Diamond Light Source

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Diamond Light Source Reviews

Updated August 31, 2014
Updated August 31, 2014
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  1.  

    Excellent place for academic learning and IT development

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

    I worked at Diamond Light Source as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Initiative based approach and well managed team

    Cons

    Can get a little sidelined at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Den of enabling pen pushers and tyrants

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Didcot, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Didcot, England (UK)

    I worked at Diamond Light Source full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work/life balance can be good, working conditions are ok. Offices are nice and roomy, benefits are standard. Salaries are negotiable when you get in.

    Cons

    All the pros apply whenever you don't fall in some crazy supervisor's group, that is. Extremely hierarchal structure, with a few honorable exceptions, no room for internal real science, only collaborations with those users that want. The rest are "forced" to publish with the staff names.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You know what needs to be done, you just don't want to do it in your term, better pass it along to the next director.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    An ok place but static in job prospects

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

    I have been working at Diamond Light Source full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible 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).

    Cons

    Pay 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very static organisation.

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    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Didcot, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Didcot, England (UK)

    I have been working at Diamond Light Source full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible 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.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Diamond Light Source

    Pros

    Flexible 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).

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Because 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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