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Cabinet Office Reviews

Updated March 19, 2019
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance especially for parents" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Interesting and rewarding work with a lot of variety at the centre of Government" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management bullying and lack of any clarity around what they want you to do" (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. "A place to make a difference"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - opportunity to take on huge and worthwhile challenges
    - lots of talented people and a diverse workforce
    - truly the heart of government, if you perform here you can perform anywhere

    Cons

    Long hours, modest pay, some bureaucracy challenges for the uninitiated...

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening, pay better


  2. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cabinet Office full-time

    Pros

    Great office and location- really good place

    Cons

    Can be quite formal at times, a bit old school

    Advice to Management

    Embrace flexible working culture beyond IT

  3. "Awful - don't fall into the trap"

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

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

    Pros

    Looks good on CV. That's all I can think of.

    Cons

    Short deadlines from SCS and Private Offices
    Long hours
    Different grading to other areas of the civil service
    Fake job descriptions
    Behind in terms of technology
    SSCL
    Lots of fawning over nothing
    Political debates in the office
    Lack of diversity

    Advice to Management

    N/A - Management are just there for show. They don't really do anything.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Economist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Economist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Economist in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Interesting and rewarding work with a lot of variety at the centre of Government
    - Good career development opportunities through training, general exposure to senior stakeholders, and relatively higher levels of responsibility
    - Flexible working, potential for job-share and part-time

    Cons

    - Varies significantly between teams, but quite a lot of pressure and fast pace.
    - Pay is low relative to other governmental departments. Particularly so given that this is the central government department.
    - Lots of staff churn as a result of poor relative pay.

    Advice to Management

    - Match other government departmental pay to improve retention.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Civil Service Faststream"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Large focus on personal development, opportunity to try different roles which is good to find out what you are interested in

    Cons

    You are put under a lot of pressure to perform highly. Social life is not amazing! Moving around can be tiring and is not for everyone,


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Do not apply - from a survivor."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    An entry to the wider Civil Service

    Cons

    Don't apply here. I hasten to add that I am not trying to tar everyone with the same brush, but the culture at the Cabinet Office needs to change. Old sins cast long shadows, and I want to completely recover from a toxic nightmare which crushed what little confidence and self-esteem I had to begin with.
    The technology is archaic and the department has failed to keep up with the 21st century. This may sound like fun but in reality the staff don't really have the tools to do the job properly, which means the conditions are extremely pressurised. The tiny starting salary is impossible to survive on and there is little support or career progression offered to its most junior members of staff. There is also lot of favouritism, bullying and harassment by other colleagues and senior members of staff. I finally got a promotion elsewhere, and because of everything I had witnessed at the Cabinet Office, which included symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder this time last year, I suffered from terrible anxiety attacks to start off with. I say this - if your colleagues go out for drinks without you and you're struggling to survive, you can do it. You can get out, have a future and find a job you love. Don't give up!

    Advice to Management

    'Treat your employees well so that they can leave, treat them well enough so that they don't want to.' Richard Branson


  7. Helpful (1)

    "By the book"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cabinet Office full-time

    Pros

    Senior civil servants are everywhere so the exposure you receive is higher than nearly all other departments.

    Cons

    Very anal and by the book in all matters with historically low pay and repetitive working style.

    Advice to Management

    Raise pay to civil service average and allow much more freedom to do things independently

  8. "Policy Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cabinet Office full-time

    Pros

    Pro
    Wellbeing
    Learning and development
    Career progression

    Cons

    Salary
    Capability
    Engagement
    Annual leave
    Senior management


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Was pushed to my limit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cabinet Office full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits from being a Civil Servant, that is if you pass probation.

    Cons

    It's almost impossible to pass probation; my manager would tell me that I'm not achieving my objectives, only to make my objectives as vague as possible while dismissing my idea to make them more specific...it's almost like they planned to fail me as an employee.

    No specific training were in place, and was constantly berated for not taking up training...

    People in general avoid taking responsibilities, and you would not only be ignored for your efforts to take initiatives to do things beyond your own work but also blamed if something (even the tiniest thing) goes wrong.

    Constant feelings of fear, stress, bitterness, and feelings of bullying were in place.


  10. 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.