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If you have the right attitude then there are great experiences to be had. Work is very interesting and i the main driver for all involved. There is certainly opportunities for growth, education and retraining.
Clunky managerial structure.
When I applied for promotion I received an outstanding commendation from my Task Leader which was ignored by my Group Leader who classed me as barely adequate. Also, due to restructuring I had to reapply for my own job and even though I had been performing it for over 10 years was turned down & made redundant because of my age (unable to prove this but was told on good authority).
Initially I was excited to work at Dstl, but found that a lot of unqualified Team Leaders and Project Managers who have no idea of how to treat skilled resource demeaning. This resulted in a culture of bullying, harassment, and intimidation, an attitude of put up or shut up. Some Team Leaders let the management structure of Dstl down, and would not be able to work in the private industry. Such behaviour would not be tolerated, and they would be held to account of their actions. Some Team Leaders within the Platforms Division are not fit for purpose, they see skilled people as a threat to their positions, and would therefore micro-manage unnecessarily where such behaviour results in the workplace atmosphere being untenable. There is also a culture of favouritism, if your face does not fit, you will not be there for long, irrelevant of being able to deliver your role and responsibilities. Wishing anyone who is looking for opportunities there the best of luck as they will need it.
Canteen, Coffee Shop
Management ie. Team Leaders in Platforms Division having no idea on how to treat people fairly.
Been an interesting work place with challenging work loads for my time here . Met some very knowledgeable people within and from outside the establishment
Flexi time working along with good annual leave entitlement
Relocation to far away for family life
Stay away from this place. They say they take bullying seriously but god help you if you report it. They’re willing to pay a few quid to suppress the reviews, but honestly, guys, the truth is out now. This place is corrupt.
Bullying, abuse, corruption, fraud.
This place suffers from very weak management, and so a few team leaders can do what they like. Victimisation and backstabbing is rife, and there’s no real impetus to deal with the psychopaths. There’s a load of hand-wringing from HR but, let’s face it, it’s a load easier to go after the victims than the bullies, isn’t it?
Most people are good.
Bullying, victimisation, and backstabbing.
I have really enjoyed my 17 years here it has been a joy to work with all my work mates, we get the tasks done in a professional manner where we are always learning new things about the job. The hardest part of the job is sometimes there are not enough hours in the day. The most enjoyable part is our comarardarie