Environment Agency Reviews in United Kingdom | Glassdoor

Environment Agency UK Reviews

Updated November 24, 2017
41 reviews

Filter

Filter

United Kingdom

4.3
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Environment Agency Chief Executive Paul Leinster
Paul Leinster
13 Ratings

41 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • approachable and friendly people; flexible working arrangement; clear procedure in place to undertake the work (in 17 reviews)

  • Management team, Salary, work life balance (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • So difficult to progress to Grade 7 and beyond without extensive networking with the "right" people (in 4 reviews)

  • 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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "A good place to be"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Waterways Development Officer in Maidstone, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Waterways Development Officer in Maidstone, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pensions, Flexible working hours, Career progression opportunities, Good sickness cover and maternity, reliable and helpful HR team and fair pay

    Cons

    The bureaucracy that's involved in working for a government body.


  2. "Personal assistant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Environment Agency (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy work, flexible working hours, smart casual dress code, working from home, diversity

    Cons

    Poor pay, very hierarchical, micromanagement, bullying

    Advice to Management

    N/a

  3. "Good organization to work for."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sustainable Places Advisor in Kettering, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sustainable Places Advisor in Kettering, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Environment Agency part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    approachable and friendly people; flexible working arrangement; clear procedure in place to undertake the work. Working for improve the environment and the place where we live.

    Cons

    sometimes too many procedure; sometimes not always very flexible; funding limited in some case to undertake projects to deliver environmental outcomes.

    Advice to Management

    Consider flexibility in some case in terms of working arrangement; put in place sooner rather than later procedure to improve employee capabilities.


  4. "Well intentioned."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Environment Agency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worthwhile work, good colleagues, interesting issues

    Cons

    Massive cuts, undervalued communications (my area), constant change

    Advice to Management

    Keeping staff motivate through change is key, but hard.


  5. "Great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Employer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Pollution Prevention and Radioactive Substances Regulatory Officer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (2)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great work life balance"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Legal Adviser in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Legal Adviser in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work, great people, nice offices

    Cons

    Slow processes, low salaries, career development is ok but career progression is almost impossible.


Showing 41 of 77 reviews
Reset Filters