Working at Red Gate
A place to do great work
What's it like to work at Red Gate?
Here are some frequently asked questions. Email us if you have any others and we'll get right back to you.
Where is Red Gate based?
Our office is about 2 miles to the north of Cambridge city centre and well connected by road and bus. If you're new to Cambridge, take a look at our Living in Cambridge page.
Where can I go for lunch?
We have our very own free canteen on site, the SQL Servery, which dishes up hot breakfasts and hot lunches everyday and has vegetarian options, a deli bar and plenty of pudding. The food is brilliant and prepared on site by our fantastic chef Chris and his team. If you fancy stretching your legs there are various other eateries within walking distance as well as sandwich vans which pull up outside the office each morning. During the day you can snack for free on cereals, tea, coffee, fruit, yoghurts and juices.
What are the Red Gate offices like?
Awesome. We sit in large open plan rooms with state of the art IT equipment (some of us have 4 monitors) and plenty of meeting rooms, common areas and quiet spaces. The office is bright and modern with a library/lego room, showers, table football, table tennis, Feel Good Fridges and wall art by Red Gaters.
What kind of social events can I get involved in?
Once a year the entire company has a Red Gate Day Out which usually includes a family BBQ in the early evening. We have a 'Feel Good Fund' that pays for regular social events and other perks to keep us feeling good including an awesome Christmas party every year. You'll go on team days out too where you could find yourself doing anything from flying a plane to having a pampering treat. There are plenty of social learning or sports clubs to get involved in at lunchtimes such as photography, cookery, juggling, running, squash, yoga or language learning.
How many days' holiday would I be entitled to?
25 days a year with the option to buy and sell up to 5 extra days each year. If possible, we will be flexible about taking longer breaks from work. Every 5 years you can have a paid 6 week sabbatical to do whatever you like from traveling the world, learning to play the mandolin or chilling out at home.
What hours will I be expected to work?
40 hours a week, on a flexitime basis around core hours of 11am to 3pm. If you work in a customer service role the chances are that you'll be joining us to work on a 12pm to 9pm contract so you don't wake up our American customers when you give them a call at the start of your day. This will be clear when you apply for the job. For everyone else it's flexitime all the way. But we're much more interested in counting your contribution than counting your hours.
How does Red Gate feel about training and development?
We love it. We strongly encourage formal training, conference attendance, coaching by external experts and internal training. Everyone is free to expense work related books without any sign off too. As well as professional training you'll be able to join lunchtime learning clubs to brush up on your photography or cookery skills or to learn a new language.
What are the opportunities for travel?
Depending on your role there are regular opportunities to represent Red Gate at trade shows in continental Europe and the USA or to attend or speak at international conferences.
How often do pay reviews happen?
Pay reviews take place once a year, usually in January.
Does Red Gate offer a pension?
Yes, Red Gate offers a contributory pension with Scottish Life based on 5% employer contribution and 5% employee contribution.
What other benefits does Red Gate provide?
Deep breath… company bonuses, BUPA health care for you and your dependents, BUPA travel for work and leisure, critical illness cover, life assurance, income protection, free breakfast and lunch, think we've mentioned holiday and paid sabbaticals already, Cycle to Work scheme, Charitable Activity day each year, free parking, free massages, office based haircutting… See our full list of benefits here.
What is the dress code?
Because we don't have any client-facing roles, we don't have a dress code. Lots of people wear jeans for work but you can wear whatever you feel comfortable in (within reason!). You'll collect a fair few Red Gate t-shirts and maybe a hoodie or two during your time at Red Gate too. Oh, we do have a black tie / themed outfit Christmas party each year.
What should I wear for my interview?
Whatever you feel comfortable in. If getting suited and booted helps you feel at your best then by all means please wear a suit. We won't judge you on what you wear.
I need a work permit to work in the UK. Will you still accept my application?
Generally, we will only accept applications from people with a valid UK work permit.
Can I apply speculatively?
Sure, apply here and just let us know what type of role you're looking for and we'll take it from there.
Can I have an informal chat with someone before applying?
Absolutely. Just drop us an email to email@example.com with your contact number and the role you are interested in (so we can make sure the right person gets in touch).
Who should I address my application to?
The first person to see your application will be Laura McQuillen, our Recruitment Administrator, so feel free to address your letter to her.
How can I find out how my application is progressing?
We'll keep in touch with you throughout the process but at any time feel free to email us or give us a call on 01223 438500 and we'll happily give you an update.
How can I impress you with my application?
First of all, we think your cover letter is really important. We'd like to know why you're applying for the job and what you think you can bring to Red Gate as well as your relevant experience. When it comes to your CV we'd recommend a couple of pages (three at the most) simply laying out your skills, experience and qualifications so far. A little something about you goes a long way – whether it's hobbies or a personal statement – we'd like to get to know you as best as we can.
What's it like to be a new starter at Red Gate?
You won't feel like a new starter for very long at all as we're growing steadily. You'll have a new starter buddy to help you settle in and you'll soon feel like part of the furniture.
How often does Red Gate pop champagne?
Often! Product launches, record sales months, the company birthday - any excuse to celebrate.
Interested? Check out our current job opportunities