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Updated 16 April 2015
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  1. HR Director

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities for advancement and to change roles

    Cons

    Unbelievably bureaucratic. i.e. read the Civil Service Management Code, Civil Service Recruitment principles, Civil Service Vacancy Filling Scheme, National Security Vetting Scheme and Cabinet Office recruitment constraints for an idea of the bureaucracy surrounding just recruitment. All were made up centrally in the Cabinet Office, or one of it's funded departments, i.e. the Civil Service Recruitment Commissioners.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the internal red tape,please

  2. Fast Stream Career, Civil Service

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Particular strengths:

    - Impact: much of the work carried out in Civil Service has a direct bearing on the world we live in, and the newspaper headlines we read.
    - Diversity: the opportunity to work on such a wide array of topics is near unrivalled outside of government.
    - People: the best in Civil Service, can be among the most dedicated, hard-working, and motivated individuals.
    - Flexibility: both in terms of work-life balance, and wider benefit support, including healthcare, pension and maternity cover.

    Cons

    Things to consider as part of a Civil Service career:

    - Pay: a modest salary compared to what can be on offer in the private sector, and one which has seen real-term cuts over the past 6 years.
    - Traditionalist: much of Civil Service is set in deep-rooted culture and history. This is both a strength and weakness, especially when it comes to embracing new technologies, ways of thinking and acting.
    - Mixed quality: while the best of the organisation rivals any organisation, Civil Service has never been strong at dealing with excess resource and poor performance. As such there are parts of the organisation where the quality of resource is mixed.

    Advice to Management

    To encourage greater cross-pollination of thinking across different sectors. To instil a greater culture of innovation. To safeguard the competitiveness of the pay and benefits package.

  3. Business People Professionals

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Could be great working experience

    Cons

    Managed by BPP's who lack technical knowledge and subject matter, may be located in different part of the country and who manage your career based on sometimes second party input on your performance. Hardly professional way of managing workforce, Many leaving to seek better opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Get focused on actual customer requirements, spend less time filling in the statistical spreadsheet and embrace SME experience within the workforce to drive business forward.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    Ditch the ranking style performance management system.

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

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    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)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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

  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Not very analytical

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    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  9. 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

  10. Poor working environment

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    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

  11. Not a great place to work right now

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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?

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