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Cabinet Office Reviews

Updated April 13, 2018
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  1. "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


  2. "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

  3. "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!


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "Senior leadership need to get it together"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Reputation
    Nice laptop
    Nice Parliament Street office with canteens

    Cons

    Diversity is lacking
    Short notice deadlines (less than 2 hours at times)
    Poor management (some managers have poor interpersonal skills and are not 'born to lead')
    Poor communication between teams across Cabinet Office
    Lack of transparency about how things are done and who people are (you could be talking to a senior and you wouldn't even know because some people avoid using their email signature)
    A lot of work for relatively low pay

    Advice to Management

    Familiarise yourself with your teams and their working environments.
    Be respectful of your employees' time - understand that they have lives outside of work and cannot jump to meet deadlines that you have poorly planned.
    Tell staff across Cabinet Office to engage with eachother about issues - at the moment you are facilitating a culture of 'escalation' before things have been discussed between staff at the same level and this is a breeding ground for contention and ill feeling.


  7. "Deputy Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cabinet Office full-time

    Pros

    Centre of Government is exciting

    Cons

    It's far away from public service

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good for development, bad for autonomy"

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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

    The Faststream allows you to easily gain experience across a range of departments in short period of time. Good opportunities to build a cross government network and determine where you wise to specialise.

    Cons

    Quality of placements are questionable, some can be great, others can be terrible. You have little to no ability to move placements and although preferences are collected in terms of location and development needs, these seem to go out of the window during an opaque posting matching process. With this process despite being able to identify where you wish to specialise, you are unable to source placements that will allow you to hone these skills which is frustrating, especially considering the length (4 years) of the programme

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the users, Civil Service Resourcings stubbornness and inflexibility to change is driving talent out of the civil service. Retention figures highlight this and do not apply the generalist process to specialist schemes


  9. "Interesting work, poor pay and motivation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cabinet Office full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work - involved in major policies that affect the country.

    Cons

    Pay is vert poor, even for public sector. Most policy work is undertaken by very high grades.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cabinet Office full-time

    Pros

    Some high profile work, centre of government

    Cons

    Hierarchical, no career development, hiring people into roles that are too junior for them, bullying senior managers


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