3–4 days per week at home
Core hours 11 - 3
We believe that the world’s most successful products are built on experimentation.
Planes is a digital product studio based in London. We’re a team of product managers, designers and developers who care about creating awesome digital products that are built to last.
Startups, scaleups and corporates choose us to take their product or business idea from zero to one. We test their idea and prototype, then design, build and launch their product, whether that’s an app or website.
We work in small, cross-functional teams to bring product ideas to life across the entire product lifecycle, from proposition to launch and beyond. Think of us as a product team ready to hire.
Flexible working approach
We pride ourselves on having a flexible approach to working: when we work, where we work, and how we work. We do this through flexible hours, allowing our team to decide where they work from, and by designing our benefits to be inclusive. We have enhanced parental leave, the ability to take an extra month of unpaid holiday, a work from anywhere policy, paid compassionate leave, a personal learning and development budget, as well as a company-wide budget to focus on D&I, feedback and sustainability. We want our team to feel that they can design their weeks, allowing them to choose to be in the studio, or spend more of their time working from home.
Scoring against our flexibility index (1 = not at all flexible, 100 = couldn’t be more flexible, 51 is average) using a number of parameters to assess flexibility such as working from home, hours, frequency of travel, benefits, etc.
Scoring against our employee perception index (1 = not seen as flexible, 100 = couldn’t be happier with the flexibility, 51 is average) using a number of more emotional / perception based questions to understand whether employees feel supported and offered what they want. The areas we cover are work-life balance / managerial support / flexible benefits / working environment / and many others.
"We're a start-up, which means sometimes, we work hard and long hours, but at Planes, the hard work is always balanced by the team and leadership making sure you get time to rest after a hard slog. That's the biggest difference between where I've worked previously; I'm always allowed to get time back on the days I've worked extra. It makes a big difference to both my well-being but also my mood! I feel rewarded."
Anonymous Planes Employee
Approach to diversity & inclusion
We’re embedding DEI initiatives throughout the business, including our hiring practices where we pay for take-home tasks and pause hiring for roles until we have diverse representation at each stage. Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of the training and talks we do as a team: we’ve run unconscious bias and inclusive design training, and we organise talks from a wide range of speakers on global issues outside of our industry. We also have a DEI initiative group leading our team surveys and outreach.
What do we think of Planes?
Planes kicked off their accreditation with very high and rare score of 91/100 for their employer benchmark. Where we would usually see up to a 10 point decrease on the following benchmark, they continued to score brilliantly during the anonymous employee benchmarking, with 88/100. Scores like these across the board show the Planes are highly attuned to providing the best flexible working environment for their employees. It also signals that employees are very much aware and happy with their internal work environment.
Meet who might be hiring you
Hi! I’m Sophie, and I look after the team at Planes. We’re a bunch of fast-moving people who like tackling interesting problems to create products that last. I listen to what our team needs to bring their best selves to work. We really care about creating a flexible culture that supports you as an individual and your unique preferences. Tell me what you want from your workplace – I'd love to hear it!
Sophie Aspden, People Lead at Planes
What they offer their employees
Enhanced maternity leave - 4 months full pay
Enhanced paternity leave - 4 months full pay
Adoption leave - 4 months full pay
Shared parental leave - 4 months full pay
Work from anywhere scheme - Remote work for up to 3 months a year
25 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay
Pregnancy loss leave
Ferlility treatment leave