Work is good, but in some areas backstabbing is rife.
Principal Scientist (Former Employee) – Porton Down – 5 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.
The work, 99% of the staff, opportunity to travel and be trained, flexible working.
Management might be working behind your back to undermine you, pay is not great, much of the real S&T is contracted to industry.