Smoothwall

We are a pioneering provider of digital safety technology. Our solutions empower organisations to protect their people from online harm.

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Smoothwall began life in 2000 with a simple concept – to provide the most trusted digital safety solutions in the world. The motto on its website states: “The smarter the digital world becomes, the safer we make it”, and its tight-knit team takes enormous pride in the work they do. The company, by the very nature of the work it does, has a strong internal culture of care.

Leeds-based Smoothwall is a market leader with a suite of digital safety solutions designed to keep people safe online and with employees passionate about digital safety. More than 4m users and partners and 10,000 schools in over 60 countries worldwide rely on Smoothwall to make the internet a safer place for the often vulnerable people in their care.

With a commitment to excellence in all it does, the company is at the heart of the UK's national digital safety agenda. It alerts organisations to any staff or students whose online behaviours suggest they are at risk of harm. This includes grooming, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, drugs, cyber-bullying and more.

Smoothwall works with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), a charity that aims to eliminate child sexual abuse imagery online. It adheres to the standards of the Safer Internet Centre, and holds all four data privacy accreditations – something no other provider has yet achieved – from IKeepSafe, which certifies technology used by children and in educational settings.

Benefits to support employee wellbeing include medical insurance, an employee assistance programme, and there are family-friendly policies such as extended paid leave.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

96% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

A positive outcome of the pandemic is that communication within and across the company is better than ever. Good communication was key to maintaining high levels of engagement and CEO Georg Ell led from the front with weekly All Hands meetings that kept everyone informed.

Personal Growth

96% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

Though this was paused it from April to September 2020, an individual training budget for every employee has since been reinstated. Smoothwall recently recruited a software engineer apprentice who will complete a DevAccelerator upskill programme with Northcoders – a bespoke apprenticeship scheme – for 16 months. The executive team supports managers' with personal coaching.

Giving Something Back

67% of staff agreed

I am happy with the pay and benefits I receive in this job

Salary sacrifice scheme Tusker supports employees to buy electric or hybrid cars, and the company installed four charging points in the car park. There were two further salary-sacrifice schemes to help eco- and health-minded staff fund the purchase of bicycles.

Benefits

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