Mission: To enable outstanding people to create digital solutions that have a positive impact on people’s lives. Vision: To be the largest UK-based provider of IT services, consulting and software solutions.
HELPING PEOPLE WORK smarter, better and faster is the aim of this digital technology company, which provides IT services, consulting and software solutions to a client list that includes the NHS, the Home Office and the NSPCC. It’s a philosophy that extends to the 619 employees, who are split between the head office in Belfast and five other sites across the UK.
Winner of our special award for Learning and Development this year, this is an outfit where everyone has a career coach and meets them regularly; in 2016, 164 people were promoted. Individuals consider the experience they gain at Kainos valuable for their future (82% positive) and say there are plenty of opportunities to learn and grow (71%). The firm also aims to nurture young people’s IT skills. Last year it offered 121 work experience placements and hired 24 graduates.
Brendan Mooney has been described by colleagues as the “friendliest chief executive officer”. He joined the company in 1989 as a graduate software engineer. Today, he frequently hot-desks and speaks to all new recruits at their induction. The workforce find him an inspiring leader (87%, fourth) and believe he runs Kainos on sound moral principles (86%).
Originally spun out from Queens University Belfast, Kainos reached an important milestone in 2016: its 30th year in business. To celebrate, it ramped up its monthly payday drinks to a worldwide party, with staff celebrating in their locations across the globe — there are operations in America, Poland and Holland — with food, drinks and cake, and every office contributed to a celebratory video. People say their teams are fun to work with (80%) and they feel a strong sense of family (76%).
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