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About Red Gate

Red Gate makes ingeniously simple software used by 650,000 IT professionals working with SQL Server, Azure, .NET, and Oracle. More than 100,000 companies use our products, including 93% of the Fortune 100. Our philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools which elegantly solve the problems that developers and database administrators face every day. We’re privately owned and employ about 300 people in Cambridge, Pasadena, and Singapore. We’ve been repeatedly recognised as one of the UK’s best overall, graduate and placement employers, and are officially the UK’s best software development workplace of our size. To get a feel of life at Red Gate take a dip inside our Book of Red Gate.

Working at Red Gate

People at Red Gate will tell you that we offer a genuinely different working environment from most companies. Red Gate is relaxed, informal and fun yet will challenge you to do the best work of your life. Our modern, open plan offices are built for collaboration, creativity and productivity. We have flexible working hours, no dress code and on-site perks which simply make life easier (and a 3D printer, just for fun). Our values based culture helps us do the right thing for our customers and colleagues; from being reasonable with one another to the often quoted ‘no asshole’ rule. We welcome open discussions and free flowing ideas and champion learning and continuous improvement. Every team has different challenges and we think they should be the ones to decide the specifics of how they work. But we believe passionately in the benefits of an agile approach, strong technical practices and learning from each other about what works and what doesn’t.We’re very proud to have been awarded the Best Use of Agile in the Private Sector in the 2012 UK Agile Awards. To find out more about what makes development at Red Gate tick, take a look at our development microsite.

Joining us as a Software Intern

As a Red Gate Software Intern you’ll have a real job doing great work from day one. Each year we hire a number of interns to work in real project teams developing our products and services. We’ve got about a dozen teams building new products, improving mature products and building our internal systems and infrastructure that will underpin our new services. Creating great products needs a wide range of skills, which is why we believe in small, highly-collaborative cross-functional teams. You’ll work with the best software engineers, testers, user experience specialists and technical authors around; you’ll learn from them and they’ll learn from you. We invest in our intern managers, giving them all the training and support they need to help you make the most of your placement. When the Summer’s up, whatever you’ve been working on will be completed by your colleagues – your work will go on to delight our customers and make a difference.

Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what Chirayu Shishodiya, a 2013 intern (and now a Red Gate Software Engineer) has to say: “Red Gate is THE place to learn how to develop software that leads to happy customers. An internship here offers you the opportunity to grow as a software developer and there are things you learn here that you easily overlook whilst at university.”

Simple recruitment process

Our philosophy of simplicity extends to our recruitment process too. There are no application forms or assessment centres and you’ll be interviewed by Developers.

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Our Experiences with Red Gate



Chris Moore
Graduate Software Engineer


Tom Smith
Graduate Software Engineer

“Actual experience in a software company, and learning to program as part of a team is second to none.”

Chris Moore and Tom Smith both joined Red Gate on an 8 week summer internship programme in 2012. For Chris, this was his first experience of Red Gate, but for Tom it was his second. What was it about Red Gate’s internship that made it stand out amongst others; was it free food, nerf wars and foosball, or knowing they’d do useful work and learn along the way? We speak to them in the few months before their return to Red Gate as Graduate Software Engineers.

What was it about Red Gate’s Software Internship that stood out for you?

Chris: Having never worked in software engineering, I could tell from having already visited Red Gate for an interview that I was in for a relaxed, fun working environment and I wasn't wrong. Learning was the most enjoyable aspect. Software engineering has a rather vast body of knowledge to go with it and they’ll always be so much to learn!

Tom: I think as an intern it's great to know that you're actually doing useful stuff and haven't just been pushed to the side – this is why Red Gate stood out for me. On a typical day at the office you’ll obviously spend a lot of your time programming, but there are lots of other things to get involved in as well. This could be helping to plan new features for a product, code reviews, daily stand-up meetings or the lightning talks [short technical talks] which take place regularly.

What about the challenges?

Tom: Of course, they’ll always be challenges too! Learning to work with the existing codebase was probably the hardest part for me - it was much larger than any project I'd seen before, and you can't find all the answers online. While this will always be a problem with joining a large project, it shouldn't be a lasting problem, and there will be plenty of help.

Chris: I expected my biggest challenge to be bringing my base knowledge up to decent level having come from a mathematical rather than a computer science background; however, I soon got up to speed with the support of my mentor. More challenging was actually forcing myself to have some downtime when I got home, rather than picking up one of the many books I'd borrowed from the office to keep learning!

Red Gate aside, how do you feel it has prepared you for a career in the IT industry?

Chris: I know Red Gate has given me the perfect amount of support over my internship to prepare me for a career in software engineering and the technology sector in general. It’s fostered my interest in areas of software engineering I hadn't even heard of!

Tom: Having actual experience in a software company, and learning to program as part of a team is second to none.  For those wanting to pursue this career, I would definitely recommend getting some programming experience, whether it be through an internship or just in your spare time. Don't worry about learning specific programming languages – as long as you show the passion and aptitude, most companies know that you'll be able to learn their predominant language fairly quickly.

Red Gate are hiring for 2014 Software Interns. Visit www.red-gate.com/careers for more information and to apply.

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Placement & Internship Reviews

These are a handful of the most recent reviews of placement experiences at Red Gate. Browse all their reviews here.

  Placement & Internship Reviews for Red Gate
Red Gate is a RateMyPlacement best medium sized employer Software Engineer Intern at Red Gate
Red Gate
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  • Salary: £18,000 - £19,999
  • Location: South East
  • Duration: Internship (1-4 Months)
Red Gate is a RateMyPlacement best medium sized employer Software Intern at Red Gate
Red Gate
★★★★★★★★☆☆
  • Salary: £20,000 - £21,999
  • Location: East Anglia
  • Duration: Internship (1-4 Months)
Red Gate is a RateMyPlacement best medium sized employer Software Intern at Red Gate
Red Gate
★★★★★★★★★
  • Salary: £20,000 - £21,999
  • Location: East Anglia
  • Duration: Internship (1-4 Months)
Red Gate is a RateMyPlacement best medium sized employer Software Intern at Red Gate
Red Gate
★★★★★★★★☆☆
  • Salary: £18,000 - £19,999
  • Location: South East
  • Duration: Internship (1-4 Months)
Red Gate is a RateMyPlacement best medium sized employer Software Intern at Red Gate
Red Gate
★★★★★★★☆☆☆
  • Salary: £18,000 - £19,999
  • Location: East Anglia
  • Duration: Internship (1-4 Months)
Red Gate is a RateMyPlacement best medium sized employer Software Engineering Intern at Red Gate
Red Gate
★★★★★★★★★
  • Salary: £18,000 - £19,999
  • Location: East Anglia
  • Duration: Internship (1-4 Months)
Red Gate is a RateMyPlacement best medium sized employer Software engineer at Red Gate
Red Gate
★★★★★★★★★★
  • Salary: £18,000 - £19,999
  • Location: East Anglia
  • Duration: Internship (1-4 Months)

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