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Scottish Government Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great internship at Scottish law commission

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    Former Employee - Legal Work Experience  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Legal Work Experience in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Scottish Government as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very laid back atmosphere, great work, very bright legal minds and really nice team atmosphere.

    Cons

    There is a lot of paper pushing and inefficiencies for example when getting security clearance or setting up your IT account.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good at the beginning, but slow to progress

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Scottish Government full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working hours

    Permanent job

    Good first job after uni for experience

    Cons

    rigid, ritualistic progression based on checklist box ticking rather than merit makes progression slow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Committed, genuine people - working very hard

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scottish Government full-time

    Pros

    People are genuine and try to help each other.
    Work is current, relevant, and important.
    Teams feel they can make a difference.
    Outside organisations work constructively with us.
    Good range of work, locations, training opportunities and flexible working methods.

    Cons

    Back-to-back meetings - also affecting those you need to talk to - so the quick catch-up is hard
    Workloads are very demanding for everyone. There can be a lot of process.
    Ministers and top managers moved to Holyrood and town, and all the downsizing appears to have affected the Leith office, which can now feel a bit abandoned.

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  5.  

    Second Officer

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    Current Employee - Second Officer  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Second Officer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Scottish Government full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It is a friendly working environment. Civil service pension

    Cons

    Pay not comparible with industry leaders

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great opportunities to learn but don't stay too long

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Scottish Government full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Potential for strong individual ownership and you can make a real difference.
    Calibre of colleagues is mixed but many are first rate and very committed.
    Teaches you about government, parliament, media and civil society.
    Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Slow pay and career progression.
    Culture of back-covering.
    Not great at dealing with poor performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to move people around more quickly. And try to loosen up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Average

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scottish Government

    Pros

    Co-workers are good chaps to work with

    Cons

    Management simply don't listen to staff. Golden Hammer approach to everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Senior Management Invisible. Again

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    Former Employee - Administration Assistant  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Administration Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Scottish Government

    Pros

    Recognises 'work-life' balance, generally accepting if needing time off. Work load rarely excessive.

    Cons

    Care required in the position selected. The promotion criteria are based on generic competencies and you need to provide good evidence of work experience in your current position to reach the interview stage of selection process, experience gained in previous employment is often ignored. You must have the support of your manager to gain the work experience required and a promotion plan. It is very easy to be pigeon-holed. Occasional incidents of ideas being recycled by management as their own without any acceptance of their origin, although this could be just an individual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Visibility! Casual drop ins don't constitute visibility. Despite the same findings from several employee surveys the senior management are still invisible and contact is very limited outside of your immediate pay band or work group.

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St Andrew's House (Photo thanks to Geograph user N Chadwick, Some Rights Reserved)
St Andrews House from North Bridge (Photo thanks to Geograph user Graham Robson, Some Rights Reserved)
Saughton House (Photo thanks to Geograph user Alan Murray-Rust, Some Rights Reserved)

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