Metaswitch

Diversity

6.6 / 10

(based on 15 ratings in 2018)

2018

"Attitudes towards women are improving but there are still issues (as expected in a heavily male office). It is not a particularly diverse environment at the moment. Maternity leave is close to the minimum, which is not great, but recruitment is unbiased."
Graduate, Enfield (on the outskirts of London)
"The commitment to improvement in diversity seems good and the company seems to be going in the right direction. I think progress on this is hampered by the fact that senior roles are generally filled internally so diversity in senior management reflects diversity in software engineering 15/20/25 years ago, which wasn't so great."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"I have always been respected as a trans person but the gender pay gap is fairly high and retention figures are lower for non-men. No one is going to be openly against you for being from a minority group but there is still work to do elsewhere."
Graduate, Enfield
"We have historically struggled with diversity but a lot of momentum has been gained recently and it is now a key concern of the executive team and company board. This has promoted a lot of action, with the general feeling that this is taking us in the right direction."
Entry level, Enfield
"Metaswitch is involved in efforts to promote women and minorities in STEM. Metaswitch also carries out unconscious bias training to give all applicants a fair chance, regardless of their background."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"The company is largely male, as is generally the case in the software industry. Management supports events to promote more women in software and is committed to trying to recruit more women into technical roles. HR is taking a particularly strong line on diversity issues and is driving change in the recruitment process to reflect this. There's a network for LGBT employees that was created recently."
Graduate, Enfield, London
"There's definitely room for improvement in the diversity in the office. There is a diversity steering group in the company trying to improve this but no major results so far. Nevertheless, all employees are treated with respect and there are very few alpha-male personalities in the company. There's an internal group for LGBT employees within the company and a good maternity leave policy."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"I would say the paternity leave leaves quite a bit to be desired as it's only two weeks. There is work on diversity in general being done though."
Graduate, Enfield, London

2017

"Software engineering is, of course, a sector that suffers from a lack of diversity and, although Metaswitch does follow this pattern, I think they do more than others to improve this. The company is involved in a large number of initiatives to improve access for minorities (women, ethnic minorities, LGBT etc), including charities starting at a young school age. We sometimes invite primary schools in for tours and for 'code club'. I think the company also provides a nice atmosphere. As a woman at the company, I've never felt uncomfortable to be in the minority."
Graduate, Enfield, London
"There is a strong drive on diversity internally and we are beating the average tech company on this front."
Entry level, Enfield, North London
"We don't have the best diversity at the company but the recruitment team is working very hard with a big drive to improve this and the effects are already being seen."
Graduate, Enfield, London
"The company is not very diverse up the management line at the moment. However, this problem is being corrected at the grad level and I expect this to fix things further over the coming years. The maternity and paternity leave is not generous, which is a problem. However, there are good points. We can openly discuss diversity and have no worry about discrimination over our gender or race etc."
Graduate, London
"There is commitment to improvement but the company is not currently very diverse."
Graduate, Enfield
"We have a very accepting culture and there are conscious efforts to improve diversity. However, there are industry-wide problems with getting a better representation (particularly the gender imbalance)."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"They are aware of the gender imbalance and are working to improve this through recruitment. The maternity leave is basic, although they are very flexible with part-time working and working from home on your return."
Graduate, Enfield
"There are very few women and people of colour here. That said, I haven't encountered any overt sexism, homophobia or racism. People recognise that it's an issue and we're trying to recruit more women and minority candidates. We have a forum for discussing diversity issues, an LGBTQ+ network and an internal diversity blog. Our maternity leave policy isn't great and only meets the minimum legal requirements."
Graduate, London
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