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Met Office Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (3)

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

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    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.


  4. 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?


  5. "Scientist at Met Office"

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    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. "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.

  8. "Interesting work, terrible pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Met Office full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work is largely interesting and most of it has real benefit to society.
    Decent part of the world to live in (Devon). Nice office.

    Cons

    The pay and progression system is absurd, drives away talent in droves. Job advert salary ranges are misleading, policy is to offer the lowest salary level for each seniority band, which is non-negotiable.
    Far too many managers. Not every single project requires a management level post overseeing it.

    Advice to Management

    Needs true independence from government civil service.
    Cut back junior and middle management layer of staff or at least put them to productive work.
    Pay your employees a competitive wage.


  9. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.


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