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Updated 27 February 2015
Updated 27 February 2015
46 Reviews
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Department for Work And Pensions Permanent Secretary Robert Devereux
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  1.  

    Great work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Department for Work And Pensions

    Pros

    One of the most exciting areas to be working in is government and the Civil Service, where you feel through the work done that you are really making a positive difference in society every day. Smart people with a strong ethos for working for public good. High integrity.

    Cons

    May not be glamourous nor have the perks of private industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to teams and letting people grow even more responsibility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A good experience of seeing how government works and whether or not a full-time job in the civil service interests you.

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    Former Intern - Junior Social Researcher in London, England
    Former Intern - Junior Social Researcher in London, England

    I worked at Department for Work And Pensions as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to see the inner workings of government, and how stories that will eventually make the news headlines are managed inside government. There are also potential secondment opportunities in other government departments, private office, and visits to the houses of parliament if you are able to get in contact with the right people. However, the extent of this is dependent upon your line manager. The placement will also be paid, unlike many other private sector internships.

    Cons

    As this was a placement, the level of responsibility given is quite low. However, this is probably best if this is your first experience in a workplace. Also, unlike in much of the private sector, you will not be offered a job of the back of such an internship, with all potential civil service employees having to go through formal channels, such as the fast stream. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but you need to be aware that such a placement will not necessarily give you a huge advantage in getting a job in the civil service full time. If you have political views, it can also be frustrating being in an environment in which you are expected to maintain neutrality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall management of the placement was very good, and most colleagues were kind and helpful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very good for a varied career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Department for Work And Pensions

    Pros

    Flexibility, rewards dedication, still an excellent employer

    Cons

    lack of strategic thinking and drive to be an employer of high class professionals - but it's slowly getting better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    No promotion prospect, treated like a child.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Motherwell, Scotland
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Motherwell, Scotland

    I worked at Department for Work And Pensions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Government pension, flexi time. Safe employment. Good annual leave entitlement. good redundancy package. Good overtime pay. Careens coffee is good

    Cons

    Management don't have a clue. Micro managed by 3 grades above you. No clue on how to run a call centre. Not allowed to show creative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the employees on the front line more control over their workflow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A pleasurable and rewarding experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Economist in London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant Economist in London, England

    I have been working at Department for Work And Pensions full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - fantastic source for those seeking entry level work
    - wide range of involvement in different work areas
    - accommodating management and staff
    - good learning and development opportunities
    - flexible working patterns
    - opportunity to become involved with the latest in social research and policy

    Cons

    - salaries do not rise in line with inflation
    - internal movement of staff disrupts continuity of work and buildup of role specific skills
    - poor or outdated technology

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Never Again

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    Former Employee - Executive Officer in Caerphilly, Wales
    Former Employee - Executive Officer in Caerphilly, Wales

    I worked at Department for Work And Pensions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable leave allowance and salary,flexible hours. The opportunity to get involved with community projects by volunteering your time and sometimes the opportunity to work part time, depending on where you work.

    Cons

    Abusive language from customers daily, a bullying atmosphere in some offices, very stressful. Unrealistic targets from management, earmarking people for jobs, before vacancies advertised.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Steady job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Department for Work And Pensions

    Pros

    workmates make it all worthwhile

    Cons

    Poor management decisions and in achievable targets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Change, change, change

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    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in Nottingham, England
    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in Nottingham, England

    I worked at Department for Work And Pensions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Sick pay, good colleagues, flexi hours

    Cons

    Never reach band maximum. Senior management too remote

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to staff, and pass concerns up, as well as passing criticism down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Department for Work And Pensions

    Pros

    great people, really interested in developing you and your career, providing wide range of opportunities for you to learn and grow.

    Cons

    n/a - didn't see any cons, it was a great place to work and somewhere where could learn a lot

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It can only get worse for you

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    Current Employee - Unemployed in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Unemployed in Manchester, England

    I have been working at Department for Work And Pensions full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Sanctions sanctions , food bank, no home, work house

    Cons

    Work Programme, another opportunity to get you Sanctioned

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How's your bonus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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