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Great Place to Work
2nd LINE AUDIO VISUAL TECHNICIAN (Former Employee) –  Poole, Dorset22 May 2018
Everyone was extremely polite well mannered and welcoming.

Was initially strange to walk through the site and people you don't know stop to say Hello and find out about you as they did not recognize you.

Great place to work and would recommend to everyone.
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Great Culture
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none
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Very demanding and under-supported
Technician (Former Employee) –  UK4 May 2018
Very demanding job on the coast and a member of the hidden team that keep things running. Very often away for entire weeks with no extra benefits. Your work directly effects lifesaving capability. Can be enjoyable, however the sheer volume of work is monumental. Pay is low however the pension is exceptional. High throughput of technicians leaving the coast due to workload and being undervalued.

This is not a job for a budding young technician wishing to progress as it is literally dead mans shoes and there are no relevant courses/training that enable you to develop in your specific arena. Older technicians/engineers should be aware there are considerably better opportunities out there if you require some investment from your employer.

Roles outside of coastal maintenance however are considerably more enjoyable and employment at Poole HQ is a stark contrast from the coal front of the coast.
Pros
Pension
Cons
Pay, time away
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Professional
Rnli lifeguard (Former Employee) –  Boscombe11 March 2018
Really fun working on the beach with like minded people with similar interests. Workers are always striving for good public image with is really important for the charity.
Pros
Working outside
Cons
Rain
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Most meaningful job I've had
Engineer - Naval Architect (Former Employee) –  Poole, Dorset22 February 2018
An interesting place to work where the opportunity to support volunteers in their lifesaving work is a really treasured.

The culture tries to be one of continuous improvement, but continuous change is probably a more sensible description.
Pros
Flexible working
Cons
Little opportunity for advancement within engineering
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Amazing
Lifeguard (Former Employee) –  Scarborough, North Yorkshire19 February 2018
Amazing company to work for, great management and even greater job! You get to sun tan whilst working and awesome working perks! Payed lunch with a 30minute surf break! What more could you want?!
Pros
Payed lunch, 30 minute surf break
Cons
None
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A fantastic place to work
RNLI System Technicain/ Mechanic (Current Employee) –  Poole10 January 2018
Working with volunteers is fantastic, we all share a common goal, to save lives at sea.

I enjoy being part of a team dedicated to helping others, the training provided has been second to non.
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RNLI voluntary work in the shop
Volunteer (Current Employee) –  Poole13 December 2017
even though this was a voluntary job it was great stocking shelves, serving customers and going up in the lift to the small warehouse and it was great to do till work
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The Golden days
Padstow Lifeboat Crew (Current Employee) –  Padstow7 December 2017
I worked as Beach Lifeguard in Cornwall. Amazing job, amazing people, amazing training. I'm still involved with the RNLI as vounteer lifeboat crew.

The institution provides world class training in it's staff and good equipment.
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excellent work mates
Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Margate, Kent21 November 2017
Very interesting job with plenty of variation. You never knew what to expect and the team work is second to none. You learn a lot about yourself and the people around you when out at sea in some very challenging conditions.
Pros
good mates
Cons
getting out of a warm bed to go out in a cold wet boat.
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Good Employer with several fringe benefits
Finance Assistant (Former Employee) –  Poole, Dorset30 October 2017
Good Employer - maybe not the highest salaries, but with several fringe benefits, like good pension options, flexible working hours, flexi time, good holiday + sickness cover.
Pros
staff canteen (subsidised meals)
Cons
Too many hierarchy levels of management, stiff culture to progress
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Best place I've worked. People are lovely.
Manager (Current Employee) –  Poole, Dorset27 October 2017
Lot of temp contracts but they often end up permanent. Great work life balance. Amazing cause. I have really enjoyed my time. Weakness is very little personal development.
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Amazing Atmosphere
Line Audio Visual Technician (Former Employee) –  The Colleage24 October 2017
Amazing place to work all the staff are extremely polite and friendly and always willing to provide support.

People will say hello to you even if they do not know you.
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Excellent working environment
General Counsel (Current Employee) –  Poole, Dorset17 October 2017
High level and volume of quality commercial work, excellent collegiate atmosphere. Limited promotion prospects. Very broad remit, contract, commercial, IT, IP, Data Protection, procurement.
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fun
station Mechanic / crew member (Former Employee) –  Bangor14 October 2017
Saving lives at sea,good training at pool always had the best equipment to hand good training sessions every week always looking to get the best out of its crew
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Good place to work but poor management
Senior Buyer (Current Employee) –  Poole, Dorset26 September 2017
It appears as a female this is very male dominated. Females are rarely promoted within. As a charity it depends on a lot of good will from the employees and suppliers however they have beaten this out of both.
Pros
Pension, flexible working hours
Cons
Poor management
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Good.
Lifeguard (Current Employee) –  North Devon19 September 2017
RNLI beach lifeguard is the best job in Britain. Working on the best beach in Europe really helps to show that. My colleagues are all similar thinking, young adults and work is an enjoyable place to be.
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Great charity
Head of Supporter marketing (Former Employee) –  Poole24 August 2017
The volunteers at RNLI were simply amazing - the crew especially risking their lives at sea every day of the year. Extremely proud to have worked for such a great iconic charity
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Productive and amazing charity for working within
Senior Face to Face Fundraiser (Former Employee) –  Wales10 August 2017
Hard job. Working long hours, senior role expected to do 12 hour days. Workplace / work house / work beach AMAZING. An experience to never be forgotten. Tough work, as senior role sees you managing 6 fundraisers, ensure they get to the beach, they meet their targets, they keep motivated, they keep up standards, spread safety messages, and keep the image of the RNLI at all times. Rewarding job, as each supporter that we gain, we can work out how much money is raised for the charity, and what we can buy for the charity.
Pros
amazing perks
Cons
Living in house with team
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Challenging and exiting work place
Divisional Technician (Former Employee) –  Perth Scotland15 July 2017
A typical day starts at 0900 till 1700 when on base.Although when out at a site or station you could work round the clock.The skills i have learned and brought to the job would mostly be diagnostics and electrical fault diagnostics.The job its self I really enjoyed although some of the management i think were not really up to the job position they filled.The hardest part of the job I would say was the long distance driving from place to place. And the most enjoyable part was meeting new people and visiting all the different locations.
Pros
Lots of family time
Cons
low salary for work expected
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Great Ethos
Digital Business Partner (Former Employee) –  Poole10 July 2017
Everything you do at the RNLI is tracked back to how you personally contribute to saving lives at sea. A great company to work for.

At HQ in Poole, Dress code is casual, and if you're lucky you can work flexible hours- most managers try and accommodate flexible working where possible.

Parking is a nightmare - walk or cycle if poss!
Pros
Great induction day out on the water on an RNLI boat
Cons
Strong internal politics between coast and HQ
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