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    Good work but no career progression and infuriating beauracracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environment Officer in Farnham, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Environment Officer in Farnham, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Environment Agency full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing worklife balance, incrediable flexibility in work patterns, interesting and challenging work initially with great training in the first couple of years

    Cons

    Slow career prgoression, rubbish internal communications, beauracracy that makes glacial look slow and teams often have conflicting targets which results in your goals and theirs not aligning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    7 years in a post is too long, most people are looking for new challenges around 5. Staff turnover would be better if this was considered

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Those Were The Days

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Planning Officer in Hatfield, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Environmental Planning Officer in Hatfield, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at Environment Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture, flexible working. I had some excellent line managers and still keep in touch with a number of my ex-colleagues. Most staff genuinely care about the environment. I miss having an expenses credit card, it reduced the expenses claim hassle.

    Cons

    Not much scope to be truly creative. Need to be quite persistent when asking for training. The company lacks ability of swiftly getting rid of underperforming staff. Company car policy was too generous (for HO staff especially) but I hear that is now being much more strictly assessed. Most hated - the online system for filling in timesheets with codes, cumbersome, very superficial and always made up, so a waste of time really.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the ops staff. Ideally, every HO staff would be required to have some ops experience to bridge the gulf between many airy fairy HO staff and the people working on the ground.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good workplace for specialists and environmental enthusiasts

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Environment Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities for the environment professionals and geeks. Loads of specialist knowledge on env. monitoring, analysis, modelling. Flexible time, plenty of consideration for family commitments. Not much responsibility if things fail - at the end of the day you will be looking how to improve rather than make you responsible responsible - lessons learnt is the keyword.

    Cons

    Laughable salaries in comparison to the industry. Financial cuts every 2-3 years. Lack of mentors, you're on your own - lack of training due to to cuts... A government agency where the 'grey hair club' can easily survive until the retirement age. The excitement of young graduates is wasted not even exploited - just waisted. Most of technical jobs are forwarded to external suppliers, such as consultants, so the company ends up being the project management hub. Big words - little skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make things happen. Promote staff - recognise and award, rather than state how great the team effort was or thanking for a good work every 2 weeks.Provide training!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Extreamly divers range of projects with an incredable amout of responsibility being aforded to PM's

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Environment Agency

    Pros

    Great training
    Great projects
    Nice people
    Rewarding career in general

    Cons

    Some parts of the organisation can be beuracratic however other parts (NCPMS) are far more pro active and professional.
    Saleries do not reflect the level of responsibility placed on senior PM's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to implement change faster.

    Recommends

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