Metropolitan Police
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The job is completely a big risk

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The job is completely a big risk and the money they pay does not equalize the risk you rake on a daily basis, compare to America and UK there is so much difference, in UK they do not even give you a gun.
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Depressing and very stressful

The Metropolitan police is an organisation that has terrific comradeship amongst the ordinary rank and file. However it has a reputation for an " if your face fits culture " it seems that The senior officers get to be senior officers by passing exams and being able to have friends in high places . In some cases their ability to manage is worse than terrible although they attend various management courses . In other cases there are very worthy officers who attain senior ranks . I served in an environment of back stabbing and double standards . I would never recommend anyone to join the Metropolitan Police . Apparently the Superintendent's Association has recently said that moral is at an all time low !
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Based on 78 survey responses
What people like
  • Fair pay for job
  • Ability to learn new things
  • Clear sense of purpose
Areas for improvement
  • Time and location flexibility
  • Support from manager
  • Trust in colleagues

Wouldn’t reccomend

No work life balance as you can imagine. Cancelled rest days. No welfare. They don’t care about mental health, even if it is as a result of the work you’ve done. Thankless job.
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Stressful but you feel part of a team.

Good starting as a career no two days are the same. There is a police family at times and a good feeling of working as a team. Unfortunately there is a lot bureaucracy.
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Challenging but rewarding

I am not going to say that working as a Special Constable was easy and without challenges. But I gained lots of experience and transferable skills and friends for life at the same time.


Rewarding when helping people Great colleagues Great management


Night shifts Sometimes risky
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Varried opportunities in Law Enforcement but so Politically driven Politically driven

Organisation that seems to have lost it's sense of direction due to continual political interference it finds its self under. Has the ability handle Law Enforcement situations very well provide an exceiting varried career, but currently always under constant review from outside agencies and politicians which becomes very sole destroying after a while.


Varried career no two days the same


Lack of respect from the communities you Police, long hours, shifts changed regularly for court attendance and very low moral in the organisation
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It’s what you make of it

It’s very stressful and tiring. You’re likely to lose any involvement with any relationship outside of the police. The hardest thing is maintaining your personal life. You’re never off duty, no matter what anyone says. Management is given to most people who pass the exam, but saying that; the exam is t difficult…
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Used to be food

Not enough people and those in charge are only interested in their own progression. All about meetings and networking (wecops) and not actually policing. Talking about it rather than doing it
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Poorly run service poor management and no care for employees

Poorly run service poor management . Half of the staff and employees lack training and have no idea about what they are actually doing or how to make decisions.
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good job

every day different very intense. out door work everybody always watching you. very stressful job. Has a very macho workplace culture. if you cannot chat to member's of the public job not for you




long hours
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Police are supposed to be impartial but are a political football. Getting kicked by everyone

Police are supposed to bring criminals to justice or at least help, but as long as you are wealthy and a politician you’re ok, so do whatever you like. We have not had a pay rise in over ten years as the politicians and our senior management team have sold us out. If you want to destroy your family and social life and get paid poorly then this is the job for you. Welcome


Very little apart from subsidised TFL travel


Weekend working, last minute rest day cancellations, night shifts. All of these are detrimental to health and are not reflected in pay.
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Great Place

Loved it, always supported, great team. never had a problem if I needed help. Worked the hours that were good for me and my family.based where I wanted to be based.
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Exciting role

Great job but stressful at times can be very exciting but followed but paperwork and lots of admin. Great group of people who work there doing a sometimes hard job
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No personal life

Stressful job, with loads of responsibility straight ahead and unbearable hours
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The job itself is good and rewarding.different training is offered throughout the year to all staff and officers who want it.

The job itself is good and rewarding.different training is offered throughout the year to all staff and officers who want it.The hours are very long and it can take its toll on your body and mental health.Majority of the managers are absolutely awful and need training on how to deal with people respectfully….with that being said double standards and favouritism is also a huge issue amongst some of the teams at hendon met fc …its resulted in an awful bullying culture which has led to staff feeling isolated and anxious …you are also heavily disciplined for being sick so people tend to work till they feel even worse which leads to absence management and other anxiety inducing bull


good salary rest days discounts


long hours bullying culture insensitive managers double standards favouritism ageism no parking
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Toxic environment

Mistreated by not only the public, but your colleagues and managers too. Get treated like dirt for being different to the 'ideal police officer' And Londoners are very ungrateful for the thankless job some officers do, usually trying to help THEM!
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Stressful and enough pay. Take breaks when you can, no official break times. Be prepared to go well over time you were meant to finish and don’t set social plans in stone.
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Watch your back

Working for a police service, you really need to watch your back. What you say or do. My team and sergeant in fact all colleagues I've spoken to are amazing. The people are amazing. However senior management seem to have no clue what is going on below and all they want is for teams to do specific tasks to tick their own boxes but doesn't do anything beneficial for the public. Note I was a PCSO who had a goal to transition into a PC. My whole team said I would become a very good PC with all the attributes needed. However, applying for a PC is the same as not being in a job. No bonus points for having the skills and knowledge. You have to apply from scratch. I, for some reason didn't pass my application for PC. I'm one that knows the job, how it works and wanted to pursue my career. However the Met are recruiting outside and people joining leaving after 2 weeks after seeing what it's like.


Decent pay for what i do


Very disorganised organisation
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Stressful with large workloads but you feel as if you've made a difference

Depending on where you start you will have different experiences. Having started on response team the work was fast paced from the beginning, however being out there helping people feels worthwhile. Plus there's nothing quite like the camaraderie oyu have with your team. However you'll find more and more work piling up sometimes because of staff and officer shortages which means the work can become very stressful and it's easy to get bogged down if you do not make an effort to keep up wit the work.All in all, there's no experience quite like it, but it definitely has its negatives.


Great teamworking, every day is something new


Members of the public can be difficult to deal with, large workloads
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Being a police officer will affect your whole life … shift pattern, cancelled rest days ( days off ) … dealing day to day with other people’s problems ..




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Varied, rewarding but stressful and frustrating

It can be a thankless job at times, however, an essential job. You will see the best and the worst of human behavior. The legal system will frustrate you and the feeling of banging your head against the wall will become second nature. If you have a good line manager - hold on to them! They are a rare commodity within the Police Service. Some of the upper echelons of the management are very out of touch with the actual job and appear to primarily be furthering their careers at all costs.




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Based on 682 reviews

Ratings by category

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

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