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Resistant to change
Marine Electrician (Former Employee) –  East Cowes28 January 2019
I was only there for a couple of months through an agency and was let go just before Christmas, a few weeks earlier then was originally agreed. The management had a nice Christmas lunch on the company credit card though.
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Family feel
Duty & Events Manager (Current Employee) –  RNLI College Poole17 January 2019
I loved my time at the RNLI, they have made me feel welcome and given me opportunities and confidence boosts. coming from the hotel background it was refreshing to be in an environment that looked after there staff.
The job still is working in catering & hospitality which means long unsociable hours but it wasn't without support, I will miss it.
Pros
time off christmas
Cons
long hours
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Technician Boatbuilder (Former Employee) –  Poole9 January 2019
The best boat manafacturing workplace I’ve ever been in. Safety is really important and they look after you with brilliant PPE. It’s a great working environment, friendly, fun and professional trades people, who really know their stuff. I only left to relocate for my wife’s job in services; otherwise I’d still be there. If you want a chance to be part of a boatbuilding team producing high quality boats and it’s not just about getting a job done quickly then work here. Probably the best boat building and repair factory in the UK Iif not the world.
Pros
Safety, Great working conditions, the people
Cons
Parking but train, bus close by. And flexible working helps.
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Great place but has a few MAJOR niggles
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Poole, Dorset25 September 2018
Amazing place to work, supportive & very skilled professional staff.

Job security is an issue due to the continuous but unnecessary restructures.

Senior management are a problem - completely unengaged with a distant approach to their teams. Never visible unless bad news is looming.

CEO is very approachable and supportive just let down by his executive team unfortunately.

The drive comes from supporting those who need it and of course, its an amazing cause in general.

Pay is on par with most markets plus pension scheme is very generous.

Parking is a huge issue.
Pros
Flexible working/ professional staff
Cons
Lack of job security/ Senior management
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Great Charity
Retail & Ecommerce Merchandiser (FTC) (Former Employee) –  Poole18 September 2018
Big charity with amazing facilities for helping save lives at sea
Culture is dated with a difficult recruitment process
Salaries are low as you would expect at a charity
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Great people, amazing purpose and inspiring vision
Internal Communications Business Partner (Former Employee) –  Poole, Dorset12 September 2018
An amazing place to work. I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for a truly fulfilling career with great professional and social cultures - an organisation full of everyday heroes in every department prepared to dig deep when the going gets tough. Senior Managers, Leaders and Trustees are equally as inspiring and incredibly supportive, open and approachable - I'd go back tomorrow given the chance.
Pros
Great social facilities and culture
Cons
Parking can be frustrating sometimes
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the best thing i ever did
crew membour (Current Employee) –  staithes ans runswick6 September 2018
found a group of people that are dedicated to a cause of saving lifes at sea the boats are the some of the best in the world ad can deliver under any circumstances
Pros
free experance
Cons
dropping every thing at a moment notice
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rewarding
Crew Member (Former Employee) –  Hayling, Hampshire2 July 2018
a charity with a worth while cause that saves life's at sea. I am honoured and privileged to have been on the crew on Hayling island. very proud of the volunteers who give up there time to save life's at sea.
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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.
Pros
Great Culture
Cons
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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