Diamond Light Source
3.2 of 5 4 reviews
www.diamond.ac.uk Didcot, United Kingdom

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Updated Jan 27, 2014

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    Excellent place for academic learning and IT development

    Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsInitiative based approach and well managed team

    ConsCan get a little sidelined at times

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An ok place but static in job prospects

    Software Developer (Current Employee)
    Harwell, South East England, England (UK)

    ProsFlexible working, doing good in the world, doing some cutting edge things on site, free scientific lectures to employees, lowish pension contribution means salary not too bad. Secure employment, you almost certainly will not get fired however bad you are (this is also a con when you look at under-performing colleagues).

    ConsPay is very limited and not performance based. Rather years service based, so you get people with little competence, unable to work elsewhere, able to progress to higher salaries/grades. This is unfair for product employees with less years service. No private health care, or any other financial rewards other than salary, which is low for the industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have to work within a civil service like salary framework. Try and reward people more for results than for loyalty. The institution is supposed to be doing some cutting edge research not featuring the nests of cuckoos.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A very static organisation.

    Scientist (Current Employee)
    Didcot, England (UK)

    ProsFlexible work time, relatively stable job.
    The work itself is interesting and most colleagues are intelligent.
    The working environment is good and location is very good.
    Pension is not too bad at this moment but will get worse in the future.

    ConsNo professional promotion route.
    Experience is not valued.
    Salary is low comparing to market.
    The management do not care about the staff's but only concentrate on their own salary and promotions.
    Lots of smart scientists have very bad personality, so be warned.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe best scientists and engineer will leave if there is no professional promotion route. But as a public funded facility, I guess the management DO NOT CARE anyway.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place if you want a low pay but secure and permanent position.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Didcot, England (UK)

    ProsFlexible working time. Job security. Good location. Less stree. Relativly good child support policy and not bad pension scheme (Similar to the civil servent's pension scheme).

    ConsLow pay. No rewards what ever your performance is. All senior management are from academic background so no real company level management skills. They treat scientists as post-doc in the universities, and they don't invest in staff. There is no promotion available if you are not a beamline scientist, and there is no grade upgrading or pay increment except the inflation adjustment. The only concern from the senior management seems to be finish the consturction "on time, on budget", so they can keep their post safe.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecause you don't fire people in general, so If you also don't reward capable people, they will leave and eventually the company will be just full of craps.

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