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Updated February 20, 2017
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  1. "Working at HMT"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I have been working at HM Treasury full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working at the heart of government, on some of the key challenges facing the UK, varied and interesting work, with talented and motivated colleagues, making a difference

    Cons

    The salary is not great, even for the public sector, and working hours can sometimes be long, although usually with peaks and troughs and management support for flexible working.


  2. "Great staff, mixed culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HM Treasury full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing quality of peers, flat structure, ability to influence, performance culture - high caliber people to learn from

    Cons

    Some arrogance amongst certain senior staff, "treasury royalty" etc; instinctive aversion to collaborating and sharing information amongst those who rose in the Brown years; cavalier attitude to motivation and retention of staff

    Advice to Management

    High turnover rates reflect a number of things, and not all are desirable - yes, weak staff tend to filter away but so do many excellent people who could be future assets if they felt more welcome, which exclusive insider culture can prevent


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Policy Advisor"

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

    Pros

    Flexi time
    Interesting work
    smart people overall
    HMT is highly reputable so looks goood on CV

    Cons

    bad culture
    depends where your placed
    no training


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  5. "Great Place with Great People"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very nice building and area
    Staff members (from my team and other teams) are all very friendly
    Good collegiate environment
    Huge canteen which does some lovely breakfast too

    Cons

    The nice lunch places are a good 10-15 minute walk away!
    Although most the local cafes (starbucks, costa etc) are 5 minutes away!


  6. "Senior Policy Advisor"

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

    I worked at HM Treasury full-time

    Pros

    Smart, able and diverse work colleagues. Fast moving policy agenda keeps the work interesting. Opportunities to rotate internally between different departments and gain experience and contacts in many fields over a relatively short period of time.

    Cons

    Pay levels are generally low even relative to other government departments and public sector agencies. Pay progression within grades is also limited and there are limited opportunities to progress higher than mid-management level due to ration of mid-management to senior management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Management should focus on ensuring that recruitment into the Organization brings a diverse and talented workforce, and on providing incentives for talented staff and stay and develop their careers within the institution. Greater flexibility in enabling staff to pursue fixed term opportunities outside the Organization - secondments, study leave etc - would also be beneficial.


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    "Revolving Door"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HM Treasury full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work with some incredibly intelligent people at the forefront of issues facing the UK.

    Cons

    Work life balance varies greatly and is dependent on manager and director. The lack of consistency is frustrating. Pay level is quite low and the rigidity of roles means a hard slog.


  8. "HMT"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Head of Management Accounts in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Head of Management Accounts in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    At the cutting edge of HM Governments civil service, fantastic quality of staff, excellent IT, fantastic building to work in

    Cons

    Low pay, poor staff retention, inordinate competition at the top, slow to change at the top, too quick to let valuable staff go, poor relationship with OGD

    Advice to Management

    Address Low pay, poor staff retention, inordinate competition at the top, slow to change at the top, too quick to let valuable staff go, poor relationship with OGD


  9. "Excellent workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Huge level of responsibility devolved to lower grades, extremely clever and motivated colleagues, strong flexible working culture and excellent support for women and gender balance.

    Cons

    Pay legs behind other Whitehall departments, not comparable to private sector offering for skills. Management skills improving but still an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Continue work on BME and social origins diversity issues and improved management training.


  10. "Senior Policy adviser"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Get lots of responsibilities and exposure to senior stakeholders even at a junior level.
    Good work/life balance
    Young and dynamic staff

    Cons

    The use of resources (i.e. how much time and efforts staff spend on some projects) is not always strategic.
    Lack of exposure to industry and "real-world"

    Advice to Management

    Some senior managers needs to be more transparent with their teams on corporate issues and opportunities.
    Make sure that your team feels empowered when starting a project.


  11. "Deputy Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of responsibility, great staff

    Cons

    long term career options within organisation



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