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Updated February 9, 2017
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  1. "satellite application scientist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  2. "??"

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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!


  3. "Senior Op Met"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


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  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. "Fortran specialist"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Met Office as a contractor

    Pros

    Best working environment I have ever worked in (30 year career). Friendly, dedicated staff. Professional excellence of co-workers. Exceptional workplace and facilities. Good senior management engagement with staff.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.


  8. "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.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    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


  10. "Senior Operational Meteorologist"

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    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.


  11. "Pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    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.



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