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"Rudderless, self-serving management, bullying culture, crooks paid off."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
Doesn't Recommend
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I worked at Innovate UK (More than 5 years)

Pros

Excellent supposed mission - if only some of the staff knew what it was like to a startup or early stage SME!

Cons

Where to start?!
The CEO that came in around 2014/15 was out of her depth, but felt that she was royalty. She remained too remote to ever understand the organisation and ended up simply slavishly adhering to the whims of the sponsoring government department.
A lack of transparency in appointments saw bizarre promotions - particularly for those close to the CEO or whos faced fitted, irrespective of ability.

The remote CEO and weak HR department (whose sole purpose was to obey, rather than challenge, management, hushing up grievances, bullying cases and whistle-blowing reports, paying off the guilty with 5-figure sums, while sacking the complainants.
A woeful shower, particularly given that there are many talented individuals within the organisation.

Advice to Management

Listen to experienced staff - value their experience and insight and use it to develop the organisation into what it should be. Do the same with the companies the organisation is supposed to support, most of whom bemoan the arduous grant application process and opaque application assessment process.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Let down by weak leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Innovate UK full-time

    Pros

    If you're working in the innovation areas directly, there's a lot of flexibility and you basically design your own job. No-one's checking up on you, so there's a high degree of trust involved. The annual leave allowance and additional expenses allowances are pretty good

    Cons

    - The organisation has been through constant change, sometimes reversing direction, and with no clear vision of the organisation's future. The culmination of this is that it's been absorbed into UKRI which is tragic.

    - The staff haven't been well engaged in any of the changes and there has been any external support to manage the change or culture.

    - The culture has elements of machismo and hero worship (except what heroes there are, aren't in the leadership team). As a result, staff, many of whom are highly experienced, get treated as junior hires.

    - Bullying is rife and the bullies seem to be rewarded with promotion

    - Career development is almost non-existent, except for the favoured few and it's far from clear why they are favoured

    At least partly as a result, wellbeing scores are shockingly low. In fact, people are having breakdowns and going off sick, long term

    - It's becoming ever more bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so hierarchical - you're really not that special


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganised and corrupt"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Colchester, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Colchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Innovate UK full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Home based-so some flexibility

    Cons

    How long have you got...! Promoting incapable people to authority positions. The rot starts from the top-turf out the corrupt rubbish at the top and weeding out the lazy so and so’s will follow-paving the way for a more productive business.

    Advice to Management

    Sack yourselves! Promote people who work hard and treat people with respect. Be fair. Discipline lazy people.

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