The British Army Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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  1. 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 a year)

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

    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.

  2. 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 Management

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

  3. lifestyle not a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    again, the lifestyle is very much of a "lads lads" ennvironment which is amazing if thats what your into

    Cons

    low pay, no say in where you will be posted

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  5. 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  6. My experiences

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Travel, friends, tempo of work

    Cons

    Lack of planning, time away from family, jobs always has to come before job

  7. Great opportunity but sadly poorly managed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Flying Instructor in Middle Wallop, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Flying Instructor in Middle Wallop, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    The opportunities and experiences far exceed those possible in a comparable line of employment outside the military.

    Cons

    Its a constant struggle to maintain any decent form of work/life balance. The senior managers are disinterested unless they directly benefit. The recent austerity measures, coupled with a reduction in manpower, mean that people are hugely overworked and expected to do the work of 3 or even more people. Overtime is expected and breaks are non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your work force ... Not just what you want to hear, either! In the military, there is no union and refusing to work is simply neither an option nor a credible alternative. The people are voting with their feet and radical, far-reaching measures are required if this exodus is to be halted.

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    Royal Military Police

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There is a multitude of opportunities to be had with the RMP. You will start out on the streets performing Police patrols and investigations of crime, but there is plenty of room to specialise into much more technical and/or covert roles.

    Cons

    There is significantly more bureaucracy within the RMP compared to civil Police, but you will get used to this.

    Advice to Management

    Promotion within the RMP is fast, especially within specialised investigations units (SIB), this means that managers will very often not have much leadership/management skills and this lack of knowledge and experience is tangible. Therefore, the chances of getting a good boss will depend more on the individual person, rather than any training they have (or have not) received.

  9. good starter

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good job security - well as long as you have a decent contract
    Lots of extra curricular activities available and you keep fit in your job.
    Lots of job options to gain experience

    Cons

    Travel and needs of the Army come first.
    Can't plan your life more than a few months ahead.
    As an officer you will eventually end up behind a desk.
    Pay - good to start but you may find managers of equivalent role in other jobs overtaking you as you are time barred at rank.

    Advice to Management

    Plan ahead better- not always possible, but there are too many times when you could have.

  10. Adventiourous

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

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

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

    Pros

    Travelling is around the world is at your disposal except for the fact that the places you go to are not always friendly and remember that it's not a holiday trip.

    Cons

    It becomes very difficult when one wants to settle down and have plenty of time for you family because most of the times you are on standby ready for deployment anywhere in the world and risks in the army are always 100% high. It is a risky job.

    Advice to Management

    None

  11. Challenging, ever-changing and many opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent training - leadership and management.
    Travel to world destinations (not always hospitable though!).
    Like-minded peers, good social life.

    Cons

    Moving every two years, often to somewhere that isn't your first choice.
    Can be limited career choices depending on branch / rank.

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