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UK Ministry of Defence Reviews

Updated February 13, 2017
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UK Ministry of Defence Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon
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Pros
  • The work life balance is excellent, flexible working is encouraged and your are rarely expected to work overtime (in 8 reviews)

  • Flexible working, well paid, good people, many high performing personnel who regularly achieve (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • working away from home for long periods of time (in 7 reviews)

  • The best/most capable personnel tend to leave for the private sector (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Mod"

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    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. "Quiet"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get largely left alone to get on with the job. Mostly nice people. Lots of opportunity to work on different kinds of work.

    Cons

    There's no real support from the department plus no-one really understands what you do. Benefits not as good as they used to be. Insecure employment. No real chance of advancement.

    Advice to Management

    To be honest, it felt like the specialism was on its way out. The senior managers only care about their immediate reports. If you're not in one of the favoured studios, you don't get any support.


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    "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work. Empowered to deliver.

    Cons

    Poor pay, and terms of condition. Inconsistent HR polices.

    Advice to Management

    Need to better value employees


  6. "Driver"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Its Good JOB with A good pension

    Cons

    Can be very regimental/and no overtime


  7. "Lifes not too bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northallerton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northallerton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, well paid, good people, many high performing personnel who regularly achieve. The camaraderie is second to none, makes for interesting days.

    Cons

    Little say over postings or locations that posts need to be filled. Infrastructure can be appalling with little money to spend on improving it.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to your commitments and do not allow government policies to drag you down. The people are the greatest investment.


  8. "work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    it's work. it's a secure job, the people that I work with are generally good people, the variety of work is wide.

    Cons

    management don't seem to know what the hell it is they want, lumbering from one transformation balls up to another

    Advice to Management

    quit fiddling and let the team leaders get on and lead their team in the way that is appropriate for them, recognise the talent.


  9. "Fantastic development opportunity, but very stretched now"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some of the best leadership training going. Some good processes and you will learn great attention to detail.

    Cons

    In my opinion it doesn't make the effort so look after it's people enough.


  10. "Commercial Officer"

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

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

    Pros

    Good flexible working and a friendly environment.

    Cons

    Not enough work and the workplace environment lets people get away with bad behaviour.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure people have a good amount of work before employing more people.


  11. "Cost & Assurance Manager"

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    Current Employee - Cost & Assurance Manager in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cost & Assurance Manager in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can't think of any (honestly!)

    Cons

    Low pay (less than I was on 10 years ago), Poor senior management, lack of adhered to business plan albeit they want to slash employee numbers, poor performance reward system, adherence to Government departmental dogma, very tight working T&C's, draconian outlook on employee's perceived enjoyment within the dictated environment, nil career prospects, don't reward specialisms recognised outside the Civil Service, promote heavily own interpretation of career specialities, poor peer group morale, poor salaries in-line with the private sector, obsession with rules & modelling on armed forces' management for civilians across all areas in the MOD, not just in DIO.
    The cons are too numerous to completely record here!

    Advice to Management

    Work in private industry for 3 to 5 years then return (if you dare as your salary will plummet) to lead in same manner with the terrible remuneration & staff performance packages available, to understand how to properly manage a business.



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