Public Health England Reviews

Updated 8 Jul 2020

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3.6
69%
Recommend to a Friend
64%
Approve of CEO
Public Health England Chief Executive Duncan Selbie
Duncan Selbie
45 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible working; learning opportunities; exciting work(in 20 reviews)

  • "Excellent work/life balance (Although this may largely depend on where you work/who your line manager is)(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "no obvious career progression, need to wait for roles to come up and be flexible(in 8 reviews)

  • "Pay could be better, but this applies across the civil service(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    Great people, work-life balance and training and advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Some of the managers were not right for their roles (e.g. a data manager who knew very little about data).

  2. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    The people are without a doubt the best reason to work here. Best people to work with in the world

    Cons

    Hours arent the best, introduced shift work which a lot of people arent happy with and causes confusion with everyone as rotas arent known till a week or two in adavance.

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  3. "Lots of good points, slow progress on improvement"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Radiation Protection Adviser in Harwell, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England part-time

    Pros

    Some really interesting work and really interesting people with great expertise. In my role I am out of the office meeting customers a lot of the time, I have a portfolio of work and it's up to me how I manage my time. Possibility to contribute to national effort in case of emergency.

    Cons

    Team work is poor, if I'm not around work just builds up until I return. We have some terrible senior management who have been promoted due to years service and sharp elbows rather than capability. Staff work in silos and expertise is not shared well.

  4. "Good experience and working environment"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Health Analyst in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Public Health England full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Experience working on important issues that improve public health of the nation Flexible working perks - e.g. regularly working from home, focus on staff wellbeing Good exposure to public health issues and stakeholder across government

    Cons

    No pay negotiation or increase as restricted by civil service terms

  5. "Some lovely people working towards a worthy cause but progression limited for those with a scientific background."

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Epidemiologist in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Generally friendly workforce. Staff canteen is good. Some good internal training opportunities.

    Cons

    Limited progression for those with a scientific background.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great initial exposure to public health"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Surveillance Officer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Public Health England full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting field to work in

    Cons

    No appreciation for time put in No recognition of work No support Departmental bullying

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to gain experience"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Public Health England full-time

    Pros

    Most people are lovely to work with and it’s a good place to gain experience

    Cons

    - Some staff can be very argumentative and intimidating when you work with them -Lack of sufficient training and resources - Pay could be better - Roles and responsibilities need clarification.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Employer"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Assistant in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance, I have had 2 close bereavements in the past year, and work were very supportive in both cases, allowing bereavement leave and keeping an eye on me at work. Work/life balance is good, but would like to be able to work from home more often. I have had many training opportunities. All in all a great place to work

    Cons

    Pay could be better, but this applies across the civil service.

  9. "A lovely place to work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Public Health England part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    flexible, good training given, good for career progression.

    Cons

    nothing, they were good.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Nice people but otherwise shambolic"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Health England full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Everyone is very friendly and helpful - Flexible working can be arranged to suit you - Training opportunities - A great place to be if you want an easy life but not if you want to achieve anything

    Cons

    - Serious lack of strong leadership and future-proofing strategy - Lack of focus on delivering tangible results - Day-to-day processes are inefficient and unproductive - Multi-million pound projects are ill thought through and scrapped, throwing money down the drain - All in all this adds up to a rather toxic environment when you scratch beneath the niceness

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