UK Ministry of Defence Employee Reviews for Project Manager

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Hard work, sacrifice, but wholly rewarding
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Blandford Forum18 October 2018
An organisation where you reap what you sow. If you are prepared to abide by the values and standards, and work hard, you will be given every opportunity to progress both personally and professionally.

A great place to work for 22 years.
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Challenging place to work
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Various4 September 2018
Challenging workplace as bureaucracy made getting things done a slow process. Good technical people with excellent knowledge of the systems. Beware of change & scope creep.
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project management (Former Employee) –  Bristol, Bristol27 September 2017
amazing

typical day at work
started off with getting the job done
culture was brilliant
hardest part of job was not being able to eat at certain times
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Good work/life balance but difficult to progress
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Filton, Gloucestershire18 May 2017
Flexi hours are really great, And you can accumulate hours and then work a 4 day week. Most people don't work Fridays so this makes up for a lot of things. There is compulsory 5 days training per year,however the training courses are not at advanced level, they are very basic and external training is difficult to get hold of as there is no budget for it despite it being advertised. The culture is extremely risk averse and insular and management are not always open to new ways of working despite the rhetoric about wanting to recruit new people from outside to show them the way, transformation schemes are generally sabotaged by those who are threatened by the status quo being changed. Also the flexi culture means that it can be very difficult to get hold of people. People aren't flexible in staying when there is business need. Everyone is very friendly and in general helpful (as long as you meet within their individual flexi boundaries) but the lack of training in the organisation make it very difficult to work if you have come from outside where methods are more advanced.
Pros
Flexi hours
Cons
Lack of training and advancement offers
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Productive and enjoyable workplace
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Abbey Wood23 March 2017
A typical day at work would involve meetings with various stakeholders and documentation production.
The management team are always available and interested in your work and very keen to help development.
The workplace culture is relaxed when needed to be but also very professional and everyone knows their roles.
The hardest part of the job is keeping all stakeholders happy as there are a large amount of people with differing views and influence involved in all aspects of work.
The most enjoyable part of the job is the interesting subjects and people you get to work with.
Pros
Flexible working hours, training and development, excellent working facilities.
Cons
Can be very fast paced
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Excellent employer
Consultant Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Bristol27 October 2015
Fantastic experience, good opportunity for training and development. Working with the armed forces on cutting edge technologies. A great insight into the workings of HM forces.
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Interesting
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Project Management Aerospace Systems
C130J UPGRADES PROJECT MANAGER (Current Employee) –  Bristol15 September 2014
Project manager responsible for delivery of a £60M Urgent Operational Requirement for the Front Line RAF.
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Pension
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Intersesting
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Abbey Wood5 April 2013
The MoD has two type of employees - the self-motivated industrious and the downright bone idle. There are a number of talented individuals within the organisation but be prepared to experience the not so quite industrious - a typical day for them is: arrive, flash computer up, eat breakfast in work time, bit of paper shuffling, bit of internet, gossip about nothing then eat the same lunch, at the same time every day. stretch the lunchbreak out, bit more internet, last paper shuffle and then go home. As for teams go, you could be working at one grade working your socks off while the same grade is doing what is not dissimilar to that described above, so pick your team well depending upon your character. Most of them have been there all there lives, are set in their ways and will probably turn the lights out when its all over. Job security is good - you can even be useless at your job and won't get fired (in fact you'll probably get promoted to move you on). Sick leave is generous - you're on full pay for 6 months so you can have 5 months 30 days off go back for 1 day and sign off again. Annual leave is good. You can work from home as well - especially when you are hungover). good facilities on site - costa coffee so you can spin dits about your colleagues without them overhearing. Smoke breaks plentiful although you will get the shirkers whingeing at you, the same people who gossip for an hour and then complain about your 5 minute smoke break). Flexible working is awesome - you can get smashed the night before turn up at 1300 and go home at 1800 (minimum 5 hour day). you can work  more... till 7pm when every one has gone home and sit on the internet clocking up the hours. All in all give it a try. You will work with some good people and professional forces personnel. Travel is also good if you like that kind of thing - you get a top notch hotel, free food and youi can have several pints to wash it down with at the taxpayers expense. I even went to the US for a week on some irrelevant training course which was a right laugh. happy days  less
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flexible working, smoking, travel, eat breakfast in work time
Cons
pay
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A good place to work if not for politicains
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  London17 July 2012
A number of challanges that changed every day. Deal with budget changes and urgent operating requirements.

Line management was good but the politicians kept moving goalposts.

We were flexible teams and enjoyes the storming norming and performing and achieved targets.

The hardest part of the job was the low morale due to erosion of terms and conditions and the worry of the redundancy.

The best part was getting project delivered to time and budget.
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