Civil Service United Kingdom

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Civil Service United Kingdom Reviews

Updated 23 January, 2015
Updated 23 January, 2015
29 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stagnant pay, interesting work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good diversity of work topics with real insights into how the country works supported by good technical training. Flexible working patterns. Unbelievably amazing teamwork when dealing with crises.

    Cons

    Pay rises at whim of external politics and not even vaguely kept pace with private equivalents. Pension and other conditions significantly degraded over last 5 years. "new" performance management system a joke and destroying teamwork. Lack of training for management and development of future leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the ranking style performance management system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not very analytical

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Economist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Economist in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Personal respect and flexibility
    Several professional development opportunities
    Importance and prestige of the issues on which you work

    Cons

    Analysis conducted is superficial and approximative
    You spend too much time dealing with senior managers and stakeholders rather than implementing/evaluating different policy options

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Work on important stuff, but with little autonomy or career structure

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CIVIL SERVANT - GRADE 7 in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CIVIL SERVANT - GRADE 7 in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work on interesting things that really matter
    Jobs that simply do not exist in the private sector
    Get to understand how decisions are made in government and see the other side of the news
    Potential for huge variety of jobs
    Work with some very talented, passionate people
    Flexible working conditions, reasonable work-life balance (depending where you work)

    Cons

    Limited autonomy even at senior levels - less influence on policy that you might expect
    Lack of respect from the people we serve - ministers and the public
    Lack of structured career progression - emphasis still more on breadth of experience than genuine expertise
    Abusive performance management system
    Stagnant pay - lower than everywhere else in public and private sectors for equivalent roles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster genuine subject matter expertise and value your experts
    When you're copying private sector employment practices, look at how they make their staff feel valued, rather than how they make them afraid
    Live up to your values, speak truth to power, think longer-term, and look after your employees

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom

    Pros

    Pension, pleasant environment, salary increases, job security and the sort of things you expect from working for a government agency

    Cons

    There is a lack of drive and ambition. Also can be very rule bound. Very few perks - salary and pension is pretty much it.

  6.  

    flexible working hours and friendly staff

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom

    Pros

    you have very flexible hours

    Cons

    No appreciation for hard work

  7.  

    Poor working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Prison Officer in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Prison Officer in Peterborough, England (UK)

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    6 months full pay for sickness

    Cons

    poor management, little or no opportunity to develop, poor career progression opportunities, poor pay, poor working conditions, no consideration for home life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff may be the biggest drain on your budget, but they are also your biggest asset. Stop viewing them as a necessary evil and look after them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not a great place to work right now

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Policy Profession Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Policy Profession Advisor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, good benefits (holidays and pensions, very female-friendly policies), unusual projects that would not be in the private sector. And you could make a difference. Worth considering if you are young, bright and salary is not too important and can hack it long enough for those above you to be made redundant / get out. Then in about 10years I see plenty of promotion opportunities...

    Cons

    At present many promotions go to those currently doing the job on temporary promotion so very few real opportunities to move departments. In my experience most places are in chaos trying to manage with reduced budgets and wrong people in the wrong jobs. Its not a happy place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to con us that hot desking, reorganisations or increases to pension contributions are anything other than cost reduction exercises. And explain why you are getting bonuses and pay rises while we are not. Do you really know where you are taking my organisation?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting and challenging work with responsibility, in flexible conditions

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Statistician in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Statistician in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good balance of interesting, varied work. Sensible working conditions. Recognition of skills over grade always staff to use own initiative.

    Nice atmosphere at the office, with plenty of down to earth support.

    Cons

    Bad organisation and a lot of inconsistencies and changes make delivering on long term projects difficult. More time spent talking than doing. Sometimes it's hard to tell whether the work done is good or otherwise. Not enough evidence used.

    Some people do not do enough, some do too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak more often, outside of big meetings, to junior members of staff working on the details of projects if you want to understand the problems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Moving in the right direction but the pay is not fair.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Officer in Basildon, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Officer in Basildon, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Moving towards better customer service, new initiatives are starting to become more bespoke rather than a one shoe fit all culture. Flexi-time and leave is excellent!

    Cons

    The business continues to want more and more out of its staff, without paying a fair wage for it, this used to be counter-balanced by good pensions, but now again we are expected to work longer, pay more and get less. The appraisal system if rubbish and unfair, if you have an elite team, line managers will not recognize all of them as top performers. They want to stay in their quota's and not go into the moderation meetings to demonstrate that all deserved the top mark.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your staff feel valued, tell the world how good we are. Counter attack unfair bad media coverage and in turn public perception, with positive good news stories rather than continuously supporting the negative by ignoring it .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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