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Civil Service United Kingdom Employee Reviews about "private sector"

Updated Jan 21, 2021

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4.0
84%
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89%
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Civil Service United Kingdom Cabinet Secretary  Sir Jeremy Heywood
Sir Jeremy Heywood
134 Ratings
Pros
  • "flexible working times and hours(in 67 reviews)

  • "Fantastic career prospects with good work/ life balance(in 64 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Salary a lot lower than a similar job in the private sector(in 29 reviews)

  • "Low pay compared with similar roles elsewhere(in 12 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work for learning opportunities

      Nov 25, 2020 - Performance Analyst in Nottingham, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing learning and development opportunities. Decent pay for lower and mid grades. Usually have an excellent flexi working policy in place.

      Cons

      They value a grade system that means nothing outside of the Civil Service, it’s sometimes better to fight for a good job title, that’ll translate well outside of the CS, than a higher grade. They can be inconsistent with their management styles and flexi policies. There’s no direct promotions like in the private sector, you can be offered temporary promotion but it can be taken at any time. To get ahead you must move about and then come back to the team you wish to be in.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great work life balance

      Dec 21, 2020 - Senior Policy Advisor in Leeds, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work from home. Great work-life balance. Varied work. I have previously worked in the private sector and whilst it paid more, I was overworked and exhausted all the time. The civil service is so much better at work/life balance.

      Cons

      None really. I love it.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Awesome challenge

      Jan 15, 2021 - Commercial in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Scale of the place is beyond anything in the private sector

      Cons

      Change is very hard because of the huge scale

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Love it

      Jan 15, 2021 - Enterprise Risk Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very flexible working and sense of fulfilment

      Cons

      Salary isn't what it would be in the private sector

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great jobs where you can make a difference.

      Dec 4, 2020 - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Mission; public service; stimulating intellectually.

      Cons

      Can be a lot of pressure; lower pay than senior jobs in the private sector.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Excellent place to work

      Dec 14, 2020 - Project Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      flexibility, training, professional, fair, and balanced

      Cons

      salary less than private sector, bureaucracy

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Secure

      Nov 28, 2020 - Accountant in Bristol, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible working hours generally available

      Cons

      Pay low compare to comparative private sector employers

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good

      Jan 21, 2021 - Office Manager in Caernarfon, Wales, Wales
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible, good pension, generous leave

      Cons

      Salary a lot lower than a similar job in the private sector

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great colleagues

      Oct 6, 2020 - SSO in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible working and a stable environment.

      Cons

      The private sector has more financial opportunities.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good work life balance, good challenging work

      Sep 3, 2020 - Strategic Communications in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work life balance, pension, public service, variety of work

      Cons

      bureaucracy, lower pay than private sector

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