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Ministry of Justice UK London Reviews

Updated September 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 7 reviews)

  • Some senior managers lack leadership skills (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Best job ever!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Servant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Civil Servant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get the job and you will see why!

    Cons

    No cons this is truly the best job ever!

    Advice to Management

    Keep the ball running guys!


  2. "Decent working hours, relaxed management and friendly colleagues - if a bit lacking in dynamism"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Usual civil service perks - good holiday, flexi-time, pension, extra days off etc - but these are not rare in government

    Cons

    Usual civil service problems - lack of pace, bureaucratic, limited scope for experimentation, too much churn - and poor management accountability for decisions

    Advice to Management

    Open up to the outside and invite in experts and encourage staff exchanges. Culture is too insular.

  3. "policy adviser"

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    Former Employee - Policy Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Policy Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice offices, flexitime, ok management, manageable workload

    Cons

    mediocrity, work was too abstract and arbitrary, lack of evidence-based policy development, too keen to please ministers


  4. "Great people - cumbersome bureaucracy"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Principal Statistician in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Statistician in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people: enthusiastic, driven and capable. The hours: you can work ridiculously long hours but don't have to. The salary: compared to other Govt Departments, this is one of the better-paid ones (although that varies massively by grade). The subject matter: the possibility to work on societal issues that matter. The size: because MOJ is a large Govt Department, there is more opportunity for moving into different areas and moving up the ladder.

    Cons

    Same as elsewhere in the Civil Service: a bureaucratic organisation, sub-par IT and having to adapt quickly to ministerial whim.


  5. "IT Support Analyst"

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    Former Contractor - IT Support Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - IT Support Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits at Works and organised Environment

    Cons

    Project has been completed , So contract got finished


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Bullying, outsourcing and over-reporting"

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    Former Employee - SEO Estates Department in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - SEO Estates Department in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Ministry of Justice UK (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hugely interesting and diverse workload. Head office was a prestigious environment. Many kind, well-meaning people. Good work life balance (you can easily work from home). High pressure environment... which is a good thing.

    Cons

    Too much outsourcing, leaving the staff to become glorified data crunchers and pen pushers (with little hand-dirtying work to get involved in).
    Too much reporting.
    Bullying, while ostensibly frowned upon, is not only endemic, but (anecdotally) is most in evidence at the very top (i.e. with the DG).

    Advice to Management

    Should provide an anonymous whistle-blower-type email account to report bullying. Shouting and swearing in meetings is not tolerable and filters down.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "agile coach"

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    Former Employee - Content Developer and Agile Trainer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Content Developer and Agile Trainer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    good daily rate
    good people interested in transitioning from waterfall

    Cons

    big, monolithic organisation
    legacy systems and processes

  8. "Working for Ministry of Justice"

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

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

    Pros

    Good training and career opportunities, a wide variety of jobs and roles to choose from. Good mentoring schemes and they offer some very flexible working patterns, styles and arrangement's.

    Cons

    Equality and Diversity and 'soft skills' HR issues, are championed by the most senior of management, however, this often gets lost once it is cascaded down to middle management. This means staff are not always treated and respected as one the law says they should be and two how the actual policies put in place to safe guard all staff are meant in spirit. However, Communications & Information, whilst I worked there, were very good at R&R and the E&D soft skills HR and was practiced by the management from the Director and their SMT downwards.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with reward and recognition schemes, get senior management on-board and actively promoting this. Be as open, honest and transparent as possible about all future upcoming changes to the Civil Service, this allows staff to have enough time to make key career and life changing decisions.


  9. "Civil Service"

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    Former Employee - PERFORMANCE and DATA ANALYST in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PERFORMANCE and DATA ANALYST in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people and the flexible working patterns

    Cons

    No tools to get the job done, technological upgrades are few and far between and top management to willing to listen to ground staff


  10. Helpful (1)

    "I'm not going to name and shame this particular organisation or "agency"."

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

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

    Pros

    Flexi- IF you are part of the right department.
    Team - Mine was delightful

    Cons

    Micromanagement - You can be seen to be the highest performer but they will still judge you poorly.
    Language - I got told "could of finished yesterday. Should of done that quicker. Honestly why do we pay you" Maybe light hearted to some but when you have a parent dealing with MS you want colleagues to be supportive. Not say "good morning" because you came later (remember flexi). It's rude! They do it to belittle you. It's fortunate I know their game.
    Progression- None. Unless you've been there 15 plus years. Old school boys club.

    Returning 20 months later into the civil service I realise this isn't how all departments or agencies operate. So please go to the CS but stay away from here!

    Advice to Management

    Instead of belittling people - encourage them
    Give people jobs not based on CS nepotism
    Have management actually involve staff in decisions instead of receiving just an email


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