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Science and Technology Facilities Council Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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  1. "Electrical Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Science and Technology Facilities Council full-time

    Pros

    Very good work environment, good relaxed people willing to help, flexible time, 30 days holidays plus bank holidays.

    Cons

    The work is a bit static, there is lack of organization within the divisions, no career perspectives and pay rise.


  2. "Great experiance"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Intern in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and safe environment
    Flexible working patterns
    Good pay
    Good holiday
    Interesting work
    Great on-site facilities
    Good bus links for near by towns and villages

    Cons

    Long hours culture
    Lack of diversity

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Bureaucratic organization with poor pay, no growth and extremely slow career progression!"

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

    I worked at Science and Technology Facilities Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Plenty of holidays
    - Some nice people who are willing to help
    - A few good in-house training courses

    Cons

    This review applies for the Technology Department within RAL, STFC:
    - Poor pay especially for those based in Oxford.
    - No real growth.
    - Located in the middle of no where!
    - Severe lack of diversity & lack of ethnic minorities in management roles.
    - Toxic environment with internal politics.
    - Below average NOT world class science as they claim.
    - Inconsistent application of HR policies.
    - Very slow paced environment; most projects are delayed.
    - Favouritism/preferential treatment for certain staff members.
    - Almost zero career progression for most.
    - Senior management mostly older white males.
    - 5 years in this place will make most staff members unemployable in the cutting-edge industry.
    - The best amongst the staff members don't stay here more than 2-3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Improve diversity in your org. Reward those who do the work. Cut down on Bureaucracy.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "not now !"

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

    Pros

    nice green field, nice views

    Cons

    no shops anywhere, to far to work


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stifling, bureaucratic organisation"

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    Former Employee - Instrument Scientist in Didcot, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Instrument Scientist in Didcot, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Science and Technology Facilities Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects with world leading scientists
    Ability to work at world renowned facilities
    Generous annual leave allowances

    Cons

    Stifling, inflexible management
    Bureaucratic, hierarchical structures
    Pay much lower than similar organisations
    Bullying, chauvanistic working environment
    Inexperienced managers - often in position due to technical expertise rather than management ability.
    Poor communication throughout the organisation.
    Rigidity of views and lack of diversity in the workforce.

    Advice to Management

    The hierarchical structure is stifling to those lower down the management chain, especially as managers often have very little management ability, but rather technical ability. The lack of diversity in the workplace is a real problem which needs addressing.


  6. "Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Sandwich Placement Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sandwich Placement Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Science and Technology Facilities Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Employee Benefits
    Matched the area living standards
    Part of the company

    Cons

    Far Away from a lot of places
    slightly expensive area


  7. "Graduate Electrical and Electronic Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical and Electronic Engineer in Didcot, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical and Electronic Engineer in Didcot, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Science and Technology Facilities Council full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance, 30 days holiday (excluding public holidays) with the chance of carrying over unused holidays from the previous year, Flexi-clocking system with the chance to "cash-in" Flexi days for up to two extra holiday days a month, great communication and friendship throughout all departments and groups, and now, pretty good pay too!

    Project-wise, there's a lot of opportunity to span out with your own ideas to meet the specification that gives a huge amount of freedom, which is very refreshing to say the least. Also, STFC has a very active public engagement program, so there are plenty of opportunities to take public tours around the site, or to engage with local schools and promote science.

    The Pros of STFC go on and on and on!

    Cons

    The number one con of STFC has always been regarding pay, but that is now being addressed for the better, so really, there are no Cons that I can think of - just make sure pay keeps being addressed!

    Advice to Management

    Make sure we continue to receive funding during the impending Brexit phase

  8. "Exciting projects at the cutting edge and great work/life balance"

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

    Pros

    - Very interesting projects on the cutting edge of science and engineering
    - Very bright colleagues
    - Great work/life balance
    - Great management
    - Excellent benefits

    Cons

    - Pay was very uncompetitive
    - Career progression slow and limited for the ambitious

    Advice to Management

    Get the gov to pay engineers and commercial staff more to be able to compete for talent with private sector


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Placement Year at Research Data Group"

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    Former Employee - Placement Year At Research Data Group in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Placement Year At Research Data Group in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Science and Technology Facilities Council (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Brilliant and understanding team.
    - Good benefits such as flexi time and ability to go to outside events.
    - Exciting environment to work in with new advances in technology.

    Cons

    As government based the pay is around 20% lower than the industry standard and I can imagine difficult to get a promotion as the facilities aren't expanding so no room for growth.


  10. "Good benefits, interesting work, but frustrating beurocracy"

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

    I have been working at Science and Technology Facilities Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some interesting projects, the work is varied and I was given real responsibility from day 1.

    The work life balance is excellent: plenty of annual leave (30 days standard + can carry 10 over) and a flexi time scheme.

    Good crows, I like the people that I work with although there are a few bad apples here and there.

    Cons

    The salary is enough, but not quite as much as industry, salary bands are the same at all sites and is good for those based in cheshire or scotland but for those in oxfordshire where the living costs are high it can cause problems.

    There is definite truth to the stereotype of public sector organizations being hit by bureaucracy, purchasing and outsourced HR are a pain to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Alot of projects are delayed because of the sheer amount of bureaucracy and pointless meetings involved. Things need to be streamlined, there are alot of clever people and things would get done faster if someone were to just make an executive decision about who needs do do what and by when.


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