The British Army Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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The British Army Chief of the General Staff Sir Peter Wall
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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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    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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    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    - Utilises outdated IT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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    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. Army Officer

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    Current Employee - Army Officer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Army Officer in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Excellent career, diverse, challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    Can be restricted by locations and long periods away from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexible ways of working

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Infantry Officer

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    Current Employee - Captain in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Captain in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great career structure and job security. Fantastic cameraderie and peope to work with, very diverse. Opportunities to travel if you want to.

    Cons

    Lots of re-location - approximately once every two years. Potential for long periods away from home without breaks. Difficult to advance quickly even if competent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to create a fast-track system whereby officers can promote in command stream. Two-tier system where some officers conduct solely staff-based activity and the best are streamed to command throughout.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. A life choice career not just a job, lots of opportunities and personal development.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of travel, opportunities and chance to develop yourself.

    Cons

    For some people: lots of travel, hard work environments both mentally and physically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the soldier in mind

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8. Great start to life, recommend a shirt service before getting into the real world.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The British Army

    Pros

    Mates, experiences and personal development opportunities.

    Cons

    Losing legs, arms or worse!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Great place to start a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, unique opportunities for travel and adventure, brilliant and challenging training, constant variety and no day is the same as any other.

    Cons

    A complete lack of control over what your next job will be. Inconveniently short notice tasks. Poor family life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan better and invest in change programs to the finish. Align intent better with actions. Have trust in the officers and soldiers of the Army, they are more capable than the organisation lets them be.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Overall rewarding but with increasing and significant frustrations

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    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

    Pros

    Part of a strong team, availability of activities outside of work. Good pay.

    Cons

    Huge disconnect between senior officers direction and what actually filters down to lower ranks. Not a meritocracy by any stretch of the imagination. Frequent location changes. Inflexibility of approach. Unnecessary beauracracy. The Army covenant exists only on paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sack half of the 'red tab' officers and trim the staff jobs who create unnecessary amounts of work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Exciting roles

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    Former Employee - Captain, British Army
    Former Employee - Captain, British Army

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

    Pros

    Great leave, great comradeship, good salary and a privilege to lead. Lots of opportunity for personal development and civilian qualifications/accreditation. Sport as part of your paid day. Good set up regarding training for when the time comes to join 'civvy street'.

    Cons

    Time away from home, fast balls, less certain career prospects than previous due to shrinkage of the forces. Unknown where/what you are going to be doing in 2 years, but that could be a positive - you need to be adventurous to get the most out of it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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