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.

Glen

Job title: Senior Project Manager

What time does your typical work day start and end?

8am start, ends soon after 4:30pm

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

  1. Check over any emails. Write my to do list for the day
  2. Talk to colleagues about anything funny from TV the night before, what's going on in the news, sport results
  3. Get moving on my to do list
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What are your main tasks/responsibilities during the day?

  • Team Progress - Check in with the team to see how things are going with our current work. Understand if there are any blockers. Support the Developers so they're able to stay focused.
  • Forward Planning – It’s important to get the balance between the flow of work into the team, and time where the team can work on their own product ideas. I spend lots of time making sure we get the balance right.
  • Team Morale - It's important to me that the team are happy and feel able to be themselves, whether it’s acknowledging when someone’s done a great job, or seeing who's up for drinks after work. If I hear laughter in amongst the work then I know we're doing well.
  • Budget – I love the budget responsibility in my role, and whether it’s trialling new tech or renewing contracts, I like to make sure everything that impacts on company profit is all buttoned up.

Lunchtime for me generally involves…

It's a mix, usually as a team we'll head out together once or twice a week. More recently we've organised virtual golf and table tennis. We play 5 a side football each Wednesday lunchtime with the cost of the pitch paid by the company. Plus, being so central means it’s easy to meet up with friends, many of who work nearby.

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

  • Approachable colleagues - It doesn't matter what position someone holds in the company, I feel able to go and have a conversation with anyone.
  • Decisions linked to company performance - The company is of a size and culture whereby the decisions we take over our products will directly affect the business. There's a great responsibility in this and also satisfaction in knowing that you can make a difference.
  • The small company feel - you know everyone's name. People throughout the company are very sociable and there is always something being organised, some of which are subsidized by the company, like the weekly 5 a side football matches or the Culture Club. There's a bounty of local pubs which people get to during lunch or after work

To work here you need to be…

  • Outgoing
  • Driven
  • Approachable

How would you describe your colleagues?

They are smart, funny, self deprecating and approachable, people who enjoy their hobbies and a beer.

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