Scottish Government Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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  1. Largely very positive place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrator in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrator in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good HR policies (largely followed), good concern for employee welfare, working hours are reasonable, you either get flexitime or paid overtime, great leave allowance, good maternity policies, great in-house gym (for a small fee)

    Cons

    Some inconsistencies with adherence to HR policies, patchy management (mostly at a junior and middle management level), under-staffed due to staff reductions without reduction of work, salaries aren't always great and duties vary wildly in different posts at the same grade, ludicrously difficult to progress between "bands".

    Advice to Management

    A compulsory management training programme and 360 feedback at all levels would be beneficial to staff and would help to reduce stress.


  2. Good internship experience

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

    I worked at Scottish Government (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great manager, exposure to senior stakeholders

    Cons

    Low salary, lack of full time opportunities


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

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    Current Employee - ICT Infrastructure and Domain Administrator in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - ICT Infrastructure and Domain Administrator in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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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  5. long term civil servant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial Manager
    Current Employee - Commercial Manager
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Fixed salary structure and limited promotion opportunity at certain grades


  6. My Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  7. Good at the beginning, but slow to progress

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Scottish Government full-time (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.


  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. Second Officer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Second Officer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Second Officer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    It is a friendly working environment. Civil service pension

    Cons

    Pay not comparible with industry leaders


  10. 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)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Scottish Government full-time (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 Management

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


  11. Average

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Co-workers are good chaps to work with

    Cons

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



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