progression path and at times you feel like you're just plodding along.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to engage staff at all levels.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging, fast paced work place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsAccess to latest technologies, regularly pushing the technical boundaries with suppliers as the flag bearer, modern and fun office with excellent amenities. Competitive pay and benefits, close to Gym.

    ConsThe fast pace is often at the compromise of technical training and staff growth is limited, lack of or limited planning for projects and a 'just make it work' approach. IT staff participate in on call work with time in lieu as compensation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in your staff, treat them as your greatest assets and as people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good but not that good.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood group of colleagues. Nice perks e.g. monthly drinks, good bonuses.

    ConsVery political, minimal communication with senior staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more regular feedback.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ok-ish company to work with, for a short while

    Java Developer (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsVery pretty office, plus all the nice IT company perks: fruit, Friday beers (well, once a month), pool table, etc. Good social scene: drink, parties etc. Opportunities to learn, especially for beginners. Deadlines nearly non-existent in some projects. Big bonuses and regular pay hikes, although the base salaries are pretty low. Very easy to get promoted (and demoted).

    ConsCatty, stressful environment with a culture of blaming, finger-pointing and brown-nosing. Thriving there is more of a matter of marketing yourself than producing good code. Lots of stuck-up people, in some teams more than in others. Micromanagement endemic, again only in some teams. Some mediocre staff who have managed to build themselves a niche and seems to be there since about forever. Not fully agile: QA somewhat disconnected from the building process. Systematic character assassination of every developer who has left spontaneously. Frequent firings of people although, as far as I've witnessed, only as a last resort.

    Advice to Senior ManagementModernise. Some of the procedures used, both technical and managerial, are jurassic.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worst if you are a developer

    Developer (Former Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsSalary, no work pressure and fruits

    ConsEverything else and prod support

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to behave as a human

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good as at the very beginning or the very end of your career.

    Java Developer (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat company culture, relaxed environment, not too stressful.
    I met very great and experienced people ready to share experiences and have the occasional beer.
    I think it's a great place to have a first exposure to a "big" company, without the stress that usually comes to it: very recent technologies, good developing best-practices, agile environment.
    A great place to do a Graduate Scheme and have that first step into Finance.

    Also, IG would be a great place if you are looking for a technical position that won't stress you, 9am-6pm, fairly incremental work.

    ConsAfter a while, you can learn something new only if you try really hard. The source of innovation comes more from the minds of bright employees that strive for improvements than from Management or the Company in general.

    Also, it feels like IG is becoming more and more corporate by the day, and this transition is not being handled as smoothly as it could. I guess this will settle down, in time, but right now things change every day, not necessarily in coherent directions, and this leaves employes wondering what is the "bigger picture", if there is one.

    Salaries not very competitive, for City standards.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOrganize resources better, value the work of your younger employees (grads, juniors): it's a waste of time if after spending one or two years training them, they just leave for another place and you have to start all over.
    Also, coordinate the communication between teams and departments better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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