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Updated 18 April 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexible working hours, great working environment" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Modern approach to work life balance" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management transparency is difficult, making difficult to understand their strategy" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Due to a large temporary staff during summer, it can take some time for everyone to learn everything to do with their role" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Breath of fresh air"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AQA full-time

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Friendly and down to earth environment
    Sensible pay and benefits
    Flexible working

    Cons

    Can be reactive in approach

    Advice to Management

    Plan more


  2. "Friendly and relaxed enviroment"

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    Former Employee - Marking Administrator in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Marking Administrator in Manchester, England

    I worked at AQA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really down to earth and lovely people

    Cons

    IT could have been better managed, having at times no functioning computer to work with

  3. "Good Company, Needs Modernising"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AQA full-time

    Pros

    Great staff, Reasonable working environment

    Cons

    Needs modernising, Management structure quite high


  4. "Customer Adviser-Teacher Services"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AQA full-time

    Pros

    Amazing work colleagues
    Good mix of ethnicity community
    Good Location- easily accessible
    Friendly environment
    Majority staff approachable

    Cons

    Politics
    No Structure
    Progression (Its not what you do but who you know )
    Biased opinions
    Favouritism
    No aiding for training on existing work colleagues
    Work completion (instead of an award-stating lazy workers)

    Advice to Management

    Monitor Wisely
    Provide training developments for staff to be promoted
    Cut out favouritism
    Treat fairly
    Cut out elderly Managers(BM) as new methods on monitoring are available.


  5. "A great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at AQA full-time

    Pros

    An enjoyable working environment, with permanent members of staff and management always on hand to offer advice and support. It's great to know that you are contributing towards something worthwhile, which helps to create the positive and friendly atmosphere that AQA has.

    Cons

    Most contracts are temporary and, as staff are recruited as and when needed, some members of staff miss out on proper training.


  6. "Admin Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AQA part-time

    Pros

    Over time available
    Free ice cream van during summer (once)

    Cons

    treated very poorly like kids, shouted at. Horrible place to work


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Guildford, England
    Current Employee - Marketing in Guildford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AQA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great community. Flexible working hours. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Expertise not appreciated. Feel like my job role is quite siloed.

  8. "Temporary Summer job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AQA full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with and good facilities.
    Good for students looking for a summer job.

    Cons

    Work is very repetitive.
    Hard to find parking


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Odd place for a change person"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AQA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very intelligent people, great campus, good facilities and good fun. It's all good, unless you want to do something new

    Cons

    Lots of pretending to want change, but no desire to do what's necessary to get there. Ultimately, the noble purpose of doing good in education is stuck in the industrial revolution

    Advice to Management

    Don't pretend to be something you're not


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Administration at AQA"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Administrative in Manchester, England

    I worked at AQA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Different roles available amongst workforce of brilliant people.

    Cons

    Can be repetitive work, though this is alleviated by good working relationships.

    Advice to Management

    More changes of role would break up the work more.