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    Engaging Work and Friendly Place

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

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

    Pros

    Engaging 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.

    Cons

    Located 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 ManagementAdvice

    Consider subsidised travel scheme in addition to the range of subsidies already offered.

    Recommends
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    Too many backstabbers and knowing-nothing scientists

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, nothing more

    Cons

    Outdated scientists block out the new idea and technologies to be applied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    Too many useless scientists with very outdated knowledge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

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

    I worked at national physical laboratory as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Smart 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

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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

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    Former Employee - Higher Research Scientist
    Former Employee - Higher Research Scientist

    I worked at national physical laboratory

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    In 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 ManagementAdvice

    Chop off mid-managers who do nothing but talking big words! There are many of them!

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at national physical laboratory

    Pros

    locates in good town, good work life balance

    Cons

    lack of opportunity for development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too many management layers

    Doesn't Recommend

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