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Communities & Local Government London Reviews

Updated April 4, 2017
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  1. "Not well paid but we'll treated"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Economist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Economist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Economists are respected in the department these days, previously political leadership having not made use of analytical capability

    Cons

    Pay freeze is persistent and performance management system very outdated.


  2. "Executive Officer"

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    Current Employee - Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, can do flexible working hours, working from home etc, development opportunities, able to move roles fairly easily

    Cons

    Decisions take a long time, everything is very much decided by your grade, can be a big work load, hours can be long depending on what team you are in

  3. "Government office"

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    Current Employee - Computer Operator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Computer Operator in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Communities & Local Government (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Basic Compute
    Hindi & English Typing with Good Speed
     I am still working as a Computer Operator [Data Entry Operator / Back Office Executive]

    Cons

    No salary increment and no new work
    no new learning work


  4. "Mixed view"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    In some ways making a very positive change to government IT: Certainly gov.uk is a better site than Directgov or bsuinesslink for the noraml public user: - less so when specialist material on departmental sites is moved over.
    Also good at taking on the system integrators and their outrageous charges.
    As a place to work, active, some of the work is interesting and you can feel you are making a difference, they do a lot to get people knowing about functional areas outside their own.

    Cons

    Less good: they are a digital shop when push comes to shove and not nearly so strong on IT heavy lifting, despite what they think..
    Can come over as arrogant, both to outsiders and the early recruits have that attitude to later starts, quite often.
    No transparency in promotions.
    Too many ex-Guardian and ex-BBCers
    Some managers too inexperienced for their roles.
    A little bit of on the intranet bullying goes on.

    I found some of the nerdy trendiness - eg hackpads a bit wearing.

    I was low paid on that contract compared to others - that may have just been me

    Advice to Management

    Some humility on the bad bits. Bwetter promotion policy.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "I've been working for DCLG for 2 years"

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    Current Employee - Finance Business Partner in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Business Partner in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Communities & Local Government full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - As a relatively small government department, you feel much closer to the political action than in larger departments such as MoD or DWP, and you can see where you fit into the grand scheme of things.
    - There's a real push to engage everyone at every grade and ensure that every individual has access to the training and development opportunities they want.
    - Minimum salary bands have just been revised in line with the rest of Whitehall from 1 December 2014.
    - Flexible working is encouraged (flexi time, working at home, compressed hours, part time and job sharing all considered).
    - The IT is actually quite good and offers a lot of flexibility too, like bringing your own iPad for emails and documents (saves a lot of paper!).
    - The new office is quite nice too, with a decent canteen offering, gym and break out space for informal meetings.
    - Depending on grade, it feels as if you have a lot more autonomy in going about your job compared to other larger departments.

    Cons

    - Hot desking is now a permanent feature of the office, and creatures of habit that dislike working from home may not not enjoy moving desks every day!

    - Poor performance is perhaps not managed in an effective way, at times it feels like there is some deadwood being carried by others.

    - It takes a while to fill vacancies - often not advertised until the incumbent actually leaves, which leaves the work falling to others to pick up and no effective handover to the new starter.


  6. "Don't go into this for the Salary, but interesting and varied work."

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    Current Employee - Assistant Economist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Economist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Communities & Local Government full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No long hours culture, friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Can be frustrating working with politicians.

    Advice to Management

    Don't spend too long consulting staff and going round in circles trying to please everyone. Reward those who do good work better.


  7. "Enjoayable Summer Internship in which I learned a lot"

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    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Communities & Local Government as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People - most don't fit the civil service stereotype, instead they were energetic and dynamic
    Freedom - probably specific to being an intern, but I was given some freedom to pursue opportunities that appealed to me

    Cons

    Structure is sluggish. As with many parts of the civil service, things can't get done quickly. This has a knock on effect of curtailing innovation, and whilst the people were dynamic and enthusiastic, they did not seem too hopeful of their ideas being implemented quickly

    Advice to Management

    Try to move with the times and streamline some implementation processes to invigorate the workforce

  8. "Great place to work and develop"

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

    I have been working at Communities & Local Government (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work, develop, good management and lots of opportunities to grow and be successful, good training and development and good teams.

    Cons

    Restricted budgets, lots of restructuring caused lower productivity. But good that senior management are reviewed first then lower management.


  9. "Not necessarily somewhere to achieve professional growth, but a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Flexitime
    Well-meaning managers
    Great colleagues and atmosphere.

    Cons

    Opportunities for professional development is limited

    Advice to Management

    The staff exodus won't end until people feel they can progress in their careers


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