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Civil Service United Kingdom Reviews

Updated April 26, 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. "Good emeployer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farnham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farnham, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good employer who do not pay the best but really invest in you as a person. If anything goes wrong they will help also.

    Cons

    No much opportunity to advance and often it's waiting for other people to shuffle off.

    Advice to Management

    Start a real graduate plan


  2. "Deputy Director"

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    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.


  3. "Recruitment Specialist role"

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

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time

    Pros

    - Work life balance
    - Given lots of freedom and independence
    - Sense of feeling like you are benefiting wider society
    - Great people generally

    Cons

    - Lack of direction/leadership
    - Too many consultants/contractors
    - Slow to get things done and lots of sign off needed
    - Very London centric - lots of travel needed and little thought to colleagues who are located elsewhere in UK


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  5. "Deputy Director of HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent mission that drives employee commitment. Committed staff leads to good working environment

    Cons

    Lack of autonomy, senior managers can tend towards micro-management. Background of 'generalist' civil service jobs means that people can be appointed to roles that they do not have the requisite skills and experience for.

    Advice to Management

    Professionalisation has started but there's a long way to go. Employee engagement is on the wane as there is little recognition, monetary or otherwise. Most staff work very hard but don't feel valued and carry poor performers who are not appropriately managed.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Moj"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexi time, Work life balance, Good working environment

    Cons

    Slow growth, unhelpful managers , heavy workload


  7. "Civil Service"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and holidays, options to progress and work abroad.

    Cons

    Red tape galore, constant shift in polices and targets, lack of resources, top down culture

    Advice to Management

    Give staff the freedom to make 'mistakes' and take more risks


  8. "Supervisor"

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    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Decentclong term career"

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

    Pros

    Decent long term career, not as good in terms of salary or perks as it once was but plenty of opportunities for variety

    Cons

    Limited salary progression, location and flexible working behind the curve


  10. "NICS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time

    Pros

    Flexi time. Annual leave entitlement increase after 5 years service

    Cons

    No reward for hard work. Staff can get away with doing bare minimum and receive same pay as someone who puts in effort. Lack of promotion opportunities


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Fast Streamer Civil Service"

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    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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