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Started as a temp, the work is simple enough, most people are nice and welcoming. Management is non existent, so rely on your colleagues for help! Hard to get a permanent position there. My work ethic is higher than that of a government office, so i found it hard to not be as busy or work as hard! If people arent chatting or taking breaks regularly, there wouldn't be enough work to go round. The flexitime is great though! Dress code is crazy though, i still dress smartly, but some people turn up in jeans and trainers.
Not very efficient and management are non existent
The place reminded me of a type of Euro Disney environment. No real meaningful work at lost of money wasted on in-house projects that usually fail. You can have intelligence and a hard work ethic however unless you have friends and family in the right places the chance of promotion are very slim. The place promotes diversity yet lots of people are hypocritical to this notion.
Work life balance is fine
Nasty culture unless your in the click
As a patent examiner you choose when you work, and each piece of work is unique and self-contained, this is one of the best jobs you could hope for in terms of work life balance. Very friendly culture, excellent opportunities for self-development.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience here. It is easy to get it as agency staff but hard to become permanent. But they treat agency staff the same as everyone else.
Flexible hours, chilled out managers, civil service benefits, employee engagement programs
Hard to progress, hard to get employed, difficult to move around
- too many under-qualified staff given too much responsibility - many of the staff wouldnt last 5 minutes in the private sector - hubris of management is astonishing - low pay - epidemic level of politics and clandestine meetings - too much family nepotism - treatment of temporary employees is disgusting
I enjoyed my tenure at the IPO on the whole I feel I gained new skills. The job as a Print Room Operative was challenging due to the demands of meeting targets. However I enjoyed working to tight deadlines. My fellow co-workers were a good bunch as were the management. As I stated previously I both developed and honed new skills. The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting and exceeding targets. Turning around projects quickly for my fellow workers in the IPO. The hardest part was dealing with the numerous breakdowns with machinery. Which made the job that little more difficult. However this was nothing that wasn't insurmountable. A typical day at work would consist of deciding what work took precedent then as an individual or a member of a team. Completing said work for the client this would involve printing, the collation and finally the despatch of work. Either to internal or external customers. Again as an Administration Assistant I enjoyed good work relations with my fellow employees. The job was a little slower paced than my previous role as I only had one months work I didn't benefit as much in times of development. However I feel that I worked well within the team. Most of the systems were in house and I felt I had a good understanding of these. Flexi- time was greatly appreciated the only drawback was that I covering holidays and maternity leave. So as a consequence I didn't fully realise my potential.
Decent salary good hours and overtime
Agency work no job security
Great company, very diverse and complex work, but it was good to see a large company who took the time to invest in its staff and build in-house capability. Management structure is very supportive and encourages staff to develop and build n their skills. Most enjoyable part of working at the IPO was the fact they trusted me and allowed me the scope to develop my skills by allowing me to work on a small software project.
Management supportive of staff