Leaving Blueberry Consultants

Published December 23, 2019

I've recently started a new job after having decided to leave Blueberry Consultants.

Blueberry Consultants is a software development company in Birmingham, with its developers in Russia. I always found it quite a weird environment because of this - I was the only UK developer there for most of my time there, and although some projects were interesting, some projects were just me trying to clean up unprofessional, shoddy work so it could be put in front of a customer, which isn't very rewarding.

I'd definitely encourage other developers to avoid employers who don't value developers at the standard market rates. As a developer, it's important to surround yourself with the best possible people you can. You want to be learning from people, and if your employer isn't willing to pay standard rates for those people, then you probably aren't going to learn as much from them as you would elsewhere.

Blueberry Consultants is a paradoxical environment in that it's only really offering anything at the fresh graduate level, but without more experienced developers there, those fresh graduates aren't going to learn much, and they'd be better off at a company with in-house software development skills.

I very much hope that Blueberry Consultants will remain the only company in my professional career to tell me "bullying isn't illegal so we can't do anything about it" - a direct quote from the HR manager. The statement itself was completely astonishing, but what was even more astonishing was the fact that she appeared incredibly surprised when a few weeks later I secured a job with a more professional company (with a more experienced HR manager) and gave my notice.

I'm so glad to be out of that workplace.

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