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Cabinet Office London Reviews

Updated April 7, 2017
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  1. "Working in the Cabinet Office"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Freedom of Information and Archives Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Freedom of Information and Archives Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Cabinet Office (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits of being a civil servant is the range of experiences you can have.

    Cons

    Job and pay progression are non-existant.

    Advice to Management

    Give further opportunities to employees.


  2. "Interim"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assurance Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assurance Analyst in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    nice people, good location, nice office

    Cons

    lack of mission clairty and direction


  3. "Do not apply"

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

    I have been working at Cabinet Office full-time

    Pros

    The scope of work is okay.

    Cons

    You will be bullied stiff ! This place is worse than private sector environments. For your sanity do not apply.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out the bulling please, people a suffering in silence.


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  5. "Good but could be better!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Lead in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Lead in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cabinet Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A fast paced and challenging environment to work in. You get thrown in the deep end from day one and are expected to deliver across a number of work packages to a very high standard. You are given real responsibility and treated with respect no matter the grade you work at. There is always support available and everyone I worked with was very approachable (even senior management). Work conditions are excellent and there is a lot of flexibility. There are plenty learning opportunities available.

    Cons

    There is no career progression opportunities available and most staff are recruited on fixed term contracts. There is no incentive for staff to work hard as there is no real reward for being better than others. There is no such thing as promotion (other than a temporary promotion which is to fulfil short term business needs 1-3months) and you must apply for the job as all other external candidates. No salary increase either. Hardly any options to become permanent once you are hired and have proven your worth. Assignments don't last very long and quite often you will be moving around from team to team within 4-6 months.

    Advice to Management

    If a member of staff proves they are worth keeping and constantly exceed targets they must and should be offered a permanent contract as it happens everywhere else. There should be promotion opportunities for existing staff internally without the need to apply for the role which would save CO a lot in unnecessary recruitment rounds. Salaries need to be made competitive as for similar jobs the private sector pays at least 50% more.


  6. "Government Digital Service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cabinet Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Autonomous, multi-disciplinary teams trusted with ownership and decision making responsibility.
    - Access to tools and applications that just work and get out of the way.
    - Flexibility
    - Meaningful work
    - People and culture
    - Bunting

    Cons

    - Autonomy can be disrupted by senior stakeholders defaulting to top-down management approaches.
    - Debt incurred by building things too fast still being tackled.
    - Lack of commitment to permanency of positions; Fixed Term Appointments.
    - Inefficiencies of the Civil Service leak through into day to day.

    Advice to Management

    - Must to have a clear vision, with goals and a strategy at organisation and group level. The why, how and what of the work we do.
    - Should have support, trust and cover at a senior level in the organisation.


  7. "Enjoyable"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Review Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Review Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cabinet Office full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great bunch of people to work with. Thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Would go back for definite. Nice offices too, very swish.

    Cons

    Not the best salary by government standards one of the lower paid government departments. Was on loan from another government department and this was never resolved.

    Advice to Management

    Don't rely on loan staff too much. Make the salary more appropriate for the work involved and make sure the IT is fully tested before it is rolled out to staff.


  8. "HR BP"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HRBP in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - HRBP in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cabinet Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High profile and exciting

    Cons

    Lots of red tape and cuts to budgets

    Advice to Management

    Give employees the freedom to make decisions


  9. "first impressions"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cabinet Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Bright people
    Interesting work
    Great location
    Fantastic opportunities to make a difference
    Right tools and support
    Development opportunities

    Cons

    Like all public sector employment it can feel a little slow and sometime bureaucratic
    Shear size and complexity
    Many departments have moved their people out of London - so travel sometimes is lengthy

    Advice to Management

    Focus on creating opportunities for the very best. Whilst there are lots of reasons to stay there are now lots of reasons to go. The great retirement benefits of the civil service of yesteryear no longer exist.


  10. "Employee Engagement and Acting on Feedback"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cabinet Office full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunity to partake in workshops and talks with Senior Management. Lots of employee engagement workshops and initiatives.

    Cons

    Advice given by staff is very rarely acted upon. While there is loads of opportunities to engage and participate in business improvement workshops and staff surveys Senior Management either can't be bothered to follow it up or think it is staff having a go at them. There is a lot of talk about change and reform but when Ministers and Senior Civil Servants realise that they might have to change their ways of working and approach they fall short of doing so. Shame really as there is some great innovation and ideas put forward by staff.

    Advice to Management

    Do more listening to your staff
    Do more acting on feedback
    Do less putting ill-matched Senior Civil Servants or external consultants in charge of staff ideas and innovations.
    Do more monitoring of changes to ensure they are working in practice as well as in theory.


  11. "Important work, decent pay, good people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Developer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cabinet Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice to work on big and important problems. Great people and no jobsworths. Very little people have egos. Pay and benefits are good along with flexible working.

    Cons

    Pay is tied directly to career progression with little opportunity for raises. Once you join on a Salary, you are practically locked at that figure. Leaving and coming back is the only way to increase the figure you're on.

    Advice to Management

    Fix career progression, staff retention and focus.


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