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Public Health England Reviews

Updated 17 September 2017
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  1. "Health Protection"

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    Former Employee - Health Protection Nurse
    Former Employee - Health Protection Nurse

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

    Pros

    Good holidays, good working environment

    Cons

    Micro management of work was challenging at times

    Advice to Management

    Enable innovation and capatalise on creative ideas


  2. "Hard working teams but very bureaucratic"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in London, England
    Current Employee - Scientist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work and nice people

    Cons

    Constant restructuring just for the benefit of those at the top. Little development of staff and hard to progress.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic, poor management, no accountability culture"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in London, England
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Flexibility (very flexible, people sometimes simply don't turn up - no reason to why)
    -Well resourced labs and computer systems
    -Parking on site
    -Canteen on site
    -Very close to Colindale tube station - good transport links
    -Site has lots of green spaces

    Cons

    -Incredibly toxic, management lack leadership , lack logic to their decision making and are constantly looking over their shoulder. As a result, top down bullying is fairly common.
    -Morale is low and it impacts on most peoples mental health. This coupled with the bullying creates a very negative atmosphere!
    -Restructuring within the microbiology division is moving at a glacial pace, again to due to poor management (2 years+ still nothing is in place).
    -Zero career development if you have any scientific or academic ability
    -Vast sums of money are wasted on poorly implemented services, again due to poor management and a complete lack of any accountability
    -Incredibly top heavy management, lots of artificial titles to justify their position
    -Constant contract and pension changes, each one, worse than the last.

    Advice to Management

    -New blood is needed in the organisation, particularly at the top (CEO included)
    -We need strong, inspirational leaders in the organisation, people who are internationally recognised, qualified and have a clear plan.
    -Bullying, undermining and overworking of competent staff needs to stop and is something that has to be taken seriously. It is top down from the senior management, call in some external body who has power to tackle this toxic culture.


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  5. "Personal Assistant to Deputy Chief Operating Officers (2)"

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

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

    Pros

    Enough variety in the job to keep your interest going.

    Cons

    Limited responsibilities, perhaps through not enough confidence.

    Advice to Management

    Just embrace the staff you have with their varied skills and experiences.


  6. "General Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A flexible company to work for, if you are prepared to work hard and manage your own career, there are opportunities to progress if you are prepared to be proactive.

    Cons

    No pay progression, the salary you start on remains the same except for a possible 1% pay rise each year.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. "Health intelligence analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible working hours, pension, most roles can work from home, exposure to different skills. amazing annual leave allowance

    Cons

    low pay, restricted to processes and government standards


  8. "Analyst Roles at Public health England"

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    Current Employee - Health Analyst in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England
    Current Employee - Health Analyst in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    The job is interesting and I have a diverse workload that covers statistics, analytical skills, project management and data science. I'm never bored - it's project work at speed, so prepare to push your skills to the limit.
    I'm constantly learning new skills (Advanced statistics, R, SQL, Python, Arc GIS , GitHub, JIRA, Confluence etc). There are large teams with diverse age and cultural profiles, although it's still white middle class the further north you go. Friendly colleagues from an array of backgrounds with differing skill sets. There's lots of promotion potential, a young organisation that's still filling vacancies.

    Cons

    No pay rise, what you start on, you stay on... Hierarchy issues - Some people who are two grades up generally don't email you back or pick up the phone. So you have to get your manager to speak with that manager (time passing, hours wasted, money down the drain). Finally they come back with an answer that bears no resemblance to what you asked, causing communication issues. Still very white male middle class management. PHE would benefit from having some order (it's generally chaotic at an organisational level) and we would benefit from having 'Standard Operating Procedures'; project planning and strong leadership. At the moment everybody seems to come at tasks with a multitude of approaches and there is little consistency in methodology or approach. Turnover is very high - Everyday I seem to contribute to a leaving present and card... Matrix working and hot desking - not a fan. Clinical cubicle style desks where you can't have a plant, picture etc, prepare to be 'dehumanized'.

    Advice to Management

    Have a plan, and objectives which are embedded within an overall organisational project management strategy. Then make sure your managers are doing what they should be doing, rather than the endless meetings to say why a thing can't be done and the endless blame game. Shake up management and employ people so we have a more representative and diverse upper structure.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Porton, England
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Porton, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexible working, nice colleagues, good support for issues in private life, good work/life balance, I am very lucky to be part of a great team

    Cons

    many short term contracts, endless paperwork, not much chance of progression, organisation is too big, so no connection to upper management, some people have moved up the ladder simply by being here for long enough

    Advice to Management

    give different parts of the organisation more independence (e.g. Porton)


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Epi at PHE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Used to be a good place to work. Good training for junior epidemiologists

    Cons

    Too much organisational change, repeatedly, for little benefit. Lack of career path for senior epidemiologists


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Poor staff management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Public Health England part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional company, great opportunities.

    Cons

    Awful handling of redundancies. Staff kept in dark about laboratory closing.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff respectfully. Don't ignore bad management allowing bullying in the work place.


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