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Ministry of Justice UK UK Reviews

Updated January 11, 2018
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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 8 reviews)

  • Senior managers that don't really understand the staff in their teams and more to the point the jobs that we do (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great staff, poor HR"

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

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

    Pros

    Good senior leaders
    Good staff at all levels

    Cons

    HR being contracted out has adversely affected the MoJ
    Poor opportunity to progress within the Department

    Advice to Management

    Push the HR contractor to deliver better SLAs
    Encourage dead wood at G7 to leave to make room for internal progression.


  2. "Assistant economist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Economist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Economist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, awesome work. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Challenging work. Management are not always clear about future direction.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good work environment and great career opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HEO in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - HEO in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team and colleagues.
    Civil Service benefits.

    Cons

    Some senior managers behaviour was unprofessional.


  4. "MoJ Digital - Great if you are one of the TEAM! Big if."

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

    I have been working at Ministry of Justice UK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good team behaviours
    People enjoy what they are doing
    Civil service benefits

    Cons

    Senior management is a mess. Underqualified individuals who appear to be making it up as they go along. They are blind to anything that is not part of their "Vision" and deaf to all criticism.

    Advice to Management

    Try to listen to what your employees tell you. Even the ones you did not hire yourselves!


  5. "Overall"

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    Current Contractor - Programmer Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Programmer Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, engaging, open minded, multi-cultural

    Cons

    Long winded, lack of funding

    Advice to Management

    Less micro-management


  6. "Good Benefits bad management"

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    Former Employee - Parole Board in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Parole Board in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits were generally good, Annual Leave, maternity/paternity pay

    Cons

    Some management treated Admin staff like they were beneath them. One manager used to walk up and down the Admin aisle glaring at anyone talking, felt like being on a ship with a beating drum forcing them to row.
    The particular area I worked for had very little career progression as was 'dead mans shoes' combined with non merit based interviewing for internal promotion.

    Advice to Management

    I've heard it's much better now from friends still there. My advice to senior management is when a survey comes in and you have less than 10% engagement don't cover it up with false promises and retaliation on the employees, actually change the culture and the managers responsible


  7. "Analytical"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues, intellectually stimulating work, autonomy, flexible working

    Cons

    Pay package not very competitive

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

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Management by those not seeing the bigger picture"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in York, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in York, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ministry of Justice UK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The job is relatively secure in that when new a ways working are introduced 'surplus' staff are, where possible, moved to other areas of the organisation.
    Flexible working is also another plus point. Support networks for staff are also a pro

    Cons

    The continued pay cap, The bureaucracy that surrounds all aspects of the organisation. Senior managers that don't really understand the staff in their teams and more to the point the jobs that we do. Senior managers that 'empire' build to secure their own futures regardless of the affects on others and the favoritism of some of the Senior managers

    Advice to Management

    In order to lead you first need to learn how to follow. Spend time on the 'shop floor' if at all possible. Get to know the people and work that goes into delivery outcomes. Don't make decisions based on ideas to introduce new technologies without investigating the implications fully first. Don't undermine your teams by circumventing policy because it might " get someone off our backs".


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Best job ever!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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!


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