Scottish Government Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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  1. Second Officer

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    It is a friendly working environment. Civil service pension

    Cons

    Pay not comparible with industry leaders


  2. long term civil servant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial Manager
    Current Employee - Commercial Manager

    I have been working at Scottish Government full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great flexibility, leave-type benefits and opportunity to move around

    Cons

    Fixed salary structure and limited promotion opportunity at certain grades


  3. Comfortable chance to do valuable science. Shame little career development.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientific Officer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientific Officer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Scottish Government

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Chance to do valuable science

    Cons

    Lack of career development opportunities


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  5. Good internship experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Scottish Government (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great manager, exposure to senior stakeholders

    Cons

    Low salary, lack of full time opportunities


  6. Senior Management Invisible. Again

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Management

    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.


  7. Great opportunities to learn but don't stay too long

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Scottish Government full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  8. 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.


  9. Good at the beginning, but slow to progress

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Scottish Government full-time (More than a year)

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

    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.


  10. My Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Scottish Government full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working, not a lot of stress, good holidays, good pension

    Cons

    No bonus payments, not great salary, no pay rises, training isn't great.

    Advice to Management

    work on better training.


  11. Conditions are excellent but salary is not anywhere near as good as out with the government

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ICT Infrastructure and Domain Administrator in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - ICT Infrastructure and Domain Administrator in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Scottish Government full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Having flexible working hours are a huge plus, The holidays are generous and the pensions are good; although not as good as in the past.

    Cons

    The pay isn't the best and there's not enough chance of progression due to staff cuts.

    Advice to Management

    More regular promotion opportunities, End the pay freeze for staff at the top of their scale.



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