Civil Service United Kingdom

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Updated July 27, 2015
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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 Outdated and unfair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)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Officer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Staff Officer in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom

    Recommends
    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. accounting assistant

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    Current Employee - Credit Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Credit Officer in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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


  7. 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)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Business People Professionals

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Stagnant pay, interesting work.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  10. 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)

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  11. Very good

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

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom

    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.



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