Royal Pharmaceutical Society Careers and Employment
- CEOPaul Bennett
- Company size201 to 500
- Revenue£1m to £5m
Production Editor in London
on 2 September 2019
Good relaxed environment
I enjoyed my short time at the RPS and learned some new skills such as using a CMS and picture reseach as well as opportunities to use Illustrator. However, there does not seem to be much of a social culture as in Friday or pay day drinks and the location doe mean that places to buy lunch are limited. The staff canteen provides an option but the food is not very good and the very basic kitchen only offers instant coffee! had to buy my own filter coffee and bring in a cafetiere.
People Assistant in London, Greater London
on 25 December 2019
relaxed and friendly staff good communication spacious office space multicultural work enviroment ...... ................................inclusive mu
Senior Software Developer in Wapping, Greater London
on 6 November 2019
Awful and, at times, violent bullying culture in the Technology team. Tech lead was the worst manager I've ever had
I'd say this was the second-worst place I've ever worked. The Pharmpress team in particular was the worst dev team I've ever been on by a mile: if you don't include my manager (oh we'll get to him in a bit!), I had to complain to HR about the conduct of not one, not two but THREE members of the team in the eight months I spent there. I got the impression that the Pharmacists there were doing all right but in Tech there was a horrible bullying culture within which members of staff who screamed misogynistic abuse during MEETINGS and threatened others with assault were tolerated for two years, people who otherwise might have been talented developers became too apathetic to care about improving anything and others (one person in particular who, thankfully, left) just seemed to really hate being challenged. At present there is a production manager there who spends her time physically pushing members of staff so that she can avoid having to deal with her own mediocrity. Of course birds of a feather flock together on that team so naturally she had quite a few supporters who knew about her behaviour and thought her violence was fine. And this was maybe a month after the team had been given a "Dignity in the Workplace" training course by HR. But then this is one of those companies where people who complain about bullying run the risk of being punished by HR for doing so, so no surprises there. On the subject of mediocrity, the codebase was of course complete trash - a lot of it is legacy code riddled with poor choices, poor documentation, pull requests from four years ago that looked like the authors and reviewers had never even seen a PR before. Infrastructure written by someone who clearly had no idea what they were doing but was never held accountable for any of it. Flagship products (in one case apparently written by non-developers) hosted on servers so old they ought to be criminal! There isn't a clear enough distinction between the work of the software developers and that of IT technicians so you do regularly see members of the dev team fixing what are essentially printing issues. And of course there was management. To be fair, I did feel like there were members of the management team who were really trying to improve things - they weren't perfect but they were trying the hardest they could in an organisation that, up until maybe a year ago, didn't seem to understand why it even needed an engineering team. My direct line manager was not one of those people. Remember the bullies I mentioned earlier? He would often stand by and do nothing when they kicked off. In the case of the production manager, he actively enabled her behaviour and I have reason to believe that he tried to sabotage attempts to investigate her actions. He was a bad strategist - often sinking an unreasonable amount of dev time into maintaining systems that anyone with eyes could see should have been replaced at least ten years ago. When that didn't work he'd blame the failure on the fact that the customer hadn't written the ticket properly. He's far too nosy I found even for his management style. He was also generally quite immature, someone who responds really badly to rejection for instance as much of his egregious behaviour came about in response to my resignation and possibly a critique I'd given of him in the "Workbuzz" survey. He's also deeply unfunny and won't stop making this one really smug Neptune joke no matter how often no-one laughs. When I applied, they inexplicably offered me a more senior role than the one I'd actually applied for and I suspect that that was because the coding challenge itself was fairly simple and my manager, who I pair-programmed with, was really easy to confuse during said interview. They told me that I would get all the support I needed to grow into the role but with a manager like that I wasn't surprised when that turned out to be untrue. More generally it often felt like professional development was an after-thought - they only ever had, like, five licences for Pluralsight and one account for the old version of Safari Books (it wasn't even compatible with the current android app!). One of the agencies that they work with (whose name and reputation I wish to protect as they were quite good) did offer AWS training which was pretty cool but it was very much a great thing that the contractors did as opposed to something planned by RPS or the Pharmpress team. That isn't to say that there weren't good people on the team - there really were some incredible people there and they were probably the main reason I didn't just leave during my probation period like I should have done. If anything it's why the fact that there were so many bad actors among them always seemed a little shocking. My pay was good but not worth the trauma - it was apparently better than that of many of my colleagues at the time which I think is saying something. Anyone thinking of joining should really consider working somewhere else until they sort out their horrible culture.
Regional Business Manager in Wales
on 28 August 2019
Good working place in Wales Office
Enjoyed my 7 years with RPS and established some good life long friends and colleagues but the is no career progression opportunity in the Welsh office other than transferring to London HQ which is not practical for work life balance.
Marketing Executive in London
on 22 March 2019
Convenient Place to Work
I have learned a lot during my time at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, but feel there is not a role for me to progress into. Leadership, support and guidance can be lacking and inconsistent. Work life balance is very good in terms of hours and annual leave, but can be a stressful organisation to work for.
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