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Ordnance Survey Southampton Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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Southampton, England (UK)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "It's great - people that work here don't realise how lucky they are!"

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    Current Employee - Commercial in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Commercial in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are at last forward thinking
    Friendly and welcoming office and staff
    Onsite free parking
    Onsite nursery, shower block, undercover lockable bike sheds
    Restaurant, shop, dry cleaners, coffee shop
    This company is relatively relaxed compared to private sector organisations
    Most of the company enjoy flexible working, 25+ days holiday + bank hols + xmas shut down

    Cons

    People are unsettled with some changes being made (for the better)
    A lot of the workforce have been here for decades, so resist the change somewhat
    Staff don't realise how lucky they have it here and have a tendency to be nostalgic to the 'good old days'

    Advice to Management

    Keep striving to bring the OS up to date and to serve our customers better and continue to be innovative and the best we can be!


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Hugely disorganised with average senior management."

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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 (3)

    "SG2"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "A time of change...."

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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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great workplace, a bit direction-less"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

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

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    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

  8. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The leadership team has improved drastically over the past couple of years. This has made the organisation feel positively different. They are an extremely family friendly and supportive organisation. Training and development was great and supports career development.

    Cons

    Opportunities are few and far between. Many employees have been working in the same position for many years which makes it very difficult to break into a similar role.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the strategy and continue to build a workforce to deliver that strategy. Implement better succession planning and focus on being more commercial and less civil service.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "OK but could be better with stronger leadership and clearer vision of where to go next"

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    Current Employee - OPERATIONAL LEAD in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - OPERATIONAL LEAD in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours - friendly environment

    Cons

    Red tape slows down projects. Lack of leadership leads to projects going nowhere. Seems to have no mid-term to long-term plans.

    Advice to Management

    The place needs to have good leaders and people who care more. Also, it would be good to define long-term plans and cascade these down the organisation.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A curate's egg of a company"

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    Former Contractor - Contractor in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ordnance Survey as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get the chance to work with some highly intelligent and committed people at all levels. The working environment is great - spacious and comfortable, light and airy. Staff wellbeing is important

    Cons

    The organisation is paralysed by fear and red tape. Getting anything to change (strategy, processes, products, services) is a nightmare which means that many great people just give up and become clock watchers

    Advice to Management

    Release the creativity and innovation inside your staff


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