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Audit Scotland Reviews

Updated 23 April 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    "A good place to work for a great work/life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee Auditor in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Trainee Auditor in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audit Scotland full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Audit Scotland are very keen to promote a healthy work/life balance and encourages this through flexible working hours, which helps foster a great working environment in the offices.

    There is a very strong graduate trainee development programme that allows you to obtain an ICAS qualification as well as experience working in external audit, with a view to progressing through the organisation.

    Cons

    Audit Scotland look to ensure projects that can benefit from cross-department input do make the most of the resources required, but this could be more widespread and include personnel from a wider range of grades within the company.

    For qualified personnel progression through the company can be slow, and the pay package at the lower levels is not as competitive as similar positions at other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Increasing the scope of combined department working to include a wider variety of grades would provide greater experience for staff that have only had experience in one area of the company.

    Providing greater opportunity for progression for qualified personnel would ensure greater motivation for the personnel coming through from the graduate trainee scheme to progress through the organisation.


  2. "great people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ISG Technical Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - ISG Technical Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Audit Scotland (Less than a year)

    Pros

    friendly atmosphere with professional staff

    Cons

    new office is a bit remote


  3. "Fifteen years here - so there must be something good to shout about!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources & OD Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Human Resources & OD Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Okay, I am the Head of HR & OD so thought I should say that first! But I have worked here for 15yrs and even my opinion counts....

    The work we do has real purpose, it's a caring employer and we are trying to implement ways of working that are at the leading edge for a professional services organisation - giving our people autonomy, freedom and true purpose in the way they work. There is a serious investment in the development of the community of talented people that work here - both financial and time. I worked in financial services sector before joining Audit Scotland and I have stayed here longer than anywhere else. I think that speaks for itself. We don't get everything right but almost everyone tries their best and we are respected for what we do, the impact we have and the way we go about our work.

    Cons

    Monies tight across the public sector since the Credit Crunch of 2008 and so we don't have bonuses, share options or a fancy company car scheme. Change can take time and we are no different. Sometimes reaching for perfection in almost everything demands some personal resilience!

    Advice to Management

    Keep true to your vision, ambition and keep living the values that we have adopted in the last few years.


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  5. "Avoid or get in and get out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Audit in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audit Scotland full-time

    Pros

    It's a pretty easy place to work.

    No time pressure, no responsibility until you get fairly high up. You can earn 40k a year doing the job of a trainee in some cases.

    Good place to pick up a .CA qualification without the private sector stresses.

    Cons

    Very boring unless you get lucky with your team and job assignments.

    Constant minute reviews and copy and paste jobs.

    Lots of downtime and waiting.

    You don't get experience you can leverage into getting a job elsewhere, it's all audit 101.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the size of your workforce down and give people opportunities to develop.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audit Scotland full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working is a great benefit.

    Cons

    Beyond boring.
    Very few development opportunities.
    No challenge or development.


  7. "Great place to develop your career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Audit Scotland part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Open communication channels with senior managers
    Working with professional team members who enjoy their work and want to do a great job
    Genuine desire to be the best organisation it can be - the impact our work has on Scotland's public services and the work environment, benefits and development opportunities for employees.

    Cons

    Formality can sometimes get in the way of making positive changes in real time - however this is improving!


  8. "A great public sector organisation with benefits of the private sector"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Audit Scotland full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Stress free environment, friendly atmosphere
    - Public sector benefits of flexi-time, great pension, holidays, no overworking to gain profits
    - Private sector benefits of car, phone, latest technology (mobile/cloud),can express ideas and drive for greatness which is rewarded

    Cons

    - No bonus scheme
    - Organisation name not well known yet

    Advice to Management

    There is currently a change in management mentality and strategy to listen to and promote the ideas of staff from all levels within the organisation. This needs to continue and expand so staff have the opportunity to propel the business to a world class level with staff gaining recognition.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work, develop and to feel valued."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Xxx in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Senior Xxx in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Audit Scotland full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I am able to work flexibly which helps me find a work life balance and feel motivated. I have been given opportunities to develop and access to great learning resources. I feel my contribution is valued and I have been involved in a range of projects and tasks that have been challenging, interesting and rewarding.

    Cons

    There are great values here and perhaps we could do more to help each other to recognise what demonstrating and applying those values could make this place an even better place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep the development opportunities fresh and interesting and continue to find working arrangements to keep employees engaged and committed.


  10. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Edinburgh, Scotland

    Pros

    The company has a calm working environment

    Cons

    There may be a lack of motivation


  11. "A family friendly, flexible work environment that cares about you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Audit Scotland full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1) The opportunities available to develop and grow my career
    2) How I can make a positive difference to the way public sector bodies perform and are run
    3) Working alongside a great bunch of people
    4) Although financial reward is not comparable to private sector, I have a great work-life balance
    5) Diverse variety of work

    Cons

    Need to be more focus on outcomes and impact rather than inputs, process and general public sector bureaucracy and more cross-organisational working.


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