Civil Service United Kingdom

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Civil Service United Kingdom Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Outdated and unfair

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    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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    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. 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


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Stagnant pay, interesting work.

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    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    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


  7. Very good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pension, pleasant environment, salary increases, job security and the sort of things you expect from working for a government agency

    Cons

    There is a lack of drive and ambition. Also can be very rule bound. Very few perks - salary and pension is pretty much it.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not very analytical

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    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


  9. flexible working hours and friendly staff

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    you have very flexible hours

    Cons

    No appreciation for hard work


  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    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. Started off well

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    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability, working together for the good of the country. Annual increases in wage, pension.

    Cons

    Poor career advancement, vulnerable to systemic harassment and discrimination within independent departments



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