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Crown Prosecution Service London Reviews

Updated January 12, 2018
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  1. "Interesting, challenging, worthwhile"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Feel like you are making a contribution; varied and stimulating work

    Cons

    Can be pressured, not always enough time to do your best work


  2. "Former Prosecutor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - C1 Prosecutor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - C1 Prosecutor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crown Prosecution Service full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Doing the right thing for the public
    Job Security

    Cons

    Receiving 20 files at 8 30 am for court at 9 30 am. Unreasonable expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Powerless

  3. "I could not recommend working here to any body,"

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    Current Employee - Legal in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Legal in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    regular work
    holiday entitlements
    some job security

    Cons

    I can only speak for London but anedotal evidence suggest this plays out throughout the organisation.
    many staff are earning much higher rates on old systems of pay so there is a wide disparity of staff pay.
    Any person thinking of this employer should read several of the public staff surveys especially regarding bullying, treatment of staff, poor performance and poor leadership and staff morale, treatment of staff on disability and equality and corporate discipline.
    Additionally any person joining should check stats on diversity and fairness and google the organisation regarding legal suits that may have been against it.
    Anyone even considering joining should be unionised immediately
    I could not in all concscience recommend this employer at all

    Advice to Management

    All advice is useless they are too entrenched to hear critisim and because they are a government service cannot be disbanded. In my opinion they should be put out to tender in the private world and the top brass and middle ranking managers should be replaced.


  4. "Misguided Management Teams"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crown Prosecution Service full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The are some people at the CPS that really care about what they do and take their role in the criminal justice system very seriously.

    Cons

    One of the main problems with the CPS is the split between legal and non-legal grades. This creates quite a two tier organisation where the two members aren't equal. As such, I have experienced quite a bit of division between the two career families (though a number of really strong working partnerships do exist at local levels).

    A large number of unnecessary change and transformation projects which have little positive impact on the end service are initiated but not fully thought through or delivered resulting in disruption.

    Limited career opportunities - especially for non-legal grades and for those looking to move into one of the the Government's professions.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what the service is there for - to fairly and independently prosecute those accused of crimes - and direct all your limited resources to this.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lawyer"

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    Former Employee - Special Casework Lawyer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Special Casework Lawyer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crown Prosecution Service full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Joined to help victims of crime to then become a victim myself.

    Cons

    If you want a career that will make you seriously ill and is driven by management who don't care but just to tick boxes, then go ahead and join this circus.

    Advice to Management

    total lack of responsibility towards a duty of care to staff, whilst hiding behind your desks and pay packets


  6. "Prosecutor"

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    Former Employee - Lawyer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lawyer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crown Prosecution Service full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A variety and complexity of work second to none. Huge responsibility and total hands on experience from day one. The chance to shape and salvage investigations. Daily court exposure whilst managing demanding case loads. Wonderful colleagues and hardworking much maligned and unrewarded yet frequently brilliant support staff.

    Cons

    Poor to irresponsible management. Complete lack of pastorale care for their staff. Complete inability to instigate supportive work practices. Poor at managing change.

    Advice to Management

    Change your management style. You have a retention problem for a reason.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Rubbish corrupt incompetent"

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    Former Employee - Senior Crown Prosecutor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Crown Prosecutor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crown Prosecution Service full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    None anymore higher court advocacy is dead and HQ is being decimated too

    Cons

    No career progression. Being bullied and managed through fear. Senior management have allowed jumped up admin assistants to take over and attempt to 'manage' the organisation and the result is mayhem while senior legal managers bury their heads in the sand and lie and cover up failings. Corrupt to the core.

    Advice to Management

    Current team resign. A new era of a caring management structure is needed. Stop bullying your staff. You prosecute people for less

  8. "CPS"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Specialist Prosecutor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Specialist Prosecutor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Largest employer of solicitors in England and Wales

    Cons

    Only way to advance is if you want to be a manager or advocate


  9. Helpful (2)

    "CPS Lawyer"

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

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and varied work. never boring.

    Cons

    Unfair pay structure. Lawyers doing the same job are paid with as much as 17 k variance.
    Constant changes imposed by senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Do back to back courts to appreciate the pressure and workload instead of micro managing us.


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