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General Medical Council Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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  1. "Fun but overly bureaucratic"

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

    I worked at General Medical Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, interesting work, decent remuneration.
    Lots of variety.

    Cons

    Tons of over-the-top bureaucracy when I was there, and lots of energy going into maintaining little fiefdoms. Senior management behaviour was focused on one-upmanship with each other and petty run-ins, door slamming, and little time was left over for supporting or guiding their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Complete culture overhaul necessary... admittedly this may have happened by now.


  2. "Good if your face fits"

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

    I worked at General Medical Council full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits
    Mostly good staff
    Interesting work dependant on which dept your in

    Cons

    Over recognition of those who work on projects and not enough of those who keep the ship afloat
    Favourite word is transparency but it's the last thing the organisation is
    Hierarchical
    Too much promotion from within to management positions regardless of whether candidates suitable or not leading to a significant proportion of poor middle managers
    Too many networkers whose sole aim is to raise their profile and get face seen
    Quick to discipline lower grade staff but management never held accountable for inadequacies

    Advice to Management

    Value the work horses of the organisation
    Stop engineering recruitment to get the candidates you want rather than the candidates you need
    Scrap the Valued awards, they just make those who don't play the nomination game feel under valued

  3. "A good regulator to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at General Medical Council full-time

    Pros

    Good organisation to work for with regards to training provided to staff. The benefits are good – pay, pension, retail discounts, travel loan, medical cover (if you want to join the scheme) and health checks. They are rolling out a digital strategy so interesting time to get involved with projects such as the website. Good access to technology – personal laptops etc. Staff are passionate about their work, knowledgeable and care about patient safety.

    Cons

    As a regulator they are understandably risk-averse which can mean high levels of sign-off and a rather uncreative atmosphere. It can feel slightly old fashioned and civil-service like at times.


  4. "Public sector bureaucracy with the usual pros and cons"

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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

    I worked at General Medical Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great benefits, work life balance is excellent both day to day (regular work from home, usually light workload, flexi leave) and over the year (generous holiday / sick leave / maternity etc)
    - Pay is good for the work you do
    - There are enough sociable pockets around the org that you can for the most part avoid the dysfunctional politics

    Cons

    - Work is pointless paper pushing or agenda-driven nonsense - load may be lighter but infinitely more tedious
    - little to no opportunity for advancement/staff nurturing, unless being a career bureaucrat / office manueverer is your true calling
    - There's enough good people to get by but also plenty of the other sort, if you're unlucky they'll be your unavoidable (micro)manager

    Advice to Management

    None as this is baked into the system, do not work here if you can't keep your head down and collect a comfortable paycheck while the totally broken management hashes out their fiefdoms. Or work here if you want to join that game.


  5. "too much red tape"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at General Medical Council full-time

    Pros

    good L&D, very intelligent and helpful people to work with

    Cons

    too much red tape, always want to be politically correct

    Advice to Management

    listen to staff rather than those above


  6. "An immensely interesting 'industry' and a very friendly culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at General Medical Council full-time

    Pros

    One of the UK's leading healthcare regulators, you really do get a chance to see the business 'end to end' if you want to and it is fascinating what medical regulation involves.

    Many staff have been at the GMC a long time and are very committed to the organisations vision and values. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and people always have a smile for each other.

    You are expected to work hard but objectives are SMART and success is increasingly noted and valued.

    The IT kit you are given to do your job is of a very good standard and the IT support is the best I have seen (and I have worked at a LOT of companies!)

    Internal promotions are very common so a good organisation to build your career.

    The company has a generous benefits package and has recently brought in working from home and buy/ sell leave which all enhance the benefits package. There is also an active social committee and wellbeing group which helps you meet other staff as well.

    Cons

    Top heavy - could empower staff more BUT this is probably due to the nature of the industry e.g. if the regulator makes a mistake what is the tolerance for that ? this does stifle innovation though and can lead to staff losing confidence.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful with the GMC International Services initiative - it smacks of a 'pet project and it is a distraction and is already taking many staff's focus off the day job. We have enough to do within the UK right now without taking our eye off the ball on the promise of a 'few quid' which is not really needed to sustain the current income/ expenditure forecasts. Learn from the home office who got their fingers burnt a few years back !


  7. "Every opinion welcomed"

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    Current Employee - Middle Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at General Medical Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is the most collaborative place I have worked at, and the healthiest environment n terms of the respect that staff and manager show each other. Organisation deals with so many more issues than you'd think and while the work is constant, there is enough thinking time to do it well.

    Cons

    Sometimes slow to make decisions and act on them; historically as an organisation it has stood on the sidelines too often and will need a little more time to shake that habit off.

    Advice to Management

    You have very talented people at the GMC. Give them the freedom to be creative and deliver.

  8. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at General Medical Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues, organisation purpose, salary package, benefits, location (Manchester City Centre), flexible working

    Cons

    Certain outdated processes could be brought more up to date


  9. "Employment Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Stimulating work, great support systems, office environment and employee package

    Cons

    Too many ill-defined management roles with unclear accountabilities or purpose that get in the way of delivering services

    Advice to Management

    Try and streamline the decision making process


  10. "Great work ethic across the organisation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at General Medical Council full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have been working at the GMC for over 8 years. I find all staff really supportive of each other with a great work ethic across the organisation. I'm hoping to be here for at least another 8 years

    Cons

    The change programme has been a difficult time for all staff, but hopefully this is now complete and all staff can work together to create great new working relationships with new staff members in Manchester


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