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Met Office Reviews

Updated 28 Mar 2019

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Met Office CEO John Hirst
John Hirst
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Pros
  • "Met Office offer great work life balance with flexible working, good annual leave and good maternity and paternity provisions(in 11 reviews)

  • "You get stuck into a real working environment, I felt like I was a member of the team from day one(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Pay freeze has meant no payrises for over half a decade and this is set to cotinue(in 3 reviews)

  • "Don't believe what you hear about public sector being less stressful and not such hard work as private(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time

    Pros

    Many training opportunities Flexitime + work from home

    Cons

    The company needs to employ younger people

    Met Office2018-10-02
  2. "Great place to learn"

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    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.

    Met Office2019-03-28
  3. "Frustrating , unrewarding place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Civil service pension. Flexible working hours. Open to homeworking. Nice people (mostly).

    Cons

    It's very difficult to get anything done & you will feel bogged down by bureaucracy, endless pointless meetings & lack of necessary resource. The pay as a civil servant is way below competitive rates. If you work outside of Exeter H.Q. you will struggle to be included in the benefits most staff receive, (e.g. events, training & social, nice surroundings, even struggle to get basic upgrades to furniture,...

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    Met Office2019-03-28
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Operational Meteorologist"

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    Current Employee - Operational Meteorologist in Brize Norton, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of travel opportunities. Many internal job opportunities and relatively easy to switch between roles from within the organisation. Plenty of staff support from management. Offices are embracing modern working styles.

    Cons

    Some uncertainty with job security dependant on government funding and direction to a certain extent. Difficult to find positives about 24/7 shift working pattern.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing with embracing new ways of working and embracing flexible working opportunities, 50 50 roles etc.

    Met Office2018-11-28
  5. "Good place to build up career but limited opportunities in senior management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office

    Pros

    The Met Office has been a great place to build up my career but you get to a point where opportunities to develop and progress become limited. There is a great sense of camaraderie and family within the Met Office. The restaurant and gym are both good and there is a wide range of social clubs. The office can sometimes have the feel of a university campus about It, especially when there are charity fundraising events,...

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    Cons

    Met Office limit their investment in digital and It is a constant battle to keep fighting for support to grow their digital channels. There is very little turnover in senior management and most are home grown, this means there is little in the way of new ideas and exciting strategic thinking. This lack of turnover also makes progression into senior roles difficult. There is often disparity between scientists and business...

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    Advice to Management

    Shake things up at the top to encourage change and modernisation through out the organisation. Invest in digital.

    Met Office2018-11-01
  6. "Great Place to Work but Slow Pace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Met Office full-time

    Pros

    Friendly employees and rewarding to be working to deliver socioeconomic benefits to the public. Able to work 9-5 and leave on time most days. Opportunity to attend some really interesting lectures as well (particularly if you're interested in meteorology or climate change).

    Cons

    Not the best pay or opportunity for career progression. As with most public sector organisations, the pace can also be a bit slow.

    Met Office2018-09-10
  7. "Decent place to work"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Met Office full-time

      Pros

      Flexible working Enjoyable place to work with mostly good people

      Cons

      Hierarchy and siloes across the organisation Slow paced

      Met Office2018-07-27
    • "Great collaboration and knowledge base"

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      Current Employee - Software Developer in Exeter, England
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      - Constantly encouraged to learn and push boundaries, attend conferences and guilds and whatnot - Nurturing culture - Flexible working (within reason) - There's a stream running all the way through the building

      Cons

      - Workload expectations can be a bit pushy - Cost cutting has severely cut the amount of opportunities available (conferences, training, career progression, etc,.)

      Advice to Management

      Blanket policies for cost-cutting are not necessarily a solution; a top-down approach to transforming the efficiency of TIS may lead to difficulties down the line being overlooked.

      Met Office2018-07-12
    • Helpful (3)

      "Forgotten"

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      Current Employee - Operational Meteorologist in Coningsby, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      If you enjoy the weather, you will have plenty of time to look into things closely Interesting training period in Exeter. Wages of 36K after two years is good. Chances of international travel to some interesting places

      Cons

      Terrible management They will more than likely ship you of to defence to rot for most of your career in an undermanned outfield station in the middle of nowhere. Poor advancement opportunities. Poor hours you will be working weekends and night shifts Work bank holidays and christmas day for no extra pay Civil service cuts mean no improvements are on the horizon They contract you into a two years minimum service...

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      Advice to Management

      Employ people from around the areas you are going to send them, this is no longer a career its a job, treat it as such. Don't strip all benefits of working in the outfield and then expect to retain your staff Build base morale instead of constantly advertising SMETO positions as spring boards into Exeter, lack of permanent staff roles seriously damages morale and prevents any team building in your outfield stations....

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      Met Office2018-07-13
    • Helpful (2)

      "Terrible for shift workers"

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      Current Employee - Meteorologist in Lincoln, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      -Enjoyable job if interested in meteorology or aviation -Oversees opportunities/detachments -Opportunities to try different roles -Decent pension

      Cons

      -24/7 shift working, including nights, weekends and holidays (including Christmas Day) -Unfair pay structure meaning there is now no extra pay for working weekends and holidays -Far too much middle management -Low staff morale -Little choice in where in the UK you will be posted after training

      Advice to Management

      Pay fairly for 24/7 shift working Stop treating Meteorologists as 'dispensable' (which would reduce recent increase in resignations)

      Met Office2018-07-14
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