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Public Health England Reviews

Updated August 6, 2018
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Pros
  • "flexible working, nice colleagues, good support for issues in private life, good work/life balance, I am very lucky to be part of a great team" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Flexible working and employer pension contributions are highest of any sector" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Pay lacking no pay rise for 6 years not even 1p very poor" (in 4 reviews)

  • "No pay progression, the salary you start on remains the same except for a possible 1% pay rise each year" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Administrator in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Data Administrator in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    EVERYTHING. FLEXI, PENSION, SICK PAY

    Cons

    none that comes to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Amazing


  2. "PHE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    Could do with better pay.

    Cons

    Very good work life balance.

  3. "Health Care Science Support Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    Little experience required, options for over time.

    Cons

    Long shifts and night shifts, little experience required in description yet only employ graduates. Staff shortages and no room for progression


  4. "Overall the job is good. However..."

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    Current Employee - Medical Laboratory Technician in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Medical Laboratory Technician in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well paid for the role and it’s responsibilities.

    Cons

    Some people are incredibly lazy, have extremely thin skins to the point of awkwardness.

    Advice to Management

    Deal with lazy personal.


  5. "It’s not that independent, just like the civil service"

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    Former Employee - Consultant Public Health in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant Public Health in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Public Health England part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Bright colleagues; some good work in public health intelligence

    Cons

    Very macho and paranoid management.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up to government and be an independent voice for public health. Really take note of what people said in the staff survey.


  6. "Life at PHE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    Was paid, met a few good people. The work was very easy.

    Cons

    - No pay rises or career progression
    - Bullying
    -Poor line management

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff with respect and they will respect you in return.


  7. "A great source of expertise"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    Work on interesting content with friendly professionals who are at the top of their field

    Cons

    The complicated organsiation/structure and bureaucracy can make progress a little laboured at times. My agency contract meant holiday/benefits not good

  8. "Good place"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Scientist in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Public Health England full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company & coworkers

    Cons

    Arbitrary qualification requirements for decent paying jobs that weren't needed years ago so old folks with O levels hold jobs that current BSc holders can't get

    Advice to Management

    Promote on merit


  9. "Review of PHE as a place for creative pople to work."

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    Current Employee - HEO in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - HEO in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a very secure place to work. Keep your nose clean and it's a job for life. People are treated very politely and fairly.

    Cons

    In my humble experience within the PHE business development team creative people are heard, but not listened too. If a Scientist has a whimsical idea as to what a marketing proposition should be or an odd idea about a design or layout you have to comply exactly with the instructions. Doesn't happen all the time but that's the kinda direction of travel.

    Advice to Management

    It's a very hierarchic place, Scientists are the stars. Creative people are considered 'admin' and underpaid. Management proclaim to hear 'advice' but as for my opinion? I don't believe it counts. I don't have the evidence they're listening. Sounds harsh, it's understandable from the perspective that it's not a commercial enterprise so campaign metrics, business goals, and ROI are foreign concepts.


  10. "Associate Practitioner"

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

    I worked at Public Health England full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Phe are very good at offering flexible working time and you won’t have to book time off for GP appointments, etc.
    It also provides opportunities to work abroad in outbreak situations.
    Quite good sickness and maternity pay. Also very good support for employees suffering any mental health issues, PHE has its own helpline that you can call anytime and if deemed necessary you will get a minimum of 5-weeks one-to-one counselling.

    Cons

    When applying for any PHE posts bear in mind that there is NO real pay progression. You will stay on what you have started, except the 0.7% annual pay rise, which isn’t even based on your actual pay but on the starting pay band that you’re on. Oh and you’ll also have to complete annual appraisals that are an immense waste of everyone’s time and quite degrading. But hey, if you get an excellent (and there are only a limited number of people from your lab that can get that) you might get a one-off annual bonus (equal to about 0.25% of your starting pay band!)
    And yes, PHE has recently accepted the Market Pay Supplement that was finally going to make PHE employees pay somewhat comparable to NHS (after all, we’re doing the same job, right?) but now with the NHS staff getting a 6.5% pay rise PHE staff will fall behind, once again.
    Honestly, not worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Make your pay conditions comparable to NHS Afc and implement some real means for pay progression. Nobody should have to put a business case to get a pay rise after working somewhere for a very long time and being a great employee.


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