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AQA Reviews

Updated 28 January 2018
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  • Junior management happy to let senior management to take lead in meetings (in 4 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 4 reviews)

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  1. "Absolutely loved working here - totally recommend!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrator in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Administrator in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people here are amazing
    - The pay is excellent, a real opportunity to build up some cash over summer
    - Management and team leaders constantly recognize your contribution and are very appreciative of your hard work
    - Challenging at times, but always fun
    - Best summer of my life. I've recommended it to close family and friends.

    Cons

    - There are none!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! You're doing terrific.


  2. "Great Place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Manchester City Centre, England
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Manchester City Centre, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great summer job and seems permanent staff love it there to
    Usually have overtime hours available if you wish

    Cons

    There aren't really any cons


  3. "Case Adminstrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AQA part-time

    Pros

    Challenging office environment, good pay and friendly staff

    Cons

    Sometimes work can become tedious.


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  5. "Great fun working environment, work a bit repetitive great student job"

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    Current Employee - Temporary Employee in Guildford, England
    Current Employee - Temporary Employee in Guildford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AQA full-time

    Pros

    Good number of hours for summer holiday job for around 6 weeks perfect for planning and you get asked back if your performance is ok

    Cons

    Parking difficult / expensive and work can be tedious and repetitive

    Advice to Management

    Vary the work move people around constantly so they can maintain concentration by doing different aspects of the exam process


  6. "Great people, great place. Just needs that tiny bit extra..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Advisor in Guildford, England
    Former Employee - Recruitment Advisor in Guildford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Modern approach to work life balance
    Great location on a uni campus
    Approachable management
    Willing and open to change
    Competitive salaries
    L&D provide recognised courses which will grow your professional skills.
    For lower level/temporary roles, it's a great place to start your office career whilst for higher level/permanent roles it'll springboard your expertise and allow for growth.

    Cons

    When you start, parking can be a bit of a nightmare. Do some research into local areas for free parking. Otherwise the cost will eat into your salary.
    On some occasions, low to middle level employees can be left out of comms which directly affects their role.
    There needs to be more social events to drive employee engagement across the business, not just within operations.
    Lack of promotion of internal vacancies which can go missed
    Benefits and reward needed to be improved

    Advice to Management

    Remove the pay scales. It labels staff as more important than others. It would also allow for better financial progression with new responsibilities.


  7. "Great people and benefits. Mixed experience depending which part you work in."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with people who really care about what they do. Supportive. Good holidays, pension, etc. They are becoming more people focused. New Chief Executive this year hopefully means change for the better.

    Cons

    Silos, so depending where you are it could be great or pretty bad. Because of silis it is difficult to move around the company to progress, or to be listened to beyond your immediate area. There is lots of rhetoric about people first, it's not yet reality. Cross site working gives variety but there is frequent travel which affects well being.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put people in boxes, they all have something to say even about things they don't directly work on. Rethink the sites - if you really care about well being, why all the travel?


  8. "Business planning partner CIMA qualified"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Planning Partner in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Business Planning Partner in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AQA part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a really friendly organisation and a nice palace to work . The organisation is split across multi sites and employees a lot of accadamecis and professionals.

    Cons

    The oragnastitaion still requires some change management . Also it's difficult to get in and out of now you cannot drive on oxford road. There is only one way in and one way out

    Advice to Management

    If you are enthusistatic and like to change things this is a good place to work.


  9. "Head of Curriculum"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AQA full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed and supportive atmosphere, lovely colleagues and flexible working

    Cons

    Open plan office sometimes difficult to concentrate


  10. "Amazing company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Adviser in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Customer Service Adviser in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people and an amazing work culture.

    Cons

    For people on a temporary contract they could be slightly ore organised in providing information on work extensions sooner rather than later.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  11. "Good temporary work for young people"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Temporary Administrator in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Temporary Administrator in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AQA (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great work ethic
    - Overtime hours available (good and bad thing)
    - Work incentives during summer months available
    - Friendly and relaxed atmosphere - less corporate than other companies

    Cons

    - Very little progression to higher management available
    - Overtime during peak period can feel like slave labour
    - Pay decreases every year
    - Lack of benefits


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