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CSC UK Reviews

Updated January 12, 2015
Updated January 12, 2015
70 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/home balance, with many people working from home periodically (in 8 reviews)

  • Reasonable work life balance, good be fits (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • As with all UK outsourer's you have to grab the best salary you can when you join as the pay rises after are a joke (in 6 reviews)

  • Penny pinching, constantly pushing everyone to do more for less (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company in a tough economic times

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CSC UK

    Pros

    Flexible, professional environment that empowered employees

    Cons

    Going through business transition making it a stressful situation

  2.  

    CSC has the talent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CSC UK

    Pros

    CSC are a flexible employer, who accommodate occasional working from home to assist in home life issues, like medical apps. In return you give back mire in work effort for this flexibility.

    Cons

    There is a lack of appreciation of the talent the company has within its current employees. Pay rises and bonuses are non existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the talent you have, promote from within, and offer roles to current employees before going to market. Consider a wider compensation increase to satisfy more employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Generally a good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at CSC UK full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work conditions, good honest staff who work hard. Flexible benefits and home working available.

    Cons

    Stagnant pay rises, constant redundancies over past 2 years have left skills shortages and work conditions more difficult with trying to deliver projects from skeleton staff. Moral is also low, lack of support from senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generally a yes company, need to be firm but fair with clients. Invest in your staff now before what remain also leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Reorg within reorg plus people treated like minions resulting in poor staff morale and skills not retained as people jump ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CSC UK full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It pays the bills ... Until they reorg again!
    If lucky enough, flexible working.

    Cons

    Reorganisation and redundancy threat constantly. No appreciation or compensation given to hard working staff at all levels and mid level management whom try to fill the cracks within their ability.
    60 hour working weeks for the price of 40. Offshore and US management out of touch.
    Low morale.
    Job uncertainty.
    "Boys club"
    Good enough will do, quality is a distant memory.
    Shadow of the CSC 10 years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain skill, reward effort, communicate more effectively, fulfil promises. Happy appreciated people do more, are driven and bring results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok for those heading towards retirement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at CSC UK full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    HQ is a pleasant environment to work in
    Nice people
    Ability to choose own employee benefits

    Cons

    No investment in people. The training budget is used to prop up the P&L
    Many staff have been there for over a decade and are out of touch with what is going on in the market
    Not the place to be for career minded people - sometimes it felt like many people were just waiting to retire

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people and the products

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    On the decline

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Aldershot, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Aldershot, England (UK)

    I worked at CSC UK full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some really good people, other than that Pro's hard to list

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy / process / internal politics, poor career development & investment. Used to have good benefits but most eroded through round after round of penny pinching.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Pays alright, but you definitely know you're a resource, not a person

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at CSC UK full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Initial pay will be very competitive to get you in

    Cons

    Bonus scheme doesn't pay out and subsequent payrises are few and far between

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out your recruitment process, so candidates don't get made an offer verbally, which they accept, but then have to wait for over a month before they actually receive a draft contract and can hand in their notice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Shadow of its former self

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CSC UK full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people - not just knowledgeable but also friendly & helpful

    Cons

    The company cannot be trusted to operate fairly or honestly. Allocates at least 30% of your leave for you (and trying to do more) and operates a dishonest and intellectually indefensible appraisal process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the appraisal bell curve and apologise to the staff. Align the holiday and financial calendars to save the need for accounting fiddles. Treat the employees as human beings -- they are people not "resources" or "human capital" to be used, depreciated and discarded

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Work Life Balance Here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at CSC UK (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good flexible rewards package. Plenty of opportunities for development. Good e-Learning tools.

    Cons

    No work life balance for those working on the front line delivering to clients. 60+ hours a week was needed. Not to delivery the projects but for all the CSC administration. Mobile workers could spend a couple of hours each week booking hotels and processing their expenses claims. Emails requesting internal admin tasks would arrive in rapid succession. There was compulsory training models that could only be done in ones 'spare time'. Reporting and admin tools were getting better but still behind the curve. It was the old case of cobblers children with no shoes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop reorganising. Stop rewarding Account Management on sales - they were too sales focused on sales and not enough on people. Make the admin more efficient. Reduce the number of initiatives. Too much was happening at any one time which caused issues on focus. Making accountability clear. I saw a lot of chiefs when the going was good but as soon as the going got hard it was the dis-empowered Project Manager who was placed in the hot seat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not so much an outsourcer as a livestock provider.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Engineer
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Engineer

    I have been working at CSC UK full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Can buy leave up to 40d.
    - Fingers in a lot of pies, so varied/flexible opportunities across the country.
    - Appointment salary is in line with industry. (Just don't expect it to improve, ever)

    Cons

    - Introduced additional mandatory leave... 8 months through the leave year.
    - regularly tries to adjust balance sheet liabilities by bullying employees into taking leave.
    - very reluctant to pay expenses.
    - Doesn't believe in training employees - it's expensive and they might leave.
    - 4 years of belt tightening, meaning salaries have stayed pretty much static.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee morale is an incredibly precious resource, and it's being squandered.
    When you spend 4 years squeezing, then people leave - but it's never the ones you can afford to lose.
    Training and development of employees is essential if you want to stay at the forefront of such a rapidly evolving sector as Information Technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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