Ordnance Survey Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
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  1. Racing downhill

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Very good experience, learnt a lot of valuable skills and information.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Everything was good, keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Superb work-life balance!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. A fantastic place to work

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    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 has been 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. OK but could be better with stronger leadership and clearer vision of where to go next

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    A curate's egg of a company

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

    I worked at Ordnance Survey as a contractor (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
  9. So much potential ...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ordnance Survey full-time (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
  10. Temp Postitions

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

    I worked at Ordnance Survey as a contractor (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great potential no vision

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

    I have been working at Ordnance Survey as a contractor (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

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