London Fire Brigade
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Funny, hard, gut wrenching, team building

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A wonderfully hard, emotional rewarding and difficult vocation.After 16 years in the service it broke me in many ways. But in parts I absolutely loved my time in the Lfb. You need to be strong physically and mentally and thick skinned, and sensitive.. and not be put off by the the corporate bs.. be prepared to work hard and be the best, give all you have and don’t expect an easy ride and you’ll be fine.
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Waste

Can't be asked because the same circle of people playing their games. Sad senior managers who where gifted to get to the post with no experience. They recruitment system is based on who you know and not what you have to offer. Nepotism- father bringing their no experience kids to head departments they about to retire. Family-run business. Everyone is linked and no one to turn to for support.

Pros

Work location

Cons

Really
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Insights into London Fire Brigade

Based on 19 survey responses
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  • Clear sense of purpose
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  • Overall satisfaction
  • Time and location flexibility
  • Trust in colleagues

Team environment

Work for the LFB for 30 years Great rewarding professional careerWhere you can advance to higher levels if you so wishGreat team environment working along side great people .Middle management and upper management out of tough with the real workforce thou

Pros

Career expansion rota days off

Cons

Long hours Shift poor management at higher levels
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Ok

Good: money is okPension is okIf you like shifts you get plenty of time offTime to trainBad:Environment isn’t greatSupport isn’t goodNot great lifestyle for most
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Low pay and poor progression

Job was interesting yet the pay did not meet the industry standards and therefore this led to more experienced staff leaving. Management don't understand the job and there is a lot of top down dictacts
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Fantastic job

Great workforce No two days the sameFaced with problem solving every dayImmediate management excellentGood interaction with the publicSenior management poor

Pros

4 days off

Cons

4 days on
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Best job in the world

You’re surrounded by like-minded professional people.Career progression is available to all. Work life balance is great, team work and support is highly valued.Support services for employees is comprehensive.

Pros

Exciting environment

Cons

Shift work over weekends
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Productive and great place to work

Excellent organisation to work for. Great comoradary , excellent team mates and great work life balance.It was a pleasure to work there.Excellent hours. Used the gym daily and was extremely fit. Loved every minute of my time at the station.

Pros

Use of gym.

Cons

None to mention.
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A career to be proud of

30 years i served. Best job ever. Worth everything thd job can throw at you and more. Dont just think it. Do it.Dont go through life wishing youd done it. Go for it. The best job in the world.

Pros

Job satisfaction

Cons

Shifts, nights, working bank holidays, easter, christmas etc
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Cancer

there are great risks in this job and the main one that your not told about is cancer I have it some of my colleagues have it .risk is very high then the throw you on the heap . Promotion is clicky and management are bullies

Pros

everyone loves firefighters

Cons

risky and rubbish pay
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Unprecedented

No day is ever the same. From attending incidents to conducting home fire safety visits and conducting community talks. Very much a team based work environment. Challenging yet hugely rewarding career.

Pros

Team led

Cons

Shift work
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Not Applicable

Work long hours due to tight deadlines. Not much work/life balance. Good holiday allowance. More generous than other public sector companies. Over 30 days.

Pros

Holiday Allowance

Cons

Culture
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staff friendly but odd culture

the staff are friendly but they have an odd culture management changing frequently. My team had 3 line managers and one temporary manager in two months.
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Hectic, friendly, challenging.

Easy going culture but fast-paced. Stress is manageable but there are easy to follow guidelines available. There is a lot to learn in a short space of time but this is offset by helpful more experienced colleagues
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Productive

Enjoyable rewarding bravery no day is the same! Unexpected conditions gets the adrenaline going. Quick thinking, at problem solving is what we train for.

Pros

Community activities

Cons

There are no cons
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Great atmosphere

Hard job to get into , very physical and mentally demanding, reasonably long process to get to training school. 1 year . 9 weeks basic training and then 2 years trading to become competent
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Used to be a career, now just a job.

One of the most exciting jobs available with the tightest of bonds between crews. Unfortunately it seems you have to sell your soul to climb anywhere of importance in the rank structuring.
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Best job ever

Excellent team morale across all functions and supports personal development. Very supportive environment and great team values across organisation. Great
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Exciting, dangerous, sporting and friendly.

It's the London Fire Brigade, how much more does anyone need to know. The busy stations are the place to be for excitement and lasting friendships. Money is reasonable, and advancement is fair and available to all.
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London fire Brigade

Taking a lead and to make judgements across specialist Projects Management M&E maintenance services & technical designs in all projects and ensure compliance with Health & Safety Technical Memorandum in terms of management policy, Site visit, inspection, specialist crane management, Specialised works (Road Closures), working with local authorities obtaining work permeates; validation and verification, operational policy and technical guidance through and associated to CDM 2015. Also building upon Health & Safety Regulation and compliance are adhering, JCT (Joint Contracts Tribunal), Documentation, Mechanical & Electrical specification.

Pros

Lots of travelling

Cons

Too many sites
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It is what you make of it

A demanding way of life, hours of boring mundain and dull as dishwater work followed by intense action, if you can put up with the rough then the smooth is worth it, I guess.

Pros

uniform provided

Cons

Long hours of boring repetitive work, London weighting is not worth much
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Overall rating

Based on 68 reviews

Ratings by category

3.9 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.7 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
4.0 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.5 out of 5 stars for Management
4.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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