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Epic sauce
Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Arne, Dorset3 October 2019
It was mint and really good and i saw some birds and some mice and went pond dipping sometimes and it was lit and i need to write more characters and stuff.
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Relaxing work placement
Staff Member (Former Employee) –  Boston, Lincolnshire27 September 2019
Typical day was alright.
I have learned how not to be shy around people.
The most enjoyable part of work was making people happy, talking to them made me happy.
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A Great Experience
Conservation Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Exeter17 September 2019
I carried out my work experience at the RSPB. It was a great experience and really highlighted the importance of what they do. Would thoroughly recommend working there.
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Passionate about nature
Venue Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Hove, East Sussex1 September 2019
The company is passionate about nature and you can feel this within on of the many office around the country. The hardest part of my job is rejection from venues.
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Great place to work
Analyst / Business Planning & Forecasting (Current Employee) –  Sandy, Bedfordshire19 August 2019
The only thing to let this down is the salary and security. Unfortunately the charity sector has to be stringent on costs but the RSPB doesn't pay close to other similar charities
The culture is fun and work life balance is great
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Not the same place anymore
Administrator (Former Employee) –  Sandy13 August 2019
Never ending restructures and constant unnecessary changes over the last 5 years, resulting in an unhappy workforce. A lot of experienced people have left the organisation, leaving extra work for the remaining staff, with no extra pay or recognition.

Management are weak and inexperienced, lacking the ability to make decisions or tackle uncomfortable situations.
Pros
Friendly colleagues
Cons
Low wages
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Pressure
Assistant (Former Employee) –  Titchwell, Norfolk5 August 2019
Not enough people so lots of pressure. Stress. Hard work. More than expected staff seem worried about orders which come from head office as everything’s is done from the centre
Pros
Beautiful environment
Cons
Pressure from senior management off-site
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4.0
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Exciting and vibrant place to be
Fundraising Officer (Former Employee) –  Remote17 July 2019
Good place to work with committed colleagues. Good sense of shared goals and common purpose and commitment to the organisation.
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a good company to work for
Volunteer Ranger (Current Employee) –  Sandy, Bedfordshire6 June 2019
A good company to work for. Fair management. Good work to life balance. Friendly and helpful staff. Would recommend to others. Good job culture. Chances to develop.
Pros
Good working atmosphere
Cons
Working in all weathers
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Lovely Volunteer Opportunity
Seabird Interpreter (Volunteer) (Former Employee) –  Bempton28 May 2019
I had a lot of fun volunteering on weekends at Bempton cliffs. The staff were very friendly and immediately made me feel like one of the team. I loved to watch the birds and help point them out to people, it hardly felt like I was working, just having a nice day out birdwatching.
Pros
Store discount, get to watch birds, work when you want
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Great team enviroment
Assistant Warden (Former Employee) –  Lake Vyrnwy9 May 2019
Up early and out surveying wildlife. Then back to shop and serve drinks and food and work on till. Great work experience and people you work with are amazing and very passionate.
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Your own boss, you are totally responsible for your day
Senior Fundraiser and Mentor (Current Employee) –  North East21 March 2019
Great team. Passionate about nature and the environment. Sometimes up to an hour travelling. Can be fundraising inside or outside. Great support by your manager.
Pros
Good money, expenses paid, meet loads of people
Cons
Travelling. You have to have a positive mindset always.
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If you love wildlife, this is a role for you
Fundraiser (Former Employee) –  Home Based11 February 2019
A passion for conservation is a must.
Lovely colleagues.
Only let down is the wages and bonus structure.
Targets are a bit harsh, especially when you are new.
Hardest part of all is trying to sign up two people per day.
Pros
Continuous learning.
Cons
7 hours are too long to be standing.
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Supportive and flexible
Rspb volunteer (Current Employee) –  Belfast4 February 2019
Great place to volunteer, all members of staff and other volunteers and incredibly inclusive and they create a comfortable working environment.
The duties and easy and fun.
Pros
Tea and coffee
Cons
None
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Awful management, unreliable staff and management
Catering Assistant (Former Employee) –  Newport, Newport3 February 2019
0 hour contract means you get the maximum of 15 hours a week. 0 hour contract means you will be available on a day off to cover. Unreliable. Management don’t listen or act on complaints. Everything you ask of management is a problem. Customers are rude and common. Kitchen is so small there isn’t a capacity for the amount of customers on weekends. Dirty and incapable of following health and safety and food hygiene procedures. Unhygienic staff. Rude staff. You get at least 50 hours a month which only works out to £400/500 a month, not enough to live on. Prices for food and drinks are embarrassing. £9 for two mugs of coffee and a cake, which is more than hourly pay. Selling one slice of a Victoria sponge for £3.25! Aren’t allowed to bring own food if visiting. £4.20 for a bacon roll, with two fatty slices of bacon. 4 start food hygiene rating, more like 0!!! Staff treated like they are nothing. No free meals if you work in the kitchen, considering you aren’t paid much and only get a 20% discount it still adds up. False advertisement regarding salary £16,000+ a year, you’ll be lucky to take home £6000 considering you get 50 hours a MONTH. Offers pension scheme yet you aren’t actually paid enough to qualify for it.
Pros
Days off
Cons
Short hours, pay for meals, management don’t do anything, under minimum wage, holiday pay is 3.3 hours for however many days off
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Going through a big change, beware
Administration Assistant (Former Employee) –  Sandy, Bedfordshire13 December 2018
The good days of the RSPB family are behind, relegated to the past. They will be going through a very large change in the new year and it will not be nice. It will be a very stressful place to be. The pay is not great now and is not going to get any better in the short term and I doubt in the long term. It's such a shame as it really used to be a great place to work .
Pros
Wonderful grounds
Cons
Poor pay, lack of respect for the workforce from senior managers.
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managment
RSPB residential volunteer (Former Employee) –  Arne24 October 2018
This to date is the best thing i have ever done. It was so enjoyable and a good challenging job. lots of bonus with the job as i lived on size. All the people i have met there will always be long job friends and contacts.
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Incapable of developing a coherrent strategy and following through
Manager (Current Employee) –  Sandy, Bedfordshire20 October 2018
This leads to constant change. The goal posts keep changing and managers do not understand the implications of their decisions. Career progression is becoming more and more restricted.
Pros
Contribute to making a difference to our environment
Cons
Poor work/life balance
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Great place to work and friendly staff
Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Birmingham, West Midlands14 August 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed working at the RSPB alongside a team of fantastic individuals and it was fun doing all sorts of events and mixing with all sorts of people belonging to different generations. I learned a lot about various creatures and also myself. It is definitely enjoyable and I would love to go back one day.
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Learning environment
Service Desk Manager (Former Employee) –  Sandy, Bedfordshire27 May 2018
The RSPB is an excellent place to learn and develop. The environment is one that supports apprentices and trainees and promotes from within where possible.
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