Ordnance Survey Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
7 Reviews

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Ordnance Survey Director General and Chief Executive Vanessa V. Lawrence
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A curate's egg of a company

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    Former Employee - Contractor  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Contractor in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at Ordnance Survey as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    You get the chance to work with some highly intelligent and committed people at all levels. The working environment is great - spacious and comfortable, light and airy. Staff wellbeing is important

    Cons

    The organisation is paralysed by fear and red tape. Getting anything to change (strategy, processes, products, services) is a nightmare which means that many great people just give up and become clock watchers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Release the creativity and innovation inside your staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    So much potential ...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ordnance Survey full-time for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Temp Postitions

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    Former Employee - Production Controller  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Production Controller in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at Ordnance Survey as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Very nice office to work, all the staff are very friendly.

    Cons

    Just wish that it was a permanent position with the Ordnance Survey not a contractor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great potential no vision

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at Ordnance Survey as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    There are great people in the business, the offices are great and the retirement plan is sorted.

    Cons

    The organisation is too worried about being sold off for being profitable and so refuses to adapt to new technological solutions, focused on trying to shift paper still.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on becoming a digital provider of information, start becoming a source of truth for geolocation in the UK

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Process first - who cares about performance?

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

    I worked at Ordnance Survey full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at Ordnance Survey full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO

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