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Public Health England Reviews

Updated November 9, 2018
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Pros
  • "Flexible working environment that boosts productivity and helps with work-life balance, variety in work tasks that keeps one engaged and nice people" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Flexible working and employer pension contributions are highest of any sector" (in 9 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. "Hiring not based on ability but once you are in, impossible to get fired."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Healthcare Scientist
    Current Employee - Assistant Healthcare Scientist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not at all as busy as public testing laboratory
    Very few hours overtime
    The base pay is higher than same position in private lab.
    Very flexible hours

    Cons

    While jobs are advertised on a pay bands, there is absolutely no moment up this band.
    There are members of staff who have been here for years and as such do not do as much work as others, and I have never heard of anyone being punished or fired for lack of working hard.
    Management continue to employee and keep completely useless staff and seem to never want to criticize or ultimately fire people who are unable to do the job.

    There are the few not useless members of staff that are expected to pick up there slack and can expect to have to train other new starters and receive no recognition or pay incentive for taking on tasks which are meant to be done by higher bands.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t hire useless people just because they tick a minority box and if people are unable to carry out basic tasks, fire them!


  2. "Working ethic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    Good place and environment to work

    Cons

    No major con. Depends on your team and line managers

  3. "Specialist Engineer: High Performance Computing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Flexible working options

    Cons

    No bonus offered being civil servent


  4. "Good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Health Care Science Support Worker"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  10. "A great source of expertise"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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