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Ministry of Justice UK London Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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Ministry of Justice UK Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove
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  • pay is a lot lower than same grade at other civil service departments (in 4 reviews)

  • After two years of a pay freeze, pay goes up by 1% every year (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Enjoyable and Rewarding Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - IT Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - IT Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ministry of Justice UK as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    - was working in programme with professional, supportive and hardworking team
    - friendly and open work environment
    - happy to support flexible working if needed
    - maintained clear governance and have well engaged stakeholders
    - supportive of using contractor/interims to support civil servant FTEs

    Cons

    - tends to have several programmes/projects running at once that requires careful dependency management if you are in a delivery role

    Advice to Management

    Please continue the focus on people and working on ways to retain and develop many hard-working and genuinely invested staff and contractors for major programmes and projects going forward.


  2. "Working at MOJ"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Business Partner in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Business Partner in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ministry of Justice UK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great development opportunities,
    Emphasis on work life balance,
    Very unique work

    Cons

    Upfront pay might not be comparable,


  3. "Frustrating"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ministry of Justice UK full-time

    Pros

    A great dedicated group of people to work with. Plenty of opportunity to do exciting things.

    Cons

    To many things done because "important people" want it done - not because it needs or indeed should be done. Decision making painfully slow and unsurprising a highly political environment.

    Advice to Management

    Needs much stronger leadership within the civil servant community.


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  5. "Occasionally shambolic but usually works"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Content Editor in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Content Editor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ministry of Justice UK as a contractor

    Pros

    You are generally doing good; generally respectful and trusting work environment; high profile so makes for good experience on your CV

    Cons

    Internal processes often inefficient and slow; sometimes clash of cultures between full time civil servants and contractors; if you are a contractor, Capita, who you will likely have to work through, and sluggardly in the extreme

    Advice to Management

    Remote working – increasingly common – needs to be balanced with opportunities for team building. Perhaps also tighten up on productivity tracking


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Need to be up to speed with Tech and the Customer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Flexi time allows for half days or days off
    -Pension
    -Holiday entitlement very generous after a few years service
    -Maternity Leave

    Cons

    -base pay has not increased in 7+ years and it's rare to the top of the banding
    -training is poor and often very piecemeal
    -development is mostly based on how well you're liked by the upper echelons
    -technology is extremely dated

    Advice to Management

    Get project management experience, qualifications before spending money on IT systems with unscrupulous developers, listen to staff and customers and actually act on the information


  7. "Ministry of Justice Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Supplier Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Supplier Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ministry of Justice UK full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Helpful and friendly colleagues. Good working relationships. Very good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Open plan offices make concentration difficult. Lack of decent pay increases.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful when bringing in private sector senior managers as some do not understand public sector culture.


  8. "could do better"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ministry of Justice UK (More than a year)

    Pros

    public sector benefits, good working conditions, good colleagues to work with

    Cons

    toxic politics, woeful bureaucracy, pay freeze, lack of respect from politicians, very poor leadership

    Advice to Management

    your staff do matter - they drive better services and deserve more respect


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Bullying and nasty culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Civil Servant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Civil Servant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ministry of Justice UK full-time

    Pros

    - a lot of very interesting work to do

    Cons

    - a nasty and very backstabbing culture. Senior managers seem to spend more time playing politics than anything else
    - anti women culture. Most of the senior women have been 'removed' in the last year
    - disorganised and very badly run. Basic things like getting paid on time are got consistently wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Sort the bullying culture - and refocus management time on running things well rather than playing political games


  10. "Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ministry of Justice UK (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pension, team working, work life balance, regional working

    Cons

    The government financial agenda, the reduction in head count whilst increasing work, the number of contractors

    Advice to Management

    Stop and think


  11. "Business Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Business Analyst/Scrum Master in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Digital Business Analyst/Scrum Master in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ministry of Justice UK (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Work life Balance with children

    Cons

    Too Many Managers
    Very Old people

    Advice to Management

    Be positive and move with the times



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