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Dead end job, generally bad employer

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Current Employee - Administrative in Stafford, England (UK)
Current Employee - Administrative in Stafford, England (UK)

I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time (more than 3 years)

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

Pros

Very occasionally you might get the feeling that you have somehow contributed to putting a bad guy behind bars

Cons

I know I has a particularly bad time at the CPS, so my review inevitably has a negative slant.

When I joined the website boasted career prospects "The only question you have to ask, is how far do you want to go?" This was the antithesis of what I found. The CPS represents the very worst symptoms of being a public sector organisation. All that matters is ticking boxes. The fact that in reality the job isn't done means nothing to the management. The staff are a mixture of hard working saints that stop the place from sinking under water completely, and the rest only got the job because they ticked boxes in the interview. Three Senior Crown Prosecutors, responsible for putting rapists behind bars, crowded around a PC, baffled because they can't open an Excel document in MS Word. I could give a million examples that illustrate how stupid most of the people I worked with were; the simple fact is, if you're a good employee, then you should only work for a good employer. There is a reason the CPS ends up with the worst people. In my office there was a huge staff turn over of 'good' employees, but not so much of the bad ones.

Advice to Management

Privatise state prosecutions, give up, the organisation is a joke, Stop giving yourselves massive voluntary exit pay outs whenever you fee like leaving, and cut the crap.

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  1. CPS Lawyer

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    Current Employee - Senior Crown Prosecutor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Crown Prosecutor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service part-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Interesting and varied work. never boring.

    Cons

    Unfair pay structure. Lawyers doing the same job are paid with as much as 17 k variance.
    Constant changes imposed by senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Do back to back courts to appreciate the pressure and workload instead of micro managing us.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Too many chiefs, not enough indians

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Crown Prosecution Service

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

    Pros

    Better than being unemployed, some genuinely good people to work with.

    Cons

    Low morale, low pay, little to no chance for progression, lack of transparency towards staff, doesn't handle change well

    Advice to Management

    There are too many managers. It is not clear what the managers do.
     Stop using 'the figures' as both a shield to justify decisions and a stick to poke the staff with (figuratively speaking).

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