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UK Ministry of Defence Reviews

Updated August 18, 2017
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UK Ministry of Defence Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon
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Pros
  • Flexibility, work/life balance, good pension (in 10 reviews)

  • Flexible working, well paid, good people, many high performing personnel who regularly achieve (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Pay not quite up to private sector levels (in 11 reviews)

  • It's low pay without any real benefits (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Mod"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial Officer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Commercial Officer in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible employer with lots of opportunity to study and progress

    Cons

    Can be very slow to change


  2. "is a good institution"

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    Current Employee - Emergency Medical Technician Basic in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Emergency Medical Technician Basic in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    you are always protected happy to serve the country

    Cons

    we always do before complain

    Advice to Management

    united we stand divided we fall

  3. "Generally positive experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UK Ministry of Defence full-time

    Pros

    Good working relationships and collaboration with other Whitehall departments and strong sense of purpose

    Cons

    Lack of diversity; predominantly male, middle class workforce.


  4. "HR advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence full-time

    Pros

    flexible working patterns - TOIL - pensions

    Cons

    salary not great- market rates are much higher for similar roles

    Advice to Management

    listen to recommendations - transparency will be appreciated


  5. "MOD Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Commercial Team Leader in Yeovil, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Commercial Team Leader in Yeovil, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Training opportunities. Remuneration. Career development.

    Cons

    IT performance and capabilities.


  6. "Crazy level of bureaucracy - but good benafits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence full-time

    Pros

    -Great Pension
    -Extensive training opertunites
    -Flexi time
    -Lots of Scocial activities

    Cons

    -Every process is bloated
    -Lots of insular thinking
    -New staff always get paid more then existing team
    -Lots of weak managers


  7. "Depends on what you want"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The work really matters

    People are good to work with

    Very secure jobs

    Civil service pension

    Cons

    Awful processes

    Terrible senior management with little connection to reality

    Significantly lower salaries

  8. "Working in Defence - Is it for you?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence full-time

    Pros

    Wide number of career options available: admin, engineering, IT, etc. Roles available at apprentice level to direct entry management. It's best to visit the website to fully understand roles available in your local area.

    Cons

    Many sites tend to be "out of town" and require own transport. Civil servant numbers being reduced so job post may transfer to private contractor, or may even close. Pay may not reflect equivalent role in the private sector, although this can be outweighed by the pension benefits


  9. "British Army"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Salisbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Salisbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence full-time

    Pros

    Good pension, good salary in comparison to civilian sector. Travel, diversity.

    Cons

    Long hours sometimes shift work. Away from homw alot. Can be called upon 24hrs a day to deploy anywhere in the world.


  10. "Excellent"

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    Former Employee - In Service Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - In Service Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UK Ministry of Defence full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family benefits and flexi time and great people to work with and very exciting and high impact work you get from the customers

    Cons

    Low pay and sometimes filling for work you are not qualified for or not enough people to do the job

    Advice to Management

    Talk to staff more around the office


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