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Environment Agency Reviews

Updated June 18, 2017
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Pros
  • If you were there from the start, you will be on a great salary with great work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Flexible working time and company pension contribution (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Unable to deal with poor performers - a lot of people sitting at their desks doing nothing all day and getting away with it (in 4 reviews)

  • Some rigid elements as with any public sector organisation, can be difficult to progress once you get to more senior positions (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great People"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Environment Agency (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People (in the main) are very passionate about what they do.
    Benefits are great.
    Pretty good work/life balance
    Interesting and varied work

    Cons

    There was a lot of change, continuously.

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear vision, embed changes then let things settle and review.
    Don't leave those who are the top employees to do 90% of the work


  2. "Freedom to do your job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Environment Agency full-time

    Pros

    Managers buy-in to feedback from the lowest level.
    Strong, genuine culture of health and safety.
    Good levels of investment for a public sector organisation.

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit informal in processed which can vary from region to region.
    Some employees have been there a very long time leading to a strong union culture and aversion to tech advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make sure health and safety isn't just box ticking (or that it appears that way to junior staff).

    Invest in targeting recruitment better: apprenticeships, geography graduates and Ex military are three greatly untapped sources!

  3. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partnerships Specialist in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Partnerships Specialist in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Environment Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really takes care of staff
    Extremely wide ranging and interesting roles
    Great to be part of an organisation that makes a real difference

    Cons

    Not a particularly fast paced working environment
    Difficult to progress beyond certain level

    Advice to Management

    Try to retain the most knowledgeable/valuable staff in spite of frequent voluntary redundancy requirements


  4. "Good Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life Balance. Company Pension

    Cons

    Increasing workload due to staff cuts and funding cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit more staff


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management, dead wood and bullying"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader
    Former Employee - Team Leader
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Environment Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you want to be able to turn up to the office and do nothing then this organisation is brilliant.

    Lots of paperwork, so great if you like to sit at a desk and tick boxes.

    Loads of holiday (30 days plus bank holidays) and even more if you fiddle your flex card, which no one checks!

    Lots of charity cake sales- great if you like eating cakes or if you fancy a day off work to sell them; one day a week, everyweek, selling cakes and not doing work is quite common.

    Cons

    If you're a hard worker and don't like others slacking, then this would be a bad organisation to work for; the amount of dead wood left to drift is criminal.

    Bullying is rife and management are incompetent to be able to deal with it. The emphasis is always on positives and lessons learned, which is invariably a cover up for letting trouble makers get away with murder.

    Add constant staff cuts to the above and it's a pretty miserable place to work.

    Advice to Management

    1. Grow a back bone.
    2. Stop talking about everything all the time and actually get things done.
    3. Switch around more, it's unhealthy to have the same person managing the same department for 30 years.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Once great but now suffocated"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisor
    Former Employee - Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Environment Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Flexitime start at 10am and end at 3pm on any day
    - More Annual Leave then you will know what to do with (25 -30 days 15 days flex with bank holidays on top)
    - Maternity Leave
    -Knowledgeable people
    - A lot of Responsibility early on
    -Great if you want to coast in your career
    - If you were there from the start, you will be on a great salary with great work/life balance
    - Team Spirit with genuine people who aren't competing with you

    Cons

    - No London Fringe weighting for expensive areas in the south-east
    - Constant change due to staff leaving for private sector or waiting to get a job transfer up north
    - Sometimes a bit of favourism and inconsistent approaches taken when you ask for things off your manager
    - Zero Training Budget masked by being told you are responsible for your own learning and development or pressure on colleagues for internal training
    - Unable to deal with poor performers - a lot of people sitting at their desks doing nothing all day and getting away with it
    - Management slow to make a decision
    - Suffocated by the government's approach to the public sector
    - New emphasis on charging which is turning the organisation to private sector expectations with public sector reward

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions quicker and consistently
    Argue a fair deal for staff
    Don't mess people around with constantly extended temporary contracts
    You can't rely on good will forever for the necessary jobs to get done


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Operations Officer in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Facilities Operations Officer in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Environment Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible working patterns, good work/home balance.

    Cons

    Salary could be higher for the amount of work you have to do sometimes.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Pollution Prevention and Radioactive Substances Regulatory Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Environment Agency full-time

    Pros

    Flexi time, 30 days a year holiday and well meaning people

    Cons

    Unbelievable beauracracy and political interference by meddling politicians.

    Advice to Management

    Explain to politicians and the press what we can deliver with reduced staffing.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good"

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

    Pros

    Flexible working time and company pension contribution

    Cons

    Difficult to progress in the job unless you apply for a different position


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Trying to do something with less, and that includes employee care"

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    Former Employee - Advisor in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Advisor in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Environment Agency full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Relaxed Environment to work in
    - Recent pay structure changes increased salaries across the board
    - Access to the EA Pension Fund

    Cons

    - Progression is pretty much dead man's shoes
    - Middle and Senior management unapproachable
    - Way too many ego's all vying for each others jobs
    - Recruitment policy is less about brains, and more who'll stay and not question anything
    - No chance of development within the Agency due to funding, and TL's not wanting to lose staff
    - Due to overwork, lack of recognition etc.. The number of staff off with anxiety and depression is growing without check.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring drones and start looking for people that are passionate about the job, reward those who do stay with promotion, and for the love of god... Take care of your staff (See Cons)


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