Met Office Reviews

Updated May 26, 2015
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  1. World-leading organisation, with plenty of opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great location and facilities Focus on development - up- and cross-skilling Friendly culture Strong reputation/brand Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Can take some time adjusting to the nature of working (which could be said for any move into a new organisation)


  2. Chances to start a career

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    Current Contractor - Test Analyst
    Current Contractor - Test Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working conditions, supportive staff, fast pace and ever changing.

    Cons

    Not many chances to progress as a contractor,


  3. Helpful (2)

    An interesting place to work but low pay and little chance of progression

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    Current Employee - Scientific Software Engineer in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientific Software Engineer in Exeter, England (UK)

    Pros

    Intelligent friendly people Generally a relaxed place to work The work is mostly interesting Plenty of options to work from home or take flexitime World leading research organization

    Cons

    Noisy open plan office space Very uncompetitive pay Could be seen a something of a career dead end, there are no real competitors

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting time on websites telling us how to work or to generate ideas, just pay people more and let them get on with it.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Mediocre

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Met Office as a contractor

    Pros

    The Met Office is a good place to work in meteorology or climate research. Living in Devon is nice, especially in the summer months. The Met Office has a cycling and sporting culture.

    Cons

    The operational side of the business means high security for everyone. This stifles creativity and inhibits research. The open-plan offices result in lots of distractions but few genuine interactions. The Met Office is currently second to ECMWF in medium-range weather forecasting, so the best people go there instead.

    Advice to Management

    Split the Met Office into separate research and operations sections. Get rid of large, open-plan offices for research. Reduce staff numbers to pay for higher salaries for those who stay.


  6. Helpful (1)

    World Leading Operational Weather Forecasting Centre (There are others who do it better)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time

    Pros

    1) Met Office is a Civil Service and therefore it comes with the Civil Service Pension - one of the best in the world. Trust me when I say this as I have worked in three different countries for four different organisations. 2) Flexible working condition - it is so flexible that a small portion of the staff don't do any work at all. 3) A very strong Union. They may not negotiate a good deal for high performing staff but ensure that the poor performing staff are protected.

    Cons

    1) When it comes to climate change, the research goes into hiding. Acts as a propaganda machinery for the government on climate change issues. 2) Just because they are the first ones to try something new, someone has to tell them, they are not necessarily the best. 3) It is unfortunate that each and every staff thinks they are nobel prize winners.

    Advice to Management

    They know what they are doing. It is just that they pretend to do something else.


  7. Helpful (3)

    A great place with some great people, but severely let down by extremely low pay.

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Exeter, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Everyone has heard of the Met Office. The work is usually very interesting. To be part of something truly world class. A nice office building.

    Cons

    Pay is low. Pay progression is practically non-existent. You have to put up with increasing amounts of Lime Green in day to day work life.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out the pay and everything else will suddenly fix itself.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Too Many Chiefs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Met Office full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pension - which has been capped Salary (for the region) which is capped until the Gov releases it. Relatively secure job as it is virtually impossible for them to lay off any staff. Nice gardens outside for a walk.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the brand. They are trading on past glories. Full of office politics. Promotion is through old boys network Zero women on the Director board = sexism is rife throughout the organisation. If you are joining it will be at the bottom of the pay band - regardless of what is advertised - this is non negotiable. It is a civil service organisation playing at doing commercial stuff. They have no idea what they want to do. There are a lot of "lifers" there - people who have been in the job for 20+ years and looking to run out the clock there.

    Advice to Management

    There is double counting across the whole organisation to justify directors areas. Stealing from Peter to feed Paul. You could eliminate a whole layer of middle management- Exec Heads or Heads - who do nothing other than report on what their teams are doing. Genuinely. There is no such thing as "open and fair competition" for promotions - stop pretending there is. Favourites are always picked. Where are the senior women? Why are they never promoted? What is the ratio of men to women on the Met Office Board?



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