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Defra Employee Reviews about "flexible working"

Updated 17 Nov 2019

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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)

Cons
  • "Senior management do not give appropriate amounts of responsibility to those who deserve it, very hierarchical(in 4 reviews)

  • "Brexit dominates senior management(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Exceeds expectations"

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    Current Contractor - Facilities Operations Assistant in Reading, England
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Defra for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working. People genuinely desire you to do well and be happy. Lots of support networks, including Employee Assistance Line. Fair pay, including yearly increases to keep pace with the cost of living.

    Cons

    I have yet to discover some.

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    Defra2019-11-17
  2. 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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    Defra2019-08-26
  3. 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.

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    Defra2019-07-09
  4. "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
  5. "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
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Named veterinary surgeon"

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    Former Employee - Veterinarian in Weybridge, England

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

    Pros

    Flexible working time. Very good work-life balance

    Cons

    No advancement chance,low wage compared to average market in same location

    Defra2019-05-14
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Very mediocre"

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    Current Employee - HEO in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, work from home, mostly lovely people, the work itself can be interesting, training opportunities emerge (but not for new starters)

    Cons

    Senior management do not give appropriate amounts of responsibility to those who deserve it, very hierarchical. You cannot get promoted easily even if you are vastly exceeding expectations for your pay grade Very bureaucratic and slow moving at times The work comes and goes (sometimes loads to do, sometimes nothing) Very little, if any, training for new starters Onboarding process was poor (some staff not being paid in their first few months)

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    Defra2019-04-18
  8. "Great for families"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Defra full-time

    Pros

    Very flexible working patterns and understanding managers/team members. The work is challenging and you do feel like you are helping to set policies for the future.

    Cons

    Too many leadership changes and uncertain shifts of teams and work priorities.

    Defra2019-02-19
  9. "Generally a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Defra full-time

    Pros

    Great pension, flexible working hours and location

    Cons

    Frustrations of working for government, slow pace

    Defra2018-12-03
  10. "Decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Defra full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible working, friendly people and good work life balance

    Cons

    Slow progression- which is why I left in the end

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    Defra2018-09-30

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