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Met Office Reviews

Updated September 1, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Placement Trainee/Internship in Exeter, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Placement Trainee/Internship in Exeter, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Met Office is set in a fantastic location and the office itself is really pleasant to work in which I think is really important. Everyone I worked with and had contact with whilst I was there were friendly and supportive. There is a great culture for sharing knowledge with lots of seminars and talks about various projects going on within the office.
    Once you have a permanent position there are loads of opportunities to move around departments and get involved in new projects so it is a great place to build a long and varied career. I would love to work there again.

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  2. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Recommends

    I have been working at Met Office full-time

    Pros

    We all try to be right on predictions

    Cons

    We re are rarely inaccurate

  3. "??"

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


  4. "World-leading organisation, with plenty of opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great location and facilities
    Focus on development - up- and cross-skilling
    Friendly culture
    Strong reputation/brand
    Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Can take some time adjusting to the nature of working (which could be said for any move into a new organisation)


  5. "Government restrictions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Met Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    HQ is a great place to work, it's got a great team feel with modern facilities and good management presence. The job security and pension are also good.

    Cons

    The pay is generally low, graduates and people with PHD's on £23,000 with little option for progression, they are very limited by being civil service and having pay freezes. A lot of employees work away from HQ and are generally ignored by management, 9-5 work-life balance is good but shift work makes it nearly impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to all the staff, not just HQ, focus on retention and not just new staff.


  6. "satellite application scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "Great place...great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Met Office full-time

    Pros

    Great place. Great benefits. On site amenities

    Cons

    Below average salary. Public sector environment...so progression is aimless

    Advice to Management

    Please become more like a private company

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    • 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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