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Ordnance Survey Reviews

Updated November 10, 2017
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  1. "Technical"

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

    I worked at Ordnance Survey full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Becoming more profit oriented organisation


  2. "Doesn't know where it's going at the moment!"

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

    Pros

    The majority of people are great and as a new person, they will love you - it's the long serving that need to worry as their skills are not valued so much!
    Work life balance is good - lots of clubs and activities (running, choir etc) are encouraged.

    Cons

    Senior management is a bit clueless about the future of the organisation.

    Advice to Management

    Make some decisions about the company strategy and articulate them to the staff in a way that makes sense and that they undestand, The staff want to transofrm the business but you are not helping them to help you.

  3. "Great People and a good environment"

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

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

    Pros

    People, without a doubt the people there are great! People just want to create the best geographic data.

    Cons

    Has got a little lost/confused in recent years about what it should be doing which led to a lot of frustration but I believe that this is changing.
    Can be slow to move forward.


  4. "Decent Comany"

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Support in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice Staff, Skilled Employees in IT department

    Cons

    Career advancement can be difficult, Pay not great compared to Private Sector

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Needs more skilled leadership to evolve"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Spacey building, hard working employees, smart skills and strong consumer brand.

    Cons

    Weak commercial leadership, generic sounding strategy for a unique organisation, too much complexity so hard for culture and systems to move forward. Huge potential is not being realised.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip, refresh the senior leadership and make them accountable. Improve diversity at board level.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Average company"

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

    I worked at Ordnance Survey part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Posh office with modern facilities. Christmas shut down

    Cons

    Nepotism - Spouses and relatives everywhere

    Advice to Management

    Don't neglect/lose the hard working people


  7. "manager"

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

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

    Pros

    brand, positioning, proposition, head office, great people to work with

    Cons

    politics, slow to respond to customer changing needs

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Disfunctional Board"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Really interesting business
    Strong brand
    Fantastic office space
    People on the ground have strong expertise, very knowledgeable, helpful and passionate about what they do

    Cons

    Board are completely dysfunctional
    Senior management (esp. Board) easily taken-in by external 'consultants'
    No control, due diligence or oversight put on said consultants
    Poor senior management and external consultant behaviour tolerated and sometimes condoned.
    Senior Management/Board to quick to jump on 'silver-bullets' whilst ignoring significant operational risk

    Advice to Management

    Non-executive director should conduct a drain-up review on how the board/senior management is running the company


  9. Helpful (3)

    "What a waste"

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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

    Pros

    Flexitime, good holidays, very relaxed work culture, nice offices, good pension, nice people

    Cons

    Hard to get anything done, weak/no leadership at all levels, too many meetings - nobody takes responsibility, constantly changing priorities, good people all pulling in different directions, limited career opportunities, low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Lead. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Manage. Repeat.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "All the floating maps in the world can't stop this ship from sinking"

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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

    Pros

    Pasionate coworkers who love maps
    Lots of time off
    Modern building

    Cons

    Poor senior management, especially in Products, Engineering and IS
    Incompetent and unscrupulous HR team
    Rapant discrimination based on age
    Draconian process by which HR makes you apply for the same job you've been doing for years in an attempt to get rid of you

    Advice to Management

    I was put on a management fast-track programmed called Vista and eventually made redundant, like most of my colleauges on the programme. The programme was egregiously mismanaged by HR and not supported by senior management. Seriously, what was the point of it?


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