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Updated July 5, 2017
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  1. "Package, box production and TPM supervisor."

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    Former Employee - Package Supervisor in Willcox, AZ
    Former Employee - Package Supervisor in Willcox, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Natural England full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Bonus yearly payment, health and life insurance and produce benefit for employees.

    Cons

    Did not pay bonus, Company location, monthly payment system and extended job hours.

    Advice to Management

    In this level of administration requires scholarship people, but in this case they did not. This limited our professional development.


  2. "No chance for progression on a FTA"

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

    I have been working at Natural England full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexi-time and lots of opportunity for training

    Cons

    Had 2 contracts as an FTA. 2nd appointment I was doing the same work as previous role but at a lower pay band. Also doing same work as those around me at high pay bands. Team predominately made up of temporary staff so manager could not plan pass end of our appointments, giving the team uncertainty. Extension given the day before leaving but already found another job. Tasks given mundane and mind numbing. Currently low staff morale due to recent changes in the structure of the organisation and uncertainty. Managers rarely around, many WAH/part-time, so are hard to get hold of.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you are around for employees to talk to. Make role profiles clearer so individuals understand what they are responsible for. Make sure meetings have a clear purpose and not dragged out for the sake of it!!!

  3. "Ok but not brilliant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Natural England full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working and understandable management

    Cons

    Poor pay, complex and difficult job


  4. "Good temp role"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Advisor in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Support Advisor in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Natural England full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexi time, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Managers friendly but inefficient, temporary staff used in lieu of contracted staff to save money, so high turnover. Lack of training given. As a temporary role very good, turn up for 37 hours a week and managers happy. Managers would not care if you did less than 37 hours, as were rarely there after 3pm themselves. Guidance constantly changing and little back up from DEFRA/RPA. Limited career progression, fixed term appointments only. Poorly paid for the work involved


  5. "Natural England comms"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fantastic team, vocation and passion, always got your back

    Cons

    Lack of resources, working more closely with Defra


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management, boring job."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexi hours. Lots of varied staff so good to make friends.

    Cons

    Promotions go to people that are "in" with managers. Half the employers do hardly any work and management does nothing about it. Agency staff through Brook Street are treated very differently to NE employees. NE staff get away with doing whatever they like. Management has no idea how to deal with situations as they arise, instead of speaking to people personally they send out horrible emails. (One of which I had received, blaming me for bringing to their attention an employee I had noticed was spending all day chatting and playing on his phone). The job itself was made more complicated than it needed to be by too many procedures and check boxes. Assume having it this way creates more meaningless jobs. Nothing interesting to the job at all, quite mind numbing. Also doesn't help when the workload is piling up that others don't pull their weight. The only two managers on our team both worked only three days a week and both had the same days off!do half the time they have no idea what's going on. Very much a big brother feel, directed at the wrong people. As long as you don't say a word during the day they assume you are working so if you do talk they think nothing is being done when really it's the quiet ones doing the least amount. No room to advance any type of career.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs a complete overhaul. They couldnt run a bath let alone manage a team of 30.


  7. "DEFRA cuts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Public sector pension and holiday (TOIL)

    Cons

    Career suicide, funding cuts, may be abolished

  8. "Inefficient, nobody cares about their job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Natural England full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working, good pay and benefits for permanent staff

    Cons

    Lack of management - very very big problem
    Inefficient permanent staff
    Unproductive temporary staff
    Noone cares about their job or the organization


  9. "Fair"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Natural England full-time

    Pros

    Good people, colleagues are very friendly

    Cons

    Sometimes an oppressive working atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    More permanent staff


  10. "Lead Adviser"

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    Current Employee - Lead Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lead Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours are a pro

    Cons

    Rigid government organisations. Unintelligent processes.


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