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Civil Service United Kingdom London Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
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Civil Service United Kingdom Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood
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Pros
  • Flexi time, Work life balance, Good working environment (in 21 reviews)

  • Great flexible working hours and the staff in the department were great (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary scales likely to be less than for a similar role in the private sector (in 8 reviews)

  • Lack of autonomy, senior managers can tend towards micro-management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Deputy Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunities to work on a very broad range of challenging issues across the whole of Government. Lots of learning and development opportunities. I had a fantastic and varied 28 year career in the Civil Service.

    Cons

    The internal politics can be challenging. If your face fits and you're prepared to play the game you're fine, if not you have to work so much harder to get on. My experience was that some Civil Service leaders lack personal and professional integrity.


  2. "Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Individual were given autonomy to be creative and choose how they wanted to perform tasks. Work life balance was excellent it allowed individual to balance home and family life .

    Cons

    Breach of psychological contract
    Long hours
    hierarchical structure, needs to flatten, too many managers

    Advice to Management

    Improve staff development


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Fast Streamer Civil Service"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fast Streamer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Fast Streamer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Varied Experience, Lots of Responsibility, Flexi Time is available, relocation allowances available.

    Cons

    Managers aren't always very good, Civil Service Resourcing is Awful, You're paid less than other staff because your on a grad scheme. You can be moved across the country with 8 weeks notice.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work; low salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There's a broad range of interesting work.
    It's motivating to feel that you're making a difference to your country.
    You can maintain a good work-life balance, and there's a family-friendly ethos.

    Cons

    The salary is very low compared with similar roles in the private sector (even taking into account wider benefits).
    It's very bureaucratic, and trying to get anything done can feel like wading through treacle.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Civil Service UK"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager/Recruitment in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager/Recruitment in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements including part-time and jobshare, level of employer pension contributions, generous annual leave entitement, work/life balance, training and development opportunities, interest free season ticket and bicycle loans

    Cons

    Bonuses are performance related but capped at an average of 1% and have been for some years. Salary scales likely to be less than for a similar role in the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    The civil service does still offer a good overall total rewards package together with real flexible working arrangements including but not limited to part-time working and jobshare opportunities.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "GES - Economic Advisor (Grade 7) - HMT & HMRC"

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

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Reasonable first job upon leaving university and establish yourself in London. Gain public sector experience which can help you secure better employment in private sector. Work from home as much as you like. Access to variety of training courses. Not much else to say as private sector experience is valued much more in the market place irrespective of how long you work in the Civil Service.

    Cons

    Low pay for London, poor opportunities to progress, poor senior management, too hierarcial compared to private sector, work is not demanding compared to industry or finance sector. Absolutely no incentive to stay long term or beyond two years. Inconsistent quality of graduates and fellow workers is in contrast to private sector where people are weeded out every year. This is a pro if you are a low performer or lazy!

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say as Civil Service has been in decline in terms of quality and budget for years. They cannot be expected to compete with large firms in industry or the finance sector in terms of career opportunities, pay, training, travel, promotions, brand name, etc.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots a bright minded person can see or do if he or she can leverage the right influencers

    Cons

    The pace of implementing ideas can be quite slow in some areas which can cause continual comparisons to the private sector

    Advice to Management

    Need to reduce bureaucracy and improve training opportunities


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Being a career civil servant isn't what it used to be"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    work life balance, variety of work, making a contribution to society, public service

    Cons

    pay as a political football, politicians blaming you for implementing what they asked for, continual erosion of terms and conditions, constraints on political involvement/opinion sharing

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with staff, and make sure you reflect those concerns raised with you up the management chain all the way to the top.


  10. "Communications"

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    Former Employee - Communications Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Communications Intern in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working in Whitehall is really cool, the work isn't too challenging, which can be a pro and a con. As it'd government you get a really good pension.

    Cons

    The work culture isn't great.
    Surrounded by old people, don't get to interact with other grads or interns that often.
    Slow salary progression


  11. "head of marketing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generous pension provision and work life balance

    Cons

    Career development opportunities and pay comparable with private sector


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