Met Office Reviews

Updated 18 Aug 2020

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Met Office Chief Executive  Penny Endersby
Penny Endersby
9 Ratings
Pros
  • "flexible working practices and our employee Health and wellbeing offering(in 14 reviews)

  • "Emphasis on work life balance and no leeching of work into downtime(in 7 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "A review of the Met Office at 23 months"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior HRBP in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working in a global centre of Excellence for weather and climate services. The Met Office has a wide range of roles ranging from Technology to Science and so you learn a lot of new skills and knowledge. Salaries and benefits are good compared to many public sector bodies. There is access to the Civil Service Pension scheme. The Head Office in Exeter has a modern spacious environment with a restaurant, cafe and grounds to walk around. Staff are friendly and from a range of backgrounds and nationalities. There is a gym in Exeter and numerous clubs for staff to get involved in ranging from Brass bands to Language clubs.

    Cons

    You are asked by people daily what the weather is

  2. "Overall good place to work but progression can be an issue."

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Test Analyst in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Met Office full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, good team spirit in Technology and in Solutions Delivery. The Exeter HQ is one of the best buildings/area that I've ever worked in. In-house gym with different clubs, cafeteria and parking.

    Cons

    Top heavy and can be hard to progress on lower positions, gap between Senior IT Practitioner and Lead Practitioner is wide.

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  3. "Great place to work!"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people, really stimulating work and fantastic support and good pension.

    Cons

    Not well paid and once you reach senior scientist it is hard to get a promotion

  4. "Sustained managerial discrimination forced me to leave"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Foundation Scientific Software Engineer in Exeter, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Met Office full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Enjoyable work, (fairly) flexible working hours, well-known organisation.

    Cons

    Discrimination and favouritism by management is rife and accepted (HR clearly dictate over grievances to not uphold blatant evidence); degrading and unfair means for promotion in Science (everyone gets ranked against each other despite doing mostly distinct work and receiving wildly differing levels of support or otherwise by their 1RM); incompetence common among lower-level management; poor pay and rewards; noisy open-plan office; red tape. Avoid the MO if you want to keep your reputation and dignity.

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  5. "There's more to working here than presenting the weather forecast"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee Relations Advisor in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Being engaged in work that makes a positive difference in people's lives, the Exeter HQ site is amazing, and the breadth of opportunities in a huge range of disciplines makes for a diverse way of thinking.

    Cons

    Some legacy traces of old civil service ways of hierarchical thinking still remain .

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  6. "A great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head of Reward in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The Civil Service Excellence Ethos and being the lead on weather and climate. The benefits, equality based pay, see our Gender Pay Gap Reports...flexible working practices and our employee Health and wellbeing offering Active trainee schemes and career development improving our Diversity and Inclusivity opportunity

    Cons

    The plans and activity to improve and make more progress on Diversity and Inclusivity coming to fruition more quickly.

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  7. "A fantastic place to work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Operations Team Leader in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Proud to be working for the Met Office for past 3 years. Management are eager and committed to developing talent within their team and the wider organization, with secondment opportunities as well as a multitude of training courses available to build on CPD. Met Office is strongly committed to its people and provides many benefits to support a healthy work/life balance to include amazing on site facilities and the opportunity to buy additional leave in excess of an already generous starting package of 27.5 days (increasing to 32.5 days after 5 years)

    Cons

    Always being blamed by friends and family when it rains!

  8. "Great place to work with good careers development opportunities and work/life balance"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist Partner in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance, Generous Annual Leave allowance, Open to Flexible Working patterns, Amazing parenthood benefits and great facilities.

    Cons

    Pay reviews set out by Government so can have long delays for pay rises to be effective.

  9. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great total package, pay competitive to similar roles in region but more than made up for by the work environment, onsite facilities and items such as the pension

    Cons

    Lacking a bit in diversity, although this does reflect the regions demographic

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to learn"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Superb work/life balance. Flexible working hours/patterns with plenty of time off. Pleasant working environment with space to learn and develop new skills. Social clubs, gym, cafes and shop onsite.

    Cons

    Low pay for more experienced staff.

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