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Updated January 22, 2018
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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 12 reviews)

  • Sustainable and flexible working policy (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Their maybe alot of work away from home life and it will not suit everyone (in 8 reviews)

  • Having come from the private sector you will be shocked at how laid back everything is (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "is a good institution"

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


  2. "Mod"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

  3. "Recruiter, HR, Operational & Capability Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management & Recruut Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Management & Recruut Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Disciplined motivated enthusiastic dynamic adaptive leadership management ex military jack if all trades can work alone or in a team ambitious

    Cons

    Can be a little direct to achieve the aim. Sometimes intolerant. Eager to progress

    Advice to Management

    Try and see the results


  4. "Good times"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team work and work life can be awsome if with the right people.

    Cons

    Move around alot and can be stressful.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Worked in DE&S for 6 months"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexi- essentially no start or finish time as long as you do your required hours a week
    On-site gym, football court & sports hall comprising of various classes (Usually done to military standards)
    Working from home
    Food is pretty decent!

    Cons

    Having come from the private sector you will be shocked at how laid back everything is. MOD is not as commercially aware as private sector companies hence not needing to compete with anything and so most management, processes and systems are VERY antiquated.
    You can basically get away with doing absolutely nothing all day everyday.
    its run by the military so everything is incoherent and ridiculously overcomplicated.
    Really under-enthusiastic working vibe.
    The majority of people there are over the age of 55 and just waiting to retire.
    Not a very engaging place if you are a young person.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "DE&S Abbey Wood"

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

    I worked at UK Ministry of Defence full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working, team atmosphere, friendly colleagues, generous holiday allowance, interesting work

    Cons

    Hot desking, current transformation programme (too many consultants and no clear view on where it's going), poor communication unless you like spin, poorly maintained working environment (water and sewage leaks in the office, minimal cleaning), performance review system, too many reviewers and not enough workers

    Advice to Management

    No point giving any - you wilfully misinterpret the annual staff survey, you aren't going to take anonymous advice from here. Can't say I didn't try to give feedback when I worked there, hope that voting with my feet makes a point


  7. "Defence Equipment and Support"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Process often gets in the way of common sense

  8. "M O D Employee Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, working environment, interesting opportunities

    Cons

    Work load, Annual salary, Size


  9. Helpful (5)

    "DE&S - the worst part of the MoD!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It’s better than working retail for minimum wage. Probably.
    Flexible working - in theory. No set start and finish times.
    You have access to wider Civil Service internal jobs to escape DE&S
    Best performers get a bonus and pay rise
    Around a zillion cafes serving Costa Coffee onsite and subsidised
    Annual leave and an extra day for the Queen’s birthday
    Good training opportunities until the budget runs out
    Free gym
    Some colleagues are really nice.
    If you don’t do much, nobody seems to notice or care.

    Cons

    Abbey Wood is falling apart - the lavatories and leaks and lifts not working.
    Overcrowding as they’ve closed the Bath sites.
    Only desks for 70% of staff yet some managers don’t like staff (especially more junior grades) working from home. Despite the CEO saying months ago he doesn’t care where staff work as long as they meet their deliverables...
    The IT is awful! Outlook crashes all the time. I counted 32 occasions today alone - adding up to around 40 minutes of wasted time.

    The new pay structure is shocking. The pay for new joiners is really low - good luck getting the right people who will stay!
    DE&S promotion is rubbish now - unlike the MoD main, you only get 10% more pay on promotion to the next level for 50% more stress.
    Bonuses and pay rises for the average worker doing a good job does not amount to much.

    Very cliquey.
    Lots of old grey men empire building.
    Meetings about meetings but nothing ever gets done.
    Everything here is such hard work. Just trying to pay an invoice is impossible.

    Unfriendly and unhelpful colleagues. This place is full of backstabbers. I have never worked anywhere with such nasty little people.

    Moving internally within DE&S is hard as your manager will block it if they want to keep you. Staff are having to apply for external campaigns to change team / job role. Unlike other, better, places to work, they won’t just move you.

    There is a book of discounts for staff. I don’t think getting 25% off Frankie & Benny’s etc really makes working here worthwhile.

    Why are there so many contractors? What do they do? How much do they cost?

    Car parking - or lack of.

    Lack of support.
    Very gradeist. As a lower grade nobody cares about you and you will get all the clerical jobs to do that aren’t in your job description as they got rid of many admin staff.

    Incredibly boring. Perhaps there are some more interesting roles here. I am completely disengaged and disinterested in my role.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the results of the upcoming staff survey. Does it not concern you that your staff are seriously disengaged? Being bullied and harassed? Over a quarter of your staff want to leave DE&S within the next 12 months! Or that the pay is so low? Half of staff are not happy to work here or embarrassed to say they do.

    It used to be better here. You’ve let this happen in the name of cost-cutting. Well done.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "electrical engineer, electrical design"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Gibraltar (Gibraltar)
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Gibraltar (Gibraltar)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UK Ministry of Defence full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pensions, relatively less stress than private sector equivalent, flexible work times, above average annual leave entitlement, additional bank holidays no other company or government department receives.

    Cons

    Pay is less than equivalent positions in the private sector, career progression is not actively encouraged and requires purely own persistence, HR are misleading on contract details or promises of promotions details.

    Advice to Management

    Help and encourage employees on career development, do not lie about salary chantea for taking on additional work or promotions.


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