Ordnance Survey Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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  1. A great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at Ordnance Survey full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The leadership team has improved drastically over the past couple of years. This has made the organisation feel positively different. They are an extremely family friendly and supportive organisation. Training and development was great and supports career development.

    Cons

    Opportunities are few and far between. Many employees have been working in the same position for many years which makes it very difficult to break into a similar role.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the strategy and continue to build a workforce to deliver that strategy. Implement better succession planning and focus on being more commercial and less civil service.


  2. Ordnance Survey.......

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ordnance Survey full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work with approachable management and good working conditions

    Cons

    Not enough new products in the pipeline

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  3. Helpful (3)

    Racing downhill

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ordnance Survey full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    free parking if you are at work before 07:45 great career prospects if you are in a relationship with your manager

    Cons

    Zero management support or loyalty to staff. Historically the OS had a commitment to quality and a goal of supporting the UK infrastructure. This has vanished since 2013 and the organisation which styles itself as a "company" now has lost all values and is trying to match modern mapping organisations without investing in the training or equipment needed. Is quick to grasp concepts like Agile but only implements those portions that don't cost money. Very good at producing visions and mission statements but hasn't produced a product of real value for many years. Trades on it's reputation from previous years and close ties with local councils to stay afloat. Good for a short term contract to see just how bad a mismanaged site can be.

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff as people not cogs. Try to understand that creative people need guidance not stifling. Ditch your reporting system which benefits people who spend half their "working" life writing notes about how well they did a particular job and judge people on results not how well they sell themselves


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  5. Very good experience, learnt a lot of valuable skills and information.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ordnance Survey part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very friendly work atmosphere, sociable coffee stations on each floor. Great open plan too with a great canteen for reasonably priced food.

    Cons

    Aren't really many challenges I can think of. Meeting rooms get booked up quickly, but besides that nothing negative to say!

    Advice to Management

    Everything was good, keep up the good work.


  6. Superb work-life balance!

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

    I worked at Ordnance Survey full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Office culture is great as everyone is very friendly here. Work-life balance is superb! Most people leave at 5 on the dot or even earlier!

    Cons

    New management on board and wanting to make changes (good intention!) but don't think they have the strategies mapped out properly, which has caused disconnection within the organizations. Especially when most of the colleagues here have been with OS for a long time and not fond of the idea of change!

    Advice to Management

    Management should look into how to motivate current employees to create a more agile workforce.


  7. Helpful (1)

    OK but could be better with stronger leadership and clearer vision of where to go next

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OPERATIONAL LEAD in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - OPERATIONAL LEAD in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at Ordnance Survey full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours - friendly environment

    Cons

    Red tape slows down projects. Lack of leadership leads to projects going nowhere. Seems to have no mid-term to long-term plans.

    Advice to Management

    The place needs to have good leaders and people who care more. Also, it would be good to define long-term plans and cascade these down the organisation.


  8. Helpful (3)

    The worst of everything about the Civil Service... DON'T DO IT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ordnance Survey

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

    Pros

    Modern clean new offices recently built

    Cons

    Rampant nepotism - so a culture of complacency has taken over Red tape Seriously bad management - staff are left to their own devices yet cop the blame when things go wrong A culture of fear in case you utter an incorrect word to staff - I was once dressed down for calling someone 'mate' Extra marital affairs seem to be the norm between staff A nightmare to get to if you don't drive The commercial are desperately trying to catch up with Google Maps & other free services the OS charge for - doomed to failure Paralysed by fear in case the Government get the auditors in Terrified of losing lucrative contract with Land Registry

    Advice to Management

    Stop the nepotism - it is breeding a atmosphere of complacency. Check your managers are actually managing Get rid of the antiquated Career Progression system The organisation has an over inflated sense of self importance - the UK will get on just fine without you Don't try to compete with Google maps etc - the horse has long bolted


  9. So much potential ...

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

    I have been working at Ordnance Survey full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    There's a lot of talent at Ordnance Survey - a high proportion of PhDs and MBAs as well as other skills - and no shortage of enthusiasm. People are loyal to the organisation and many are (still) proud to work for it. Working patterns are generally flexible. Offices are modern and airy.

    Cons

    Ordnance Survey has been virtually rudderless for 15 years and has failed to capitalise on the changes in its environment. The failure of leadership is evident in lack of vision for the future and lack of strategy to get there. Senior people (not all) seem more concerned to protect their comfortable lifestyles than to achieve anything. Consequently many capable people give up trying and either coast or leave. Pay is poor compared with competitors and getting worse as government continues to attack the civil service.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the fear and involve staff in finding a way forward. Stand up for your people.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Process first - who cares about performance?

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at Ordnance Survey full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    A mediocre salary for very little effort. A great place to be if you do not mind not earning much because you do not want to work hard either. You get flexi time, plenty of holiday time and lots of working at home time.. The management are very concerned about their and their employees 'work-life balance.' A good place to grow old in.

    Cons

    Process and Governance mad. Rules for everything. CEO and Chairman with inflateds view of their presence and position, Directors who are far too worried about working within Government and United Nations to actually run a business. Many employees have been there for 20+years and run rings around the management.

    Advice to Management

    change the CEO and chairman. Decide what your mission in life is


  11. Helpful (2)

    IT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at Ordnance Survey full-time (More than 8 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working conditions. Friendly company. Feels very safe. Comaraderie is great. Whole families can work here hence can feel like a family atmosphere. Opportunities to move around

    Cons

    Few opportunities from lower grades to get promotions. Can be favouritism and indeed nepotism Lack of work or projects where you can keep a particular skill level up. Getting training but not getting the opportunities to use it

    Advice to Management

    Senior management overlook / ignorant to staff loyalty and incentives could be a lot better to keep performing staff



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