Met Office
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World leading provider of weather forecast and climate services; a UK Government Trading Fund under the BEIS department. Employing just under 2000 staff based in the UK and overseas with an annual revenue of just under ÂŁ230M.
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There are some benefits, such as a good work-life balance, at least theoretically, if you are able to forget about the stresses of the working day. But overwhelmingly working for the Met Office is an unpleasant and demeaning experience. The worst aspect above all is that I saw first hand how management are enabled by HR (who turn a blind eye) to take favourites and propel them through progression and great work opportunities, and on the other side of the coin to choose others to stifle in their careers, i some cases I observed through subtle means but in my case active discrimination on the grounds of health. It is not at all a fair playing field for career development at the Met Office.Promotion, or "progression" as they call it, through the "fluid" levels from e.g. foundation to standard to senior level is is open only once a year and there are often (perhaps usually) only a fixed number of spots based on the finances available from year-to-year. If you want to go for it you get literally ranked against everyone else applying, which is humiliating. Only management get to vouch for you except an application form, so if management don't favour you there's little you can do.They have some of the UK's best supercomputers (Top500), yet technically are always trying to reinvent the wheel rather than using existing tools or collaborating with others on tools that would work. It is painful to experience.The workplace culture is very competitive, where it is everyone for themselves to preserve and further their own careers rather than everyone working together as a team to achieve - more...
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work-life balance is good, flexible working available, company is a household name
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discrimination is commonplace, HR fight on behalf of whoever is more senior in a grievance situation, competitive atmosphere, pay is very poor
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Would recommend people take a look at this organisation, weather is something that impacts us all and it is possible to make a real difference. Exeter is a brilliant part of the world and you will potentially improve your work life balance - fab organisation and part of the country
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Brilliant minds, clear mission statement and follow through
Cons
Sometimes history means people are more cautious
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One of the worst organisations I have worked for as a person of colour. Systemic racism is embedded within the organisation. Bullying and harassment is rife. Most BAME staff in contractors even though the CEO keeps harping on about representation. The equality agenda is lip service and typically all of the Board are White, privileged, completely out of touch with the equality agenda. Even when issues or concerns are raised nothing is done. Surprised they do not face more litigation.
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Some great staff on the ground.
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However most staff on the ground are demoralised, disempowered and only there because there is little else by way of opportunities in South-West.
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The Met Office was a great place to work but has become very bureaucratic with too much time spent in endless meetings, performance managing staff and generally being careful what you say so as not to upset anyone. Male staff can find it difficult to progress as they seemed to be a push on promoting female staff who often lacked the necessary skills. The open plan office space is not great and makes for constant interruption. I am glad to be out of there now.
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Reasonable site with shop/cafe
Cons
Bureaucratic. Meeting heavy. Micro-manages everything.
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I work in the engineering functions of the Met Office. A typical day could include mechanical and electronics assembly and fault finding through to parts procurement logistics and quality management documentation. The Met Office offers a good starting place for a career in engineering giving a relatively gentle introduction to this field of work, but ultimately the work is routine. If you wish to really challenge your technical skills and knowledge you are likely to struggle to find this type of challenge within most of the Met Office engineering work. Quality of management is quite mixed, but this is due to mangers generally not having the autonomy and control of resources to make effective decisions, they are hamstrung by restrictive government procedure. This particularly affects the engineering operations of the Met Office as they comprise a very small part of the overall organization and are often the poor relative. The Met Office has great values and principals, Unfortunately the reality often falls short of the hype. Terms and conditions are in many areas quite good but salaries can be poor. Anyone looking at engineering in the Met Office should bear in mind that this is an organization that focuses on meteorology, and limits its engineering work to what it has to do to supports its main focus. The hardest part of my job is accepting that the Met Office hasn't and can't deliver the type and quality of work that was described in the job I applied for and took on. The best part of my job is its unique nature and variety of work.
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Truly unique job with very varied work
Cons
The technical work is at a routine level only
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Solid set days although inevitably some areas become harder during erratic or heavy weather seasons. Too many middle managers but some great top managers. Great facilities for staff
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relatively good work-life balance culture
Cons
a bit stiffling creatively
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Working on a new responsive website and having the chance to see how things are put together when the user are considered, getting to see the new the parts that have been developed and tested used by the end user and see how are meeting what they need, for me getting to see what I have tested from a business view being tested by none testers
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Good work life balance and good extras for staff
Cons
Training and progresstion
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A great place like a university and shopping mall, loads of breakout areas, modern meeting technology. Very supportive management, pay not great, but for the south west it is ok
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A great scientific organisation let down by poor remuneration, you'll get some good experience here. Job security and holiday entitlement is quite high, especially after longer service.
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The Met Office is a world leader in science and technology. It supports its workforce in gaining training and personal development to enable them to achieve success,
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As this was a night role, it was very relaxed and easy going which sometimes wasn't good as it could set you apart from the 'I'm at work brain'. The management could have been better, however, at the time the company working there was facing some difficulties which I can 100% understand and this did effect the way we were allowed to work.
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Good Work, Fun Staff
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Management, Job Security
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A very well managed organisation that focusses on employee engagement and skill evolution. There are very few organisations that i have worked amongst in my 30 year IT history that are able to attain the right balance. The Met Office are one of those exceptional organisations. There are significant challenges to deliver, there are some very clever people there with opposing views but 99.99% of the people there are prepared to work together as a team to achieve the common goal. There was only one person in the organisation that opposed that view, which when you realise there were thousands in place is not bad! On site Gym, music groups, languages, + many more social interest groups. Working there is very much like working in a Uni halls of residence.
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Great People. Great work environment. Great challenges.
Cons
Pay, all contract roles are Inside IR35, regardless.
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I would defintley recommend working here, it is a beauitful building and can teach you a lot, however, I believe it could be handled a little better and support workers a little more.
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Building
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I spent a few days at the met office and it was a very enjoyable way to see the work life for the first time. The staff were very friendly and welcoming.
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Food was good
Cons
None
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Great place to work if you want a career in science. Trusted name and look after their staff. Found it hard to move in the company and not many opportunities for part time work. Pay freeze has made the wages less of a benefit.
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Secure
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pay freeze
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A lovely state of the art building and good facilities for the staff. Training is good and ongoing personal development. Lots of interesting people there. Lots to learn.
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Cheap gym. Bonus each year.
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this was a very good job, would of stayed but had to leave because of relocation. they moved to devon and i have family commitments in bracknell so couldnt go.
Pros
close to home
Cons
nothing to say
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the hardest part of the job was implementation of sustainable change and the siloed approach of management which set any change implementation up for failure.
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good canteen/cafe
Cons
Government department siloed thinking
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Amazing place to work with helpful people, who are willing to teach you. Challenging work leading to fast paced on-the-job learning. Highly recommended.
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A British institution base in Exeter, Devon. Focusing on protection, prosperity and well being with the aim of being a global partner of choice for weather and climate services
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