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Defra Reviews

Updated 5 Dec 2019

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3.5
69%
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Defra CEO Tamara Finkelstein (no image)
Tamara Finkelstein
2 Ratings
Pros
  • "An employer who truly values flexible working and allowing the employee to work around their own needs(in 17 reviews)

  • "Calm, interesting issues, good work-life balance(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work in general"

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Officer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible place to work. People are friendly.

    Cons

    Canteen is 2/10. I'd rather starve. But plenty of shops/tesco etc around.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let Brexit pressure change you.

    Defra2018-11-01
  2. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Policy Advisor in York, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, nice culture, very flexible approach to home working

    Cons

    Sometimes slow to get decisions made and lack of individual accountability

    Defra2019-12-05
  3. "Very nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Incredible people Great work-life balance Average salary

    Cons

    Sometimes it is slow to get things done

    Defra2019-11-11
  4. "Interesting and varied work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive Officer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Defra full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Get to work on hugely important issues. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Low pay. Lots of office politics.

    Advice to Management

    Push harder for higher pay levels. Must implement more effective change and resource management.

    Defra2019-11-01
  5. "Comfortable"

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    Current Employee - Policy Adviser in York, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexi working Good employment benefits Busy environment

    Cons

    Current political climate Still a little bias toward northern workers

    Defra2019-10-23
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Not recommended"

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    Current Employee - ICT Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, home working

    Cons

    Defra recently created a single ICT team by merging hundreds of staff from agencies that are part of the broader Defra network of organisations. These include ICT staff from the environment agency, rural payments agency, natural England and others. The culture is biased towards environment agency staff who have promoted out of all proportion to other staff, often regardless of ability. The culture is autocratic... and staff are fearful of speaking out and are choosing to leave instead. There is serious inequality and career progression is based upon whether your face fits rather than ability. It comes as no surprise that so many are leaving and there is a serious recruitment and retention problem.

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    Advice to Management

    As Defra’s ICT team (DDTS) is the civil service it needs to comply with civil service rules, not those of the environment agency - which is where many senior leaders have come from. Senior leaders need to stop trying to place their own personal need for power ahead of running an inclusive and fair ICT team. Carry on and you’ll lose much needed talent - which isn’t easy to replace at the salaries on offer.

    Defra2019-08-26
  7. Helpful (1)

    "You don't have to be patient to work here but it helps"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, open management, supportive

    Cons

    Overworked, you will be doing more than you signed on to do. Firefighting issues stifles a lot of good work. Brexit dominates senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Ring fence development.

    Defra2019-07-09
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not the worst"

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    Former Employee - Policy 

    I worked at Defra full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, interesting policy area, dynamic policy formulation in some parts

    Cons

    Slow to act on tech. Some senior leaders will go out of their way to block progression based on personal dislike rather than abilities

    Defra2019-07-08
  9. "Flexible working is fab"

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    Current Employee - Policy Advisor in London, England

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

    Pros

    Nice people Good L& D opportunities Flexible working

    Cons

    Low salary Short fixed term contracts

    Defra2019-06-20
  10. "Excellent benefits and work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Defra full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    An employer who truly values flexible working and allowing the employee to work around their own needs

    Cons

    Pay is poor, relative to private sector and other government departments.

    Defra2019-06-05
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