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Met Office Overview

Exeter, England
1001 to 5000 employees
Government
Consulting
£100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
The Met Office is the UK’s National Meteorological Service and one of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Partner Organisations. As an expert Public Sector Research Establishment (PSRE), the Met Office provides critical services to the ... Read more

Mission: Our purpose is to work at the forefront of weather and climate science for protection, prosperity and well-being.

We know that the forefront moves every day: whether it’s the technology we use, our partners’ expectations or the way the ... Read more

Met Office – Why Work With Us?


As a world leader in providing weather and climate services, the Met Office supports a wide range of sectors from energy generation and water distribution, transport with a major focus on aviation, insurance, retail, banking and environmental sectors such as agriculture and the extractive industries. It maintains very close ties with the UK Government and the general public through its connections with media partners and its role in natural disaster contingency. The Met Office has over 60 locations throughout the world and connection with the wider family of National Weather Services so that global coverage of weather and climate elements can be maintained 24/7. The Met Office is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Science, operating with strong business ethos. It is recognised as one of the world’s most accurate forecasters, using over 10 million weather observations a day, an advanced atmospheric model and a high performance supercomputer to create 3,000 tailored forecasts and briefings a day.

Like millions you probably know us best for the weather that you hear on the news or read on your phone. But did you know that our forecasts reach as far as space?

We own one of the largest Super Computers in the world? Or that organisations across the world – from governments and the military, to the NHS and utility companies, rely on our expertise to operate safely and efficiently? We even provide forecasting services for sporting events, such as Wimbledon. Through world-leading science and cutting-edge technology, through idea generation and enthusiasm, we collaborate to challenge the ordinary every day because we believe in the best. The best for our customers, the best for your career.

One area of the Met Office cannot function without the others. Our engineers keep data flowing; our science and scientific software engineers make data meaningful; and our sales, marketing, consultancy and communications professionals ensure that our forecasts and meteorological products and services reach our customers. The breadth and depth of our work is incredibly varied but whatever area you work in, you’ll be challenged, developed and fascinated in a career where whatever you do, your work will make a valuable contribution to the bigger picture. A career to be proud of.

Benefits, lifestyle & flexible working

Our people work hard, there’s no doubt about that. Whether they’re forecasting the weather that millions of customers rely on, or working behind-the-scenes at our Exeter HQ, our people consistently deliver a world class service.

Our people work hard, there’s no doubt about that. Whether they’re forecasting the weather that millions of customers rely on, or working behind-the-scenes at our Exeter HQ, our people consistently deliver a world class service. Our rewards and benefits structures are clear, transparent and in line with our corporate expectations in terms of behaviours and contribution and achievement of our colleagues. We recognise and reward hard work based on three key areas:

Pension

It’s never too early – or too late - to save for your future. Working with us, you’ll automatically qualify to join a fantastic pension scheme. The scheme offers a defined benefit pension, recognised as one of the most generous occupational pensions on the market.

Annual leave and time off

Everyone needs some time out now and again. In addition to the eight Bank Holidays, you will also receive 27.5 days’ annual leave. And the longer you work with us, the more annual leave you build up. After five years, you’ll enjoy a generous 32.5 days’ holiday. We’ll also do whatever we can to accommodate time off that you need for voluntary activities or special events.

Parental Leave Benefits

We appreciate that there may be times when you need some extra time off. We’ll give you leave for Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks occupational pay [depending on eligibility], followed by 13 weeks statutory pay, and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay, also time off to cover for domestic emergencies.

Life can be busy and unpredictable. So, we’ll try to be as flexible around yours as we can. We’re happy to discuss flexible working arrangements such as job shares, term-time arrangements, compressed hours and flexi-time. Where possible, we’ll be as adaptable as we can to make things easier for you.

Wellbeing

We’re committed to looking after you personally, as well as taking good care of your career. And not just ticking health and safety boxes: we want to ensure that whatever you’re doing with the Met Office, you’re in a positive, safe, healthy environment. We want each and every one of our employees to be able to thrive, develop and work to the best of their abilities. That’s why we offer a range of wellbeing services: from free eye tests for Visual Display Unit (VDU) users, to an occupational welfare programme. And if there’s anything else we can do to support you, rest assured we’ll do our best.

Learning & career development

When you start your career with us, you’ll work with your line manager to put together a development plan.

Instead of giving you a generic outline of what we expect, we’ll look at how you can apply your individual skills to get the most from your role. How you progress is up to you: you may wish to work your way into management or you may prefer to enhance and broaden your skills instead. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience different departments and progress into other areas of the Met Office too.

Diversity and equality at the Met Office

We are committed to working towards a more diverse organisation which values and utilises the individual differences that people bring.

We are committed to working towards a diverse organisation which values and utilises the individual differences that people bring, both visible and invisible.

We are working to ensure that there are no barriers implicit in our policies, procedures and practices that prevent individuals from performing to the best of their ability, together with creating a positive, engaging and inclusive environment in which to work.

We are building a culture that values ability, difference, openness, fairness, transparency and inclusivity. As expected, we not discriminate on the grounds of race, colour, sex, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, gender reassignment, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, family status, physical or mental disability, or trade union membership. We are also looking to ensure that we broaden this by making bias free decisions and being actively inclusive to ensure we do not discriminate on any other irrelevant factors.

Our aim is to have a work force that is representative of the society around us so that our work and the types of products and services we design and provide are relevant to the community and customers we serve, which is the whole of the UK, and beyond.

All Met Office employees will:

  • Treat everyone with dignity, trust and respect
  • be aware of the effect of their behaviour on others and be mindful of making only reasonable and manageable demands;
  • communicate honestly and openly, clearly stating what they mean and expect;
  • provide honest feedback based on evidence and be open to challenge and constructive criticism;
  • seek and be receptive to feedback and open to modifying their behaviour where appropriate;
  • work together to create a positive environment; to enable us to perform to the best of our ability.

To help us achieve our aim ‘to be the global partner of choice for weather and climate services’, we have a set of values:

These values are at the heart of the Met Office and help us to create the culture we need to achieve our vision. They inform how we work, our behaviours, how we engage with our customers and how we recruit talented people to help us achieve our aims for the future.

  • Visionary – we are innovative, forward-looking and see the wider picture. We challenge the status quo when it’s not effective and we constantly seek improvement.
  • Drive – we deliver ‘on time in full’, are focused and concentrate on getting results. We are a proactive, adaptable, motivated and enthusiastic workforce.
  • United – we are joined up, collaborative and work as a team to achieve our goals. We value synergy and supportiveness and show mutual understanding to colleagues and customers.
  • Integrity – we are honest, respectful and accountable in everything we do. We value fairness, robustness and reliability.
  • Clear – we express ourselves by communicating clearly to ensure understanding.
  • Inspiring – we behave in an inspiring manner, engaging others to make things happen.

Met Office Reviews

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    I have been working at Met Office part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being engaged in work that makes a positive difference in people's lives, the Exeter HQ site is amazing, and the breadth of opportunities in a huge range of disciplines makes for a diverse way of thinking.

    Cons

    Some legacy traces of old civil service ways of hierarchical thinking still remain .

    Advice to Management

    Consider whether all the different careers have clear progression opportunities.

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