Ministry of Defence
3.8 of 5 58 reviews
www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence Bristol, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Ministry of Defence Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2014
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3.8 58 reviews

                             

50% Approve of the CEO

Ministry of Defence Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond

Philip Hammond

(2 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Interesting work and interesting people"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Extremely good work life balance"
    in 2 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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    is a good institution

    Emergency Medical Technician Basic (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosyou are always protected happy to serve the country

    Conswe always do before complain

    Advice to Senior Managementunited we stand divided we fall

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A vocation

    Major (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not as black as it is sometimes painted!

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

    ProsPay 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.

    ConsBristol 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 Senior ManagementWork 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.

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    A career full of challenges and opportunity

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOpportunity for courses and training

    ConsLong hours working away from home

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Major (Current Employee)
    Andover, England (UK)

    ProsReally interesting work - Camaraderie, travel, holiday policy

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good and Relax

    SPA Manager (Current Employee)
    Doha (Qatar)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting overall, but uncertain future

    Assistant (Former Employee)
    Birmingham, England (UK)

    Pros. Interesting work.
    . Not as strict as you might think - people generally relaxed and friendly.
    . People generally keen to help and dedicated to the organisation and its work.
    . Get to liaise with different people in the defence sector - if this is something you want to get in to then this is a good place to start, build some contacts etc.

    Cons. Seriously antiquated IT systems in desperate need of updating/replacing.
    . Still something of a hush-hush, need-to-know element to some of the work.
    . Effect of government cuts on staff morale, and hence atmosphere in office - not the best place to seek a career at the moment.
    . Not that diverse - on my floor there were only two people who weren't white, out of about 50 staff. Not sure what the wider MOD is like however..
    . The office I worked in was located on the edge of Birmingham (literally - the countryside started a few streets away) - i.e. not the most convenient place to get to, esp. by public transport. Also the office itself was in serious need of an re-vamp and was not an especially pleasant place to spend time, esp. the 'canteen' room (basically a small, smelly room with a sink).
    . Bureaucracy - but it's the MOD, what do you expect?

    Advice to Senior Management. Push to have the IT systems updated or replaced as they are not fit for a purpose and a source of annoyance and frustration to staff.
    . Offer staff greater training opportunities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Bureaucracy

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

    ProsCompetitive pay outside of London
    Pension
    Flexible
    Training courses
    Career progression
    Generous annual leave and sick pay
    Costa Coffee served!
    I didn't find the work stressful

    ConsPay freezes
    Large, open plan offices
    Smaller bases have been shut down leading to over-crowding at main sites
    Some bullying management
    I didn't find it a friendly or welcoming place to work, you either fit in with the military ethos or you don't. I think you have to be a quite a strong character to work here.
    Lots of lazy people!
    Can be rather dull

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsVariety, stimulation, an important job

    ConsSome approaches too conservative, sometimes fixing what isn't broken and leaving what patently is

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdopt lateral thinking and be forward leaning

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Graduate Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bristol, England (UK)

    ProsTraining, size of organisation, broad range of opportunities and projects to get involved in. Encouraged to change roles every 2 years.

    Conssize of organisation, pay not as high as similar private sector jobs, slow decision making,

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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