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Updated October 25, 2017
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  • Work life balance could be very turbulent during weeks ahead of major events such as the budget or international meetings (in 4 reviews)

  • Pay levels are generally low even relative to other government departments and public sector agencies (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "placement year"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at HM Treasury as an intern

    Pros

    so much experience and met senior people including the CX

    Cons

    can be slightly receptive in terms of brefings.


  2. "A good place to work"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HM Treasury as an intern

    Pros

    Responsibility given quickly, interesting work on environmental tax policy, intern work was actually useful

    Cons

    Was not paid work experience which was a shame

  3. "Policy advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HM Treasury full-time

    Pros

    Involvement in real decision-making; genuine culture of open doors and interruptibility; they take your development seriously; good colleagues - not all Etonians after all.

    Cons

    Pay is not the best for Civil Service. Plenty of promotion opportunities but very little opportunity for pay increase within one grade. Frequent young graduate intakes with fast employee churn - it's easy to feel old.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to Range D jeremiads re. pay, or we'll keep leaving!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting high profile work, great corporate culture, poor line managers"

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

    I have been working at HM Treasury (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work is fascinating and high profile
    It's a fairly flat structure, so there's little hierarchy
    Very streamlined- little unnecessary bureaucracy
    HR and laptops good

    Cons

    Line managers in general were poor, particularly at range E(1) level
    Sometimes there is no work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Find a better way to escalate line management problems


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Summer HR/GES Intern"

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern
    Former Employee - Summer Intern

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment with the opportunity to work very flexible hours and from home. Some nice government benefits.

    Cons

    The idea of government bureaucracy is real, things can move very slowly and collaborations with other departments can be disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    Work on better communication between government departments to help streamline processes within the treasury.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Slick operation"

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

    Pros

    Very slick operation
    Strong management
    High performing colleagues
    High level of influence

    Cons

    Can be a high pressure environment, particularly during fiscal events


  7. "Interesting Place to work but lacks flexibility."

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    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HM Treasury as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience of Banking and public sector

    Cons

    No clear career path and bureaucracy.

  8. "Would completely recommend despite problems."

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    Former Intern - Fast Stream Summer DiversityProgrammer Student in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Fast Stream Summer DiversityProgrammer Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HM Treasury as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very intelligent, supportive, well-intentioned and hard-working colleagues. Many opportunities to gain exposure to and experience in important policy areas and contribute positively to these projects at various stages. Relatively high level of responsibility from early on.

    Cons

    Pay is better compared to other parts of the Civil Service but it could be higher still to reduce attrition of Treasury colleagues. Degree of confusion regarding 'how things work' and 'what's going on in Government' is sometimes not adequately conceded or revealed; this is also somewhat worrying.

    Advice to Management

    Too hierarchical - this stunts idea formation and transmission. Need to improve transparency in the policy making process for public good.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great staff, mixed culture"

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    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "HMT"

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    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


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