British Transport Police Employee Reviews about "btp"

Updated 26 Feb 2020

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British Transport Police Chief Constable Paul Crowther
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Pros
  • "You got to provide a presence and interact with the public which was a great aspect of BTP(in 5 reviews)

  • "More available funding than Home Office forces(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "BTP waste SO much money are pointless activites / teams / kit(in 10 reviews)

  • "This is not challenged in the slightest despite the senior management team being aware(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "One of the better forces to join"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Constable in Ashford, Kent, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Transport Police full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime / rest day workings to go around, they help your salary get bumped up quite abit. team sizes are smaller than HO forces so you get to know eachother faster/better. pay every 4 weeks, always on time. relaxed pace 90% of the time, compared with HO where it is just far too busy / under resources. Same pay as HO forces but far less stress/work, more time to patrol and speak with the community instead of going from job to job.

    Cons

    senior management are useless, different inititive every 5 minutes. BTP waste SO much money are pointless activites / teams / kit. Pay is low at the start, but it is identical with HO forces. But gets good at the year 6 / 7 mark. (40k+) - LOTS of lazy people in every team, refusing to go out of the station and patrol ect. Spineless management who refuse to confront bad/lazy behaviour which can effect team morale massively.

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of Support"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Constable 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police part-time

    Pros

    You got to provide a presence and interact with the public which was a great aspect of BTP.

    Cons

    The training was too short and poor and there was a lack of support from the senior management which filtered down to the lower levels causing officers and staff to be confused about what they should be doing. Everyone was terrified of losing their jobs which created a toxic atmosphere.


  3. "Too many frustrations but amazing people"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Analyst in Camden Town, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are really great. If you get the right manager, they are supportive towards development via training opportunities. Also, if you do really well with your performance then you can get a very small bonus, which is a small positive. The work itself and the concept of working towards making a positive difference was also a positive part of the role.

    Cons

    The technology is awful which negatively impacts your ability to do your work and produce what you need to for senior members of the organisation. Constantly crashing, still working from software that is significantly outdated and in need of an update. Although supportive of development via training opportunities, actual avenues to progress are limited. As an analyst, routes to develop laterally are there, but if you have any desire to get into management, this is limited. The BTP 2021 change program was terribly run and communication was poor. Many people were left in the dark about whether they would still have jobs for months. Some analysts were told they would have to reapply for their jobs and many feared that they would be made redundant or redeployed into a role they don’t want to be in. Its no wonder so many analysts left. There are also elements of favouritism that have been seen across the organisation. The pay is so low in comparison to other jobs in the industry, despite the fact that the job can be very demanding. All it takes is a search around Google and you can see that you were being majorly underpaid. You don't get any travel benefits if you're police staff working at Force Headquarters. This only applies if you're based divisionally or a police officer and it’s JUST for parts of the south, and only for TfL methods of transport. They say they are working towards Agile working, but in the time I was at BTP, there was no step taken towards that, just promises. London Weighting is so low in comparison to other Home Office forces (such as City Police, Met and NCA).

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Incompetent police force."

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Relatively good training to assist dealing with evolving modern threats from terrorism etc

    Cons

    A worryingly high number of individuals ranked Sgt upwards offer absolutely no support to officers on the ground and seek to only develop their own careers at the cost of others. Intimidation and bullying is deeply rooted to the core of BTP and office environments are toxic and stressful which has lead to employees leaving to join a local force instead. Incredibly inept training regarding IT systems which lead to officers afraid to do their job effectively from an administrative point of view. No consideration for work/life balance.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible IT management"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Administrative in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People there are nice enough and some are supportive with dealing with the problems there. Also they are flexible with their stating times.

    Cons

    Management is absolutely terrible there and I advise that no one who is serious about their career or IT in general not to work at BTP. IT to them is all about looking good without giving any thought to the infrastructure.

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great Force dreadful management......"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Detective Constable in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to work all over the UK. If there is a major incident you will be involved in it. Reasonable pay. Core of good police officers in London who are good detectives and thief takers. Basically i was one of a core of tecs who were motivated and keen to get on with the job. During my career I was involved in some interesting cases and sensitive work. The BTP get involved in a lot of jobs that the general public would be likely to be unaware of.

    Cons

    Management are all promotion chasing yes men who keep trying to reinvent the wheel. They will not keep any structure in place for more than five minutes. They treat and bully their own bosses with dreadfully high work load and freeze them out if any dissension is perceived. One very senior officer is a bully. Long hours if you put yourself about.

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  7. "Great place to work!"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Whilst working at BTP, I worked at FHQ based in London. I had access to many career development opportunities and was able to undertake tasks that I would not have been able to at other organisations. I felt like I was certainly making a difference and that my work contributed to something important. I have met some great, hardworking people and I was definitely sad to leave.

    Cons

    There is a lot of pressure to meet requirements, once you have met your target you are merely rewarded with more targets to achieve.

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  8. "Balancing the view"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at British Transport Police

    Pros

    Very focused on making the railway safe and secure. Trying to improve in terms of staff and manager development and very focused on adopting technology to support front line workers. Mostly comprised of very dedicated officers and staff.

    Cons

    Going through an enormous level of change in all areas, particularly technology where starting from a low base. Change is not always well planned and executed, leaving some officers and staff trailing in its wake rather than being part of the change. Currently under pressure to devolve the Scottish Division to police Scotland and awaiting a government review of infrastructure policing. Financial constraints are finally starting to hit BTP. All of this is causing uncertainty, as is the planned introduction of a new roster. Perspectives of senior management are poor.

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  9. "Such a Shame"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Being a police officer is one of the most rewarding and satisfying jobs you can hope to have. BTP offer the opportunity to work across the country and take of may different roles. On transferring to BTP I was given more opportunities that I would have received in a home Office force.

    Cons

    The problem with BTP is the senior management. They don't look after their staff, promotion appears to be given in terms of who you know and not what you do. They keep changing everything for the sake of it and more often than not to the determent of its employees. The force keeps bringing in retired officers who want to top their pension up and have no interest in doing their job and I'm afraid removes the opportunity for those already seeking promotion internally which creates a culture where moral is rock bottom. Overall not a good place to work so look elsewhere.

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "MY OLD EMPLOYERS THE BTP"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Police Officer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    it's the best job in the world being a Police Officer

    Cons

    The BTP are appalling employers with a proven track record of awful welfare for their Officers.

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