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Met Office Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    World Leading Operational Weather Forecasting Centre (There are others who do it better)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Met Office full-time

    Pros

    1) Met Office is a Civil Service and therefore it comes with the Civil Service Pension - one of the best in the world. Trust me when I say this as I have worked in three different countries for four different organisations.

    2) Flexible working condition - it is so flexible that a small portion of the staff don't do any work at all.

    3) A very strong Union. They may not negotiate a good deal for high performing staff but ensure that the poor performing staff are protected.

    Cons

    1) When it comes to climate change, the research goes into hiding. Acts as a propaganda machinery for the government on climate change issues.

    2) Just because they are the first ones to try something new, someone has to tell them, they are not necessarily the best.

    3) It is unfortunate that each and every staff thinks they are nobel prize winners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They know what they are doing. It is just that they pretend to do something else.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Met Office as a contractor

    Pros

    The Met Office is a good place to work in meteorology or climate research. Living in Devon is nice, especially in the summer months. The Met Office has a cycling and sporting culture.

    Cons

    The operational side of the business means high security for everyone. This stifles creativity and inhibits research. The open-plan offices result in lots of distractions but few genuine interactions. The Met Office is currently second to ECMWF in medium-range weather forecasting, so the best people go there instead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Split the Met Office into separate research and operations sections. Get rid of large, open-plan offices for research. Reduce staff numbers to pay for higher salaries for those who stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    An interesting place to work but low pay and little chance of progression

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientific Software Engineer in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientific Software Engineer in Exeter, England (UK)

    I have been working at Met Office

    Pros

    Intelligent friendly people
    Generally a relaxed place to work
    The work is mostly interesting
    Plenty of options to work from home or take flexitime
    World leading research organization

    Cons

    Noisy open plan office space
    Very uncompetitive pay
    Could be seen a something of a career dead end, there are no real competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting time on websites telling us how to work or to generate ideas, just pay people more and let them get on with it.

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Entrance to the Met Office (Photo thanks to Geograph user Richard Dorrell, Some Rights Reserved)
The Meteorological Office, Bracknell (Photo thanks to Geograph user Anthony Eden, Some Rights Reserved)
Met Office, Exeter (Photo thanks to Geograph user Derek Harper, Some Rights Reserved)

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