Ministry of Defence

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Ministry of Defence Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
62 Reviews
3.8
62 Reviews
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Ministry of Defence Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond
Philip Hammond
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people - work really well together (in 3 reviews)

  • Interesting work and interesting people (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Time away from home was a major detractor for me, as I own my own property back home (in 3 reviews)

  • Time away in support of operations (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    is a good institution

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    Current Employee - Emergency Medical Technician Basic  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Emergency Medical Technician Basic in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ministry of Defence full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    you are always protected happy to serve the country

    Cons

    we always do before complain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    united we stand divided we fall

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Research Analyst

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Ministry of Defence full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work culture. Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Often tasks can be routine and repetitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A busy and responsible job but be prepared for a red tape quagmire.

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    Current Employee - MOD Programmer Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - MOD Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Ministry of Defence full-time

    Pros

    Significant budget responsibility and wide programme management experience opportunities are available. Much responsibility delegated to staff.

    Cons

    The pace of change and sometimes dis organised nature of the business can be frustrating. No bonus is available and bureaucracy stifles good ideas and opportunities to improve performance, time and cost.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Skills in the MOD

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    Current Employee - Communication Systems Operator  in  Colerne, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Communication Systems Operator in Colerne, England (UK)

    I have been working at Ministry of Defence full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Prospects of travel are second to none and you wouldn't normal experience, combined with the friends that you meet makes up for the cons. You'll get the all the experience needed to carry out your job with the chance to develop yourself makes this job worthwhile.

    Cons

    Low pay combined with a pension change in 2015 due to cost cutting. Short notice deployments combined with poor upper management leaves you wondering if their is any perks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What are incentives to join this organisation?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good but could be improved!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ministry of Defence full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Staff genuinely care about their work.

    Colleagues from different depts in various locations tend to be able to work well together.

    Flexible working available.

    Cons

    Lack of training opportunities for civilian staff.

    Poor IT systems.

    Unusual management structure with military staff line managing mid-ranking civilians. Military staff move on every two years and, as such, are not particularly willing to address under performing civilians.

    Use of own initiative not encouraged. The requirement for questions to be raised through chain of command greatly slows processes down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many MOD office buildings in urgent need of upgrading. This would improve staff morale and enthusiasm.

    High quality band B/C civilian managers could make a difference in improving overall performance of civilian staff.

    A continuous improvement team urgently required to take a look at some areas.

    Managers would benefit from shadowing managers in other areas of the civil service.

    HR issues such as recruiting should be dealt with by a specific HR team, taking burden away from band D managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A vocation

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    Current Employee - Major  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Major in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Ministry of Defence full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Exciting, varied career with huge responsibility. Great people, great fun. Great opportunity to travel

    Cons

    Need to move house every 2 years. Uncertainty over long term geography and career stream.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not as black as it is sometimes painted!

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

    I worked at Ministry of Defence full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay for staff towards the bottom of the civil service career ladder competitive with that paid by outside industry.

    Not as disorganised, unskilled and wasteful as it is often projected by the media and based on personal experience, in some instances is more organised, skilled and efficient than outside industry.

    Training opportunities.

    Flexible working.

    Cons

    Bristol working environment is soulless, large open plan and sometimes noisy offices. Hot desking impracticable when trying to manage staff on a day to day basis. Prevents staff from the same section becoming a cohesive team when they are frequently spread out over large work areas because they can't get desks in the same location.

    Skills gaps where staff (both civilian and military) with transferable skills were released on various voluntary redundancy schemes stretching back before and into the current voluntary release scheme.

    Some sections overstaffed while others struggle to keep up with the workload.

    There is still an ethos of civilian staff being ignored and/or treated as second class citizens.

    Some civilian staff promoted beyond their capabilities due to no Human Resources staff being part of interview boards and line managers, although trained, being inept at interviewing.

    Line managers have a heavy HR responsibility which leaves very little time for their "day job".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to bring military and civilian staff together so that each can appreciate the skills each can bring to the Department. Get HR involved with/sitting on civilian interviews/promotion boards - bring back fairness and equality to promotion/job interviews. Lessen the HR burden on line managers and put it back where it should be with the HR staff with input from Line Managers not vice versa.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A career full of challenges and opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ministry of Defence full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity for courses and training

    Cons

    Long hours working away from home

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not what it once was - but things can only get better…..

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    Current Employee - Major  in  Andover, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Major in Andover, England (UK)

    I have been working at Ministry of Defence full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Really interesting work - Camaraderie, travel, holiday policy

    Cons

    Pay and massive defence cuts mean little job satisfaction of late; many people are leaving due to poor mid level leadership and terrible career management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good and Relax

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    Current Employee - SPA Manager  in  Doha (Qatar)
    Current Employee - SPA Manager in Doha (Qatar)

    I have been working at Ministry of Defence full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The best here is time to create an idea. The supporters are very sympathy and reasonable.

    Cons

    To resolve and find the best solution after any problem as well. To prevent all the problem here as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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