Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Mobile app development
  • Year established:
    2008
  • Website:
    http://www.swiftkey.net
  • UK locations:
    London
  • Contact
    • 91-95 Southwark Bridge Road, Southwark, London, SE1 0AX

About SwiftKey


What is it like to work for SwiftKey

Wellbeing
Wellbeing
SwiftKey take employee wellbeing seriously, as a general principle, as well as larger initiative, if they can support or introduce something that will promote or improve wellbeing at a low cost and with minimal administration, then they will do so. An example of this is SwiftKey's membership of 'Better Bankside', an organisation that exists to improve the Bankside business district. They chose to join because through the membership, their employees have access to a range of local benefits including workshops to help with stress management; advice on occupational health and safety; significantly discounted rates for services such as osteopathy, physiotherapy, counselling and invitations to local sport and fitness events such as ‘street gym’. Like many high growth tech companies, they offer employees a range of snacks and meals. They work hard to ensure that these are nutritionally balanced and that there are a range of choices available to support this. Each week they have a whole team lunch and ensure that they provide low calorie or ‘healthy choice’ options for those who wish. They have a delivery of fruit to the office four times per week and provide breakfast cereals for employees to ensure they get a good start to their working day. As well as the above, SwiftKey provide all employees with an optional annual flu vaccination. They also periodically monitor sickness levels and patterns, for any early indications of a poor working environment or work related stress and provide sponsorship for team sports.

My Company
My Company
Swiftkey aim to create an environment in which giving ideas or feedback is encouraged and is seen as a positive thing, rather than a career-limiting move. They deliberately support several routes that employees can use for this, both formal and informal. They understand that everyone is different and this means that people want to submit their ideas and feedback in different ways. For example, some people are happy to speak out in large meetings while others may be less comfortable with public speaking or think that their idea isn't strong enough to discuss publicly. Likewise, some people think 'quickly' and may therefore have immediate ideas and suggestions, while others need to time to reflect and chew things over. Their combination of employee focus groups, anonymous web-based surveys, 'open door/desk' policy in the office, Q&A sessions and so on, means that as a company they solicit a rich variety of ideas and feedback and that everyone feels able to contribute. Their policy of sharing company responses to ideas and feedback with everyone, means that employees can see that feedback does get considered (even if there's a good reason that it's not acted on) and also acts as a 'glue' to help unify the ideas and feedback from different sources.

Fair Deal
Fair Deal
In 2011 SwiftKey introduced special effort awards. These are peer nominated awards made to employees who have 'gone the extra mile', for example to meet a demanding deadline or just for a job extremely well done. There are no restrictions on who can nominate who; SwiftKey wanted to encourage wide adoption of the scheme and a culture in which all employees think about how they can recognise the contributions of their peers, whether 'junior' or 'senior' to them and whether part of the same department or a different department. All nominations do require at least one seconder, to ensure that they are appropriate for the scheme and to prevent unfair bias. They believe the scheme is both unique and effective because it doesn't rely on a restricted or formulaic choice of gift (such as a cash bonus or shopping vouchers). They get to know their employees and their personal interests and values, so that they can select a well-considered gift that's particularly meaningful to them. This also encourages people to nominate their colleagues, because they know that the gifts are carefully selected. Examples of gifts that they have previously given are jazz show tickets for a music fan; a copy of a hard-to-find author-published book on 'Arch Linux' for an enthusiastic software engineer; a hamper of locally brewed beers for a CAMRA member; and a 'go pro' camera for a tech enthusiast who's always got a new geeky project on the go.

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Benefits:

  • Shares
    Shares

    Companies where employees are offered share options

  • Holidays
    Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave

  • Gym
    Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    10% of staff undertake charitable activities during business hours

  • Childcare
    Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Maternity
    Maternity

    At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay

Company Statistics

  • UK sites:

    1

  • Staff Turnover:

    3%

  • Average Age:

    32

  • Male : Female:

    77% / 23%

  • Earning £35,000+:

    86%

  • Staff:

    95

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