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Ofgem London Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to start a career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ofgem full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overall, a great place to start a career and learn.
    Friendly and collaborative working environment
    Interesting and industry shaping work. There are lots of opportunities to step up and assume responsibility.
    Ofgem has a great reputation globally as a leading energy regulator.

    Cons

    Some people are there for retirement and lack motivation. Quite frustrating if you are a young and motivated professional.
    Pay is on the low side, especially as you progress through the ranks.
    Lots of useless bureaucracy at times in relation to recruitment and promotions/pay rises. Whilst learning /development opportunities are plentiful, there is often a ceiling on formal progression.
    Under a lot of pressure to save money which makes you feel that the organization doesn't look after its staff enough (employees even have to pay for the staff party themselves!).
    Some divisions are massively under resourced which undermines the work life balance civil service should offer.

    Advice to Management

    You need to stop people treating Ofgem as a retirement home and get everyone to pull their weight.
    Planning needs to be done across divisions. Seems that some divisions are overresourced and others are massively underresourced.
    Should look for opportunities to promote good people not only within one team/division but ideally, across the entire organization.


  2. "Ofgem"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can be interesting work, flexible work styles

    Cons

    Constant organisational change, huge amount of employee churn, inability to keep to timelines/agreed targets

  3. "Interesting work. Bad management."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Economist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Economist in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting high-profile work.
    Exposure to industry stakeholders and experts
    Subsidised gym and canteen

    Cons

    Poor management
    Limited avenues for promotion. In some teams senior management actively discourages applications for promotion within organisation.
    Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to cut costs at the expense of employee morale.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Atrocious- dont do it!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It pays the bills. Access to decent pension, training and other civil service jobs.

    Cons

    Culture. Culture. Culture. Weak management.

    Advice to Management

    Step aside so that this organisation has a chance of being mended.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "good for early career development"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Passionate staff and good work life balance

    Cons

    as with a lot of the civil service, higher levels of management tend to be "sticky" and therefore not many positions in the senior leadership team comes around very often and this tends to stifle change and innovation


  6. "Once you're in, you're stuck at that level"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ofgem as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance. Pension. Cycling facilities.

    Cons

    No progression. Bad performance not tackled. Old-school management who are not up to speed with modern world.


  7. "Good company, good for grads"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Energy Efficiency Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Energy Efficiency Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere
    Lots of graduates

    Cons

    Inefficient as relies heavily on admin and archaic processes to manage project admin.

    Advice to Management

    Allow innovation and creativity to enable greater efficiency.

  8. "Excellent place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Economist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Economist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ofgem (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance and colleagues

    Cons

    Pay isn't the best but not awful

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the same thing, just pay more!


  9. "Good place, low pay"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible time
    Good holidays
    Relaxed atmosphere (generally)
    Good training

    Cons

    Pay is considerably lower in comparison to other civil service departments
    High turnover of staff
    Office move
    Lack of progression


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Management needs to change"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    hard to say there were any, other than the people you may be working with feel exactly the same way you feel. (if you get an offer for a role, avoid it if you can...)

    Cons

    Serious lack of leadership, willingness to address issues or hear staff, favouritism, glass ceiling and "club" mentality at partner level. No promotional prospects. No reward or incentive to set realistic objectives, and hardly any career progression prospects.

    Advice to Management

    get your heads out of the sand and pack away your ego!


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