Civil Service United Kingdom

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Updated March 1, 2015
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Civil Service United Kingdom Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood
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  1. Fast Stream Career, Civil Service

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Interesting and challenging work with responsibility, in flexible conditions

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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 .


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  5. Works well for employees, but not necessarily for the state

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits for individuals, plenty of promotion opportunities. Work-life balance is also good in most teams, although there is a working culture which is counterproductive to this in the areas seen to be 'high achieving'.

    Cons

    Too many people moving sideways or upwards all the time. Particularly at a higher level within the organisations. Values of teams are not always aligned with best practice for evidence based policy.

    Advice to Management

    Require minimum terms for senior civil servants in each position to allow continuity


  6. Great people and motivating mission

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Servant - Grade 7 Technical
    Current Employee - Civil Servant - Grade 7 Technical

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working with great people. highly talented and motivated by a mission that serves the country, without trying to maximise profit.

    Cons

    As in many big organisations, the bureaucracy can be a bit overwhelming, and alongside the highly motivated, talented staff, there are a few oxygen thieves.

    Advice to Management

    Big programmatic governance works for solving some kinds of problems, but not as many as you think. Don't smother talent and innovation with PRINCE2 and MSP.


  7. An employer that practise what government preaches

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief of Staff in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Chief of Staff in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working, the opportunity to take your career in new and unexpected directions, good access to training, generally good terms and conditions.

    Cons

    Knowing that whatever you do will never be good enough for some opportunistic politicians and sections of the media. The current pay freeze, changes to the pension and revised terms and conditions have all reduced the benefits of working in the civil service, without any compensating improvement elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let your higher salaries and immunity from many of the changes coming let you stop fighting to defend your staff and the value of what we do..


  8. Flexi flexi

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexi time is the largest positive, pay is lower than equivalent positions in private sector and culture is much more laid back than in private sector

    Cons

    Pay is a significant con and there are always strikes related to this and the public sector. It is hard to justify over paying employees with public money.


  9. Good committed people, a good work/life balance and you're working for the public good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Head of Emergency Planning in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Regional Head of Emergency Planning in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Working for the public good. Committed, intelligent colleagues. Good work life balance. Excellent holiday and welfare support benefits.

    Cons

    Over-centralised. Little opportunity for rapid promotion unless on one of the various 'Fast Streams'. Weak management of poor performers. Trying to keep up with the latest fad from politicians.

    Advice to Management

    Truly de-centralise and empower mid/senior managers. Use 'mission tactics' not soviet style command & control management.


  10. Compelling mission and good conditions

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CIVIL SERVANT - GRADE 7
    Current Employee - CIVIL SERVANT - GRADE 7

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Benefits excellent: Flexi time, great training opportunities, easy to move into or out of part time, professional subscriptions paid, etc.
    High levels of responsibility at all levels.
    Mission makes the difference. You are often making a real difference to the country and its people.
    Lots of intelligent people can make it a stimulating environment to work within.

    Cons

    You'll not get rich, financially at least. Salaries are fair (especially at graduate entry and high grades) though not too competitive in between, especially for IT specialists.
    Can be quite bureaucratic, with particular ways to get stuff done.



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