The British Army Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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The British Army Chief of the General Staff Sir Peter Wall
Sir Peter Wall
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Pros
  • The security of the job and made lots of very good friends for life (in 5 reviews)

  • g Physical Training Instructor, Adventure Training, Specialist Trades, Special Forces to name a few (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be terrible (in 9 reviews)

  • Separation from family and friends (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Hard work, good mates

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

    I worked at The British Army

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

    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 Management

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


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Captain
    Former Employee - Captain

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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in command are often not specialists in their roles (2-4yr postings) - Bureaucratic, inefficient processes - Utilises outdated IT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 Management

    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.


  3. The opportunity to gain values

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

    I worked at The British Army

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


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  5. Squadron Commander

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at The British Army full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Travel, good pay and a great team to work with

    Cons

    It can be difficult getting Life Insurance

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to sour like an eagle....................................................


  6. Solder

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Infantry Soldier in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Former Employee - Infantry Soldier in Munich, Bayern (Germany)

    I worked at The British Army

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

    Pros

    Bond of friendship travel skills

    Cons

    Days when you have nothing to do


  7. Infantry

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Infantry Officer
    Current Employee - Infantry Officer

    I have been working at The British Army (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Training. Travel. Promotion. Life experience and culture.

    Cons

    Ethos on thrashing you for maximum performance with no regard for longactivity of career

    Advice to Management

    Set a max work time when not on operations to retain quality.


  8. British Armed force

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

    I worked at The British Army full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working at the armed force is such a great opportunity to build your characters and strong work ethics. Also it also teaches you qualifications needed that become very useful at civillian life.

    Cons

    A lack of sense of freedom and lack of competitive wage


  9. Army Officer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Army Officer in Salisbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Army Officer in Salisbury, England (UK)

    I have been working at The British Army

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Responsibility, Travel, Experiences, Colleagues, Benefits.

    Cons

    Time away from home, poor career management.


  10. A good start to a career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Salisbury, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Salisbury, England (UK)

    I worked at The British Army full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent leadership training; variety of activities; variety of work; extensive travel; looks good on a cv

    Cons

    Constant burecracy; disorganised messages from leadership; didn't feel they were able to tackle issues head on

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your subordinates, they work hard for you - let them know why it's worth it


  11. Senior Captain

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - O3 - Army - Captain
    Former Employee - O3 - Army - Captain

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

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great salary, promotion opportunities, friendships, sports and adventurous training abroad.

    Cons

    Intense pace at senior management level,

    Advice to Management

    Size of the Army has been cut too fast and workload has not matched the reduction.



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