Civil Service United Kingdom

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Civil Service United Kingdom Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Civil Service United Kingdom Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood
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  1. Outdated and unfair

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aldershot, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aldershot, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Been in civil service for almost 6 years. In that time I have delivered well. Some flexibility, good working conditions. Varied project work.

    Cons

    Removel of spine points big mistake as it has lead to demotivated work force. Box 2 means some just stay above improving box and many people just tick along. Staff development and very very limited promotion as people don't move on.

    Advice to Management

    Develop people and help them follo a path. Bring back spine points and encourage all to have mentors to help forge a career. I like what I do but can see me leaving as salary freeze is unfair and limited promotion. People stay in jobs too long for any new people coming in


  2. Helpful (1)

    The unreal service

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Officer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Staff Officer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pension for long term employees, basic for new joiners. Decent progression, if you're prepared to jump through process hoops. Decent professional development.

    Cons

    Ridiculous central services imposed prevent the civil service being efficient at anything. No pay progression for last ten years and next four. Top heavy and inefficient management, senior management have no leadership skills.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to listen, learn to trust and learn to communicate


  3. Officer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexitime is great and overall work life balance is good.

    Cons

    Performance management review is awful, and pay needs to keep up with inflation at least

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of PMR!!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    An excellent place to work with great colleagues

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    It is a great place to work. The subjects covered by the different departments are so interesting as is the political dynamic. The civil service is full of people who really want to make a difference to our society. Don't think of this as a place full of pen pushers - it isn't.

    Cons

    The only down side is the salary issue because of the public sector pay freeze.

    Advice to Management

    Keep engaging your people. They want to make a difference and they have lots of ideas for positive change.


  6. Fast stream

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time

    Pros

    Chance to work on problems that are of genuine national importance; some very talented people to work around; very good work-life balance

    Cons

    Quality of direct managers highly variable, and there are no formal incentives for them to be invested in your development.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the formal training on the fast stream, in both quantity and quality, to make it truly world-class


  7. accounting assistant

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    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


  8. Helpful (1)

    HR Director

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    • 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


  9. Fast Stream Career, Civil Service

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Particular strengths: - Impact: much of the work carried out in Civil Service has a direct bearing on the world we live in, and the newspaper headlines we read. - Diversity: the opportunity to work on such a wide array of topics is near unrivalled outside of government. - People: the best in Civil Service, can be among the most dedicated, hard-working, and motivated individuals. - Flexibility: both in terms of work-life balance, and wider benefit support, including healthcare, pension and maternity cover.

    Cons

    Things to consider as part of a Civil Service career: - Pay: a modest salary compared to what can be on offer in the private sector, and one which has seen real-term cuts over the past 6 years. - Traditionalist: much of Civil Service is set in deep-rooted culture and history. This is both a strength and weakness, especially when it comes to embracing new technologies, ways of thinking and acting. - Mixed quality: while the best of the organisation rivals any organisation, Civil Service has never been strong at dealing with excess resource and poor performance. As such there are parts of the organisation where the quality of resource is mixed.

    Advice to Management

    To encourage greater cross-pollination of thinking across different sectors. To instil a greater culture of innovation. To safeguard the competitiveness of the pay and benefits package.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Business People Professionals

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Could be great working experience

    Cons

    Managed by BPP's who lack technical knowledge and subject matter, may be located in different part of the country and who manage your career based on sometimes second party input on your performance. Hardly professional way of managing workforce, Many leaving to seek better opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Get focused on actual customer requirements, spend less time filling in the statistical spreadsheet and embrace SME experience within the workforce to drive business forward.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Stagnant pay, interesting work.

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    • 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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