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Cabinet Office Reviews

Updated September 14, 2018
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  • "Pay is extremely poor in civil service terms, particularly given the work that is being carried out" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Pay is vert poor, even for public sector" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Weird and embarrassing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are very motivated and generally very intelligent. Dept is not constricted by bureaucracy that I’ve seen in other departments - things actually do get done.

    1HGR is a very beautiful building.

    Cons

    All meetings I attend involve some ridiculous childish game or other, seemingly in an attempt to make it a “fun” place to work. The Thick Of It must surely have been based on this department.

    Rather than being told anything by colleagues when you ask a question, you are directed to read something on the intranet.

    Pay is extremely poor in civil service terms, particularly given the work that is being carried out.

    As with other departments induction is poor, there is over reliance on e-learning and too many people are crammed into offices without the right storage or kit.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cabinet Office full-time

    Pros

    - exposure to exciting work with senior officials and ministers

    Cons

    - not always concerned with the development of professionals at the start of their career

  3. "Fast Stream"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cabinet Office full-time

    Pros

    Rapid Career progression, 2nd Best Post Graduate Scheme according to The Times

    Cons

    Pay isn't reflective of work undertaken - slightly mitigated by the pension and flexi time


  4. "Cabinet Office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cabinet Office full-time

    Pros

    Heart of Government unique roles with direct impact on the UK

    Cons

    Sir Humphrey is alive and well, seniors are totally unwilling to make decisions or take responsibility for fear of being wrong.


  5. "Fast paced"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    heart of gov; fast paced

    Cons

    working with Other Gov Departments is difficult to get real work done.


  6. "Keep above politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cabinet Office (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with other departments across government

    Cons

    Lots of politics, and bullying

    Advice to Management

    Follow through on actually listening to employees rather then pretending to


  7. "Good (ish)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cabinet Office full-time

    Pros

    - Familly
    - friendly
    - progression regardless of your colour / background

    Cons

    - very low pay
    - too much red tape

  8. "Interesting and meaningful"

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    Former Employee - Senior Policy Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Policy Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlike some other government departments, you can really get things done and depending on your team, they're open to new ideas.

    Cons

    There is a bureaucracy to it, and no central air at Horseguards Rd makes summers a little uncomfortable

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging new ideas!


  9. "Great place to work - smart, talented, motivated people"

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    Former Employee - Policy Advisor
    Former Employee - Policy Advisor
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cabinet Office full-time

    Pros

    People really care about working to make the world/UK a better place. They are motivated and inspired by their work, talented, and overall, nice with minimal ego. It's a great place to work. You're at the centre of the issues shaping the UK's trajectory and have lots of responsibility and access to work on really interesting issues. Good work life balance especially for parents.

    Cons

    Poor salary. Lots of good people have left since Brexit. John Manzoni is nowhere near as visionary or strong a leader as Richard Heaton.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people - too much talk from the current head about the failings of the civil service. civil servants are talents, motivated people - who are taking a huge pay cut compared to what they could get elsewhere - in order to be able to work on issues that matter.


  10. "Policy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good place to work for those wishing to pursue a career in civil service.

    Cons

    Not inclusive. Aim to take more action to ensure that people of different backgrounds.

    Advice to Management

    Pursue inclusivity


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