The Institution of Environmental Sciences FAQ

Have questions about working at The Institution of Environmental Sciences? Read answers to frequently asked questions to help you make a choice before applying to a job or accepting a job offer.

Whether it's about compensation and benefits, culture and diversity, or you're curious to know more about the work environment, find out from employees what it's like to work at The Institution of Environmental Sciences.

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11 English questions out of 11

12 November 2019

How are the career development opportunities at The Institution of Environmental Sciences?

Pros

Significant responsibility and autonomy from the beginning, with the freedom to explore projects that interested me. Working in a small, but growing organisation means there is the potential to shape the role to a certain extent and get involved in a wide range of work that may not be possible in a bigger team. A charity with an exciting aims, which is looking to innovate. A small, friendly and supportive team, with a highly supportive board of trustees.

Cons

Although working in a small organisation has its perks, ultimately career progression is limited. It can also mean all team members are required to chip in with admin and logistical tasks from time to time.

Although working in a small organisation has its perks, ultimately career progression is limited.

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7 November 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at The Institution of Environmental Sciences?

Pros

I was given plenty of opportunity to grow over the months I worked at the IES. I was given responsibility immediately, with close support from other team members and the CEO. It is the friendliest place I have ever worked, and the close-knit team are a joy to work with. I gained a lot of confidence working and the IES and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a welcoming and professional place to learn and develop. Your skills will grow quickly - the small team naturally means that sometimes you work outside your job description, which I personally found a pro rather than con. The only reason I left the company was because I moved out of London. Thank you for your support and friendship, IES!

Cons

- The small organisation does mean that it would be difficult to progress up the career ladder within the IES - Non-profit salaries

Advice to Management

More formal team meetings and regular 1:1 meetings between employees and CEO, to check in in a more formal way.

I was given plenty of opportunity to grow over the months I worked at the IES.

7 November 2019

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27 February 2020

Does The Institution of Environmental Sciences have any sort of mentoring programme?

Pros

It was a friendly and interesting environment to work in. The events that were executed throughout my internship were well organise and engaging to Institution members and to members of the public as well. It is a truly rewarding place to work, and the office is located near multiple train stations so is easily accessible via public transport.

Cons

As it is a small organisation, there is limited career progression for individuals within long-term roles.

The events that were executed throughout my internship were well organise and engaging to Institution members and to members of the public as well.

27 February 2020

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4 February 2020

How do employees feel about their professional development opportunities at The Institution of Environmental Sciences?

Pros

Responsibility from day one with loads of opportunities to make the job your own. A small but focused team who were always willing to lend a hand or guide you through tasks if you need assistance. Support from staff, board members and members of the organisation. Great workplace atmosphere in the office and through the Council. You are able to be creative within the role as well as develop key professional skills. Opportunities to work outside your role and learn about other aspects of the organisation. I made some really close friends here and I only left the role as I was moving away.

Cons

Career progression opportunities are there but perhaps not as accessible or varied as in larger organisations. The nature of the work means you often work in peaks and troughs of workload.

Advice to Management

Continued 1 to 1 meetings and structured targets.

Opportunities to work outside your role and learn about other aspects of the organisation.

4 February 2020

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6 November 2019

How is management perceived at The Institution of Environmental Sciences?

Pros

An abundance of responsibility and trust from day one, giving you the autonomy to carve out your role and elevate your professional skills. The office environment is collaborative and supportive so there are plenty of opportunities to take on duties outside of your scope. There is also strong emphasis and encouragement from management for employees to enhance their professional development both within their role and through additional CPD activities, often compensated by the IES, which is fantastic for a small charity to offer. Personally, the IES afforded me every opportunity to learn, grow and gain confidence, and were empathetic and accommodating throughout my studies and personal difficulties. The team does an excellent job at fostering a culture of thoughtful, intelligent and hard-working people who are always a pleasure to be around. Honestly, I will look back at my experience very fondly and will continue to support the institution throughout the duration of my career. Thank you for everything!

Cons

The small nature of the organisation can make career progression seem harder to achieve although it is certainly not impossible. I personally had four roles in my four years, and many others have received substantial promotions as the organisational structure continues to grow and evolve.

There is also strong emphasis and encouragement from management for employees to enhance their professional development both within their role and through additional CPD activities, often compensated by the IES, which is fantastic for a small charity to offer.

6 November 2019

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