Assistant Catering Manager (Current Employee) – Pulborough, West Sussex – 21 February 2018
A beautiful place to work. A typical day for me would be arriving early to get everything turned on and food preperation under way. Sorting the deliveries and getting the staff motivated for the day. Once all the cooking has been done and lunch service has finished we then do any prep for the following day. Then any orders are phoned through, kitchen is cleaned thoroughly and any office work completed ie rotas, meetings and 1-1 meetings with the staff.
IT Manager (Former Employee) – Sandy – 27 January 2018
You will certainly be kept busy, with no end of work needing to be done. The downside of that is the often pointless nature of what is done, with little sense of achievement. It is easy to spot those that have been there awhile, and there is a high percentage of staff who have only ever worked there, who have a very institualised way of working which is at odds quite often with the modern corporate world.
There is much talk of the RSPB family, the cause, and the great surroundings, what is missing is the remuneration. It does not seem to be realised that excepting those in the direct conservation areas, other work primarily to keep a roof over their head and pay their bills. There are no other benefits to offset the low pay, no healthcare offer for example. There is a pension scheme but it is pretty much the bare minimum required.
There has recently been a huge turnover of staff. The already poor salaries have now become far worse, with recruitment clearly being a huge issue. New members of staff brought in have invariably been 'burnt out' and are looking for a slower pace and talk of taking extremely large pay cuts to join, and I'm not sure how sustainable a recruitment model that is long term.
Progression in post is almost non-existent, you often need someone to retire to be able to even think of any career progression. Though with the new staff churn rates that is improving slightly.
Management is extremely variable, with some shockingly bad examples that overshadow those that clearly are trying hard to perform and do a good job.
The RSPB has the feeling ofmore... academia crossed with a local authority about it, and if that is your background and you're willing to take a sizeable pay cut without additional benefits, then you would fit right in.less
Poor salary, no career progression, poor office space environment, expensive canteen
Assistant (Former Employee) – Sandy, Bedfordshire – 1 December 2017
Big mistake taking job there. Very unhappy workforce with high turnover of staff due to changes in conditions of service designed to save money at dedicated long serving staffs' expense. Would expect better from a well known charity.
Catering Assistant (Former Employee) – Holyhead, Gwynedd – 2 November 2017
A very busy place to work in the summer months, however, with a good team everything runs smoothly and the job gets done. The hardest part would be being on your feet for 7 hours constantly but the time seemed to go fast. The managers here were amazing.
Voluntary Worker (Former Employee) – Frensham – 20 June 2017
Throughout my voluntary work experience with the RSPB, I was trained in habitat management and ecological surveying. This was for personal and career progression. I found all members of staff approachable and helpful in my training.
Volunteer (Former Employee) – Lake Vyrnwy – 17 March 2017
As a university student studying conservation, my time volunteering at Lake Vyrnwy RSPB has been not only valuable in terms of gaining knowledge and experience, but I was made to feel part of the 'family' of people working there. I can go back at any time and feel supported and valued. The knowledge and experience gained has been just as valuable as my 4 years of study at university and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Staff discount in the RSPB store, flexibility, ability to learn on the job
Field fundraiser (Former Employee) – Swindon – 26 August 2016
I really enjoyed working here, everyone is so supportive, positive encouraging, however, this job isn't wildlife based, you have to be a very good sales man to be able to stay in the game which leaves you not much job security. I met a lovely bunch of people whilst working here and the locations are fun to work .
take break when you want, late starts
standing and rude people. can be pressure to get targets
Volunteer Receptionist/Education Assistant (Current Employee) – ENG – 7 August 2015
I love working with the RSPB and being a valued member of their team. They are a great organisation to work for and have very friendly staff that always make you feel welcome. There is always opportunity to progress and to expand my knowledge. I am passionate about wildlife and working with the RSPB gives me the opportunity to learn more and to convey my enthusiasm to the public.
Supporter Services Advisor (Former Employee) – Sandy, ENG – 18 July 2015
Was really excited to work here and the surroundings are great. The people I worked with were nice but its very easy to feel isolated in this role. I worked in a specific 'team' but there was no team dynamic at all. No drive or enthusiasm and certainly no team spirit. My immediate managers nor their line manager bothered to address this and only seemed enthusiastic with each other and generally ignored the team. The majority of people have worked here for years with little or no promotion and no opportunity to develop within their roles. At times I felt like I was working in a call Center rather than the role in the job description.
Membership Development Officer (Current Employee) – Yorkshire, ENG – 8 April 2014
Good to work for a charity promoting the work that the RSPB does. I have learned a lot about conservation and project management. I enjoy working with different colleagues at a variety of events and we all get along very well. The hardest part of the job is working outside in very cold wet weather. The most enjoyable part is helping raise funds and awareness for such a good charity.