BSI Reviews

Updated 1 Mar 2021

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3.4
64%
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BSI CEO Howard Kerr
Howard Kerr
22 Ratings
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  • "Over recent years work life balance has gone down hill(in 26 reviews)

  • "no career progression and no clear career path outside of moving towards a sales oriented position (again, highlighting focus on sales and profit);(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Good company to work for"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Sales Team Member in Milton Keynes, England

    I have been working at BSI full-time

    Pros

    I like to work I do

    Cons

    Not many really , fine company

  2. "Good company to work for"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Head in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BSI full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely; dynamic. Working for a notified body is really interesting. Changing regulatory landscape means continually learning.

    Cons

    Pay lower perhaps than industry comparisons.


  3. "Fun engaging and full of opportunity"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BSI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Integrity, vision, drive, development opportunities, great team

    Cons

    Processes can be a bit slow

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  4. "Great Company!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transformation PMO Manager in Chiswick, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    People Oriented, Flexible working, Global environment and culture, growth opportunities

    Cons

    Career growth can be slow.

  5. "A job role still in development"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Clinical Evaluation Specialist in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very challenging and job makes a real difference. Work on some unique and life-changing/saving technologies. There is a strong corporate identity. Well geared up to remote working, supportive team. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Can lack direction. Very technically focussed job, the organisation is still learning the value of their specialist clinical reviewers and so training is not well geared up to this job role - although this appears to be changing for the better. PDR process is very rigid - ‘only a certain (small) number of people can achieve’ exceeds expectations rating.

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  6. "Good"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Technical Product Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BSI full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay, freedom to plan work programs

    Cons

    Old school managers, lack of meritocracy

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  7. "British Standards Institute"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operational Support in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BSI full-time

    Pros

    excellent company to work for. Good communication and understanding

    Cons

    salary could be better. canteen food is not great

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Think twice..."

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic Brand that has been around for a long time.

    Cons

    Matrix system gone wrong , Senior management not capable of following and or embracing what BSI stands i.e. being a Royal Charter Company .

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great brand, great colleagues, poor leadership"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Sales in Milton Keynes, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BSI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing brand, interesting products, lots of experts, really good offices, labs and facilities in general

    Cons

    The sales leadership team is a joke. Despite a pandemic and economic crisis people are still leaving (or considering to leave) in record numbers. Everyone knows the brand and this has lead to a high level of ingrained arrogance that is frankly worrying. BSI charges obscene amounts of money for their services and expects the sales team to deliver across the board as if it was a walk in the park. Add to that the change in commission structure and it's literally adding insult to injury. The management team have gone out of their way to make the job harder yet reward less than they've ever done before. The biggest sin however is the total lack of communication and empathy. The message from above is "we lead and manage, you work and deliver...Deal with it". What's worse is that dozens of people will leave by the end of the year but the big wigs up top won't flinch or even take notice of it. They will simply do it all over again next year and congratulate each other on hitting team targets and paying close to zero commission. Very very sad!

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Worrying signs and decisions being made will see further talented people leave"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Industry standing, brand, work/life balance, people

    Cons

    The current direction that the commercial side of the business is taking is extremely worrying. Decisions are being made from the senior leadership team within the sales and marketing departments that have impacted significantly on the team members. These decisions are being made without due care or attention and are impacting negatively on the wellbeing of their staff members, both financially and mentally. There also appears to be no objective data or reasoning that supports these proposed changes. Changes are then hard to accept when they are so impactful on the team. What's more, there is no opportunity for team members to feedback their thoughts and feelings nor be involved in the process for discussing proposed changes. BSI strives itself on being an inclusive, people led organisation yet the behaviour and attitude of senior leadership within sales and marketing clearly demonstrate a clear disregard for these company values. A clear lack of disdain and understanding for how changes will impact on the team is extremely worrying and has already seen people leave the organisation. Other areas of concern relate to career development and the recruitment process for high profile jobs within the organisation. No thorough recruitment process seems to be adopted or followed with jobs being handed out to those that sycophantically agree. Career development in general has always been a negative for BSI. Slow to recognise people's intentions or strengths, very few opportunities to really grow and develop internally. Those that leave the organisation and then return years later seem to fair best.

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