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Civil Service United Kingdom Reviews

Updated August 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexi time, Work life balance, Good working environment (in 22 reviews)

  • Great flexible working hours and the staff in the department were great (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary scales likely to be less than for a similar role in the private sector (in 9 reviews)

  • You spend too much time dealing with senior managers and stakeholders rather than implementing/evaluating different policy options (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent career op"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ops Coordinator in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Ops Coordinator in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Varied roles, good pay, pension, lots of scope to promote

    Cons

    Can't promote within role, have to move jobs

    Advice to Management

    Should be easier to promote within role


  2. "Summer Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom as an intern

    Pros

    - Everyone very friendly and eager to offer advice.
    - Flexible working hours.
    - Interns given good involvement with the work of the department, and there were plenty of other interns/graduates to socialise with.

    Cons

    - Difficult for new starters to get set up on all of the systems.

  3. "Good work environmnet"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Development, interesting research topics, freedom to explore research/ ideas

    Cons

    Some lack of communication and forward planning


  4. Helpful (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.


  5. "Work coach"

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    Current Employee - Dwp Work Coach in Ashford, Kent, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Dwp Work Coach in Ashford, Kent, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Flexi time.Good pension.Family friendly policies.

    Cons

    Too much work and not enough time

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff and talk to them to listen to their co cerns


  6. "Civil service"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    None that I can think off


  7. Helpful (1)

    "UK Civil Service"

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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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work in a very broad range of Departments and Agencies on a diverse range of policies and programmes. I had a fabulous 28 years as a Civil Servant and got to work with brilliant people on fascinating, challenging and meaningful policies and programmes which made a real difference to real people in the UK.

    Cons

    The pay doesn't match the level of accountability and responsibility individuals carry and erosion of pension and other benefits since 2010 means the overall package may be less attractive. The 'draw' of working for the UK Civil Service still offsets the financial disadvantage for many.

  8. "servant of the Crown"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are chilled out. You don't need to tire your brain out by becoming a specialist, as there are jobs for generalists.

    CHANGE! Things are changing fast!!

    Cons

    There is a lack of work ethic, as employees are often not willing to put in unpaid overtime that is the norm across other businesses.


  9. "Shame the tax payer doesn't value their civil servants"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent working environment supported by good Senior managers

    Cons

    Most posts are being privatised or moved back to London !!

    Advice to Management

    Stop moving posts back to london


  10. "GES Summer internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great work environment, nice people, perfect work life balance, possibility to make an impact and work on relevant issues, chance to work independently

    Cons

    pay is not as high as in the private sector, analytical work can be dull and perceived as not really useful, not many training opportunities


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