Environment Agency Reviews

Updated June 16, 2015
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  1. Comms

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environment Agency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, development opportunities, supportive management

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  2. A great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Officer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Communications Officer in Bristol, England (UK)

    I worked at Environment Agency

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - the people
    - the ethos

    Cons

    - the location (but now moved centrally)
    - the pace (slightly slow)

    Advice to Management

    - use the skills of the staff to get the best out of them - even if they aren't directly associated with the role they were employed into.


  3. Could be amazing with some cultural changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environment Agency full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful people who have a good outlook and want to do their best for the environment. Very focused on the health and wellbeing of staff

    Cons

    Could be more efficient and the recruitment process could be improved to ensure the right people get the jobs

    Advice to Management

    To retain the best people, opportunities for paid progression need to be available


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  5. Computer World!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environment Officer in Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Environment Officer in Colchester, England (UK)

    I worked at Environment Agency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was an Environment Officer and when I first started with the Agency it was buzzing! I did a considerable number of prosecutions for environmental offences. The job was very interesting and worthwhile with a lot of employee satisfaction. The people in charge visited our offices and seemed very genuine especially Ed Gallagher who always took time to go out with staff.

    Cons

    Steadily went down hill with unnecessary reorganisations and more and more audit based visits which achieved nothing. So instead of getting out there dealing with issues spent hours in front of computer screens. Barbra Young the new chief executive never visited and the place seemed to change. Reorganisations came and went with more staff loosing jobs and becoming disgruntled.

    Advice to Management

    A quango that is too sleepy and lacks a spark. District Councils seem to be always sorting out environmental problems and little is heard from the EA any more. Needs to become an enforcement agency again soon or it may get loose total creditability.


  6. 25 years and counting

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Environment Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    25 years is a major life commitment I've made to the EA and despite multiple changes and much frustration the core personal value of knowing your doing something good and right for future generations provides a sleep and conscience that an estate agent can only weep for.

    Cons

    Funding cuts have bitten hard and whilst many can recognise the waste or frivolous nature of some parts of days of old they have of late cut too hard where it counts and betrays a coherent lack of ambition and experience preservation.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce change fight back for the right to challenge openly our 'bank managers' do more to innovate self financing opportunities but continue to cull back on those best consigned to the 'B' ark (see Hitchhikers)


  7. Helpful (1)

    This would have been the best retirement job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Flood Risk Officer
    Former Employee - Flood Risk Officer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere
    Good professional development training
    Lease car

    Cons

    Difficult to move up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Value and listen to your staff.


  8. How are the mighty fallen

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environment Agency

    Pros

    I suppose the pension scheme isn't too bad, and there are still a few good people who haven't been pushed out

    Cons

    Weak management, gutless policies, bullying, poor working conditions, low wages, embarrassing to admit who you work for

    Advice to Management

    Grow some balls


  9. 23 years of service to the environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Environment Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are all dedicated to each other, their work and the environment. Holidays are generous and pension is still good if getting more expensive and less generous

    Cons

    Subject to Government employment policies which means it's very hard to progress beyond a certain point however hard you work.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more honest about constraints on progress


  10. Helpful (1)

    A backbiting, blame culture that places more onus on management than its employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environment Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Holidays, flexitime, working hours, ease of location(s)

    Cons

    Management totally non supportive if you have any original thoughts or ideas, relying on 'who you know' culture rather than 'what you know', no chance of promotion unless you are a personal friend, staff can be petty and back-biting as they have never worked in the 'real world' and wouldn't know urgency unless it jumped up and bit them, no sense of pride in work, staff lacking in experience despite all being graduates, staff with life experience treated as second class citizens, lack of training and progression, an odious bullying culture

    Advice to Management

    Employ staff who actually understand their role and know what they are doing, and do us a favour, actually take on board their advice, after all they know more than you do. Get rid of the evil blame culture you instil - it's damaging to morale and the workplace


  11. Very good employer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environment Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very conscientious organisation with good benefits and very nice people!

    Cons

    Hard to progress career wise

    Advice to Management

    Keep communications simple!



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