The British Army

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The British Army Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
117 Reviews
3.6
117 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Friendship, Knowledge Skills, Security and friends for life (in 5 reviews)

  • Benefits, sense of purpose, opportunities, adventure training, courses, transferrable skills (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Its a constant struggle to maintain any decent form of work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Time away from family and friends (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Hard work, good mates

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

    I worked at The British Army

    Pros

    You get to experience a lot of things you would not get to as a civvie. Decent pay and operational uplift. Get to work with interesting people and will make great mates.

    Cons

    Will be expected to work anti-social hours and might get leave at short notice. Might have to do some unpleasant and unsafe work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't micromanage people of they don't need it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Officer - A fantastic experience, MoD needs to do more to retain talent.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Captain
    Former Employee - Captain

    I worked at The British Army full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Life Experience
    - Personal Development (Soft Skills)
    - Leadership opportunities
    - Regimental Culture

    Cons

    - Hard skills rarely transfer to civilian life
    - Those in command are often not specialists in their roles (2-4yr postings)
    - Bureaucratic, inefficient processes
    - Utilises outdated IT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to keep talent. If the military does not compete with their civilian counterparts then the drain of experienced talent will leave an ineffective hierarchy in the long run. Ensure physical and professional standards; most officers are disappointed by the general state of military fitness and operational readiness. Make the military more cool (seems ridiculous) but a soldier would rather drive a Panther CLV than a Land Rover, or a Mastiff rather than a Foxhound.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The opportunity to gain values

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The British Army

    Pros

    Great place to work and grow as an individual with a melting pot of people from across the globe

    Cons

    To much politics. Not much room for second chances in terms of being injured.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some balls and speak up for the men and women who defends this great nation politicians are to know exactly what time it is

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Happy to have served

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Major in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Major in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at The British Army full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Superb training for all aspects of life

    Cons

    No longer a job for life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees more. Increase retention at Field Officer rank

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Emotional. I laughed hard. I cried hard.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Captain, British Army in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Captain, British Army in London, England (UK)

    I worked at The British Army full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Inspirational people. Pleasant environment. 'Mission Command' is you're told what to achieve, not how to do it. Unique work.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. Political. Not a meritocracy - some people promoted on time served not capability. Work like balance good in barracks (provided you're not EOD) - 5 day week. 24/7 work when on exercise and operational tour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please start to gain some business knowledge - it will only benefit the organisation in future. Would also look at changing the promotion system.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    An amazingly varied and interesting experience about 15% of the time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Captain, British Army in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Captain, British Army in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at The British Army full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Variation in the daily pattern of life
    Opportunities for travel

    Cons

    Rigid promotion structure

    Pay progression is poor

    The chain of command will vary hugely dependent on which Regiment or Corps you join. Be careful with cap badge selection, career progression is better in some areas than in others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strong values and standards that are upheld by the overwhelming majority.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sense of purpose and pride in serving others.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Major in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Major in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)

    I have been working at The British Army full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to do things and travel to places unlike any other job.
    Lots of very good training at all levels.
    Great people to work with, superb attitude to getting things done and prioritising what really matters.
    Well paid for what it is, and if you are able to fit your life into what the Army wants you to do, very good benefits.

    Cons

    Senior management move around too often, so there is little continuity or specialisation.
    You get limited say in where you go or what you do.
    Not really very good at understanding married couples who both have careers.
    It's the Army's way or nothing. If you can't fit in with that, it doesn't work in the long term.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Touch, but rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reserve in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Reserve in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at The British Army part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some amazing experiences. although many of them are cold. All in all. I would recommend it! be proud of what you do and serve your country!

    Cons

    I have no idea about regular service, but as a Reservist it can be touch to get time off to do your military training. Obviously that will depend on your employer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Hard, exciting, a sacrifice in terms of financial gains, family and friendships but rewarding.

    Current Employee - Colonel in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Colonel in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at The British Army full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendship, demanding roles, adventure and the opportunity to do something that makes a real difference.

    Cons

    Sacrifice to family life. More money in private sector. Lots of leave but then you have to have the opportunity to take it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never forget where you came from or what you are asking for

  11.  

    Very satisfying Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The British Army

    Pros

    Great Retirement package, great opportunities and a fantastic sense of Job satisfaction throughout your career

    Cons

    Challenging environments, difficult and harsh climates, must work under pressure and must be physically fit throughout career

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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