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Public Health England Reviews

Updated 11 December, 2017
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  1. "PHE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyable and interesting work in general

    Cons

    Difficult to progress up career ladder


  2. "Epidemiologist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Life work balance

    Cons

    nothing as such
    I enjoyed every minute of it


  3. "Great People"

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

    Pros

    Lovely working atmosphere and great colleagues

    Cons

    no chance of career progression

    Advice to Management

    off more opportunities


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  5. "Working at PHE"

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    Former Employee - Health Protection Senior Nurse in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Health Protection Senior Nurse in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, professional, and a great place to learn new knowledge and skills. Evidence based practice used at all times. I learnt a lot.

    Cons

    The commute was not good at all for me. Also being on call and still having to work the next day even if you were woken during the night, not at all appreciated by my family.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the on call system. Surely the consultants could do a bit more of the on call work, instead of everything having to be done by 1st on call. I sometimes worked 8 hours a day on Sat and Sundays whilst the consultant did nothing at all. ( well it depended who was on call with you) You could get very tired. No days off in lieu and then back to work on Monday was not really a healthy work life balance.


  6. "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


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    "Hard working teams but very bureaucratic"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in London, England (UK)
    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.


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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    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.


  9. "General Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    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


  10. "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


  11. "Analyst Roles at Public health England"

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    Current Employee - Health Analyst in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Health Analyst in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England (UK)
    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.


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