1. Helpful (4)

    "Rudderless, self-serving management, bullying culture, crooks paid off."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     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 CEO and weak HR department (whose sole purpose was to obey, rather than challenge, management, hushing up grievances, bullying cases and whistle-blowing reports, paying off the guilty with 5-figure sums, while sacking the complainants. A woeful shower, particularly given that there are many talented individuals within the organisation.

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    Innovate UK2018-10-04

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Does not like to support their own"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Innovate UK part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good benefit and other members of staff are great to work with

    Cons

    does not like to hire 'up' internally when you do get this opportunity, refuse to match salaries to others who came into the exact same position externally. Was offered a management position for my current pay despite others coming in for higher salaries. Like to spout that they are a work/life balance friendly but had two requested for alternative work arrangements shut down when I had to get a recommendation for a Dr, and HR proceeded to make my life difficult during this transition.

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    Innovate UK2020-05-26
  2. "Good Place to Work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Accountant in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Innovate UK full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Friendly and supportive organisation with good training opportunities, lots of opportunities to develop and progress, great managers.

    Cons

    As with any public sector organisation, decision making and change can be slow.

    Innovate UK2020-04-14

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