Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) should be a great place to work as it offers (in my experience) unparalleled work-life balance, a generous pension and a whole wealth of other associated benefits (flexible/agile working, discounts, gym etc.).
Unfortunately the organisation is stuck with some historic Civil Service policies and employee rights meaning that it is nigh on impossible to get rid of ineffective and lazy workers. To make matters worse there is a culture of avoiding conflict amongst management meaning that rather than addressing the problems (useless staff), the problem is shifted on to someone else (staff moves.
Lacking Engineering work and low pay, however extremely good work life balance
Technical Through Life Support Officer (Current Employee) – Bristol, Bristol – 12 July 2018
There is little true Engineering work to be undertaken and you have to fight to not be moved away from it. Your trained skills are undervalued and management will seek to make you fit in any unfilled role they have however the work life balance is extremely good. They offer 25 increasing to 30 days holiday as standard and operate a true flexi system allowing employees to take up to 36 extra days a year without management approval. They also allow you to work the hours you need to fit around you life, for example I start very early and am able to pick my daughter up from school whilst maintaining my full time hours.
Data Modeller (Canonical Data Modelling) (Former Employee) – Bristol, Bristol – 19 August 2017
Enhanced existing OAGIS Noun (contain grouped business specific data that is being communicated (e.g. PurchaseOrder, SalesOrder, Quote, Route, Shipment, etc.) by adding Overlay’s (Elements\Attributes).
Support Assistant (Current Employee) – Filton Bristol – 16 March 2017
Whilst working with Mod Design for Support manager I have found the company understanding and willing to teach me within my role and further. I have progressed so much so am hoping to gain a job within the Mod. I thank everyone at Building 20x in filton Bristol, for making my time within the T26 project an enjoyable one.
Senior Consultant (Former Employee) – Bristol – 26 November 2016
The MOD presented me with a wide range of job and career opportunities with excellent training and work life balance. With salaries slightly above average of the Civil Service it was certainly a good place to work.
Administration Assistant (Former Employee) – Bristol – 23 October 2016
My job was very busy and demanding but enjoyable. I enjoyed communicating with my customers both within the ministry of defence and with outside industries, I often dealt with urgent operational deficiencies alongside routine workloads. I always obtain a resolution to a problem no matter how difficult it could become. I enjoy working effectively with my co-workers sometimes working as a team to resolve an issue. The hardest part of the job is leaving a problem at work and not taking it home. I have gained various skills that allows me to adapt to different working situations and to complete all my work to a high standard;
Part Time Receptionist (Former Employee) – Bristol – 11 July 2016
I work with a big team on various Receptions at different MOD sites. All the Receptions are different and some Receptions are busier and more stressful. We also work different shifts. It is a very varied role.
Executive officer (Former Employee) – Bristol, ENG – 1 February 2016
A busy long day is the norm. I learned all my Computer skills from work experience as well as some in house training courses. Management is very varied. Some are excellent while others are insensitive and rude. Most co-workers were excellent and friendly. Learning new things and completing tasks when under pressure and against tight deadlines.