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British Transport Police UK Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Valuable Work Undervalued"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at British Transport Police full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Secure employment
    Public service
    Good pension scheme

    Cons

    Civilian staff undervalued
    Low pay for type of work
    Too much work for too few people
    Reluctant to invest in order to keep money as a contingency for operational requirements

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in staff and equipment and less money would be wasted fixing problems that occur because of poor investment in people and equipment.


  2. "A public betrayed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great job. Good promotion if you work hard and keep you head down. Never the same day twice. Good training if you fight for it. Some amazing officers risking their lives to save the public.

    Cons

    Higher management. Obstructive, lazy and power mad civilian staff. Totally lost and incompetent management. Totally lost in paperwork. Unbelievably useless computer systems. Politically reactive. Betraying the public.

    Advice to Management

    Retire and try to get competent people in. People who actually care about crime and the public and what the police were created to do. Actually support the people on the ground and stand up to the virus that is HR, training, CJU and the other destructive, unhelpful and obstructive "support services". Some shift patterns are 1 weekend off in 9. And you get shift changes, without notice for no compensation. Federation are useless and incompetent. If you get a complaint expect to be on your own with management against you of they think they can score points.

  3. "Technology"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Objects Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Objects Developer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent police officers and policing

    Cons

    Lack of funding , low wages , low benefits

    Advice to Management

    Get senior management in IT changes


  4. "procurement"

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    Former Employee - Procurement in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Procurement in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    For the four months I worked at the British Transport Police , I did not see anything positive. What others were happy about including idling around flexible working mean nothing to me

    Cons

    The non professionals are known to gang up against (particularly) new employees who practice professionalism. They labelled one professional employee as corrupt by making all sorts of false allegations .

    Advice to Management

    You have brilliant written administrative rules which are broken by unprofessional employees while you watch


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible IT management"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People there are nice enough and some are supportive with dealing with the problems there. Also they are flexible with their stating times.

    Cons

    Management is absolutely terrible there and I advise that no one who is serious about their career or IT in general not to work at BTP. IT to them is all about looking good without giving any thought to the infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, there's a high turnover for a reason.


  6. "BTP"

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    Former Employee - SPM in Camden Town, England (UK)
    Former Employee - SPM in Camden Town, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Dedicated group of people. Good cause. Committed.

    Cons

    Strategy for IT somewhat confused. Continual pressure on budgets.

    Advice to Management

    Identify main objectives and stick to them.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Force dreadful management......"

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    Former Employee - Detective Constable in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Detective Constable in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work all over the UK. If there is a major incident you will be involved in it. Reasonable pay. Core of good police officers in London who are good detectives and thief takers. Basically i was one of a core of tecs who were motivated and keen to get on with the job. During my career I was involved in some interesting cases and sensitive work. The BTP get involved in a lot of jobs that the general public would be likely to be unaware of.

    Cons

    Management are all promotion chasing yes men who keep trying to reinvent the wheel. They will not keep any structure in place for more than five minutes. They treat and bully their own bosses with dreadfully high work load and freeze them out if any dissension is perceived. One very senior officer is a bully.
    Long hours if you put yourself about.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.

  8. "Just don't do it."

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    Former Employee - Police Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Police Officer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Okay money and every day was some what different

    Cons

    The jobs (sometimes you were lucky to get one) Some of the staff above let their ego's get involved.


  9. "Good place to work but promotion process means management lack common sense"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good job everyday is different good colleagues and supervision

    Cons

    Poor decision making change for change sake then changing back when they realise they made a poor decision

    Advice to Management

    Senior management need to implement change in a more professional and structured


  10. "Finest officers in the country."

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    Former Employee - Police Constable in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Police Constable in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Small close knit force,where officers and operational support staff work very well together.

    The force is improving all the time and proffesialism of operational staff is fantastic.

    Cons

    Very senior management do not listen to those on the ground and will not accept concepts are a failure.

    Push through computer work applications which are incomplete and do not properly train staff on.

    IT is a joke, very old systems which are outdated and not supported , for example running Windows XP and poor internet/intranet.

    Not very flexible with the workforce. Shifts are not family friendly change of rest days to cover foreseeable events all too common.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workforce. If your staff are telling you that systems are not working and proper training on how to use the systems are needed, act on it,just don't tell your staff that you are resistant to change.


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