BSI Group Reviews

Updated 6 Jul 2020

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3.8
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BSI Group Chief Executive and Board Member Howard Kerr
Howard Kerr
70 Ratings
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  • "Business transformation programme very unstructured left due to not support by senior management(in 20 reviews)

  • "Over recent years work life balance has gone down hill(in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good employer"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - HSE Auditor in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BSI Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Profesional company, job security, good balance

    Cons

    Sometimes unreasonable travel at short notice

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good, bad and the ugly..."

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BSI Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well looked after in terms of holiday package, sick pay (if needed) and there is little 'pressure' compared to most sales roles

    Cons

    A company whereby management have little to no empathy or connection with the "workforce". Even during a worldwide pandemic....... A sales director with little to no interaction with sales people beyond showing face to the powers that be... More and more good people will leave as promises of progression every January tick box PDR become a distant memory by late January. If you conform, you will succeed at BSI but be prepared to leave your own mind at the door...

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Head of Sales in London, England

    I have been working at BSI Group full-time

    Pros

    Excellent coverage of industry sectors

    Cons

    Far from the city centre

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic company, with scope to progress"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BSI Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Diverse and rewarding company with opportunities to progress - personally moved roles 3 times in 6 years. Excellent benefits, along with very generous holidays and bonus. Committed leadership team. Security of role and company. Flexible approach to working - able to plan own day and work to suit lifestyle.

    Cons

    Nothing to say - has it challenges, as most (all) businesses do, but are genuinely trying to improve year on year and make changes to benefit employees.

  5. Helpful (2)

    "A Marmite company. You'll either LOVE working at BSI, or you'll HATE it!"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fixed Term Contract in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BSI Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    • Executive team and CEO very approachable. • A respected brand. • BSI tries to be the leaders in the industry and their rivals the followers. • Lovely, modern offices. • Nice food in staff restaurant. • New starter process and on-boarding is excellent. • Great benefits. • HR and Executive do try to listen to employees and have good intentions. • Flexible working (department depending). • Free parking. • Good events (department conferences, family fun days, decorate your department at Christmas competition, Town Halls and end of year / kick-off event), where colleagues and management party very hard! • Most staff are really friendly. • BSI takes pride in being "a great place to work" and tries hard to bring this to life for colleagues. • A lot of staff are people that have been there a long time and still enjoy their job. • The staff that are engaged seem proud to work for BSI.

    Cons

    • Low morale and toxic behaviours at the testing sites (in Loughborough and Hemel Hempstead), but HR were actively working hard to change this when I left. • Confusing business model, takes time to fully understand what BSI does, as it does so many things. • BSI throws a lot of money about frivolously, such as: We didn't need to get quotes for a supplier, we could just book anyone we wanted. I went to an event in MK and all staff were given a hotel room, which was very nice, but 70% of staff in attendance lived in MK. Nobody seemed bothered if a budget was breached. • Some departments can be cliquey and there was a "if your face fits" type of vibe there. Those whose faces fitted got better opportunities, even if they were inept. • Blame culture evident at times. • Not enough parking spaces at MK and parking on main roads limited and difficult. • A lot of people power-dress and stomped about like they were the Wolf of Wall Street, which I found odd. I thought those days were left in the 80s! • My line manager was an Exec member and obviously busy, so never around, which made me feel out at sea and not very supported. • I didn't work solely for one team, so never really felt like I 'belonged' anywhere. • The last two points are major factors into why I didn't enjoy my actual job. The company is overall a good one though.

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "Work life balance"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Client Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BSI Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They have a good holiday package

    Cons

    Work life balance, expected to travel at least 2.5 hours to a client, undertake a full day assessment and then travel 2.5 hours home - 5 days a week. They promise it gets better, but it doesnt. When approached about it, "management" just give you a blank look and then tell you it will get better !!!!!!!!

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "great company , could be better"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Auditor in Chiswick, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BSI Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    consistent training and good colleagues, various clients to work with from sole traders to blue chip companies

    Cons

    no work life balance. we work at weekends and evenings to stay on top of workload to meet targets different ethos for internal office staff and auditors outside of main offices if you are favoured, you will do well, but if not, you are not recognised for your efforts with no opportunity to progress admin time varies between teams so some teams have 3 or 4 days pm and others 1 day pm glass ceiling and bullying of some colleagues who then leave. no exit interviews

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great, forward thinking company"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist & Scheme Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BSI Group part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    + Excellent remuneration and benefits all around + Well managed home working + Good attitude to international travel and rest + Proactive management + Social responsibility team (including environmental and mental health) + Lots and lots of training

    Cons

    - HR is a bit disconnected from the rest of the organisation. Sometimes difficult to get a quick answer.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Professional and resourceful"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BSI Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Resourceful, professional, care and committed

    Cons

    Travel Oriented, lesser work life balance

  10. "Ecstatic when I was offered to work at BSI and it hasn't worn off!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Advisor in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BSI Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team and we engage EMEA & globally Wonderful variety of careers to recruit for - I get to speak to different types of people keeping me challenged and engaged Learning & development - I've learnt tons on the job and have the support of my management to continue my personal & professional development I've had the opportunity to support my colleagues across the team with assessment centers, recruitment and industry fairs etc I'm building relationships with my internal stakeholders all the time, to understand each team, dynamic, technical skills required for them is great fun When required I've assisted our key stakeholders with interviews, the best learning tool ever I could go on, but overall I'm extremely happy to get into the office and perform my role.

    Cons

    Nothing serious to note, sometimes processes can appear to be long but get quicker once you get into the swing of it.

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