Civil Service United Kingdom

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Updated May 20, 2015
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Civil Service United Kingdom Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood
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  1. accounting assistant

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Credit Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Credit Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom (Less than a year)

    Pros

    capable of putting the company at a world market.

    Cons

    if it doesn't give skills and motivational guide

    Advice to Management

    keep focused to expand the market world wide


  2. Helpful (1)

    HR Director

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities for advancement and to change roles

    Cons

    Unbelievably bureaucratic. i.e. read the Civil Service Management Code, Civil Service Recruitment principles, Civil Service Vacancy Filling Scheme, National Security Vetting Scheme and Cabinet Office recruitment constraints for an idea of the bureaucracy surrounding just recruitment. All were made up centrally in the Cabinet Office, or one of it's funded departments, i.e. the Civil Service Recruitment Commissioners.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the internal red tape,please


  3. Helpful (4)

    Stagnant pay, interesting work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good diversity of work topics with real insights into how the country works supported by good technical training. Flexible working patterns. Unbelievably amazing teamwork when dealing with crises.

    Cons

    Pay rises at whim of external politics and not even vaguely kept pace with private equivalents. Pension and other conditions significantly degraded over last 5 years. "new" performance management system a joke and destroying teamwork. Lack of training for management and development of future leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the ranking style performance management system.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Work on important stuff, but with little autonomy or career structure

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CIVIL SERVANT - GRADE 7 in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CIVIL SERVANT - GRADE 7 in London, England (UK)
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work on interesting things that really matter Jobs that simply do not exist in the private sector Get to understand how decisions are made in government and see the other side of the news Potential for huge variety of jobs Work with some very talented, passionate people Flexible working conditions, reasonable work-life balance (depending where you work)

    Cons

    Limited autonomy even at senior levels - less influence on policy that you might expect Lack of respect from the people we serve - ministers and the public Lack of structured career progression - emphasis still more on breadth of experience than genuine expertise Abusive performance management system Stagnant pay - lower than everywhere else in public and private sectors for equivalent roles

    Advice to Management

    Foster genuine subject matter expertise and value your experts When you're copying private sector employment practices, look at how they make their staff feel valued, rather than how they make them afraid Live up to your values, speak truth to power, think longer-term, and look after your employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    Not very analytical

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Economist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Economist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance Personal respect and flexibility Several professional development opportunities Importance and prestige of the issues on which you work

    Cons

    Analysis conducted is superficial and approximative You spend too much time dealing with senior managers and stakeholders rather than implementing/evaluating different policy options


  7. Not a great place to work right now

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Policy Profession Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Policy Profession Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, good benefits (holidays and pensions, very female-friendly policies), unusual projects that would not be in the private sector. And you could make a difference. Worth considering if you are young, bright and salary is not too important and can hack it long enough for those above you to be made redundant / get out. Then in about 10years I see plenty of promotion opportunities...

    Cons

    At present many promotions go to those currently doing the job on temporary promotion so very few real opportunities to move departments. In my experience most places are in chaos trying to manage with reduced budgets and wrong people in the wrong jobs. Its not a happy place to work

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to con us that hot desking, reorganisations or increases to pension contributions are anything other than cost reduction exercises. And explain why you are getting bonuses and pay rises while we are not. Do you really know where you are taking my organisation?


  8. Interesting and challenging work with responsibility, in flexible conditions

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Statistician in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Statistician in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than a 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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    The traditional civil service culture is fast turning into a private sector experience, minus the pay!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working opportunities are popular (unless you work in private or press office). A culture exists where people feel pride in their work which is positive to see despite the negative points made by the public and media. A good sense of camaraderie amongst civil servants.

    Cons

    A place where change is very slow. Many elements of the civil service are losing their values as they morph into a private sector machine (following greater influence of ministers and people eager to please top management) - examples include elements of indirect bullying and harassment particularly of junior grades. The team spirit is being diluted as people are becoming more individualistic in outlook and behaviour in order to 'stand out'. Following the redundancy programme, a lot of relatively young and inexperienced people were promoted to jobs they're unqualified for particularly with management skills and they are very defensive against constructive criticism. Many permanent secretaries have left the civil service for the private sector and those who have replaced them fail to provide a challenge function to ministers and they keep a lower profile due to the reduction in staff morale.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to criticism and change which junior grades wish to see. Stop double standards - junior people are not allowed to undertake secondments or further education whereas senior people or the elite fast streamers are given these opportunities. who then end up eventually moving onto more 'lucrative' careers in the private sector. Invest in your junior and BME employees. Stop the cliquey culture of people having to fit into a certain group - at the moment its the only way to secure a promotion as no one hires people they dont know or are not connected to in some way. Make the recruitment, pay and appraisal process more transparent.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Okay, but the Old Boy's Club Stereotype still relevant as ever.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Support Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Support Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The canteen is rather good, and the job is as secure as you can get.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, in my part of the Civil Service, the perks of being a permanent member of staff is being eroded by the Culture of the Contractor, who are on vastly inflated rates, thinking that because they have fixed hours, and are not permitted home working, or any other benefits which permits an inclusive working environment, then neither should anyone else. The number of contractors on one of our sites, where a lot of jobs are being relocated to cut costs, negates and wipes out any saving made. There are "permanent contractors" who are obsessed with making themselves indispensable by refusing to share or train people... ironically, in some cases that was the sole purpose of their appointment. I am constantly undermined by my line manager, who uses my resources to carry out tasks meant to be carried out by other business areas, and not caring about the work they are supposed to do, yet berates us for not carrying out the tasks we were meant to do promptly. I work on average 60-75 hours a week, but this is not reflected in my pay.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace modern working practices, and don;t be afraid to gt rid of deadwood.


  11. Works well for employees, but not necessarily for the state

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CIVIL SERVANT - GRADE 7 in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CIVIL SERVANT - GRADE 7 in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits for individuals, plenty of promotion opportunities. Work-life balance is also good in most teams, although there is a working culture which is counterproductive to this in the areas seen to be 'high achieving'.

    Cons

    Too many people moving sideways or upwards all the time. Particularly at a higher level within the organisations. Values of teams are not always aligned with best practice for evidence based policy.

    Advice to Management

    Require minimum terms for senior civil servants in each position to allow continuity



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