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

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     in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
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    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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    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

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  1. "Innovate UK"

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    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
  2. "Nice people"

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    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
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    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

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