national physical laboratory
2.8 of 5 5 reviews
www.npl.co.uk 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Apr 3, 2014

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Engaging Work and Friendly Place

Research Scientist (Current Employee)
Teddington, London, England (UK)

I have been working at national physical laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

ProsEngaging work, great colleagues, sports and social club, canteen, flexible working and subsidised creche. Cutting edge science supporting quality of life and driving standards forward. Regular appraisal and support for career development.

ConsLocated in very expensive part of south-west London. Salaries do not stretch as well in the immediate area so many people face long commute.

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider subsidised travel scheme in addition to the range of subsidies already offered.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Too many backstabbers and knowing-nothing scientists

Higher Research Scientist (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at national physical laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood work life balance, nothing more

ConsOutdated scientists block out the new idea and technologies to be applied
Too many managers who knows nothiing about how scientific reseach should be.
Too many useless scientists with very outdated knowledge
Too many backstabers

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Year Placement - could have been better

Intern (Former Employee)
Teddington, London, England (UK)

I worked at national physical laboratory as an intern for more than a year

ProsSmart and very friendly colleagues
Good work-life balance
Very nice environment to work in (building and grounds/ bushy park)
After work sport teams and after work social life

ConsLack of training and development
Pay
Management had very little time for me
Left to self manage and find my own work as an intern

Advice to Senior ManagementI would like to see a longer term view of promoting good science, rather than pleasing Serco bosses/targets.

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Get away from it, unless you are fifty or more looking for a landing place

Higher Research Scientist (Former Employee)

I worked at national physical laboratory

ProsGood office surrounded by a very nice royal park.
Slow-paced working environment, very relaxing, which gives you very good work-life balance, more time for your family and your own business.

ConsIn some teams, horrible bosses who have no skill in management people and have no technical knowledge or very out-dated technical knowledge in their fields.

Your promotion and apraisal depends a huge deal on your exposure to the managers. If you get along well with the managers and expose yourself to senior managers then you can have promotion, even when you could not complete a single simple task for the whole year!

Too many politics and beauracracy.

Some bosses have no idea of flexible working hours, working from home. They need to see you in the office 9-5 even you have absolutely nothing to do for the whole day!

Advice to Senior ManagementChop off mid-managers who do nothing but talking big words! There are many of them!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at national physical laboratory

Proslocates in good town, good work life balance

Conslack of opportunity for development

Advice to Senior Managementtoo many management layers

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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