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Updated February 22, 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. "Your confidence will be crushed"

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

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

    Pros

    The purpose of the organisation

    Cons

    If you belong to an ethnic minorities section, you will suffer. Your confidence will be consistently under attack. The objective will be to break you. If you want to work for civil service research other departments. In Cabinet Office they'll consider breaking the law just to get you out.

    Advice to Management

    To invite equality and diversity consultants to have series of workshops to help create the right culture. It was/is that bad money needs to be invested. I would not be surprised if suicide attempts do not start occuring.


  3. "Commercial"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibile working hours
    Intelgient individuals working on real projects and things that matter

    Cons

    A lot of restructing following spending reviews
    Pay is fairly low
    Many barriers between different government departments, sometimes information isn't shared effectively

    Advice to Management

    find a way to reduce the bureaucracy between departments, hugely ineffcient information sharing between departments; effectively wasting resources and ultimately tax payers money


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  5. "Good but could be better!"

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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. "Cabinet Office - policy advisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cabinet Office full-time

    Pros

    This role was interesting, but with limited responsibilities. The atmosphere is good, and people are incredibly nice, but progression opportunities are limited. But looks good on a CV

    Cons

    Very limited room for progression and innovation, admin heavy, and difficult to get much done as the the decision-making process is byzantine. The pay is also very poor

    Advice to Management

    It's hard for managers to change much about the real issues given all deicsions are taken based on political decisions rather than management


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Old school organisation"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Met some great people
    Pension though not sure what it will be worth
    Secure ish job

    Cons

    You feel like a servant. Senior management bullying and lack of any clarity around what they want you to do
    Canteen food is disgusting

    Advice to Management

    Start sticking up for your staff


  8. "At the heart of government"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cabinet Office (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    View on the centre of policy-making and an opportunity to influence policy direction. Work with a good range of people, from many different departments - a good place to get a window on how Whitehall operates

    Cons

    Policy advice isn't always accepted if it doesn't fit the political agenda, which can be frustrating. Deadlines are sometimes unrealistic, or work can be unexpectedly put on hold

    Advice to Management

    Regular staff churn can be a problem; it would be helpful to have more consistency in how, and by whom, units are led


  9. "Government Digital Service"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  10. "Enjoyable"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  11. "Excellent experience- want to work there again"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Civil Service provided me a felxible working environment, and a chance to work with some very bright and dynamic people. I worked in the Cabinet Office, in the Government Innovation Group, and was able to work with some world experts in their field. Despite this, I was given a great deal of freedom and independence and was given an overarching project which truly fitted in within the team's work and was useful.

    Cons

    I am aware that not everyone on the same internship program as me shared my experience. I heard some stories of relatively menial and repetitive work, and of working in teams with a limited commitment to the job at hand

    Advice to Management

    I hope that you understand the excellent work that the Civil Service does and in the drive for efficiency (which is in principle a good idea) do not drive out some of the talented people that work there.



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