Innovate UK - Rudderless, self-serving management, bullying culture, crooks paid off. | Glassdoor.ca
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    "Rudderless, self-serving management, bullying culture, crooks paid off."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 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...

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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

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Nice people"

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    Former Employee - 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
  2. "Extended a 6 month contract to 9 months, Great place to work & great colleagues."

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    Former Employee - Lead Digital Analyst in London, England
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    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

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