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Ofgem Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  1. "My 18 months in OFGEM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ofgem (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work with some smart people

    Cons

    The work can sometimes be very repetitive


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to start a career"

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    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.

  3. "Assistant Manager"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ofgem as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly and open work place. Working at your own pace and motivation to exceed

    Cons

    Some of the Work may become repetitive.


  4. "Interesting work. Bad management."

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    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "good for early career development"

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    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. "Good place, low pay"

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    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


  7. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Ofgem full-time

    Pros

    Very supportive environment, good work life balance and embracing agile working. Work is interesting and varied (in my dept at least)

    Cons

    Staff turnover very high - primarily due to salaries available at other employers particularly in London. as with all Civil Service - the layers of bureaucracy you have to go through can be demoralising.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Ofgem"

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    Former Employee - Policy Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Policy Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable job; interesting, challenging work; good work-life balance; central location; good benefits (gym, canteen, flexitime etc) to make up for budget limitations on pay.

    Cons

    Limited room for promotion as generally have to wait for a position to become available. Financial rewards are perhaps lower than in the private sector, but this is to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that the benefits of having a gym, canteen, etc aren't lost during the office move - it would be a real shame.


  9. "Ofgem"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ofgem full-time

    Pros

    The people are friendly and great to work with. A high level of responsibility is provided to those that demonstrate themselves to be competent

    Cons

    Quantitative analysis is often the most interesting area of the job but is regularly outsourced


  10. "Ofgem review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good development opportunities
    Good Pension
    Good Benefits such as cycle to work

    Cons

    Low Pay
    Always in flux
    Opportunities for advancement are scarce


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