WDS Lead Developer Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2014

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  1. "Great, but there are canaries in the coalmine..."

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to move fast, friendly atmosphere, open and encouraging generally. Great opportunities.

    Cons

    Inflexible IT processes. HR are getting better, but there's still some big gaps that need to be filled. Very poor communication overall throughout the company.

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  2. "Start-up feel, with the financial backing of Xerox"

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

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

    Pros

    Software development using cutting edge machine learning and natural language processing. Customer experience focused product base. Using agile methods like Extreme Programming and Kanban, which are understood and backed by the whole company. Encouraged to never work outside 9-5:30 hours. Opportunities to move within the business to other departments and role. Working with world-class research experts from Xerox PARC and Xerox Research in Europe.

    Cons

    Dynamic Customer Experience business has traditionally been tightly coupled to the old call-centre business. This has led to inappropriate benefits and compensation for engineering jobs. This is starting to change now, as Xerox take over the call-centre business. Flat hierarchy can mean that it's difficult to progress within your area of expertise, without becoming a line manager.

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