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Public Health England Reviews

Updated 13 March 2019
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Public Health England Chief Executive Duncan Selbie
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  • "Pay lacking no pay rise for 6 years not even 1p very poor" (in 4 reviews)

  • "No pay progression, the salary you start on remains the same except for a possible 1% pay rise each year" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Admin assistan"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work and progress

    Cons

    location, isnt friendly for train commute

    Advice to Management

    provide a train ticket scheme


  2. "information officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    good people
    work is of value to community

    Cons

    can be hard getting into the right network
    can be hard getting the right information
    can be hard getting the right training

  3. "Mostly positive experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Public Health England full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Honourable mission and values
    - People who are clearly passionate about their work
    - Interesting and varied work
    - Professionally challenging
    - By and large, lovely people to work with
    - Excellent work/life balance (Although this may largely depend on where you work/who your line manager is). Flexible working offered, everyone has laptops (IT offering is improving as well, although there are still some technological problems)

    Cons

    Heavy bureaucracy, very hierarchical - often lots of red tape and chains of command which may be fairly standard of the Civil Service. Can sometimes make it difficult to get things done - for example there are lots of different people who need to sign something off before it goes ahead.
    No salary movement or negotiation - Pay is advertised on a scale, but you will always be appointed at the bottom end of that scale with no chance of negotiation.
    Not very dynamic - Often parts of the organisation that like to have long discussions and meetings about something rather than taking action.
    Has a lot of history - Organisation was previously multiple agencies which have now been brought together, but there are still parts of it that hold old grudges, or are deeply cynical about change. Can be tricky for a newcomer to understand. Often people who have been there for a very long time and are very entrenched in their ways, which can make life a little difficult.
    Discrepancy between what management say and do - For example, management say they are taking a hard line on bullying and harassment and trying to tackle the problem, however there are very long gaps between action, and any action is often unsatisfactory and more of a 'box ticking' exercise than anything else.
    Can sometimes be about who you know - Have seen various people get promotions/be appointed to positions because they knew someone, not necessarily because they were the best candidate.

    Advice to Management

    You're well-meaning, but your lack of effective action does more harm than good.


  4. "PHE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Interesting topics
    - Relaxed working environment

    Cons

    - management is caring less and less about public health expertise and recruitment does not value strong teams

    Advice to Management

    - If something is working dont try and change it.


  5. "Hiring not based on ability but once you are in, impossible to get fired."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Healthcare Scientist
    Current Employee - Assistant Healthcare Scientist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not at all as busy as public testing laboratory
    Very few hours overtime
    The base pay is higher than same position in private lab.
    Very flexible hours

    Cons

    While jobs are advertised on a pay bands, there is absolutely no moment up this band.
    There are members of staff who have been here for years and as such do not do as much work as others, and I have never heard of anyone being punished or fired for lack of working hard.
    Management continue to employee and keep completely useless staff and seem to never want to criticize or ultimately fire people who are unable to do the job.

    There are the few not useless members of staff that are expected to pick up there slack and can expect to have to train other new starters and receive no recognition or pay incentive for taking on tasks which are meant to be done by higher bands.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t hire useless people just because they tick a minority box and if people are unable to carry out basic tasks, fire them!


  6. "Working ethic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    Good place and environment to work

    Cons

    No major con. Depends on your team and line managers


  7. "Specialist Engineer: High Performance Computing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Flexible working options

    Cons

    No bonus offered being civil servent

  8. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Data Administrator in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Data Administrator in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    EVERYTHING. FLEXI, PENSION, SICK PAY

    Cons

    none that comes to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Amazing


  9. "PHE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    Could do with better pay.

    Cons

    Very good work life balance.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Health Care Science Support Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    Little experience required, options for over time.

    Cons

    Long shifts and night shifts, little experience required in description yet only employ graduates. Staff shortages and no room for progression