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Civil Service United Kingdom Reviews

Updated May 28, 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 22 reviews)

  • Great flexible working hours and the staff in the department were great (in 20 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. "civil servant uk"

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    Current Employee - Civil Servant
    Current Employee - Civil Servant
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great atmosphere, kind, knowlegeable and helpful people

    Cons

    the only con I can think of is the lunch hour sometimes got extended.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great work


  2. Helpful (2)

    "An excellent place to work with great colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    It is a great place to work. The subjects covered by the different departments are so interesting as is the political dynamic. The civil service is full of people who really want to make a difference to our society. Don't think of this as a place full of pen pushers - it isn't.

    Cons

    The only down side is the salary issue because of the public sector pay freeze.

    Advice to Management

    Keep engaging your people. They want to make a difference and they have lots of ideas for positive change.


  3. "Officer"

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

    Pros

    Flexitime is great and overall work life balance is good.

    Cons

    Performance management review is awful, and pay needs to keep up with inflation at least

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of PMR!!


  4. "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


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

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    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


  6. "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.


  7. "UK Civil Service"

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    Former Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
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    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. "Civil service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    None that I can think off


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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