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40 English questions out of 40

10 March 2021

What is health insurance like at Wellcome Trust?

Pros

Great company perks inc gym and discounted canteen, health insurance, and a 15% pension contribution.

Cons

Experienced continuous offensive, intimidating, gaslighting, and malicious behaviour from my line manager. The abuse and misuse of power led me to request mediation from HR, which was met from a threat from the senior leadership team. Beyond tick boxing support, HR provided no guidance or well-being support, and it was clear all protection was in place for my manager. This became a pattern of behaviour rather than an isolated experience, and in speaking to colleagues across the organisation, they had unfortunately also experienced the same of HR protecting seniors. I was too intimidated to take this to employment tribunal, as who could fight the 'worlds largest health charity'. Avoid at all costs.

Great company perks inc gym and discounted canteen, health insurance, and a 15% pension contribution.

10 March 2021

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24 March 2021

Does Wellcome Trust offer an employee assistance or workplace counselling program?

Pros

Good benefits and building. The Wellcome Trust attracts smart and dedicated people who care about the mission.

Cons

Very confusing as to how decisions are made - real lack of transparency in the organisation. A big focus on hierarchy but very little clarity given to people trying to get a good job done. A lot of lip service about diversity but no real action.

Advice to Management

Be more open and transparent with staff.

Good benefits and building.

24 March 2021

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24 February 2022

Does Wellcome Trust offer unlimited holiday?

Pros

- An organisation that is somewhat unique in the charity sector due to the size of its purse. Engaging and interesting work with often tangible outcomes for public good. - Extremely generous benefits: additional time off at Christmas, (relatively) well paid for public/charity sector, incredibly supportive organisational culture, performance awards, etc.

Cons

- During the process of an 18 month-long restructure, there was a significant lack of transparency, communication, and care taken from parts of the organisation leading the process, which meant many talented colleagues left. - Despite big talk, the organisation does not do enough to retain talent, which was made even more clear during the restructure.

Advice to Management

More needs to be done for talent retention.

Extremely generous benefits: additional time off at Christmas, (relatively) well paid for public/charity sector, incredibly supportive organisational culture, performance awards, etc.

24 February 2022

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14 September 2021

Does Wellcome Trust offer healthcare cash plans?

Pros

As others have said the building is stunning, great benefits package and working for a funder you have opportunity to support high quality research and work on health. Some teams have excellent people and are more insulated from the problems below.

Cons

With around a hundred or more posts due to be advertised I felt I should write this for those researching whether to join. Unfortunately Wellcome is a highly top down, hierarchical structure with some key senior posts now occupied by individuals whose leadership is not what it should be. Many staff operating within Wellcome are experts in their areas of competency but their insight and knowledge is not harnessed, instead it is neglected and at worst ignored. In some parts of the organisation those who should be leading work are sidelined by toxic leaders who put ego before real world impact. The restructure as others have described, has been a disaster. It has impacted some areas more than others but so much major and valuable work is in limbo and morale is extremely low. Whilst it could have been an opportunity to remove silos I think it is likely to lead to exacerbate this problem. Wellcome as the second biggest funder in the world has the opportunity to be nimble and brave in what it funds, to tackle major problems without a short term view. On paper this is the strategic direction, but in reality the processes to approve funding are slow, burdensome and for funding work in low income settings or with non major research settings, are far from inclusive. Because of how much money Wellcome spends, and with many good committed people it cannot help but do good in the world which is I think why it maintains such a good reputation. The money Wellcome has to fund others good work also means that poor practice internally isn't seen or interrogated. Think carefully before accepting a role, do your research on the team you are joining and go in open eyed that you may be up against it in achieving the impact you wish to create.

Advice to Management

Start truly listening to the experienced and committed staff you have. Do more to ensure power and information within the organisation is distributed rather than concentrating it in the hands of those at the very top. Find out what is really going on within teams at the moment as the level of dis-connect is pretty huge.

As others have said the building is stunning, great benefits package and working for a funder you have opportunity to support high quality research and work on health.

14 September 2021

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24 May 2022

Does Wellcome Trust offer relocation assistance?

Pros

- Hybrid working: 2 days in the office and 3 days at home - Extra days off over Christmas on top of your annual leave allowance - Christmas parties are usually enjoyable - Good qualify coffee on site

Cons

- Benefits package is not the greatest despite what they say in job adverts. For example; The Wellbeing focuses seem to be a forever of unfinished projects, the recent pay/salary review has left many employees feeling unvalued and their concerns are ignored. The onsite gym is not free and if you would like to attend an exercise class you need to pay a monthly subscription! The onsite restaurant is meant to subsidised but you can get cheaper lunch outside of the building. Many schemes are not promoted and lost in an abundance of information on the intranet which has a poor search function. - Unhealthy meeting culture: even the tiniest of spaces in your diary will be filled up quickly......"meetings about meetings" You feel obligated to attend them all which can cause some anxiety. - Not much training offered for career development. What is on offer is poor and not much open mindedness around e-learning that does not fit into Workday! - Poor office design, lack of meeting rooms, communal areas often over crowded on office days, accessibility could be a lot better.

Advice to Management

Be more diverse! The Leadership team are all racially the same and from a very similar socioeconomic background. It is very hard to feel like you can relate to staff, despite scripted talks and well written woke emails.

Benefits package is not the greatest despite what they say in job adverts.

24 May 2022

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