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. Helpful (3)

    Little diversity, racist and sexist

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

    I have been working at Ordnance Survey (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Modern building and nearby bus stop

    Cons

    There is very little diversity (>95% white British) and few opportunities for advancement if you are not a white British male. The culture is toxic: Indian developers are referred to as 'code monkeys' or 'bodies' by managers, and few managers try to pronounce their names correctly. I sit opposite someone who constantly rants about Poles taking jobs away from Brits in the UK, though we only have two or three in the entire organisation. OS do have 'token' employees from many places in order to keep up appearances, and these people complain to me constantly about off-colour jokes or comments and the lack of advancement opportunities. Sexism is rampant as well, with equally distasteful comments. I attended a Christmas party one year in which a director got inebriated and was all over a female subordinate (who was eventually made redundant). This sort of behaviour is swept under the carpet and quietly tolerated. It is disgusting.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone should undergo cultural diversity training. Racist or sexist comments/behaviour from managers, especially directors, should be immediate grounds for dismissal. There is little chance of turning OS into another Google, especially with an embedded culture from the 19th century.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Devolution of Great Britain's national mapping agency

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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

    Generous annual leave, flex-time, easy commute in you live in or near Southampton, nice building and dedicated staff who love making maps.

    Cons

    Low salaries, upstairs downstairs culture and constant reorganisation. Beware the ‘aspiration process’, by which you have to apply for your own job for the same or nominally higher level/pay. If they want to get rid of you, they do so by this process.

    Advice to Management

    The senior management, especially in the Products &Innovation and Solutions Engineering groups, are abysmal. Incompetence is acceptable, just as long as you can write and present PowerPoints to other senior managers in the organisation, or pay expensive consultants to tell you what you should already know. Leadership and vision are severely lacking, and this is reflected in a pitiful product roadmap. For the sake of the entire organisation, the Director and Heads in these groups should be asked to resign.


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  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A curate's egg of a company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Release the creativity and innovation inside your staff


  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great potential no vision

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (2)

    Process first - who cares about performance?

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    • 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)

    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


  10. 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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