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  • Year established:
    2000
  • Website:
    https://octopusgroup.com/
  • Contact
    • Octopus Investments, 33 Holborn, London, London, United Kingdom, EC1N 2HT
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About Octopus

Octopus is a group of companies investing in the people, ideas and industries that will help change the world for the better. They are experts in financial services and energy.

Octopus was founded in 2000 with a mission of trying to change the way investment companies are viewed by putting its customers at the heart of the business and making service intrinsic to its culture. From there, Octopus has expanded into multiple different sectors while maintaining the same goals.

Octopus also makes employees a critical pillar of its success by focusing tirelessly on employee satisfaction, development, enjoyment and giving the best work/life balance a company can offer.

To reward employees for their continued efforts through the year, Octopus provide both monthly and daily recognition programmes. The monthly recognition programme is called the 'Grand Tentacle', which is an award presented at the monthly, all company meeting with a prize of £1,000, nominated by peers for someone who has embodied the core values the most.

The day to day recognition is for 'recognition cheques'. If someone displays the organisations core values, a colleague can write them a recognition cheque explaining why they have embodied a trait of being bold, straightforward or helpful (their core values). When an employees receives a certain number, they can be cashed in for gift vouchers of the person's choice.


What is it like to work for Octopus

Leadership
Leadership
The CEO sends a weekly all company email updating on the different areas of the business. They use this platform to discuss successes and challenges faced. 
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
All employees are provided mugs and water bottles as standard when they join to cut down on plastic and paper waste, as well as providing water and teas/coffee and milk to avoid need to purchase beverages outside of work. 
My Company
My Company
Octopus have an internal referral scheme for attracting new talent. For a successful referral, an employee can receive a total of £5,000, paid 50% after probation and 50% after 12 months of employment. 

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Benefits:

  • Holidays
    Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 26 days annual leave to all employees after one year

  • Gym
    Gym

    Companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or subsidised gym membership for all employees

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Companies offering private health insurance for all employees

  • Pensions
    Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary scheme to all employees, or one in which the employer's contribution is at least 5%

  • Maternity
    Maternity

    At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative

  • Development
    Development

    Companies that provide support for non-work related training to all staff

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to all staff

Company Statistics

  • Staff Turnover:

    22%

  • Average Age:

    34

  • UK sites:

    4

  • Male : Female:

    59% / 41%

  • Staff:

    688

  • Earning £35,000+:

    81%

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