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Met Office Exeter Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  1. "Pleasant place to work, bad pay"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Practitioner in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Practitioner in Exeter, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's a very pleasant atmosphere and good working environment. Lots of people are enthusiastic about what they do, and it's clear that the organisation has a genuinely worth-while purpose.

    Cons

    The pay is not good, even for the South-West, and there's very little chance of even inflation-level increases. Programming as a skill is not highly valued.

    Advice to Management

    If you can't sort out the pay situation you'll be dependent on people who stay because they like the good atmosphere, so you'd better keep the atmosphere very good.


  2. "Senior IT Practitioner"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Practitioner in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Practitioner in Exeter, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment
    On-site Gym
    Meaningful work

    Cons

    Too many managers
    Wages low even for the South West

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  3. "Overall a good place to work, but with some caveats."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly and sociable atmosphere at HQ.

    HQ building is a pleasant environment, helped by a recent refurb of many departments, lots of on-site facilities (e.g. canteen, coffee shops), and lots of open space outside the building.

    CEO and directors very accessible and approachable. It is entirely possible to approach the CEO directly and speak on first name terms. Regular update briefings from the CEO and/or other directors are a chance to hear the latest news directly, and to ask questions.

    Opportunities to work in some very interesting locations (in certain professions).

    Recent increase in flexible working patterns, including working from home options.

    Cons

    Pay is poor, especially for the skills and qualifications demanded of some entry-level roles. Even the upper echelons are relatively poorly paid for the responsibilities they have.

    Poor staff performance is simply not dealt with effectively.

    Noisy open plan offices with very little privacy. Fine if you're an extrovert who thrives on noise and buzz, but otherwise it can be hard to concentrate at times, and 'quiet' work areas are almost non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Have a serious sweep-out of the mid-levels. The Met Office now has a good team of directors setting and implementing a clear direction at the top, and has a great deal of talent and enthusiasm at the grass-roots level. However, while there are some good people in the mid-levels, there are simply far too many posts, many with ill-defined responsibilities, and often filled by individual 'drifters' who have few discernible skills and simply move from post to post every 1-2 years. In these austere times, this simply should not be the case.


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    "Great place to work although frustrating at times and currently in pay freeze"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere with many social clubs meaning that at times it feels like you are on a uni campus. Interesting work and everyone here really cares about what they do. Being public sector, holiday allowance, pension, maternity leave etc. all great.

    Cons

    Pay freeze has meant no payrises for over half a decade and this is set to cotinue. Real time wages falling and hard to retain good staff, especially at the level you would expect of a world-eading organisation. Flexible working arrangements can be great but depends on your department. Some areas seem to coast while others work their socks off. Don't believe what you hear about public sector being less stressful and not such hard work as private. Lots of top management team have been their all their career and too engrained.

    Advice to Management

    Have a management shake up and get some new blood that didn't grow up within the Met Office. Get yourselves out of public sector pay freeze urgently before you loose everyone good. Ensure flexible working policy is deployed consistantly wherever possible across organisation.


  5. "Going Downhill"

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

    I have been working at Met Office (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working environment, world leader.

    Cons

    Pay band is very low. Government restrictions.


  6. "Pay freeze"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Exeter, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great hardworking staff. Interesting work with a world leading department.

    Cons

    Management lacking. Often setting the office in the wrong direction. Pay was assessed using external factors, but as the office didn't want too many uplifts set them at minima expecting yearly rises to help bring people to where they should be. And then came the six year pay cuts!
    Also government no longer cares about Civil Servants so has launched a 6 year campaign to decimate their rights.

    Advice to Management

    Bring pay in line with realistic levels. Backdate to existing and past staff. Some might even come back.


  7. "satellite application scientist"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Exeter, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, world leading research.

    Cons

    very low salary pay freeze and employement freeze

    Advice to Management

    Top management need to be

  8. "??"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Exeter, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is no "best". Everything is just fantastic!

    Cons

    There are no downsides at all. Oh, ok, the salary could be a little bit higher, but actually, it is not bad.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going!


  9. "Senior Op Met"

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

    I have been working at Met Office full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people at operational level, good travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Disconnected senior management and terrible pay.

    Advice to Management

    Get out form under government pay freezes before you lose all your good people.


  10. "HR Intern"

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    Former Intern - Summer Placement in Exeter, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Summer Placement in Exeter, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Met Office as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, lots of events and clubs, on-site gym, good choices of food, exciting to work for a company at the forefront of environmental and weather research

    Cons

    Petty office politics, typical government hierarchical working culture, HR department not making the most out of its graduate interns, not much opportunity to progress within the organisation, awful salaries being offered to talented individuals who can choose a much better paid role elsewhere

    Advice to Management

    The Met Office takes on at least 40 summer interns every year. I was so excited about starting the internship as i wanted to gain experience within a large organisation. I quickly found that the amount of responsibility i was given was shocking, and my department gave me no clear objectives for the duration of the placement. I felt very dejected upon finishing the placement, as i was an ambitious graduate with a lot to give. They pride themselves on inspiring the next generation of scientists, but forget that there are other areas to running a business. I wouldn't go back.


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