All in a day's work


 
 
 

Meet some of the team

Every day is different here.

A few of our staff have given us the low-down on an average day at the Decision Tech office.

 

Ursula

Job title: UX Designer & Product Executive

What time does your typical work day start and end?

If I manage to go to the gym in the morning I might get in early or if I’m working on something that needs to get finished I might stay here later in the evening, but on average my work hours are actually 9 – 5.30.

The first three things I do when I get in are:

  1. get some breakfast, it’s free!
  2. over breakfast I check emails and organise what I will be working on today
  3. try to be awake enough to communicate with my colleagues at the morning dev stand-up meeting
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What are your main tasks/responsibilities during the day?

  • To find out what our users are doing on site, why they are doing it and how we can improve their experience.
  • Research so I can make informed decisions how to solve our users’ problems.
  • Set up tests on the site and analyse them.
  • Work on designs for the website – this could be new features or improving existing pages.

Lunchtime for me generally involves…

I like to get out of the office and explore the area. At the end of the week we often organise lunches together outside the office. Sometimes we’ll head to one of the surrounding parks, or a street market, and sometimes it’s one of the local pubs, basically anywhere that can accommodate large groups without a booking.

What are the best things about your job/the company?

Great team, lots of interesting things to do and learn, challenging projects as well as a nice work atmosphere.

Also there are lots of opportunities to get to know your colleagues outside work, with both organised events like the Monthly Mingle or Away Day as well as more spontaneous evening or lunch outings like the Virtual Golf, the cinema, Wine Wednesday or Football and Running Clubs.

To work here you need to be…

What do you need to work here? I don’t think you NEED to be anything, this place gives you the freedom to be yourself...it helps if you have a beard though judging by the tech team.

How would you describe your colleagues?

Hard working and smart but also fun, friendly and bearded.

Jordan

Job title: PPC Executive

What time does your typical work day start and end?

Monday-Wednesday: 9:30 – 18:00

Thursday–Friday: 9:00 – 17:30

The first three things I do when I get in are:

  1. Check all of the PPC Reports and see how the previous day went
  2. Go and make an extremely sugary tea (because I’ve banned myself from drinking coffee)
  3. Run through my tasks and plan what I’m going to do today/this week
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What are your main tasks/responsibilities during the day?

  • Optimizing the performance of all of our different brands from a PPC perspective and making sure we’re doing all we can to drive the maximum ROI.
  • I’m frequently changing and updating ad copy based on offer changes across all of the decision tech brands, to make sure we’re staying relevant and compliant.
  • Keeping on top of industry trends and changes such as new beta’s in Google or Bing is another key factor in my role. This allows us to stay ahead of the game and fully utilize all of the big search engines features.

Lunchtime for me generally involves…

If it’s not a Wednesday (football day), I’ll usually play a spot of pool or a game of FIFA if I’ve not mustered up the courage to go to the gym. Then I’ll go and grab the famous chicken, bacon, cheese & mayonnaise bap from Capital Café because of it’s unbelievable value (£3.80!) and potentially go and eat it on the roof terrace.

What are the best things about your job/the company?

I genuinely enjoy working with the people around me. There is a big collaborative nature here, which is both great for work, but also for getting to know the people you spend most of your day with. At Decision Tech it feels like there is always something to look forward to, whether it’s the next target to hit, the next exciting acquisition we’re working on or even just the next monthly mingle. It stays fun.

How have you developed since starting at Decision Tech?

Before DTL, I was working in a media agency and I was one member of a massive team, all working on one client. If I needed something to be done, that was outside of my remit it would take weeks to get it done because of all the hierarchy in place. Here my role is much more flexible, so not only have I learnt a lot more about PPC, working from a client perspective, I’ve also learnt a lot about the different channels around me. I’m able to work much closer with the SEO, Commercial and Product teams to really help build a strategy that gets us all pointing in the right direction.

To work here you need to be…

...able to say no politely (or you’ll end up in the pub most days)

Vix

Job title: PR Manager

What time does your typical work day start and end?

My day doesn’t follow a particularly 9 – 5 pattern as I work in media relations so I’ll start as early as I need to for an early pre-shift coffee with a journalist (Or to send a press release out at 7am at home in my pyjamas) and I’m often at evening networking events and awards. So if you see someone sitting at their desk in a cocktail dress putting on false eyelashes at 5pm, it’s probably me.

The first three things I do when I get in are:

  1. Find and fill the massive Sports Direct mug with all the tea
  2. Snuffle around the kitchen looking for free food
  3. Write a to-do list, complete with a couple of things I’ve already done so I have the immediate satisfaction of ticking them off.
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What are your main tasks/responsibilities during the day?

Promoting the benefits of all the brands under the Decision Tech umbrella, through the channels our customers and potential partners will see – so anything from national press, to recording advice on podcasts. Sometimes it’s spending time with journalists and letting them know who we are and what we’re about, and sometimes it’s crunching numbers, creating newsworthy stories that are so interesting that the reader hopefully remembers you. I have to be really geeky about my subject matter so read a LOT of news about home comms, broadband and mobile phones.

Lunchtime for me generally involves…

Spending way too much money at the beginning of the month as this road is packed full of some of my favourite shops and then the last week hunting for the cheapest lunches I can find to rebalance the scales.

What are the best things about your job/the company?

Every day is different and my job touches loads of other teams so I get to work with people all across the company. Successes are always celebrated, and a professional win for me is a win for everyone. There is no process for process’ sake here, so things move a lot more quickly than they have in other roles I’ve worked in, there is loads of enthusiasm to make things as good as they can be. Recruiting people who are the right fit for the culture is a real factor in selection, which makes for the best conditions to be collaborative professionally, but also for having a good chat at the kettle with whoever is there.

And I haven’t even touched on the free sweets…

How have you developed since starting at Decision Tech?

I am a lot more commercially aware in terms of how all the teams work together. PR can be quite a silo’ed role, but there is a real focus on everyone understanding all the moving parts in the business, and this has massively informed and elevated my way of working.

To work here you need to be…

Ready for volumes of sweets your child-self dreamed about.

Alex

Job title: Commercial Account Executive

What time does your typical work day start and end?

9 to 5:30 - finish can be later dependent on what different tasks need to be finished - and whether I've played 5 a side at lunch!

The first three things I do when I get in are:

  1. I used to start my day devouring a Sainsbury's cheese twist - but this has been displaced by the recently introduced free breakfast at work - so I now tuck into some granola first thing in the morning, which is probably slightly better for me
  2. this is followed by the provider offer updates - checking our site is up to date and accurate in compliance with Ofcom
  3. then I look at the various tasks I've got on and prioritise how I'm going to tackle these for the day ahead
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What are your main tasks/responsibilities during the day?

My responsibilities are quite varied and dependent on the different projects going on across different departments - every day can be different, which is great. A single week might include: preparing for meetings with providers, analysing the current performance of providers on site, presenting slides on negotiation to the company, persuading providers to give us competition prizes, negotiating tenancy contracts, and not forgetting: some obligatory pestering of our development team for site fixes (which they enjoy).

Lunchtime for me generally involves…

It used to be playing Fifa on the sofas, but now it involves avoiding injuries in our Wednesday 5-a-side football games. And, due to an incredibly early mid-life crisis we've set up a running club haring round the local streets on Mondays. On Fridays there is usually an open invite to get to know the locality better through the exploration of a pub lunch...

What are the best things about your job/the company?

Professionally I'd say one of the best things about Decision Tech is working in a culture where everybody is free to contribute ideas regardless of position. There are many different skillsets within the business, so people come at a new proposition – such as the arrival of BT Sport - from several different angles. So as well as being able to contribute, it's also great for learning.

As well as playing 5-a side once a week during lunch - I'd say the best thing about working at Decision Tech is the people - it's been good to meet a diverse bunch of colleagues who are fun both on, and off the pitch! .

How would you describe your colleagues?

Eclectic, personable and driven