- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
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.RecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 7+ weeks – interviewed at Civil Service United Kingdom in October 2014.Interview Details
The whole process was very well organised, recruiters were friendly and approachable. Make sure you do your research (all the information can be located on the relevant department's website). Focus on the competencies. Ensure you know your story, have examples ready to show the recruiters that you have the skills for the position. Remember that you're not being ranked against the other participants but in relation to the competency framework. Take time to talk to other participants and find out their reasons for applying and their backgrounds.
At the end of the interview you will have the opportunity to ask questions. Take this opportunity to see why the person sat in front of you joined the Civil Service - what was their career path? What do they enjoy about their job? These answers could well help you in the panel or 1:1 interview. It also allows you an opportunity to see if you are a good fit for the organisation. Do the employees that you meet share your values? Did they join for similar reasons to you? These are all things that can help you in choosing the best position for you.Interview Questions
Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
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The civil service helps the government of the day develop and deliver its policies as effectively as possible.
We work in three types of organisations – departments, agencies, and non-departmental government bodies (NDPBs). We cover a wide range of areas touching on everyone’s day-to-day lives, such as education, health and policing.
Because our organisations deal with so many different aspects of government, civil servants work in an enormous variety of roles. We’re politically impartial. Our workforce includes people who deliver crucial services direct to the...