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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. "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


  3. 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


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  5. "MoD internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom as an intern

    Pros

    Fantastic experience. Staff were very friendly, got to see first-hand what working in the MoD was like.

    Cons

    Salary could be better.However, very few negatives.


  6. 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


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Investigator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is very good . Decent Benefits. Flexible working and my dept are very Pro childcare. Good working environment and colleagues.

    Cons

    Management are often brought in from other business areas and have no specialist knowledge. Often have to leave dept to be promoted. Exceedingly poor pay progression.

    Advice to Management

    Put people in management positions that have experience and knowledge of subject matter OR listen to the junior grades which are specialists within the dept


  9. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom as a contractor

    Pros

    Great flexible working hours and the staff in the department were great.

    Cons

    Career progression can be very slow


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Civil service"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working conditions. Flexible working arrangements.

    Cons

    Low pay it systems and tools outdated.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Civil Service UK"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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