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The British Army Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. "Education Officer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The British Army full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good variety of opportunities available.

    Cons

    Reporting and promotion system is a little outdated.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A fulfilling and interesting career with a clearly defined rank structure and sensible progression."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Major, British Army in Andover, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Major, British Army in Andover, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job is a different one and an honour. Professional and dedicated colleagues. Time off for pt and free use of fantastic gyms. Appraisal system is fair and transparent.

    Cons

    Some of the work is nugatory to satisfy the demands of senior officers. The current system of p3m is time consuming and not intuitive to military personnel, so it ends up being a mishmash of this plus combat estimate.

    Advice to Management

    For an army not on a major operation things are pretty busy. Much of my department exceeds 10hr days.


  3. "Great way to save for a house!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Musician
    Current Employee - Musician

    Pros

    The benefits package is really great: if you don't mind where you live then this is a great way to travel around and have hugely subsidised accommodation (I live in a 2 bed house in good repair about £700 cheaper than market rate).
    Through this job you can meet the greatest people as well as making friends for life.

    Cons

    The downside is obviously the lack of choice in job postings and therefore lack of stability in your life outside work.
    Never book a holiday without cancellation insurance and never promise attendance at an event, the nature of the job means that the needs of the service must always come first.

    Advice to Management

    There are so many educational opportunities and resources available to soldiers, these need to be advertised more and not just at the resettlement stage.


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  5. "Combat Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not just a job a way of life, See the world make life long friends,Gain Qualifications and Paid for it as well. Was the best 14 years of my life.

    Cons

    You get what you put in you will be away from home. Training is tough and you need a thick skin be prepared for things to change at the drop of a hat.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your troops advice to government stop cutting the Armed forces !


  6. "Not just a job but a way of life........."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay very good allowances, excellent pension and subsidised accommodation included, Excellent career structure and numerous opportunities to change your career path/job title whilst maintaining your terms and conditions of service. Opportunities to travel and enjoy adventurous pursuits.

    Cons

    If you are not prepared to work hard and go where you need to when you have to, regardless of your own personal considerations, this is not the job for you. However, these times form only a relatively small proportion of a military career.

    Advice to Management

    The Army is currently going through a relatively quiet period operationally, compared to the last 15 years or so. The top of the Army needs to ensure it find ways to keep the service interesting and exciting, if it is to continue to attract the highest calibre recruits.


  7. "Poor management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intelligence Operator (OPMI) Corporal
    Current Employee - Intelligence Operator (OPMI) Corporal
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The British Army full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great roles, opportunities
    AT and courses (If you get the time/authorisation to do so)
    Medical care
    Amount of leave/holiday

    Cons

    Undermanned, more pressure
    Pointless exercises
    Spoken to like children
    Unable to switch off from work
    The risks and dangers are very much real - physically and mentally

    Advice to Management

    Trust your juniors. Dont fight against your soldiers, SUPPORT them and they will support you back.


  8. "RAPTC WO1"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - RAPTCI WO1 in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - RAPTCI WO1 in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Lifestyle, Gym Membership, Holiday, Adventure Training

    Cons

    24/7 work ethos, long periods overseas, moving home evry few years


  9. "Workshop manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Workshop Manager in Catterick, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Workshop Manager in Catterick, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The support that is given throughout your career is second to none at whatever stage of your career. The working patterns and time to do sport is fantastic when you are at your home base.

    Cons

    Some of the expectations when you are deployed or the expectation to deploy can sometimes feel to be very one sided and the benefits when you are away can be austere.


  10. "Operations and Deployments"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The British Army full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Travel the world
    Good starting salary for officers

    Cons

    Retention negative
    Additional benefits serve only those with families.

    Advice to Management

    Resource time and money better. We need to train to be a proffessional army!


  11. "British Army - Infantry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT & Telecoms Manager in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT & Telecoms Manager in Leicester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Travel, Pay, Promotion, work timings, holidays, benefits

    Cons

    Man management, Passage of information, micro manage, attitude, options (location) pension

    Advice to Management

    invest more into younger soldiers. Remove fluffy touch to recruits


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