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Ordnance Survey Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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  1. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ordnance Survey full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects all I'm willing to say at this point

    Cons

    Prefer not to say at this point


  2. "Hugely disorganised with average senior management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ordnance Survey full-time

    Pros

    OS is a British institution with a strong brand.
    Modern building with good facilities for staff.
    Friendly work culture amongst the staff.
    Flexi-time.

    Cons

    Lack of communication.
    Lack of stability/consistency.
    Weak leadership.
    Lack of development opportunities for permanent staff in many areas. This is partly caused by having too many contract staff and in particular contract management who treat permanent staff the same as contractors.
    Ineffective and uncommunicative HR department.

    Advice to Management

    Improve staff morale. Listen to staff.
    Communicate much more and be open and honest.
    Don't panic.
    Employ some real business visionaries who can think and not just spout out pre-programmed text book responses.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "SG2"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Grade II in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Support Grade II in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ordnance Survey full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great conditions, great family values.

    Cons

    Some bosses (used to) overuse their power, especially on promotion boards, with no fear of needing to explain or qualify their decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work as Ordnance Survey is known worldwide and has a fabulous reputation.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "A time of change...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Product Manager II in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Manager II in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ordnance Survey full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A wonderful working environment, plenty of breakout areas and top rate facilities to hand (including large coffee area, shop and dry cleaners). The work force is full of great people who are friendly and helpful. OS holds a strong tradition, which was a great pull factor in joining.

    Cons

    A feel of disruption at a time of change. Whilst the company requires modernisation (you can't stand still for ever?), I believe the approach the changing a business could have been conducted far better to prevent the mass negativity it has caused to many (good!!!) staff members. Plenty of people leaving and taking with them the tradition that made OS what it is....but I believe those who replace them will start to shape a new and exciting era...once they work out what they want to be.

    Advice to Management

    Be very brave and very clear with your plans and involve everyone - don't pick your favourites and leave the others to rot and leave and lower the morale. OS is a traditional strong and important company that should warrant respect to all staff.


  6. "Fantastic employer that has lost its way"

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

    I have been working at Ordnance Survey part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Business: The very best at data collection. Relied on by the british economy and by people in their day to day lives. Innovative and ambitious. Personal: Very flexible and family friendly. Good benefits. Friendly people and pleasant culture.

    Cons

    The organisation is undergoing major changes but they have not been communicated to the workers. People feel unsure of the future and morale has taken a dive. People are leaving but... I believe there are good times to come.

    Advice to Management

    Please communicate with your workforce


  7. "A good brand falling apart"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ordnance Survey full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexi-time

    Open plan office

    Close teams

    Working from home options

    Cons

    CEO is completely out of touch with the business, believing morale is high when it is down across the business, demonstrating HR are either not providing the CEO with the correct information, or are out of touch with the rest of the business.

    The wages are laughably uncompetitive, with a workplace commitment to pay "85% of market value" with the entire benefit package of positions compared against base salaries in other companies.

    Significant downsizing, so much so that the purpose built office for Ordnance Survey is having sections rented to other companies.

    Laughably out of touch with technological developments, sticking to outdated practices and concepts with strong resistance at the top to adapt to a modern market, resulting in new products always playing "catch up" with competitors.

    Training has been frozen, with "at the desk" training being pushed forward as the replacement.

    Advice to Management

    Losing staff at a ratio of 4:1 since summer 2016 isn't sustainable, nor is freezing the production of new products for over a year. If attitudes do not change quickly, the company will be a shadow of it's former self by the end of 2017.


  8. "OK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generous leave and flexi time. New building in landscaped surroundings. On site nursery. Free parking. Discounts to local gyms, businesses etc

    Cons

    Expensive canteen and located outside of town so few other options. Lots of management changes which raises concerns about direction and job security.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work, sometimes too slow to react"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing/Business Development Executive in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing/Business Development Executive in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ordnance Survey full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good social activities, running, cycling, volleyball etc. Flexible working hours and environment are a refreshing change. Great brand to work for.

    Cons

    Too slow to react to customers and the changing market


  10. "Software engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ordnance Survey (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexi
    Salary
    Geospatial
    Company name carries
    Not much else

    Cons

    Accountability of everything being govco
    Agile
    Management hierarchy
    Communication
    Definable kpi's
    Management accountability
    Manager's overly delegate

    Advice to Management

    Speak to the people you manage!


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great workplace, a bit direction-less"

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

    I have been working at Ordnance Survey full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Brilliant flexi, on-site nursery, sports and social clubs etc. Beautiful HQ. Good pay. People are mostly friendly.

    Cons

    Poor communication from senior management. Feels like there's no real direction. Current capability is being left to ruin in pursuit of an uncertain future. Little investment in people. Talent not managed effectively. Some staff behave unacceptably eg. cliques and bullying are normal. HR are slow to respond to anything and don't communicate in a timely manner.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication please. Especially over things that matter like pay and reward. Also, it would be great to see people in positions of leadership who have actually demonstrated the ability to deliver something.



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