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Crown Prosecution Service Reviews

Updated September 16, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "Clerk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Part time available. Government pension scheme. Flexi time. 30 days per year annual leave allowance.

    Cons

    Heavy workload. Poor management. Shabby offices and equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic about what is a manageable workload.

  3. "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


  4. "B1 Caseworker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)

    Pros

    A very rewarding career where your proud to work for the great British system which is fair for victims and defendants, always keeping the balance

    Cons

    usual not enough resorcouses , therefore, some cases not trial ready so need to be put back weeks sometimes months depending on when counts can fit them in. At times this may lead to plead bargaining, or if main victim just doesn't want to attend next time< case may be dropped

    Advice to Management

    less meetings and get stuck in when you can see your team is at breaking point !!!!!!!


  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. "CPS"

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    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

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Too many chiefs, not enough indians"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Better than being unemployed, some genuinely good people to work with.

    Cons

    Low morale, low pay, little to no chance for progression, lack of transparency towards staff, doesn't handle change well

    Advice to Management

    There are too many managers. It is not clear what the managers do.
     Stop using 'the figures' as both a shield to justify decisions and a stick to poke the staff with (figuratively speaking).


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Too many managers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, interesting work

    Cons

    Too many managers, low morale, pay freezes, lazy staff who lack ambition

    Advice to Management

    Less micro management and encourage staff to feel valued


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Dead end job, generally bad employer"

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

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very occasionally you might get the feeling that you have somehow contributed to putting a bad guy behind bars

    Cons

    I know I has a particularly bad time at the CPS, so my review inevitably has a negative slant.

    When I joined the website boasted career prospects "The only question you have to ask, is how far do you want to go?" This was the antithesis of what I found. The CPS represents the very worst symptoms of being a public sector organisation. All that matters is ticking boxes. The fact that in reality the job isn't done means nothing to the management. The staff are a mixture of hard working saints that stop the place from sinking under water completely, and the rest only got the job because they ticked boxes in the interview. Three Senior Crown Prosecutors, responsible for putting rapists behind bars, crowded around a PC, baffled because they can't open an Excel document in MS Word. I could give a million examples that illustrate how stupid most of the people I worked with were; the simple fact is, if you're a good employee, then you should only work for a good employer. There is a reason the CPS ends up with the worst people. In my office there was a huge staff turn over of 'good' employees, but not so much of the bad ones.

    Advice to Management

    Privatise state prosecutions, give up, the organisation is a joke, Stop giving yourselves massive voluntary exit pay outs whenever you fee like leaving, and cut the crap.


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