BIS Reviews in London, UK

Updated April 2, 2014
Updated April 2, 2014
6 Reviews

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    High profile work

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BIS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible working, family friendly, working on high profile topics that often make the headlines, varied work, access to overseas jobs in British Embassies, lots of chances to build a network with various sectors of business

    Cons

    Lots of cynicism from lifelong civil servants, lots of bureaucracy although no worse than any other large organisation, limited and diminishing budgets, sometimes change happens at the whim of politicians

    Recommends
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    Enjoyed my time here but most of the staff were 'Male, pale and stale'

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

    I worked at BIS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's a really large department that covers lots of interesting areas including science, innovation, promoting growth etc.. Lots of interesting policy areas to work in, work-life balance was fine and it wasn't too bureaucratic for government.

    Cons

    It's not a very diverse department and there are a lot of people counting down the clock to retirement, lots of areas where more progress could be made with an injection of more smart, energetic staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better management including getting rid of the dead wood would improve the atmosphere and improve people's work ethic. There's a lot of presenteeism and a culture of ineffective management. Compared to other UK govt departments it feels very staid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Very educational Internship!

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    Former Employee - Private Secretary  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Private Secretary in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BIS as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great teams, great place to work.

    I learnt a lot about the inner workings of governement departments and the integral role that individual ministers play in the underpinning policies of business in the UK and relations with foreign companies and governments.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

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