I worked at Cabinet Office full-time
People really care about working to make the world/UK a better place. They are motivated and inspired by their work, talented, and overall, nice with minimal ego. It's a great place to work. You're at the centre of the issues shaping the UK's trajectory and have lots of responsibility and access to work on really interesting issues. Good work life balance especially for parents.
Poor salary. Lots of good people have left since Brexit. John Manzoni is nowhere near as visionary or strong a leader as Richard Heaton.
Advice to Management
Value your people - too much talk from the current head about the failings of the civil service. civil servants are talents, motivated people - who are taking a huge pay cut compared to what they could get elsewhere - in order to be able to work on issues that matter.
I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Cabinet Office (London, England).
The process comprised of an online application form with online testing of Verbal Reasoning skills. There were 3 competency questions which were assessed on the application form which were 250 word statements against the three competencies they were performing the assessment against. The interview itself was a 45-50 minute interview which was very structured and focussed on competency based questions and strengths based questions. There was also a 5 minute presentation which is prepared in advance. There was little deviation from the questions on the form which were almost read out verbatim which gave the interview a very stilted and awkward feeling. This was done for fairness to ensure all candidates are asked the same questions for evaluation purposes but it made it more challenging to evaluate the role and the culture of the organisation as a candidate. Having said that the interview panel were friendly and explained the process clearly. The main complaint I had was that it took over 2 months for the results to be published by which time I had accepted another role. This is a shame as the Civil Service is looking for talent to increase the capability of security in government but in a fast moving market for cybersecurity skills has no doubt missed out on capable candidates due to the length of time to notify of results.
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