Thames Valley Police Employee Reviews

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Police Community Support Officer (Former Employee) –  Bracknell, Berkshire15 October 2018
Terrible job position, terrible place to work. Treated worst than a cleaner purely because of job title Required to do work that others don't wish to do. Never work as a PCSO.
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A Police Force years behind the others
Neighbourhood Specialist Officer (Current Employee) –  Buckinghamshire10 October 2018
TVP need to up their game in how they operate and the technology they use.

The senior management could also do with listening more to those who are still on the front line as they have clearly forgotten what it's like or things have changed a lot since they were doing the role themselves.

Struggling for resources (like all forces just now) and have a high turnover of staff. Direct line managers are great however as an organisation they don't care about officers or staff.
Pros
Great direct line managers
Cons
senior management don't listen
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very stressfull job with no resources
Police Officer (Former Employee) –  Reading, Berkshire25 September 2018
lack of direction from mamangemt, lack or resources. The job is the best job in the world, which is made very hard by having no moral. The whole police force has no direction with lack of respect for the victims of crime.
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Challenging but Rewarding
POLICE OFFICER (Current Employee) –  Gloucester18 September 2018
Being a Police officer in any Force is a demanding role that requires very high levels of commitment. The hours are long, and it can be very stressful, but the job is well paid and the benefits are good. You have to be prepared to put Policing first. If you can do that it can be very rewarding and there are great opportunities for the right people, but be warned, it tends to take over your life..!
Pros
Secure job, reasonably well paid, the job is unique.
Cons
The Public are a lot less grateful than they should be, and you could well be injured or even killed doing your job.
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Can not recommend this company enough
Administrator (Current Employee) –  Kidlington, Oxfordshire5 September 2018
Started working for the company about 6 months ago.

They can’t do enough to support you and ensure you progress. They offer support with any courses you wish to take and even some financial support if they can. Everyone is very helpful and friendly. There’s loads of oportunities within the companies for secondments or movement.
Pros
Flexible hours, great progression, amazing opertunities
Cons
None
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A great organisation.
Office Based Research Team Analyst (Former Employee) –  Oxford26 August 2018
Thames Valley Police has been a great organisation to work for over the last decade and a half. I work with great people who support and nurture one another.
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challenging place to work
Accounts Administrator (Former Employee) –  Oxford23 August 2018
was a good place to work when I started but slowly the job changed with all the cut backs, I enjoyed all the social activities through the sports and social club. I learned to be well organised and to be a team player helping out with others workloads. the hardest part of the job was workloads and not enough time to do them in
Pros
clean tidy environment
Cons
over worked due to cuts
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Great place to work
Detective Constable (Current Employee) –  Slough, Berkshire9 August 2018
Thames Valley Police are a good organisation to work for. They value their staff and help officers progress to the best of their abilities. They regularly provide training and help officers with development opportunities.
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Police Constable (Current Employee) –  Kidlington North4 August 2018
Excellent career for anyone who is willing to put themselves forward to uphold the laws of the land, vast opportunities to specialise in multiple roles, and to be promoted to all ranks if you have the drive and capabilities required. Working with driven people who have your back is a similar experience if your from the UK forces. you make lifelong friends and have a real sense of family. TVP's support structure is second to none, They are committed to keeping all their staff either be it Officers or Civilian, motivated mentally or physically dependant of strategic role. Their pay structure is clear competitive with a 2k addition bonus for living in the south, this also rises rapidly after a police probation period 2 yrs., or civilians a work base assessment with personal development plans that all staff adhere too. I seriously cannot fault TVP for supporting me through good times and bad, its has been a real privilege to serve in the office of constable I only wish I had more time to stay in, but joining at 38 yrs old and being on the old pension scheme its time to leave this forward thinking employer for pastures new. No day is ever the same and you do make a difference to peoples lives, I am proud of this fact and leave with the full support of the force. :)
Pros
No other Job like it
Cons
Hard Work and Dedication Required at all levels
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Terrible place to work
IT Technician (Former Employee) –  Kidlington South30 July 2018
Constant rounds of "transformation" etc no one knows if they will have a job at the end of a month.
No effective management in ICT guided by money grabbing "consultants" Lots of staff were made redundant losing years of experience. One of the last IT managers was arrested for fraud !
Pros
none
Cons
working there
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Fast-Paced team work
POLICE CONTROLLER (STAFF) (Former Employee) –  Oxfordshire28 July 2018
Either taking 999 calls or dispatching officers on the radio. Great interpersonal and teamwork skills and the ability to deal with stressful situations whilst remaining professional.
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Lovely friendly place to work
Mobile Cleaner (Former Employee) –  Kidlington21 July 2018
I really enjoyed my time working hear work was easy and going to different stations made the day more interesting,
I spent about an hour at each station emptying bins mopping floors hoovering offices and cleaning the kitchens and toilets.
Pros
Good pay, nice work experience
Cons
Very early start
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Great!
Special Constable (Current Employee) –  Aylesbury14 June 2018
Believe that Thames Valley Police is excellent to work for, would recommend it to everyone. Wide variety of jobs available, excellent staff to work alongside.
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Justice Administrator (Current Employee) –  Reading14 May 2018
I have largely enjoyed my time at TVP, as I have worked in several departments with different focusses within the wider Criminal Justice System. However, there is limited opportunity for career progression, and you do find that technologically the outside world moves much faster than the Public Sector. The work is vital, however trivial it may seem at the time, which is often well-appreciated by senior officers (although the trend among civilian management doesn't follow suit), and there is a lot of camaraderie around the Force.
Pros
Doing something worthwhile
Cons
Expectations can change rapidly with short notice
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A good place to work
People Services Administrator (Current Employee) –  Oxfordshire3 May 2018
**Positives:

I have been with the organisation a couple of years now and although progression can be difficult, there are plenty of opportunities for development for those that are determined enough to push for it. It is a good place to work with genuinely friendly and hard working employees.

There is a focus on staff welfare that is appreciated and support from Line Managers and colleagues is usually readily available.

The pension is pretty good considering. I especially like that TVP match the employee pension contribution, as it means a decent safety net for retirement.

**Negatives:

I would like to see more opportunity for progression

It would be great if attaining things like an exceeded in a PDR (and the small boost in income it provides) was realistic and attainable, as it is practically impossible to get now, unless you are in an acting role.

It would also be amazing if we could go back to having a set desk to come into each day, as whilst the Smarter Ways of Working has been a massive success in some areas, having to move desks constantly is extremely frustrating and makes individuals feel less valued and somewhat uprooted.
Pros
Hard work but in a more relaxed environment. Great staff discounts.
Cons
Public Sector Salary - No bonus & no overtime available in most staff roles
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treat their staff like rubbish
Inspector (Former Employee) –  Buckinghamshire18 April 2018
the organisation places its own needs over the individual at every single opportunity. no chance of work life balance, no support from managers, you are on your own making tough decisions and are nailed to the wall should the organisation feel the need to blame someone
Pros
get to help people
Cons
no support from organisation
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Good worthwhile job
Uniform Patrol Officer, Schools Liaison Officer (Former Employee) –  Langley Marish, Berkshire4 April 2018
Really good career ,interesting,good salary and benefits,worked as uniform constable for 28 years enjoyed my time there,sorry to retire,but I guess all things must come to an end!!!
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Great Experience. Extremely poor management
Police Community Support Officer (Former Employee) –  Reading, Berkshire3 April 2018
Great amounts of experience gained from the role and job. Get given the chance to make a real positive difference in a community. Great discounts at places like, Nando's, Dominoes, Krispy Kreme which is always a treat.

Management of people is poor and theirs a very low moral in many NHPT's. I'm aware of many staff who get bullied in the workplace and feel they can't speak out. Wouldn't recommend this role to a friend but do go for it the chance is there because you can get a lot out of it.
Pros
Making a difference in a community
Cons
Poor management and low team moral.
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Good people to work with
property services (Current Employee) –  Thames Valley14 March 2018
the people that work here are great, its just a shame that there are so many budget cuts now and everything is working at breaking point. its only a matter of time before the service is impacted.
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good benefits, various career opportunities but negative environment
Trainer (Current Employee) –  Thames Valley10 February 2018
As an organisation, I feel they are very good to work for but this seems to differ department to department.I feel my job is secure and the management from my department are very considerate when it comes to personal circumstance and accommodate where possible. For whatever reason, the police culture is quite a negative environment which is unfortunate. If attitudes could change it would make for a more positive and enjoyable environment for all concerned.
Pros
Good pay, secure, flexible
Cons
Too much negativity
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