Wrisk grew from the marriage of two very different worlds – insurance and technology. These two industries have very different modes of operation and have traditionally attracted very different kinds of people. That means there is no typical employee here – we’re all different, and we like that.
We are a small team punching well above our weight. We know how important it is to hire smart, talented people with experience and potential, and we’ve built a fantastic team doing exactly that. Just having the ‘right’ background or qualifications isn’t enough though; you have to be driven, always learning and really care about what you do.
We are an actively inclusive organisation, and would love to welcome more women, people of colour, LGBTQ+ people and those from other marginalised communities to our team. We recognise the value of diverse perspectives - and their underrepresentation in both the tech and insurance industries. If we can help to change that, we will.
Specifically, we will make any reasonable accommodations for caring responsibilities, disability, mental illness, neurodivergence and other challenging circumstances. We value passion, and will always accept speculative enquiries from people who love what we do and want to be part of it but aren’t sure how they would fit in.
While developers and insurance analysts work side by side, our day-to-day is straight out of Silicon Valley. We start every morning with a brief standup meeting and end every week with either a retrospective or an internal showcase, followed by beers (or prosecco, or even coconut water!). We often have music on, but will always respect someone’s request to change it to something less Eurovision/emo/Christmassy, or to turn it off completely.
Our process is constantly evolving, but at our core we are a Lean and Agile start-up, which means following the build-measure-learn cycle for everything we produce and working flexibly to ensure we never waste time on something customers don't even want. Everyone in the office is encouraged to follow these principles, though that can be more of a challenge for those working in insurance!
And if anyone needs to work from home sometimes, we've got that well practiced now. We'll video chat you in even if your two-year-old is using you as a climbing frame.
We're currently at Techspace, Shoreditch, surrounded by artisan sandwich shops, trendy cafes and even a small park directly opposite the office where you can enjoy your hipster lunch! We're close to busy Old Street though, so if you're really partial to Pret a Manger you'll not have far to walk.
We're also close to Shoreditch High Street, Liverpool Street and Moorgate Stations though. Or, if bicycles are your commuting vehicle of choice, Techspace has secure indoor bicycle parking and a shower you can use. And you won't be alone (well, except in the shower) - several members of the Wrisk team already cycle into work and can share their shortcut knowledge with you.
As for the office itself, it's modern and bright, with everything you'd expect a startup to have: whiteboards aplenty, a mini-fridge for desk drinks, and, of course, the standard issue ping pong table. Can't be a startup coworking space without one of those.