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Innovate UK Reviews

Updated 10 Jul 2019

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  1. "A dynamic and worthwhile organisation"

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    Former Employee - Head of Corporate Communications 
    Recommends

    I worked at Innovate UK full-time

    Pros

    Sense of mission and reward; surrounded by bright and enthusiastic people; a dynamic and challenging environment.

    Cons

    Many competing priorities; uncertainty pending merger into UKRI.

    Innovate UK2019-07-10
  2. "Interesting"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Innovate UK full-time

      Pros

      interesting and wide ranging work, great colleagues

      Cons

      none that i have experienced

      Innovate UK2019-02-26
    • Helpful (3)

      "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
    • Helpful (2)

      "Let down by weak leadership"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook

      I have been working at Innovate UK full-time

      Pros

      If you're working in the innovation areas directly, there's a lot of flexibility and you basically design your own job. No-one's checking up on you, so there's a high degree of trust involved. The annual leave allowance and additional expenses allowances are pretty good

      Cons

      - The organisation has been through constant change, sometimes reversing direction, and with no clear vision of the organisation's future. The culmination of this is that it's been absorbed into UKRI which is tragic. - The staff haven't been well engaged in any of the changes and there has been any external support to manage the change or culture. - The culture has elements of machismo and hero worship (except what...

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      Advice to Management

      Stop being so hierarchical - you're really not that special

      Innovate UK2018-06-14
    • Helpful (1)

      "Disorganised and corrupt"

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      Current Employee - Software Engineer in Colchester, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

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

      Pros

      Home based-so some flexibility

      Cons

      How long have you got...! Promoting incapable people to authority positions. The rot starts from the top-turf out the corrupt rubbish at the top and weeding out the lazy so and so’s will follow-paving the way for a more productive business.

      Advice to Management

      Sack yourselves! Promote people who work hard and treat people with respect. Be fair. Discipline lazy people.

      Innovate UK2018-05-31
    • "Good pay, family friendly and welcoming"

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      Current Employee - Administrative in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Innovate UK full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Good pay with supportive management who invest in their staff. Family friendly company and you feel like you are making a real difference to the UK economy. Bright, clean lovely working environment.

      Cons

      Staff canteen could be better and car parking an issue.

      Advice to Management

      Keep doing what your doing

      Innovate UK2018-03-22
    • "Innovate UK"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I worked at Innovate UK

      Pros

      diverse range of employees ; opportunities for the hard worker

      Cons

      office located in Swindon

      Advice to Management

      Support more remote working for those in Operational roles

      Innovate UK2018-01-12
    • "A great place to work and a great place to develop"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

      - Great development opportunities for those willing to work hard and apply themselves - A warm, friendly and open environment - Great flexibility for staff - Lots of training opportunities - A majority of managers open to mentoring and supporting staff with their career development - Highly engaged colleagues, passionate about their work - A range of policies and processes to support colleagues facing difficulties...

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      Cons

      - A fair amount of change (not controlled by Innovate UK) - Employee's based in different locations can mean not seeing certain colleagues a lot

      Advice to Management

      - Share best practice with one another, some exceptional managers with really great approaches that could be valuable to all

      Innovate UK2017-09-25
    • Helpful (3)

      "Under paid, not valued, micro-managed, horrible bullying"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Innovate UK full-time

      Pros

      Close to where I live If you are a butt kisser you will go far Supposedly the benefits, but other civil service orgs have better

      Cons

      No career prospects Not valued for experience Not listened to when have opinion based on experience Serious bullying from senior managers No care about health and well being Ineffective HR department, don't even deal with serious breaches of conduct, just have informal meetings and expect things to 'go away' Don't uphold civil service principles of honesty and integrity Do not know how to help or protect staff...

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      Advice to Management

      Maybe you should learn from other government departments how they treat their employees, this is the worst culture in an organisation I have ever been in. Given bullying happens from the highest level, some people really need to look in the mirror.

      Innovate UK2017-09-07
    • "Good people, good future"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Innovate UK

      Pros

      Ideas are listened to. High levels of respect

      Cons

      Pockets of poor management. Not enough focus on efficiency

      Innovate UK2017-06-20
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