Kyan

We provide the technical and creative expertise that underpins a successful product launch, digital transformation project or platform creation.
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https://kyan.com/

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Kyan calls itself “a technology agency powered by people”, but its people may not conform to some corporate stereotypes: it is an enthusiastic advocate of geekiness.

When it comes to recruitment, the Guildford-based small company looks for fit and aptitude over qualifications and experience. It operates a flat structure in which teams collaborate on designing, coding and building digital products.

Its core values are drive, generosity and, yes, geekiness. The message for potential recruits is that it's challenging work but fun as well.

The formula seems to be working. Founded in 2002, it has a workforce of 50 and an impressive list of clients including Sage, Canada Life, Deloitte and Allied British Foods.

Kyan's strategists, designers and engineers create technology solutions from scratch or by working as an extension of a client's team. As part of the B Corp network, it believes in a triple bottom line of people, profit, planet.

A recent project involved Kyan working with Sightsavers to improve its online donation platform. The charity wanted to find a solution that would allow it to tailor how the platform works across many different regions of the world and cater for different currencies and payment methods.

To ensure widespread usability, Kyan integrated the platform with Stripe and PayPal, and the end result was a reliable donation system that can be used all over the world to make a difference to people's eyesight.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

95% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team

The company's values, which drive recruitment and its recognition and review process, are embraced by everyone but the senior team sets an example. Geekiness is about employees' passion for understanding what they do; generosity is about being generous with time to help people; drive is about commitment to action.

My Company

100% of staff agreed

I love working for this organisation

Kyan has two ways of recognising employees: a bonus linked to performance against living the company's values and a less formal "thank you" where staff are encouraged to thank team members on a personal level with surprise gifts such as a book or a new mug.

Personal Growth

100% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

All team members have a self-directed development budget. Training and development is flexible and can involve studying team coaching and board dynamics at Henley Business School, training in practical skills via HubSpot Academy or having a go at improv to help with presentation skills.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2002
Total number of employees
1
Number of UK locations
36
Employee average age
69% : 31%
Male : Female employee ratio
98%
Employees earning £35k+
7%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Quote from the top...
"Creating a great culture has been an ambition of ours since we formed Kyan nearly 20 years ago. We strive to attract great people, to design and develop the best technology products, and to live our values of geekiness, generosity and drive every single day. It’s why we get up in the morning. To be recognised for this by our people and the Best Companies organisation is a proud moment for us as a team. Without our culture, we are nothing. That’s why Kyan really is a technology agency powered people."

Piers Palmer, Director of People and Culture - Kyan

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