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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...
work-life balance is good, flexible working available, company is a household name
discrimination is commonplace, HR fight on behalf of whoever is more senior in a grievance situation, competitive atmosphere, pay is very poor
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
Brilliant minds, clear mission statement and follow through
Sometimes history means people are more cautious
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.
Some great staff on the ground.
However most staff on the ground are demoralised, disempowered and only there because there is little else by way of opportunities in South-West.
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.
Reasonable site with shop/cafe
Bureaucratic. Meeting heavy. Micro-manages everything.
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.
Truly unique job with very varied work
The technical work is at a routine level only
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
relatively good work-life balance culture
a bit stiffling creatively
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
Good work life balance and good extras for staff
Training and progresstion
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.
Good Work, Fun Staff
Management, Job Security
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.
Great People. Great work environment. Great challenges.
Pay, all contract roles are Inside IR35, regardless.