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BIS London Reviews

Updated February 9, 2017
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London, England (UK)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fast Streamer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Fast Streamer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BIS full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with very smart and engaged people. There are good opportunities and a culture of up-skilling, with plenty of resources for training and development.

    Cons

    No real negatives have become apparent in my time here. There are the usual downsides to working in large open-plan offices.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with focus on personal development and reward of individual contribution


  2. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BIS full-time

    Pros

    Conditions and four more word

    Cons

    Poor promotion and three more words one three ten ten. One two three four five six seven eight night ten.

    Advice to Management

    one two three

  3. Helpful (1)

    "It Could Be So Much Better"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great hours and flexibility; nice canteen; nice annual leave; super lifts, adorable stationery; basement conference centre with oodles of differently sized rooms; some supportive colleagues.

    Cons

    The Government cuts have hit hard. The three box appraisal system has undermined team morale. Individuality is no longer welcomed. Too many management consultants on large per diams.

    Advice to Management

    Please take the time to talk to (not at!) Your staff to determine how they really feel. Just because someone is aged fifty or above, it doesn't make them a burden to the organisation.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "It's a job"

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    Current Employee - Civil Servant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Civil Servant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BIS part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues pleasant, ethos of adherence to change. Rewards and champions success. Great use of gender based equilibrium. Splendid coffee.

    Cons

    The Government cuts. Downsizing. Lack of opportunities for middle managers to go anywhere and fully utilise their skillset.

    Advice to Management

    Please carry on, you're amazing and we are happy that you lead by example.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good"

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    Former Employee - IT and Opreational Support Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT and Opreational Support Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Gained so many skills and experience working with top Civil Servants

    Cons

    Employees need to feel that they are important as well not just work and make the bosses look and feel good

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoyed my time here but most of the staff were 'Male, pale and stale'"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BIS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a really large department that covers lots of interesting areas including science, innovation, promoting growth etc.. Lots of interesting policy areas to work in, work-life balance was fine and it wasn't too bureaucratic for government.

    Cons

    It's not a very diverse department and there are a lot of people counting down the clock to retirement, lots of areas where more progress could be made with an injection of more smart, energetic staff.

    Advice to Management

    Better management including getting rid of the dead wood would improve the atmosphere and improve people's work ethic. There's a lot of presenteeism and a culture of ineffective management. Compared to other UK govt departments it feels very staid.


  7. "High profile work"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, family friendly, working on high profile topics that often make the headlines, varied work, access to overseas jobs in British Embassies, lots of chances to build a network with various sectors of business

    Cons

    Lots of cynicism from lifelong civil servants, lots of bureaucracy although no worse than any other large organisation, limited and diminishing budgets, sometimes change happens at the whim of politicians

  8. "Very educational Internship!"

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    Former Intern - Private Secretary in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Private Secretary in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BIS as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great teams, great place to work.

    I learnt a lot about the inner workings of governement departments and the integral role that individual ministers play in the underpinning policies of business in the UK and relations with foreign companies and governments.

    Cons

    None that I can think of


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