UK Ministry of Defence Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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UK Ministry of Defence Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon
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Pros
  • Work-Life balance is excellent driven by a strong culture that promotes the idea that people innovate most when they have energy and motivation (in 5 reviews)

  • Good conditions, such as flexi time and sports facilities (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Time away from home was a major detractor for me, as I own my own property back home (in 4 reviews)

  • Operational tours, time away from the family (in 6 reviews)

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  1. is a good institution

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Emergency Medical Technician Basic in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Emergency Medical Technician Basic in New York, NY

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    you are always protected happy to serve the country

    Cons

    we always do before complain

    Advice to Management

    united we stand divided we fall


  2. admin assistant

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Warminster, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Warminster, England (UK)

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good hours, generous break times, professional and friendly people

    Cons

    Limited chance of promotion within department, grade inequality, low pay

    Advice to Management

    Consider spreading the workload out between staff more


  3. Army Officer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intelligence Officer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Intelligence Officer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Outdoors and fitness is part of the job. The people are like-minded. Good honest fun and a pleasure to lead and command men.

    Cons

    Long hours and you promote at the same speed as you peers that can be significantly less capable. The money is not that good for the level at which you have to work and is the biggest draw for Capt to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Revise the Promotion process. Reward the top-class officers as they are leaving at a rapid rate!


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  5. Abbey Wood - don't even bother

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence full-time

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

    Pros

    Flexi-time I have to enter five words for pros but there are no more pros.

    Cons

    Hot desking for everyone means you have to book your desk daily and then kick people off when they've not bothered. This means that teams can't sit together. No-one talks to eachother anyway so the openplan is completely pointless - the guy next to me has actually emailed me before rather than talking! There is not enough parking for all the staff and not enough desks - how on earth are people expected to work??

    Advice to Management

    There is no team spirit here.


  6. RAF

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence

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

    Pros

    Good pension. Not going to go bust

    Cons

    A lot of focus on cost saving, vice output


  7. A dynamic and charismatic sales executive looking to work for a inovative company.

    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Guildford, England (UK)

    I worked at UK Ministry of Defence part-time

    Pros

    I thought there were many pros to numerous to mention all of them.

    Cons

    There were no cons whatsoever!


  8. UK Public Service

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

    I worked at UK Ministry of Defence full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working Some very important work

    Cons

    People and performance management can be poor


  9. satisfaction fulfilment and rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence

    Pros

    Housing . Free medical and dental

    Cons

    Long and unsociable hours. The main issue is the disruption to family life and the added pressure it places upon loved ones certainly where hildrenare involved

    Advice to Management

    Where possible show more companion to individuals circumstances rather than the usual blanket treatment.


  10. Look before you leap...

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Squadron Second In Command in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Squadron Second In Command in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence 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 MoD has a great corporate HR strategy, with a good package of allowances, subsidised housing, opportunities for travel and so on. There is plenty of variety in postings.

    Cons

    The MoD has terrible (read: non-existent) career management. You have almost no control over where or when you are posted, this is in the hands of your career manager, which would not be a problem if postings were allocated in order to develop personnel. Sadly, they are simply filled on a 'bums on seats' principle, usually by geographic preference. Progression is then denied to personnel who have not completed the right 'profile jobs', regardless of whether they had access to them. Constructive dismissal?

    Advice to Management

    Get a professional HR organisation in place soonest. Blue chip companies are rushing to set up military recruitment sections because they recognise that the MoD is good at recruiting and training, but terrible at retaining. They see you as subsidising their HR departments!


  11. Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager in Andover, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Andover, England (UK)

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, variety of work, lots of great people to work with, challenging.

    Cons

    Time away, sometimes chaotic existence due to poor planning, senior management arrogant at times.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and look after them. Think more about the incentives for joining up and staying in. Don't change the pension scheme when it was a hugely appealing reason for completing a full career.



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