Cabinet Office Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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  1. Exceptional content, flexible working but frustrating processes

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

    I have been working at Cabinet Office full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Content has been universally interesting - some of the most strategically significant questions in Government and society. Working hours and style hugely flexible. Significant responsibility from very early on.

    Cons

    Relatively little hard influence/spending power relative to HM Treasury and big spending departments. Universally poor HR experience - little performance management, improbable vertical progression [unless one hops diagonally to another team], weak recruitment.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to fight HR battles more often!


  2. Important work, decent pay, good people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Developer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Cabinet Office full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice to work on big and important problems. Great people and no jobsworths. Very little people have egos. Pay and benefits are good along with flexible working.

    Cons

    Pay is tied directly to career progression with little opportunity for raises. Once you join on a Salary, you are practically locked at that figure. Leaving and coming back is the only way to increase the figure you're on.

    Advice to Management

    Fix career progression, staff retention and focus.


  3. Excellent

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

    I have been working at Cabinet Office

    Pros

    Constant movement in postings Interesting work Lots of responsibility at junior levels Autonomy Friendly work culture

    Cons

    Slow response to changing environment Poor management of underperformance

    Advice to Management

    Professionalise the finance profession


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  5. Centre of Government

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

    I worked at Cabinet Office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of really important and significant work. Very good at flexible working

    Cons

    Cabinet Office is not really a single organisation - it is, rather, a federation of groups with very different cultures


  6. Extremely interesting work, lots of exposure, however, low rewards

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cabinet Office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Extremely interesting work, a lot of responisbility ealy on, and abikity to work on important deals that shape policy.

    Cons

    Dealing with local authorities, and baurocracy, progress slow


  7. Changing the face of how Government does business

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Head of Crown Oversight in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Head of Crown Oversight in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Cabinet Office as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will be right at the centre of making decisions which directly affect every person in the country - and have direct access to decision makers

    Cons

    Audit control and more audit. The sums and projects are so big that you need such an environment - but it can slow you down.


  8. Positive, excellent learning opportunity at heart of government

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

    I worked at Cabinet Office as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Ability to learn new skills: management, leadership, strategy, negotiation Work life balance very good most of the time Great pension, even now

    Cons

    Poorly paid with few opportunities for promotion Permanent contracts difficult to get and few externally advised roles

    Advice to Management

    Remember that Whitehall and the centre of government doesn't always - if ever - have the answers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Band A Cabinet Office

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

    I have been working at Cabinet Office full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, opportunity for growth if self motivated.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, with significant amounts of siloed working. Often a need to navigate poor/unclear internal governance processes.

    Advice to Management

    Needs much more thought on HR beyond a conveyor belt of hires: there is no thought about how a career should be structured to attract, train and retain staff. Too much reliance on the civil service fallacy of generalists.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Interesting place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Cabinet Office as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    management are making a concerted effort to improve employee satisfaction and address current issues, this will take time but it's good that it's happening nice colleagues, some very talented people, some less so easy to apply for and change into new roles after a little while flexible working arrangements nice hours (9-5 is norm)

    Cons

    not enough challenge in my role VERY hierarchical takes ages for things to process through average pay (could be considered low in London) high employee turnover compared to other departments, which can cause problems with continuity

    Advice to Management

    Keep working towards improving leadership abilities and top-down communication. Building a bigger sense of 'team' and 'us' would also help.


  11. Forcing change at the heart of government

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

    I have been working at Cabinet Office full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Interesting work. Making a positive difference to the UK citizen. Mostly good work-life balance. Depends very much on the work stream.

    Cons

    Political interference. Can be very stressful. Often need to change direction quickly.



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