Customer Service Advisor (BT contract) (Former Employee) – London – 15 November 2018
The MoD is another typically bureaucratic govt. department. The plus side is that defending and protecting the nation has a certain satisfaction to it. Typically, like any high level department, incompetent workers will always try to pin their lack of productivity or the poor quality of their work on others. Management are very slow to react to almost anything, but overall everybody and every department appears to be very professional.
Private Soldier (Former Employee) – Wales – 13 November 2018
Daily work routine consists of morning fitness followed by lessons. Every day is a new learning experience accompanied by its own challenges, depending on your specific role chosen within the military. The Army has a positive working environment whilst surrounded by like minded individuals. There are opportunities for promotion provided that individuals are keen and willing to take on extra responsibilities.
Where to start! -Senior management are heavy handed and will drive their own bonus regardless of the consequences. -Unjust and complex performance appraisal system designed to make you sweat the minute amount of 'incentive' it may or may not deliver.
Working for any other employer afterwards will feel great!
You wont be able to find a toilet, or a car parking space to save your life. 4 to a tiny desk, insane organisational changes which appear to be dreamt up by a 3 year old, pushed through regardless!
Receptionist / Administrator (Former Employee) – Crawley, West Sussex – 22 September 2018
I love the people I work beside. ... Great people attract great people. I love having the freedom to experiment and fail, and still support my actions. We have been asked for an opinion on a regular basis, and we are allowed to speak our mind without fear.
Mechanical Fitter (Current Employee) – Beith – 14 September 2018
Good workolace atmosphere, slow pace can get too much, all other staff are friendly and have a family like closeness. Sometimes work can be slow at held up at all available points meaning weeks can feel like forever
Tornado Aircraft Deactivation Team member (Current Employee) – Marham – 11 September 2018
MOD Main is still a great place to work where you are valued, well trained and good efforts are appreciated. However - I would advise against joining the DE&S part of the organisation as the pay and performance regime is stacked against those on the "shop floor". Outdated industry practices have been brought in which bring little or no benefit to the organisation and hamper the business. that said, if you are a Scheduler or are based in the Bristol area, this could well be the place for you as that's where the only opportunities seem to be these days.
I worked for MOD for most of my career and most of that time was fulfilling , interesting and exciting, Unfortunately due to policy changes and management chain changes, my last 6 years were difficult. I was permanently on 24 hour call out, responding within the hour yet was expected to be at my desk at 0700hrs when I could have been working all night. Management had no idea of the complexities of my department. The most enjoyable part of my post was working with the military who were always positive and had a 'can do' attitude The worst was attempting to explain my position to people who didn't want to know
The staff are friendly and very professional and the Management provide excellent support and are approachable to all staff. Line Managers provide the opportunity and freedom to use your own initiative yet are supportive to your needs.
Executive Officer - Budget Manager (Former Employee) – York – 18 July 2018
Much more structured and driven than the Ministry of Justice. Professional Management in place and goals and objectives clearly set. Full training given and Line management happy to assist when new items appear.
Civil Servant (Former Employee) – UK and Europe – 16 July 2018
20 years of working in numerous bases around the UK and Europe was the best job I have ever had. The variation and ability to change posts meant one was able to try something new and gain experience in a myriad of areas from personnel to engineering.
Lacking Engineering work and low pay, however extremely good work life balance
Technical Through Life Support Officer (Current Employee) – Bristol, Bristol – 12 July 2018
There is little true Engineering work to be undertaken and you have to fight to not be moved away from it. Your trained skills are undervalued and management will seek to make you fit in any unfilled role they have however the work life balance is extremely good. They offer 25 increasing to 30 days holiday as standard and operate a true flexi system allowing employees to take up to 36 extra days a year without management approval. They also allow you to work the hours you need to fit around you life, for example I start very early and am able to pick my daughter up from school whilst maintaining my full time hours.
Complete facility management of a prestigious high profile site. Dealing with the client at a very high level. This role required the ability to influence and build productive relationships with a variety of external stakeholders and senior ranking officer and other dignitaries.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the RN, however, stability is now non-existent and work\life balance is questionable. If you have no responsibilities or commitments this is a perfect job for you, with promotion prospects.
Healthcare, dental, holiday allowance, security.
No stability, poor work/life balance, no union and therefore no say, an expectation to work all hours at no notice, sometimes for months on end.
Civil Servant (Former Employee) – London, High Wycombe, Salisbury, Germany, Bristol – 8 May 2018
I had a fantastic career with the MOD, had the opportunity to work in various locations, and in a variety of roles. The work was interesting and rewarding, loved working to support the work of the Armed Forces. I had opportunities that just don't come up in other companies - to attend university and study for a Masters Degree, to work overseas, to travel overseas, to negotiate with other Governments, to attend Parliament, to brief MPs. Some places and roles were better than others inevitably, but in the main the MOD was a great place to work.