The company has changed a lot over the 10 years I worked there. It has great benefits such as a standard 25 days holiday (27 after 5 years) and flexi time, plus the pension is great too (put 8% in and it's made up to 20%). BUT the jobs are mainly very repetitive and there is no career progression for most, as jobs are fixed for friends and although asking for qualifications and help progressing, they wouldn't help me as they said it wasn't relevant to my role. How are you supposed to get on in this company if they won't let you do the relevant qualifications?! Madness!
Another thing to bear in mind is the awful bureaucracy of their annual 'Managing Achievement' reviews. This isn't annual...it's all year! On and on having 6 weekly meetings on career development (just means more work will be dumped on you) and how you meet the 'personal stars' (egs to prove you can do your job). Really is a waste of time and gets you nowhere, but if you don't do it you don't get your annual bonus every April.
I have since moved, gained a good pay rise and within 3 months am studying for qualifications to further my chosen career path. It's great not working for such a big company, smaller companies seem to value you a lot more and invest in you, even if the benefits aren't that great.
Great pension, put 8% in company make it up to 20%, flexi time, bonus every April of up to 10%
Lack of career progression, repetitive work, Managing Achievement reviews