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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.  

    Challenging, exciting and frustrating in equal measure - a great institution strangled by red tape.

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

    I have been working at The British Army full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Above average pay, ample leave and late starts/early finishes, subsidised accommodation and food and free healthcare. Excellent camaraderie and friends for life. The chance to travel to exciting and dangerous locations (if you get lucky). Time to keep fit and do sport and adventurous training (opportunity reduces as rank increases). Great responsibility from the off and a brilliant foundation in leadership and management. Paid training, education and professional development. Honourable traditions and the X factor. Job stability, steadily rising salary and good pension. Provision of massively subsidised housing and education for families and dependents. Life experience that cannot be gained in any other line of work. If I had my time again I would not change my decision to join.

    Cons

    Crippling bureaucracy, promotion based more on time served than on merit or effort, over-reliance on poorly negotiated civilian contracts. Excessive aversion to risk and adherence to Health and Safety culture. Pressure to meet recruitment and training targets leads to more and more soldiers arriving at Units unfit to soldier. Soft discipline policy leaves commanders struggling to fight growing civilianised day-job mindset at odds with the Army's ethos, and pockets of drug abuse. Inability to introduce functional overarching IT solution leads to countless hours wasted replicating information on spreadsheets and databases that do not interact with one another. Poor and untimely dissemination of information about postings, cuts and deployments feeds the rumour mill leading to dissent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand up to the government and do not accept their inadequate solutions to issues like the reservist recruitment crisis. Stop handing out contracts to incompetent external organisations. The Army is overstretched and soldiers do not understand the rationale behind the new employment model, especially when they see flashy television adverts about the reservist benefits they are not entitled to. Regular soldiers often work alongside reservists who are paid several times as much for the same job because the Army matches their civilian salary. Value your employees and stop chasing promotion. Some of the best commanders I have come across are those who know they have reached their promotion ceiling because they stop working to quotas and mindless directives and start working for their subordinates. The mass exodus of disillusioned young leaders of all ranks is well underway. Can you stop it before the Army becomes a husk of its former self manned by unimaginative career-obsessed autocrats?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great job for a while but after a while it destroys your soul

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

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

    Pros

    Fellows soldiers
    Pay (to an extent)
    Meritocracy (to an extent)
    Travel - though usually places you wouldnt go on holiday

    Cons

    Getting shot at and blown up in places you shouldnt be
    Idiots get promoted and keep their rank regardless of their incompetence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting idiots

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporal in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Corporal in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    People you work with and traveling

    Cons

    Time away from family and friends

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Some good experiences but a real lack of job satisfaction when not on deployments

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Installation Technician, Royal Signals
    Current Employee - Installation Technician, Royal Signals

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

    Pros

    - Great opportunities throughout out the Army e.g Physical Training Instructor, Adventure Training, Specialist Trades, Special Forces to name a few. All with their own different benefits....
    - Plenty of sporting opportunities: pretty much every sport you can think of!
    - Yearly incremental pay increases (each rank does have a maximum level)
    - Able to transfer within to do a different job (although transferring can be a long drawn out process)
    - Career progression

    Cons

    - Way you are spoken to is disgusting for the 21st century, often verging on harassment in most cases
    - Colleagues have an awful and disturbing sense of humour
    - Too much micromanagement and poor management in general
    - The Army takes too much of a view into your private life, treating you like a child E.g. Checking your personal details every 3 months! (Driving license, passport etc)
    - Work/Life balance is terrible, your life will be dictated by the army e.g. Seen countless examples of people having to cancel holiday even though they booked leave!
    - Incredibly inefficient organisation wasting so many resources and public money from government funding
    - Soldier and officer divide is absolutely diabolical, although soldiers are getting a lot better amenities now, for far too long officers have had a completely different standard of living much higher than soldiers!
    - Often soldiers and officer do not socialise, in the 1800's this May of been the case but the army is very outdated
    - Needs to modernise is systems, ethics and views!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Make more comparisons to civilian counterparts to be more productive and create and better working environment.

    - Instead of doing Command Leadership Management for soldiers who are promoted; Which is essentially a gruelling pointless task, take a leaf out of the civilian sector and actually congratulate those promoted and put them on real management courses so they can do there job effectively and efficiently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Not all the opportunities you would be lead to believe

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Second Lieutenant in Grantham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Second Lieutenant in Grantham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I suppose that the work develops you as a person and makes you quite robust, I feel that there isn't much I couldn't at least have a stab at now.

    Cons

    The work seems to be all encompassing and never ending making for a dissatisfying environment. The real army is nothing of the adventures portrayed on the recruiting material.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The inefficiency is incredibly frustrating, if it was a civilian organisation it would go belly up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    My time in the Army has been very rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for further education and training throughout the career. Opportunities for sport and adventure training all help to build teams into effective groups. Very varied work challenges

    Cons

    Heavily underresourced, with increasing workloads and decreasing staff and kit. THis get done because of the good attitudes of the Service person and junior civil servants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start telling the politicians the truth about underresourcing

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Cameraderie, good opportunities for personal development, early responsibilites given

    Cons

    Tough working conditions at times, can be lots of travel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A company which does not value diversity and the wealth of experience that different backgrounds

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - British Army Officer in Ipswich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - British Army Officer in Ipswich, England (UK)

    I have been working at The British Army full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Adventurous Training and sport, the Army does winter sports really well.

    Leadership, given the opportunity to lead large teams from the outset.

    Cons

    Promotion method is time based not competency. If you spend long enough in the service you will get promoted regardless of whether you are competant or not. This has the impact of devaluing rank and pushing the achievers who know they are capable to leave the military and work elsewhere resulting in a lot of very mediocre officers (middle third of ability cohort) remaining to run the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If someone has proven capable of being promoted before their minimum time in rank or rate, promote them. Insisting on completing the alotted period at each rank before being promoted stifles ambition, reduces performance and affects capability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Be the bestish

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The British Army

    Pros

    Be proud be the best

    Cons

    Constantly be prepared to do rubbish jobs

  11.  

    Hard, rewarding work that will give you an insightful perspective on life

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent atmosphere, top banter. Opportunity for really cool moments, calling in airstrikes and cutting about in tanks. Foreign travel. Real team leadership at a junior level. Free pension, sports, medical and dental care.

    Cons

    The Army does things it's way. No exceptions and no sympathy. Work-life balance can be terrible. Too much emphasis on rank. Backward corporate culture, very wasteful. Office politics exist in the Army. You must be prepared to submit yourself, your personal safety and your politics to the task asked of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at how the RAF is doing it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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