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Civil Service United Kingdom Reviews

Updated 16 February 2017
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Civil Service United Kingdom Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood
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Pros
  • Generous pension provision and work life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Flexible working and my dept are very Pro childcare (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary scales likely to be less than for a similar role in the private sector (in 8 reviews)

  • Lack of structured career progression - emphasis still more on breadth of experience than genuine expertise (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Decentclong term career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent long term career, not as good in terms of salary or perks as it once was but plenty of opportunities for variety

    Cons

    Limited salary progression, location and flexible working behind the curve


  2. "Fast Streamer Civil Service"

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    Current Employee - Fast Streamer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Fast Streamer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Varied Experience, Lots of Responsibility, Flexi Time is available, relocation allowances available.

    Cons

    Managers aren't always very good, Civil Service Resourcing is Awful, You're paid less than other staff because your on a grad scheme. You can be moved across the country with 8 weeks notice.


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great pension, flexible working, good benefits

    Cons

    Competency use in promotion process frustrating - no reference to experience, skills or qualifications


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  5. "Interesting work; low salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There's a broad range of interesting work.
    It's motivating to feel that you're making a difference to your country.
    You can maintain a good work-life balance, and there's a family-friendly ethos.

    Cons

    The salary is very low compared with similar roles in the private sector (even taking into account wider benefits).
    It's very bureaucratic, and trying to get anything done can feel like wading through treacle.


  6. "Investigator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance is very good . Decent Benefits. Flexible working and my dept are very Pro childcare. Good working environment and colleagues.

    Cons

    Management are often brought in from other business areas and have no specialist knowledge. Often have to leave dept to be promoted. Exceedingly poor pay progression.

    Advice to Management

    Put people in management positions that have experience and knowledge of subject matter OR listen to the junior grades which are specialists within the dept


  7. "Civil service"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good working conditions. Flexible working arrangements.

    Cons

    Low pay it systems and tools outdated.


  8. "Civil Service UK"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager/Recruitment in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager/Recruitment in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements including part-time and jobshare, level of employer pension contributions, generous annual leave entitement, work/life balance, training and development opportunities, interest free season ticket and bicycle loans

    Cons

    Bonuses are performance related but capped at an average of 1% and have been for some years. Salary scales likely to be less than for a similar role in the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    The civil service does still offer a good overall total rewards package together with real flexible working arrangements including but not limited to part-time working and jobshare opportunities.


  9. "Reasonable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Wide range of opportunities across Departments. Generally good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Years of pay freeze/tiny pay rise.

    Advice to Management

    Be open about what can and cannot be done with the diminishing resources available.


  10. "Going from very good to just average"

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    Current Employee - Specialist Civil Servant in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Specialist Civil Servant in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Staff at all levels are genuinely committed to making best efforts to do a good job. The working conditions are good where buildings are comfortable and safe. Job security is not what it used to be, however processes for voluntary or compulsory departure are fair and reasonable.

    Cons

    The pay regime is awful, at best 1% annual rises not keeping up with inflation since 2010, even worse, those on the maximum pay for grade have had 0% for years. Local managers do their best to motivate staff but are now constrained by minimal training and travel budgets. The organisation is becoming obsessed with 'Talent' schemes for the promotion of a small cadre, leaving 'the rest' demoralised.

    Advice to Management

    Stop jumping on to the latest HR strategy bandwagon that comes to town, start thinking about how best to motivate and retain the most loyal workers.


  11. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working, diversity, and fairness

    Cons

    lacking enough training and progression opportunities



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