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Good place to work
Resourcer (Current Employee) –  Salisbury, Wiltshire1 August 2018
A good place to work with ample opportunities.
If you're looking to expand your knowledge and grow this is one of the best places to do so.
Great people full of diversity.
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Work life balance
Management Accountant (Current Employee) –  Hampshire28 March 2018
Great company for what it does supporting research and development .
Promote a work life balance
Salary not competitive but does have good benefits such as 6 weeks holiday
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Bullying Central!
Principal Scientist (Current Employee) –  Porton Down9 February 2018
Stay away from this place. They say they take bullying seriously but god help you if you report it. They’re willing to pay a few quid to suppress the reviews, but honestly, guys, the truth is out now.
This place is corrupt.
Pros
The countryside.
Cons
Bullying, abuse, corruption, fraud.
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Structured work environment
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Kent29 December 2017
Structured work environment with good training. Good opportunities for development in Electronics, Software, Systems Engineering, Project Management and Computer Systems.
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Pathetic management.
Research Analyst (Current Employee) –  Porton Down, Wiltshire18 December 2017
This place suffers from very weak management, and so a few team leaders can do what they like. Victimisation and backstabbing is rife, and there’s no real impetus to deal with the psychopaths. There’s a load of hand-wringing from HR but, let’s face it, it’s a load easier to go after the victims than the bullies, isn’t it?
Pros
Most people are good.
Cons
Bullying, victimisation, and backstabbing.
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Don't stay too long
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Porton Down, Wiltshire14 September 2017
There is no opportunity to progress through the company to get a raise people quit and re apply when their job come back on the market. There are very good parts and very bad parts to be in some of the bosses are basically corrupt. if the job is in platform systems or naval it will probably be good however CT&S can be run really badly. Some places have no work ethic
Pros
Flexi working
Cons
Management
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Insightful
Student Intern (Former Employee) –  Porton Down30 June 2017
Experienced the features and working environment of DSTL at Porton Down, notably the microbiology laboratories. This was highly interesting and insightful, and our supervisors were friendly and communicative.
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Now left
Administrator (Former Employee) –  Portland28 January 2017
You can do better for yourself and family by NOT working here. Its a lot of performance reviews without anything improving .cut backs will mean its getting worse not better.

Workforce is demoralised. Front line guys as well.sold out to contractors.so become a contractor.
Pros
Pension
Cons
To many for box this size
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Work is good, but in some areas backstabbing is rife.
Principal Scientist (Former Employee) –  Porton Down5 September 2016
I worked here for quite a few years and if you have a good Team Leader, or he or she likes you, then you're in luck. There are some really brilliant people in the organisation, let's make that 100% clear. However, if you say the wrong thing, then you can find yourself being accused of not doing your job.
There's a serious problem with bullying (and I've also seen harassment), but although management recognise it exists in theory, they seem to be in denial about it when they see it. They tend to close ranks and undermine the victim. Nice!
A lot of people are too scared to complain about things, and I understand that.
I suggest you ask to see the "Have Your Say" stats for the Group you're considering joining and make up your own mind. It could be good, or it could be something in between a bad day and a nightmare.
When management left me alone, it was great, and I got to give the Customer what they needed. However, my Group had bullying and harassment stats of well over 20%, so when they got involved it tended to go downhill.
Pros
The work, 99% of the staff, opportunity to travel and be trained, flexible working.
Cons
Management might be working behind your back to undermine you, pay is not great, much of the real S&T is contracted to industry.
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Treated as a underclass
Supervisor/Manager (Current Employee) –  Northants1 August 2016
Working with the MOD has been challenging, but working with the MOD as part of the USVF system MOD staff get treated as the underclass, excluded from development and blamed when things go wrong. The only advantage is the life work balance, however if your not receiving a pay rise for 6 years you don't have any money to enjoy it.
You constantly get over looked for LNDH positions, and without interviews the position get given to unqualified staff.
Pros
work life balance
Cons
Been treated like scum by USA staff and excluded from advancement
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Interesting work, but run on a shoestring and with mediocre management
Researcher at Forest Research (Current Employee) –  Roslin5 June 2016
The work can be interesting and you'll have many good and highly motivated colleagues, dedicated to their work.

But you'll need to spend far too much time filling out meaningless bits of paperwork, and if you haven't found a form that needs filling in before you start something, then you have not looked hard enough.

The FC and FR is very much run on a shoestring and it shows, and this will certainly limit your work more than anything else.

Also too much of the management is mediocre at best and recruited internally, with little if any experience of work (or the world) outside of their institution.

This leads to an introverted, risk-averse management culture, waiting for instructions from higher up, rather than even wanting to take their own decisions. Senior staff seem reluctant to make even minor decisions by themselves, but need no end of committee meetings first before coming off the fence on anything.

Also, the FC is currently the subject of a major restructuring, with is always a demoralising distraction for any organisation.
Pros
Interesting work, flexible hours
Cons
Very bureaucratic institution, obsessed with compliance to paperwork. Much more of a civil service culture than a research culture
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Good
Vulnerability & Lethality Analyst (Former Employee) –  portsmouth6 October 2015
This was a pleasant and interesting place to work, there was a number of good benefits and a friendly atmosphere but the pay was average.
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The staff are Exceptional
Team Leader (Current Employee) –  Portsmouth12 September 2015
You work with exceptionally clever people.
The flexi way of working are brilliant which helps work life balance.
Your work makes a difference to the front line.
Lots of opportunities to move onwards and upwards.
Cons
Civil Service pay freezes!
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Informative and enjoyable work placement
Industrial placement student (Former Employee) –  Sevenoaks, ENG24 July 2015
Very supportive work environment with plenty of opportunities to learn and develop skills. Let to work by yourself but help was always available when needed. There was a lot of red tape and focus on budget but this is expected in a civil service organisation.
Pros
Flexible hours
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Great work life balance whilst making a difference
Relocation and Service Manager (Current Employee) –  Sevenoaks12 May 2015
• Implementation of policies and regulations to ensure the customer facing Relocation Office delivers a high standard, quality service.
• Managing and engaging with people with honesty and integrity, and upholding the positive reputation of the department to promote positivity in a change management position.
• Identify changes that quickly promote flexibility, responsiveness and high quality of service delivery.
• Ensuring that all business decisions relating to activity and service delivery are commercially and financially sustainable and add value to the business.
• Anticipate and predict the long term impact of national and international developments, including economic, political, environmental, social and technological, on relocation budgets/packages and service offered.
• Creating an environment to deliver operational and service excellence, whilst creating the most appropriate and cost effective delivery
• To provide direction to junior staff allocating tasks whilst ensuring they have the competencies to meet requirements.
• Lead and influence the team whilst displaying the expected role model behaviours.
• Make decisions when they are needed, even if they prove difficult or unpopular
Pros
making a difference to defence security
Cons
roles and location relocating to Salisbury
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