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
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-10-03 03:51 PDT
I have been working at BIS full-time for more than 3 years
Pros – as a govt sector we working
Cons – ok it is good but sallary is not good
Advice to Senior Management – nothing
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2013-05-20 03:06 PDT
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
2013-02-25 19:48 PST
I worked at BIS full-time
Pros – - Department has influence due to Secretary of State and current poor state of economy
- Having come through downsizing and restructuring, there are job and promotion opportunities
- Some good people
Cons – - General civil service problems of pay freezes, pension cuts, etc.
- Civil service is the whipping boy for the media and politicians
- BIS staff not generally passionate about what they do
- Some dead wood in senior positions
- Pretend to value 'empowerment' but really expect managers to watch 100% of what you do
Advice to Senior Management – Trim senior management and genuinely let people get on with their jobs without multiple senior managers getting in the way
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-03-07 01:26 PST
I have been working at BIS part-time
Pros – Decent pension, fantastic (v expensive) coffee lounge, very little pressure to achieve a successful outcome- ever.
Cons – Very poor morale. Private sector implants get paid 3 times the salary of long tried and tested civil servants. Very little pressure to achieve a successful outcome- ever
Advice to Senior Management – Go back to OGC
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2012-07-06 06:03 PDT
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