Communities & Local Government

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Communities & Local Government Reviews in London, UK

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
32 Reviews
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  1.  

    I've been working for DCLG for 2 years

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    Current Employee - Finance Business Partner in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Business Partner in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Communities & Local Government full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - As a relatively small government department, you feel much closer to the political action than in larger departments such as MoD or DWP, and you can see where you fit into the grand scheme of things.
    - There's a real push to engage everyone at every grade and ensure that every individual has access to the training and development opportunities they want.
    - Minimum salary bands have just been revised in line with the rest of Whitehall from 1 December 2014.
    - Flexible working is encouraged (flexi time, working at home, compressed hours, part time and job sharing all considered).
    - The IT is actually quite good and offers a lot of flexibility too, like bringing your own iPad for emails and documents (saves a lot of paper!).
    - The new office is quite nice too, with a decent canteen offering, gym and break out space for informal meetings.
    - Depending on grade, it feels as if you have a lot more autonomy in going about your job compared to other larger departments.

    Cons

    - Hot desking is now a permanent feature of the office, and creatures of habit that dislike working from home may not not enjoy moving desks every day!

    - Poor performance is perhaps not managed in an effective way, at times it feels like there is some deadwood being carried by others.

    - It takes a while to fill vacancies - often not advertised until the incumbent actually leaves, which leaves the work falling to others to pick up and no effective handover to the new starter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Don't go into this for the Salary, but interesting and varied work.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Economist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Economist in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Communities & Local Government full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    No long hours culture, friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Can be frustrating working with politicians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't spend too long consulting staff and going round in circles trying to please everyone. Reward those who do good work better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Enjoayable Summer Internship in which I learned a lot

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    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Communities & Local Government as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People - most don't fit the civil service stereotype, instead they were energetic and dynamic
    Freedom - probably specific to being an intern, but I was given some freedom to pursue opportunities that appealed to me

    Cons

    Structure is sluggish. As with many parts of the civil service, things can't get done quickly. This has a knock on effect of curtailing innovation, and whilst the people were dynamic and enthusiastic, they did not seem too hopeful of their ideas being implemented quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to move with the times and streamline some implementation processes to invigorate the workforce

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work and develop

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Communities & Local Government (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work, develop, good management and lots of opportunities to grow and be successful, good training and development and good teams.

    Cons

    Restricted budgets, lots of restructuring caused lower productivity. But good that senior management are reviewed first then lower management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not necessarily somewhere to achieve professional growth, but a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Communities & Local Government

    Pros

    Flexitime
    Well-meaning managers
    Great colleagues and atmosphere.

    Cons

    Opportunities for professional development is limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The staff exodus won't end until people feel they can progress in their careers

    Doesn't Recommend

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