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Met Office Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
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  1. "Overall a good place to work, but with some caveats."

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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)
    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.


  2. "Senior Op Met"

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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
    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.


  3. "Senior Operational Meteorologist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Som in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Som in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good career prospects, good package of benefits, various locations world-wide, good development programme, team and home working opportunities. Civil Service under BIZ

    Cons

    Under funded, low moral, non-existent pay progression, lack of resources, suffering government strangulation, poor internal transfer package. Civil service under BIZ.

    Advice to Management

    Throw off the shackles, sort out the pay and the resources, tell the truth and keep your word. Develop a real direction,strategy and corporate structure.


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  5. "Pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The work is interesting, flexible working (homeworking etc). Support in-work training

    Cons

    Pay is well behind market. We are world leaders and the pay does not reflect this.


  6. "Sales Executive"

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    Former Employee - Marine Sales Support Staff/Sales Executive in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Marine Sales Support Staff/Sales Executive in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Met Office full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Changing and challenging to new jobs every day

    Cons

    Experience at management level needs reviewed often

    Advice to Management

    Professional work and ethics


  7. Helpful (2)

    "World Leading Operational Weather Forecasting Centre (There are others who do it better)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time

    Pros

    1) Met Office is a Civil Service and therefore it comes with the Civil Service Pension - one of the best in the world. Trust me when I say this as I have worked in three different countries for four different organisations.

    2) Flexible working condition - it is so flexible that a small portion of the staff don't do any work at all.

    3) A very strong Union. They may not negotiate a good deal for high performing staff but ensure that the poor performing staff are protected.

    Cons

    1) When it comes to climate change, the research goes into hiding. Acts as a propaganda machinery for the government on climate change issues.

    2) Just because they are the first ones to try something new, someone has to tell them, they are not necessarily the best.

    3) It is unfortunate that each and every staff thinks they are nobel prize winners.

    Advice to Management

    They know what they are doing. It is just that they pretend to do something else.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mediocre"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Met Office as a contractor

    Pros

    The Met Office is a good place to work in meteorology or climate research. Living in Devon is nice, especially in the summer months. The Met Office has a cycling and sporting culture.

    Cons

    The operational side of the business means high security for everyone. This stifles creativity and inhibits research. The open-plan offices result in lots of distractions but few genuine interactions. The Met Office is currently second to ECMWF in medium-range weather forecasting, so the best people go there instead.

    Advice to Management

    Split the Met Office into separate research and operations sections. Get rid of large, open-plan offices for research. Reduce staff numbers to pay for higher salaries for those who stay.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "An interesting place to work but low pay and little chance of progression"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientific Software Engineer in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientific Software Engineer in Exeter, England (UK)

    Pros

    Intelligent friendly people
    Generally a relaxed place to work
    The work is mostly interesting
    Plenty of options to work from home or take flexitime
    World leading research organization

    Cons

    Noisy open plan office space
    Very uncompetitive pay
    Could be seen a something of a career dead end, there are no real competitors

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting time on websites telling us how to work or to generate ideas, just pay people more and let them get on with it.


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