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Department of Energy & Climate Change Reviews

Updated April 2, 2017
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Department of Energy & Climate Change Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey
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  1. "Interesting place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Department of Energy & Climate Change full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, fascinating subject areas, work with a wide variety of people and professions. decent holiday entitlement and other terms and conditions.

    Cons

    very busy, crowded working conditions. Depending on team or job can have long hours. Pay can be low compared to some private sector jobs with similar qualifications.


  2. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Was a good company to work for. The team I worked with listened to my ideas and allowed me to go on training to expand my skills

    Cons

    Pay wasn't great. In addition to being a gov department there was a lot of red tape and sometimes restrictions (such as a simple change had to go through a lot of people)

    Advice to Management

    Not too much. Just keep up the good work and continue to let your employees contribute with their ideas


  3. "Great place, committed people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Department of Energy & Climate Change full-time

    Pros

    You worked with people who cared about dealing with climate change. There was a lot of expertise in the building and it was small enough that you could reasonable expect to know a lot of the department.

    Cons

    General politicking, with both a small 'p' and a big 'p'. Ministers who failed to understand how details of policies.

    Advice to Management

    Try and keep DECC's spirit and role alive now that it has been subsumed into BEIS. Energy policy is not a branch of business policy.


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    "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.


  6. "Good for a short term stint."

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    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".


  7. "Tense environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Department of Energy & Climate Change full-time

    Pros

    Wages are pretty decent and good training opportunities.

    Cons

    Quite a stressed environment .

    Advice to Management

    Try to make the atmosphere a little less tense !


  8. "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.


  9. "Assistant Economist at DECC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Interesting policy areas
    - Great camaraderie between colleagues and teams

    Cons

    - senior leadership not inspiring
    - long hours for little pay
    - pay differential between new economists with masters and existing economists with masters, which is unfair


  10. "Policy Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Policy Advisor
    Current Employee - Policy Advisor
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Department of Energy & Climate Change full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues: intelligent and committed with a very strong work ethic.

    Cons

    Very poor senior management, especially in terms of managing change.


  11. "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.



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