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Updated March 20, 2017
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  1. "Home Depot"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Met Office full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    work different stores every week

    Cons

    not enough pay and poor management


  2. "Going Downhill"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "HR Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    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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  5. "Scientist at Met Office"

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

    I have been working at Met Office (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working. Great people. Lots of good science being done. Excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    Pay is very poor.
    So much of a staff members experience is dependant on their individual manager, some managers are poor, and there is no review process etc to feed this back.
    Many decisions taken by property management, HR etc are not discussed with staff in advance and are to the detriment of working conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff more


  6. "Too many cooks, too little pay"

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    Current Employee - Scientific Software Engineer in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientific Software Engineer in Exeter, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting intelligent colleagues. Devon is a good place to be in summer. Large range of types of work done in one place.

    Cons

    Pay scales on this site are deceptive. When employed you come in at the bottom of those scales and you won't be approaching the 'average' highlighted after 5 years.
    Place is full of office politics and no-hopers who flit from post to post crapping on others as they pass through and then leaving it up to someone else to tidy their mess. On the other hand you can see why - the only way to get ahead is storm into a new post, make a lot of noise and confusion and then move on before the effluent hits the fan.

    Advice to Management

    Look around you and decide which of the guys either side of you you'd sack tomorrow. If you think they're both doing a good job, then they're looking at you. Quit now while you can.
    With a third less managers who are sticking their oar in just to be noticed gone, the place might get on a do something worthwhile.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Too Many Chiefs"

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

    I worked at Met Office full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pension - which has been capped
    Salary (for the region) which is capped until the Gov releases it.
    Relatively secure job as it is virtually impossible for them to lay off any staff.
    Nice gardens outside for a walk.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the brand. They are trading on past glories.
    Full of office politics.
    Promotion is through old boys network
    Zero women on the Director board = sexism is rife throughout the organisation.
    If you are joining it will be at the bottom of the pay band - regardless of what is advertised - this is non negotiable.
    It is a civil service organisation playing at doing commercial stuff. They have no idea what they want to do.
    There are a lot of "lifers" there - people who have been in the job for 20+ years and looking to run out the clock there.

    Advice to Management

    There is double counting across the whole organisation to justify directors areas. Stealing from Peter to feed Paul.

    You could eliminate a whole layer of middle management- Exec Heads or Heads - who do nothing other than report on what their teams are doing. Genuinely.

    There is no such thing as "open and fair competition" for promotions - stop pretending there is. Favourites are always picked.

    Where are the senior women? Why are they never promoted? What is the ratio of men to women on the Met Office Board?


  8. Helpful (3)

    "A great place with some great people, but severely let down by extremely low pay."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Exeter, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Everyone has heard of the Met Office.
    The work is usually very interesting.
    To be part of something truly world class.
    A nice office building.

    Cons

    Pay is low.
    Pay progression is practically non-existent.
    You have to put up with increasing amounts of Lime Green in day to day work life.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out the pay and everything else will suddenly fix itself.


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