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Department of Energy & Climate Change Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Very good Department to work for"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Department of Energy & Climate Change (More than a year)

    Pros

    Training, huge networks of high profile professionals, challenging roles

    Cons

    None. It is a nice place to work.


  2. "Good for a short term stint."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Policy Support Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Policy Support Officer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Department of Energy & Climate Change (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working, interesting area of government policy, not scared to trial new and innovative ways of working, good working relationships (mostly), good access to Ministers and senior officers.

    Cons

    Salary (as always in the public sector), needs more diversity (which they recognise and are working to improve), meritocracy is not valued - networking is valued higher than good work, bonuses are very difficult to gain as is a top box mark in appraisals.

    Advice to Management

    Definitely needs to improve diversity and recognise hard work and good work. Messaging is not clear from the top. Shame that the clear message is "who you know not what you know".


  3. "Like stepping back into the past"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to work from home, cheap gym membership

    Cons

    This is one example of how not to work. Many people are repeating the same projects, tasks as predecessors or other departments without so much as looking at what is happening to see what jobs can be cut. Often people are simply sitting around watching youtube or sending emails with no reason other than to make sure everyone knows their name. The diversity is atrocious and bullying moreso (nobody acts on this despite it being raised to multiple individuals), I was literally left with no choice but to leave as the alternative would have led to me going to the doctors on stress/depression. When people often think of lazy civil servants it's probably because of a place like this.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the diamond structure, a member of staff shouldn't report to 3 separate managers but be measured by someone else who doesn't work with them, less people doing the same job (a piece of work shouldn't need 4 layers of checks), complete business plans before you go out and spend money on visits, events and the like.


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  5. "Policy Adviser at DECC"

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    Former Employee - Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Department of Energy & Climate Change full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and you get the opportunity to work alongside some ambitious and intelligent people with a strong work ethic. There's a strong commercial focus to the Department given its line of work, which is pretty uncommon in other Government Departments.

    Training and Development opportunities are pretty good and are often policy area focused, unlike in some other Government Departments that can rely on a more generic offering.

    Cons

    Hierarchical in the extreme - the clearance process for papers to Ministers is one example where it can go through three or four people - though I suspect it might be slightly different depending on what team you're in.

    There's a definite bias towards younger, male workers and the makeup of people in management grades is not particularly diverse (white, often male; no one from Minority Ethnic groups).

    Bullying culture in some areas where senior management are not aware what is going on and a sense that, if there are made aware of this, nothing will be done.

    Given the strong work ethic, an expectation that all the work will be done, even at the expense of your weekend - and Time Off in Lieu is by no means guaranteed (this decision is delegated down to individual business areas and being paid overtime is not an option).

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on people management - there can be a tendency to think that Leadership skills are the same as being able to manage a team or individuals. They are very different skills.

    Review policy around TOIL - it's fairly standard across other Government Departments to claim time back (or in some cases be paid for it) and the fact that most people are discouraged from seeking it causes real resentment.

    Take tangible steps towards improving diversity at senior grades - no good just being "committed" to it.


  6. "Life at DECC"

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    Current Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fascinating work. Important once in a generation subject matter.

    Cons

    Low progression. Poor diversity at senior levels.

    Advice to Management

    Be less hierarchical and delegate responsibility. Sort out the diversity of senior management.


  7. "Fast Stream departmentally owned"

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    Former Employee - Fast Streamer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Fast Streamer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I absolutely hated my time at DECC, mostly because of extremely weak HR. There wasnt really a job for me - I had six line managers in one year. Subject matter is at least not terrible.

    Cons

    Too many to count - I despised it. On the plus side, it had a canteen (a poor one but better than nothing in winter) and the HR woman was eventually suspended, so at leas there is that.


  8. "MY HELL IN DECC"

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

    Pros

    Decent pay package but pretty much has to be considering the hell that occurs there.

    Cons

    EVERYTHING, poor management, poor it, poor equality, poor scope, glass ceilings

    Advice to Management

    GET IN THE 21ST CENTURY


  9. "Motivating and frustrating"

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    Current Employee - Economic Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Economic Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Department of Energy & Climate Change full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The agenda is really interesting, topical and fast moving. The working hours are very flexible and reasonable, with some very busy times which are offset by quieter times. So you can achieve a good work life balance. On the whole, people are enthusiastic, bright and respectful.

    Cons

    It is not very joined up so you can find your self repeating other peoples work. The office can be a bit slow and quiet times. And there is a lot of processes to follow which can be stifling. The senior management team are also not paid very competitively which is a dinincentive.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent experience as a Fast Stream Economist"

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

    I have been working at Department of Energy & Climate Change full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent development, both analytic and personal.
    Fantastic work life balance.
    Good offices.
    Lots of direction from the Chief Economist.
    Quality of the analytical work in the department is excellent which you can learn a lot from.
    The department is very commercially focused and you can therefore larn a lot of commercial/technical skills to take elsewhere.
    Always the opportunity to take complex projects forward and lead teams of policy professionals.

    Cons

    Some roles can be slow because of the nature of the role. ie working on a project that comes online in 40 years means the work going on today can be slower than usual.

    Advice to Management

    More perks, in terms of performance benefit. But understoof why this doesnt happen (as its tax payer funded).


  11. "Really interesting place to work, although suffers from too many inexperienced policy officers."

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    Former Employee - Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Department of Energy & Climate Change full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really interesting and diverse policy areas to work in.
    Friendly co-workers.
    Usual civil service benefits.
    Excellent line managers.

    Cons

    Too many inexperienced colleagues, especially at the policy lead level.
    Policy formation often in flux and subject to last minute change.
    Awful building and canteen

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on building up individual knowledge and expertise.
    Focus more on long term strategic policy rather than short term media handling.


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