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Civil Service United Kingdom Reviews

Updated May 5, 2014
Updated May 5, 2014
22 Reviews

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  1.  

    Okay, but the Old Boy's Club Stereotype still relevant as ever.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Support Officer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Support Officer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    The canteen is rather good, and the job is as secure as you can get.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, in my part of the Civil Service, the perks of being a permanent member of staff is being eroded by the Culture of the Contractor, who are on vastly inflated rates, thinking that because they have fixed hours, and are not permitted home working, or any other benefits which permits an inclusive working environment, then neither should anyone else. The number of contractors on one of our sites, where a lot of jobs are being relocated to cut costs, negates and wipes out any saving made. There are "permanent contractors" who are obsessed with making themselves indispensable by refusing to share or train people... ironically, in some cases that was the sole purpose of their appointment. I am constantly undermined by my line manager, who uses my resources to carry out tasks meant to be carried out by other business areas, and not caring about the work they are supposed to do, yet berates us for not carrying out the tasks we were meant to do promptly. I work on average 60-75 hours a week, but this is not reflected in my pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace modern working practices, and don;t be afraid to gt rid of deadwood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Started off well

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Officer  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Stability, working together for the good of the country. Annual increases in wage, pension.

    Cons

    Poor career advancement, vulnerable to systemic harassment and discrimination within independent departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Varied and of two extremes - good and bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    - working on policies and topics which affect the nation
    - sense of prestige and history pervades
    - fascinating insight into how decisions are made by Govt of the day
    - strong team spirits between peers & colleagues (but lost between hierarchical grades)
    - flexible working hours and generous annual leave entitlement

    Cons

    - inflexible hierarchy
    - nepotism: many instances where people would be hired as temps then given permanent positions after 6 months (following HR changes)
    - promotions based on favouritism (informal coaching given to preferred candidates)
    - poor people management skills by team leaders (cliquey groups who do not like being challenged)
    - opaque performance appraisal systems esp when determining who was awarded a bonus and why
    - inconsistent perks - only fast streamers and senior staff at team leader level and above allowed on secondments & career breaks
    - training budget focused on high-flying graduate fast streamers
    - low pay & constant protrayal of negative image from media/politicians/public

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - stop politicising civil servants
    - focus on upskilling civil servants by sharing training across other govt depts to save costs
    - stop pandering to political elements and be proud of challenge function, which has been sadly diluted
    - have a more visible and proactive group of senior civil servants/permsecs who actively engage with their departments
    - do more to retain top talent, most are leaving out of fear the constant negative portrayal of their profession is limiting career prospects in the future

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Civil Service Life

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    Current Employee - Higher Executive Officer  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Higher Executive Officer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    As secure an occupation as likely these days. Levels of continuous change are extremely high which can be exhausting but also very challenging and gives opportunities to progress with the experience. Terms & Conditions are relatively good and most departments are very flexible and supportive.

    Cons

    Work loads are far higher than non Civil Service imagine and DWP in particular has very high demands on productivity and always seeking more.
    Salary was good once and comparable with many other employers but there is very little rewards and no bonus structure - public view is Civil Servants are underworked and overpaid so bonuses are a crime!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more - don't pretend and then do what you want anyway - staff need to be engaged to bring out the best.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Civil Service

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

    Pros

    Common sense of purpose arising from public service
    Fair and meritocratic
    Management go out of their way to make staff feel valued and consulted
    Some of the brightest people I've met.
    Participating in key news headline issues.

    Cons

    Poor pay
    Management need to lead as well as empower/consult
    Bureaucratic and political
    Muddled management structures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leading is as important as getting buy in from the staff.

    Recommends
  7.  

    the changing civil service

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    job security was always one but job cuts and redeployment not suited to employee now rule the day . service now looks to cost cut everywhere but where it should really be made.

    Cons

    lack of real inclusion especially if siting in provincial (non head office type )offices. Civil service often for politicla reasons has various sites. If you are not on the site where cheif mandarins sit (ie london) you do not matter. Do not get cream or important "contracts" and consequently non of the recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more inclusive and less nepotistic with only opportunities for favoured staff arising as they by postion they are able to show they have carreer progression potential

    Doesn't Recommend

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