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Updated December 16, 2017
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Civil Service United Kingdom Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood
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  • Salary scales likely to be less than for a similar role in the private sector (in 9 reviews)

  • Lack of autonomy, senior managers can tend towards micro-management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Inequality between departments poor pay"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Security and pension and annual leave

    Cons

    My Tribunal moved into the MoJ a lot of us did not sign over to their T&C now we are asked annually if we want to transfer over with a 3 grand pay cut and for the rest of my working career I will not get a pay rise

    Advice to Management

    Get pay and conditions the same across the board and stop discrimination


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good job ruined by Central Government cuts and not being able to listen to people "in the front line and on the ground"."

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    Current Employee - County Court Bailiff in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - County Court Bailiff in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pension benefits and working conditions.

    Cons

    Too many staff cuts whilst the workload is ever increasing, unlike the wages.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip and listen to your subordinates, they don't always have the wrong idea(s) !

  3. "Over worked under paid and not respected"

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive Manager in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Manager in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working time interesting and challenging work

    Cons

    unfair treatment of staff outside of londno

    Advice to Management

    listen to your staff not the special advisers


  4. "accounting assistant"

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    Current Employee - Credit Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Credit Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    capable of putting the company at a world market.

    Cons

    if it doesn't give skills and motivational guide

    Advice to Management

    keep focused to expand the market world wide


  5. "Civil Service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Long term career prospects are good, lots of internal transfer opportunities available between departments.Temporary positions often made permenant.

    Cons

    Weak management means that teams are not built and individual talents not always recognised. Training in use of systems not consistent and over emphasis on targets rather than personal strengths.

    Advice to Management

    Train new team members and provide with mentors in order to support them in becoming used to new organisation.


  6. "The Civil Service in modern times"

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to high profile decision makers; experience of central government environment.

    Cons

    No job security; pay freezes for many years result in very uncompetitive salaries compared to other industries; crippling level of bureaucracy across the board; very much a white male dominated industry; widespread discrimination against disabled and BAME employees; insufficient infrastructure to support huge numbers of apprentices.

    Advice to Management

    Take some classes in how to manage staff in a positive way; stop discriminating against BAME and disabled employees; treat apprentices in a fair manner.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Paperwork, proceedure and protocol"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Lots of time off, loads of options for flexible working, excellent PENSION (even with the proposed changes), very secure job.

    Cons

    No career system or prospects, a promotion lottery, rubbish basic salary and a senior management who don't really have the respect of thier employees.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting for a first timer but just as exciting when leaving..."

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    Former Employee - Policy Official in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Policy Official in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Get to see how the Government really works and how much of the work carried out is actually done by you. Great holiday benefits and flexible working patterns.

    Cons

    Very structured and grade dependent so exposure to higher level work at times limited. Rewards and pay always dependent on Government budgets.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Management incompetence and bullying covered up by HR"

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    Former Employee - CIVIL SERVANT - GRADE 7 in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - CIVIL SERVANT - GRADE 7 in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A commitment to public service and delivering good quality work at G6/G7 (B1, B2) levels and a professional and co-operative working environment at these grades.

    Cons

    Unnecessary levels of costly administrative middle management at more senior grades, where incompetent managers have been 'promoted out of the job they can't do' and a management attitude supported by HR to suppress and bully any individuals who question such hierarchies.

    Advice to Management

    Order a thorough review of bullying (past and present), remove SPADs from the civil service pay roll, and review the wasteful and expensive procurement of suppliers and services using over-priced private companies like Capita and G4S.


  10. "The people I work with are lovely but we don't get told important information"

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    Current Employee - Support Officer in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Support Officer in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros are the people I work with and the fact that my current job is building my confidence ready for applying for promotion.

    Cons

    We didn't get told recently when new people joined our department. I still don't know if they are permanent additions or not. Promotion prospects seem remote as there keep being freezes on recruitment.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more openness. We've been told we don't need team meetings as we will be told if there is anything we need to know yet two people have joined in the last week and I don't know the first thing about it. I would also feel more motivated if there was a realistic prospect of getting promoted - there seem to be very few opportunities. The people I know who have been promoted have been lucky.


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