Defra - Not recommended | Glassdoor
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    "Not recommended"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ICT Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Defra full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, home working

    Cons

    Defra recently created a single ICT team by merging hundreds of staff from agencies that are part of the broader Defra network of organisations. These include ICT staff from the environment agency, rural payments agency, natural England and others. The culture is biased towards environment agency staff who have promoted out of all proportion to other staff, often regardless of ability. The culture is autocratic and staff are fearful of speaking out and are choosing to leave instead. There is serious inequality and career progression is based upon whether your face fits rather than ability. It comes as no surprise that so many are leaving and there is a serious recruitment and retention problem.

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    Defra2019-08-26

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "DEFRA - Best public sector employer offering opportunity to work on the latest tech and flexibilty"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Lead Consultant in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Defra for less than a year

    Pros

    Use of latest technology, all the high end equipments required to do the job are provided. Felxible work hours, working from home,very supportive project managers, teams working in collaboration to achive the same goals.

    Cons

    Wifi at the office location can be a bit flaky at times and office space need refurbishment (Bristol TQH).

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    Defra2020-03-13
  2. "Friendly Team"

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    Former Employee - Category Lead in London, England

    I worked at Defra full-time

    Pros

    Very generous and friendly way of transitioning into public sector procurement.

    Cons

    Not as agile as the private sector - lots of red tape

    Defra2020-03-10

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