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Innovate UK Reviews

Updated Dec 6, 2019

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3 Ratings
  1. "Supportive and interesting place to work"

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    Current Employee - Compliance Executive 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good training opportunities, lots of opportunities to develop and progress, great managers.

    Cons

    benefits are changing and we have lost our bonus

    Innovate UK2019-11-27
  2. "Bureaucracy, inconsistency, favoritism, bullying and intimidation"

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    Former Contractor - Monitoring Liaison Officer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Innovate UK for more than a year

    Pros

    flexible working arrangements, not much else

    Cons

    Gross inefficiency and inconsistency on how staff and contractors and projects are treated, lots of bullying and favoritism at the top with bias towards public sector organisations (university and other government departments) and harassment and intimidation of others, constant undermining of professional credibility, left hand not talking to the right hand, contractors consistently blamed for internal team issues,... workload pass the buck culture.

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    Advice to Management

    The organisation claims to support innovation and business growth but its own processes and paperwork are the antithesis of innovation - despite a broad awareness of this throughout the organisation, there is little motivation to change, with added bureacracy becoming the norm slowing down not speeding up innovation. advice to management is - please employ senior staff that actually have appropriate industry... experience and understand how business works instead of ex-public sector bureaucrats who only care about process and not delivery.

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    Innovate UK2019-12-07
  3. "Nice people"

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    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Innovate UK for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice people Interesting work Good Bistro Close to train station

    Cons

    Gaining access to the IT systems is confusing - too many points of contact to get access and then to get the right level of access and finally who to ask for help when problems occur dependent on where the issue is.

    Advice to Management

    Get a one point of contact who will own your request until completion rather than being passed from team to team

    Innovate UK2019-07-31
  4. "Extended a 6 month contract to 9 months, Great place to work & great colleagues."

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    Former Contractor - Lead Digital Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Innovate UK for less than a year

    Pros

    Personal experience - Very competitive contract rates although it was a position of need. Extremely flexible working throughout a variety of transport and health issuse, I was able to still contribute just as much from home as I could at the office, in terms of work at least.

    Cons

    -Location/Commute depending on where you live -Usual things a government organisation sees, budget squeezes, competition between tech vendors, lack of talented permanent employees for various reasons. No news here for anyone with public sector experience but maybe something for Graduates or anyone with only private sector experience to keep in mind. - Nothing at all that could be considered a major problem.

    Advice to Management

    Thumbs up from me to both the project managers I worked with as well as the numerous developers, UX designers, product owners and all the rest. Also helped out some other areas of the organisation and really don't have a bad thing to say.

    Innovate UK2019-07-14
  5. Helpful (1)

    "A dynamic and worthwhile organisation"

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    Former Employee - Head of Corporate Communications 
    Recommends

    I worked at Innovate UK full-time

    Pros

    Sense of mission and reward; surrounded by bright and enthusiastic people; a dynamic and challenging environment.

    Cons

    Many competing priorities; uncertainty pending merger into UKRI.

    Innovate UK2019-07-10
  6. "Interesting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Innovate UK full-time

    Pros

    interesting and wide ranging work, great colleagues

    Cons

    none that i have experienced

    Innovate UK2019-02-26
  7. Helpful (4)

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

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     in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Innovate UK for 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.

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    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.

    Innovate UK2018-10-04
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Let down by weak leadership"

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    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

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    Advice to Management

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

    Innovate UK2018-06-14
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Disorganised and corrupt"

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

    I have been working at Innovate UK full-time for 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.

    Innovate UK2018-05-31
  10. "Good pay, family friendly and welcoming"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay with supportive management who invest in their staff. Family friendly company and you feel like you are making a real difference to the UK economy. Bright, clean lovely working environment.

    Cons

    Staff canteen could be better and car parking an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing

    Innovate UK2018-03-22
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