Our Culture and Values

Wazoku is a founder-led, entrepreneurially-minded business. It is a place where ideas are welcome, in fact they are encouraged. At Wazoku, we believe that every individual can have an impact and create positive change through the power of great ideas. Yes, we use our own tech internally and with our customers to make both - our company the best place to work and our product the most powerful tech it can be. We are passionate, customer-focused, collaborative and accountable – we live and breathe these values and seek ambitious, fun people who will do the same. Life happens outside the office too and we’re all for finding that perfect work-life balance. Bring us back a magnet for the office fridge from your travels!

We have a long history of promoting from within where we've hired apprentices and watched them grow into Quality Assurance Team leads, Software Developers and Digital Marketers. We've hired Business Development Representatives and watched them blossom as Line Managers and Enterprise Sales Representatives driving significant revenue across the organisation. We've hired an intern in the UK, who grew into a Software Developer, moved to India, had a child, continued to grow into a Senior Software Developer and is now our Director of Software Engineering all happening within eight years. These are just some of the stories of how we select, nurture and groom talent into our leaders.

Bea Schofield

Director of Customer Success

We are a company that recognises and encourages employee capability and potential regardless of sex, race, sexual orientation, etc, and this starts with leadership. In 2012 our CEO, Simon Hill, was in search of a Co-Founder when he met Rosemarie Diegnan, an American with an Irish passport, and both took a leap of faith. Rosemarie moved to the UK with nothing but risk, faith and an entrepreneurial spirit and Simon recognised talent without a second thought. And so, the journey began to build Wazoku, dedicated to selling the message of democratised problem-solving: Idea Management. The entire premise of what we do is based on giving a voice to everyone in and around an organisation to solve problems and identify and exploit opportunities with measurable results, while recognising and rewarding talent in driving positive change.

Crisis is the true test of Culture

Our four Wazoku values – Passionate, Customer-Focused, Collaborative, Accountable – has built a culture that constantly reminds each of us, from executive team to apprentice, that we have we are responsible both as individuals and collectively as functional teams and ultimately as an organisation.
// Simon Hill CEO, Wazoku

It is this culture that has allowed us to thrive during the extraordinary circumstances of a global pandemic that has seen everyone’s world suddenly change. Relying on our values, everyone has come together to not only make sure that we continue to service our customers, but also ensure that everyone in the business continues to be safe and secure.

Ayodele Fashola

QA Lead

Our Innopod team, a cross-functional group that seeks to drive our Wazoku Life, organises events to keep everyone engaged and connected. In 2020 they organised a successful fundraising event that simultaneously allowed us to support the Anthony Nolan Foundation and get us all moving (with 10K steps a day) while stuck in our homes.

As a management team we make sure that we provide support for team members that may have had particularly challenges during this time with simple gestures such as regular virtual touchpoints, increased mental health services through our mental health counselling services, increased time off for individuals suffering from COVID.

As an innovation company we have been working closely with customers and the wider community. We ran a number of Covid specific innovation challenges and have published the outputs and donated thousands to nominated causes on behalf of some of the winning innovators in these challenges. We also extended a free offer to our clients to run any Covid related innovation calls for a significantly reduced fee on our platform, and worked with governments and private industry on a number of challenges, one in particular relating to innovation in mask technology.