Environment Agency Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
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  1.  

    I loved working for the Environment Agency - it's rare for an organisation to have so much passion amongst its employees

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    Former Employee - NetRegs Senior Marketing Officer  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - NetRegs Senior Marketing Officer in Bristol, England (UK)

    I worked at Environment Agency full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The best thing about the Environment agency is it's people. Nowhere else will you come across people as passionate about the organisations cause as you do at the EA. Working amongst so many like minded people invested in the company's values, it's impossible not to make friends. This not only makes the working culture enjoyable, but i also found there to be a good social scene and have fond memories of great weekends away with EA colleagues including participating in the welsh castles relay, white water rafting and numerous walking weekends. Having left the organisation 4 years ago, I still socialise with many of my EA friends today. Beyond the office culture, I found promotional opportunities within the organisation to be good. I received 3 promotions in the 5 years I worked there and found that managers were always supportive of my development. I attended numerous training courses and don't think I'd be where I am today without the good foundation that the EA enabled me to gain in the early stages of career.

    Cons

    It's a large and complex organisation so bureaucracy is rife and stakeholder management becomes a key challenge for all who work here. The resultant impact of this is that projects don't move fast enough which for many becomes frustrating. Add to this the challenges of changes in government and you'll find that there are many things that you will have little to no control over - unforeseen budget cuts being a prime example. With change comes frequent restructures - some people see these as opportunities but for many it's unsettling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on empowerment of employees and open and honest communication with employees - whatever the circumstances.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The most truly dysfunctional organisation I've ever worked in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Staff are really passionate about what they do, which can create a really good working atmosphere and a sense of solidarity

    Cons

    The bureaucracy at the Environment Agency is paralysing. It means that the pace of progress is glacially slow, and this slow pace means that staff are essentially facilitated in doing very little actual work, which compounds the problem. There are a huge number of process-driven activities which mean that in reality teams, particularly in head office, spend very little time discussing or problem-solving the issues they're actually seeking to resolve. I spent 4 years at the EA and I went 2 whole years without having a single team meeting that involved a discussion that directly concerned the problem we were supposed to be addressing. Rather, my team continually discussed how to advance the bureaucratic processes surrounding its management.
    There are opportunities to progress at the EA, but they require an employee to avoid any attachment to a given area of expertise and to essentially become a mercenary. If you hope to work in the EA in your chosen field of expertise and progress up the hierarchy at a reasonable pace, forget it! The means of interviewing for and attaining new positions involves a bureaucratised system of assessment that relates only obliquely to your achievements and expertise. Succeeding at the interview stage within the EA is a skill in itself that has very little to do with how good you are in your current position, how much experience you have, or how good you might be at the one you're applying for.
    Neither good nor bad performance is recognised here. My performance was called into question as many times for failing to accept the poor performance of other departments, as it was rewarded for having done very little over and above my expected duties.
    If you do decide to work at the EA, don't stay for more than a few years, because I think becoming institutionalised there could seriously damage your chances of attaining and retaining employment elsewhere. Having worked in both the private sector and in public service, I would not consider employing an EA employee who had been there for more than 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Special

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    Former Employee - Planning Liaison Officer III  in  Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Planning Liaison Officer III in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Environment Agency full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    friendship, compassion, training, individuality, working hours, holidays, pension

    Cons

    trying to get by day to day without a mishap

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to look at the person not the job time allocation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good work but no career progression and infuriating beauracracy

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    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 for 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
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    Service Manager/Service engineer

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    Former Employee - Field Service Manager  in  Peterborough, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Field Service Manager in Peterborough, England (UK)

    I worked at Environment Agency full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People and diversity of the job. Broad range of skills needed to be here and training supplied

    Cons

    Its government at the end of the day, its slow to react to change and takes its time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I'm still here after more than 22 years and that must speak volumes

    Current Employee - Resident Lock and Weir Keeper  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Resident Lock and Weir Keeper in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Environment Agency full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I work outdoors without supervision most of the time. I am a site manager, dealing with people all day, gardening, cleaning and caring for a beautiful site set in the countryside that is also my home.

    Cons

    Being nice to people for over eight hours a day can be very trying and tiring. There is also a great deal of red tape to deal with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tap into the vast knowledge/skills base that your team has

  8.  

    demoralising

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    Current Employee - Water Resources  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Water Resources in Bristol, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Colleagues enerally awesome, good pension scheme,

    Cons

    upper management do not give a damn about staff. lots of chat, not much action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to staff, stop caring about your own extortionate pay-grade.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good work/life balance-Limited promotional opportunities-Low payment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environment Agency for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good working hours and flexibility to work from home or different office location.

    Cons

    Limited promotional opportunities or transfer to other related departments.
    Not friendly environment for non-British employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more money in employee training using acknowledged external providers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good employer, very good terms and conditions

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    Current Employee - Programmer Manager  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in Bristol, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, flexi time, great holidays and pension scheme. Good work life balance and a genuinely people focused organisation with a very nice bunch of colleagues.

    Cons

    Some rigid elements as with any public sector organisation, can be difficult to progress once you get to more senior positions. More opportunities to get on in Head Office than in Area teams but turnover is low and there is a lot of competition for permanent jobs and jobs in the higher grades. Not a great deal of corporate discipline, which can be good or bad depending on how you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You recruit too much in your own likeness, come out of your bubble a bit more!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    Those Were The Days

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    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 for 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

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