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- Culture & Values
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- Senior Management
I have been working at Ofgem full-timeRecommendsNegative OutlookNo opinion of CEORecommendsNegative OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Broad skills used
Challenging work but can lead to overtime
Clear organisational purpose with good awareness of consumer benefit
Good development opportunities and future career prospects in consultancy, industry (eg energy, water networks, telecomms), and public sector
Opaque decision making at senior levels
Can lack direction at mid and junior levels
Competency based progression puts a cap on specialisation, meaning broad skills are preferred
Advice to Management
More scrutiny of analysis supporting decisions is needed - decisions can be too prompt, or be founded on untested analysis
Pay is poor
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Ofgem in May 2015.
After arriving to the reception and hearing from the waiting room as the receptionists had a good laugh at my name the whole process was a bit of a pain and not only for me.
Just before the interview, suddenly, I was informed the I had to take a technical test. Which was fine but the time allocated (30 mins) was not sufficient.
After waiting for 15 mins when the test finished I was invited into a room with three interviewers. One from HR and two from the department. After yet another sarcastic comment about my test they asked (read) me a few prepared question which they must had found on some web site and rather irrelevant to the position advertised. As soon as I was asked the first couple of questions I felt like this was the wrong place to work for a professional. It would probably be OK for a contractor or someone who can do the talk...
In the end, judging from interviewers body language (especially HR rep) they could not wait to get out from that room. I probably felt the same.
From my experience, when I had been interviewed and interviewed the others this interview was the example how not to do this. There were not challenging or open questions. Just "examples of this" and "examples of that".
Needless to say, I did not get the job. I would probably decline even if I did.
I provide the questions I was asked to the best of my recollection. You judge the answers but they are different from I had to come up with during the interview.
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