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The British Army Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  1. "CTVSICU Incharge"

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    Former Employee - RN, Male Nurse in New York, NY
    Former Employee - RN, Male Nurse in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Co-operative,honest,bears a good moral character

    Cons

    some calculative errors,Time management,work efficiency

    Advice to Management

    Consider me to CTVS ICU Post op


  2. "Time to leave"

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    Current Employee - Major in Salisbury, MD
    Current Employee - Major in Salisbury, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The British Army full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Love variety, work overseas (when you can get it), ethos, can do attitude etc

    Cons

    Senior leaders increasingly over autocratic. Overly bureaucratic e.g. submit a business case for a rail ticket!

    Advice to Management

    Empower your junior and middle leaders/managers - most of us join for early responsibility and adventure.

  3. "POSITIVE"

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    Former Employee - Logistics Controller in Muncie, IN
    Former Employee - Logistics Controller in Muncie, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The British Army (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    form very close friend and cordiality

    Cons

    everyone is looking after themselves,beaurocracy

    Advice to Management

    be more friendly


  4. "Life in the British Army"

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    Former Employee - Staff Seragent in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Staff Seragent in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The British Army full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This was the only job I wanted growing up. I joined at 16 years, as soon as I left school and served 24 years.

    Cons

    Some stations were better than others but that is personal rather than the Army it's self, loved every moment of the 24 years.


  5. "Career Soldier"

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    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The British Army full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    World-leading apprenticeship programmes
    Strong family focus
    Accommodation provided
    Opportunity for travel
    Sports and adventure training strongly encouraged
    Very diverse set of backgrounds and skills from employees

    Cons

    Moving at short notice
    Sometimes no choice in work location
    Often needed to perform tasks not trained for
    Used to offset other industries i.e. firefighter strikes, fuel truck driver strikes, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to give all ideas due consideration
    Listen to the senior non-commissioned officers
    Enbrace change


  6. "Awesome experiance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Travel, Investment in people, time off, excitement, great opportunities.

    Cons

    Travel, Harsh working conditions, time away from family.


  7. "Full Career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Offers a full career or short term if it suits. Still opportunities to travel and some (but getting less) interesting jobs out there.

    Cons

    Pay constantly being degraded versus civilian counterparts. Most jobs are mundane staff jobs in UK which have long hours, not much benefit and promotions are getting more difficult.

  8. "Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The British Army full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, sense of camaraderie, interesting opportunities

    Cons

    Effect on partner, lack of flexibility in locations


  9. "Hard work, good mates"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get to experience a lot of things you would not get to as a civvie. Decent pay and operational uplift. Get to work with interesting people and will make great mates.

    Cons

    Will be expected to work anti-social hours and might get leave at short notice. Might have to do some unpleasant and unsafe work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage people of they don't need it.


  10. "Officer - A fantastic experience, MoD needs to do more to retain talent."

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    Former Employee - Captain
    Former Employee - Captain
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The British Army full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Life Experience
    - Personal Development (Soft Skills)
    - Leadership opportunities
    - Regimental Culture

    Cons

    - Hard skills rarely transfer to civilian life
    - Those in command are often not specialists in their roles (2-4yr postings)
    - Bureaucratic, inefficient processes
    - Utilises outdated IT

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to keep talent. If the military does not compete with their civilian counterparts then the drain of experienced talent will leave an ineffective hierarchy in the long run. Ensure physical and professional standards; most officers are disappointed by the general state of military fitness and operational readiness. Make the military more cool (seems ridiculous) but a soldier would rather drive a Panther CLV than a Land Rover, or a Mastiff rather than a Foxhound.


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