Science and Technology Facilities Council Graduate Reviews

Employer: Science and Technology Facilities Council
4.1
4.1/5 average employee rating (as reviewed by 56 people)

All of the below job reviews are anonymously written by graduates working at Science and Technology Facilities Council to provide you with a unique insight into working there.

8.9
4.5/5
Date added: 21st March 2016 by Anonymous
What are the best and worst things about your company?
The work is varied and interesting. Lots of annual leave days. Informal, relaxed work environment. A lot going on to get involved with on the campus. Opportunities to develop technical skills. Job perks/benefits.Pay is lower than private-sector engineering graduate roles. Surrounding area is quieter than I'd like.
What do you actually do on a day-to-day basis?
Job Title::
Electrical/Electronic
Team:
ISIS Neutron & Muon Source
Voted Useful by 3 People
8.8
4.4/5
Date added: 21st March 2016 by Anonymous
What are the best and worst things about your company?
Variety of work, the fact that there is so much on site, with a mixture of academics, scientists and engineers. I work in RAL Space but I'm right next door to the central laser facility and a particle accelerator. There are opportunities to learn about everything that happens on the science campus and also the socialising here is great too.The pay over the years has not been competitive in terms of graduate jobs.
What do you actually do on a day-to-day basis?
Career Sector: Science and R&D
Job Title::
Spacecraft Engineer
Team:
RAL Space
Voted Useful by 8 People
7.8
3.9/5
Date added: 21st March 2016 by Anonymous
What are the best and worst things about your company?
The responsibility and job variety. If you want it, there is a lot of responsibility to take on at STFC. Very quickly you can find yourself in charge of your own project. The work is incredibly interesting and varied, ranging from long test campaigns to intricate design work.You need to be sure that this is the job for you. There's only one placement opportunity otherwise you will be doing the job full-time. There are so many opportunities for varied work though that I have never found this to be a hindrance.
What do you actually do on a day-to-day basis?
Job Title::
Space Systems Engineer
Team:
Space Systems
Voted Useful by 5 People
9.5
4.8/5
Date added: 21st March 2016 by Anonymous
What are the best and worst things about your company?
The ability to work on real scientific experiments and systems from day one. The atmosphere at the lab and the ability to learn something from anyone. The benefits of flexitime and lots of holiday. The work sometimes comes in waves. Overly busy one week, overly relaxed the next.
What do you actually do on a day-to-day basis?
Job Title::
Electronics Engineer
Team:
ISIS Accelerator Diagnostics Development
Voted Useful by 9 People
8.5
4.3/5
Date added: 21st March 2016 by Anonymous
What are the best and worst things about your company?
Interesting work, friendly and relaxed atmosphere/colleagues, flexible working hours and lots of leave!
What do you actually do on a day-to-day basis?
Voted Useful by 5 People
7.1
3.6/5
Date added: 21st March 2016 by Anonymous
What are the best and worst things about your company?
Exposure to the interesting science that happens on site.Pay is poor compared to similar jobs in other sectors.
What do you actually do on a day-to-day basis?
Job Title::
Software Developer
Team:
ISIS Computing
Voted Useful by 4 People
8.2
4.1/5
Date added: 01st February 2016 by Anonymous
What are the best and worst things about your company?
Flexibility and the friendly working environment.
What do you actually do on a day-to-day basis?
Job Title::
Atmospheric Data Scientist
Team:
Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA)
Voted Useful by 7 People
9.4
4.7/5
Date added: 13th January 2016 by Anonymous
What are the best and worst things about your company?
Great annual leave Friendly working environment Great work/life balanceLack of competitive pay for engineers
What do you actually do on a day-to-day basis?
Job Title::
Software Engineer
Team:
Facilities Business Applications
Voted Useful by 13 People
7.7
3.9/5
Date added: 06th January 2016 by oliver.farren
What are the best and worst things about your company?
The day to day work is challenging, autonomous and very technical. This means I am getting excellent career development within microelectronics and exposure to a wide variety of tools and areas of the subject. There are opportunities for further development with an active STEM Ambassador scheme along with workshops, seminars and learning lunches open to all staff. Cycling to work is very feasible, with on site showering facilities. A discounted canteen that cooks a variety of healthy lunchtime food is something I very much appreciate having on site. Flexible working hours means I can start the day as early as 7:30 or as late as 10:30 and leaving accordingly. This is a great way of reaching a work life balance without eating into my annual leave. I haven't needed to work overtime ever. The soft skill development is poor. Day to day work is mostly individual with little collaboration. Planned soft skill workshops have given the impression of ticking boxes rather than focusing on efficient and useful personal development. Various aspects of the job are handled inefficiently without a view to improving. It can be difficult to point out, bluntly, how certain courses are a waste of time or poorly implemented.
What do you actually do on a day-to-day basis?
Job Title::
Graduate Microelectronic Engineer
Team:
Microelectronic Support Centre
Voted Useful by 9 People
9.1
4.6/5
Date added: 06th January 2016 by Anonymous
What are the best and worst things about your company?
Stimulating work environment with exciting project at the forefront of science/engineering. Given a real project to start work on soon after starting. Strong campus style community spirit where everybody is very approachable and keen to help. Lots of holidays.Being put on a live project when you start is good but can be a little bit daunting at first.
What do you actually do on a day-to-day basis?
Job Title::
Optical Design Engineer
Team:
Optical systems Engineering
Voted Useful by 9 People