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Ministry of Justice UK UK Reviews

Updated April 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 6 reviews)

  • Senior managers seem to spend more time playing politics than anything else (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Bullying, outsourcing and over-reporting"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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


  3. "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.


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  5. "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


  6. "Absolute Joke avoid MoJ"

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

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

    Pros

    I left?? On balance I worked with some great people that I keep In touch with.

    Working for MoJ gave me an understanding of how not to do thighs.

    Cons

    - The department has little interest in developing staff;
    - you can world upwards of 40 hrs/week and still be told your not doing enough;
    - Concerns brushed under the carpet;
    - witnessed other members of staff been bullied with senior management taking no action;
    - pay scales below average compared to the wider civil service;
    - a blame culture (witnessed not experienced) where staff are left without the necessary tools or resource to make informed professional decisions and then blamed personally in the events of failure;
    - massive contrast between teams due to wide scale under resourcing, lack of clear policy and no escalation routes.

    Avoids this department! In Leeds I'd suggest looking at DH and DWP roles

    Advice to Management

    Simple: support and develops the staff you have - you might find that you don't have to run constant recruitment exercises if you can retain staff......


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

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    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


  8. "Enjoyable and Rewarding Experience"

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    • 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.


  9. "Great place to work, pay is a worry."

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    Current Employee - Executive Officer in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Officer in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - chance of progression and to move to other departments in the organisation
    - staff are friendly and willing to help
    - my managers are approachable
    - flexi time
    - pension

    Cons

    - pay is a lot lower than same grade at other civil service departments
    - change is not managed well

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all grades of staff.


  10. "Court Clerk"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Officer/Court Clerk in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative Officer/Court Clerk in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay was OK. Some of the cases were interesting.

    Cons

    Pressured and bullied constantly. Constant changes unsettling.

    Advice to Management

    Consider that people are human.


  11. "Working at MOJ"

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    • 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,


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