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Audit Scotland Reviews

Updated 9 November 2017
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Audit Scotland Auditor General for Scotland Caroline Gardner
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  1. Featured Review

    "great people"

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    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Poor inadequate management from top down"

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    Former Employee - Reception
    Former Employee - Reception
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audit Scotland full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people are pleasant and hardworking /flexible working.

    Cons

    Poor management skills are not addressed (swept under the carpet) favouritism is rife.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at middle managers and listen to people who actually have to work with the ensuing incompetence of these people. Particularly within Business Support, good competent employees were 'forced' to 'leave' through the arrogance and ineptitude within this team on a managerial level.

    Audit Scotland Response

    15 Nov 2017 – Communications Officer

    Thank you for taking the time to share your views. We value all feedback and consider all comments carefully. At Audit Scotland we take the development of all our colleagues, including management... More


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Started off well but slowly became unbearable due to inadequate managers which was ignored by snr mgmt & leadership grp."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audit Scotland full-time

    Pros

    Good holidays, flexible working and ok pay. Most of the staff share the same goals, are friendly and hard working. Emphasis on most though!

    Cons

    Bad management rarely addressed, some staff behaviours ignored "because of who they work for" and a leadership group I found insincere to the point of nausea.

    Advice to Management

    - listen to and ask the staff more rather than middle managers, the reality is sometimes very different
    - leadership, please don't have what seems like pointless "tick box" meetings with staff to ask what issues/problems are, then nothing! How about a follow up meeting a few months later?
    - senior managers, please try not to keep feeding the egos of certain members of management team
    - rather than ignoring inadequate managers and staff behaviours please address them when staff raise the issues. Its appalling that because of whom a staff member works for their behaviour is ignored!!
    - change the whole "if you don't like the way the organisation is headed then leave" attitude and try to find out why some staff are now not engaged. You've lost some good ones!
    - best companies, stop flogging a "one to watch" dead horse! Get managers to have structured honest meetings with their staff and to report back. Then go from there.
    - Audit Scotland is by far not the worst place to work but it's certainly not the best either. Don't always deem that it's NOT always greener on the other side of the grass in your Audit Scotland bubble!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management Team"

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    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Audit Scotland full-time

    Pros

    The staff are the best asset to the organisation. Despi te management intervention, they can be relied upon in their professional attitude and commitment.

    Cons

    Management try to do their best but have been here too long that they cannot bring new ideas. Granted one Director is retiring, but existing MT will not change. It is the self preservation society! The MT have now implanted a third salary scheme, three in eight years. The changes have been detrimental to staff. We have been a 'one to watch' in the staff survey for years making no progress, but management always put a positive spin on the results. Management deride staff and union - there is a lack of respect.

    Advice to Management

    Change at top level, we need a new chief executive that can lead and motivate staff. MT have been there too long with no recent external experience. MT should get back to coal face and learn what we do!


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

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid or get in and get out"

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    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away if you want to feel secure in your job"

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    Former Employee - Business Support
    Former Employee - Business Support
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Audit Scotland full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexitime/flexible working are a benefit - see caveat below
    The majority of employees are pleasant to deal with

    Cons

    Management take complete advantage and make it very clear they have favourites.

    Flexible working is not applied fairly - some people are allowed to work from home and others are told it's outlawed for the entire team.

    There is a "Do as I say, not as I do" culture. Councils around Scotland are told to cut expenditure by auditors - who have upwards of 10 varieties of tea available in the Edinburgh office

    Training in specialist areas was offered when I was first employed - however, this was never followed up on and feels a waste of public funds

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff. Look at the managers and team leaders you have - and actually enquire ac to why so many people are leaving, taking early retirement or voluntary redundancy.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Working at Audit Scotland"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexi time is great. Plus flexible working is offered (see caveat below).

    Professional qualification offered is ICAS which is more beneficial for trainees.

    Good number of holidays each year and sufficient study leave.

    Cons

    While flexible working is offered, it does not mean that it will actually be available to all as there are inconsistencies in how this is applied across the organisation and across teams. In addition, working policies are not consistently applied across the organisation which can lead to difficulties and some feeling worse off than others.

    There are significant differences in the experiences gained as a trainee depending upon team and location of trainee. This can impact on personal development and could potentially lead to disadvantage in future career.

    Due to nature of audit year ends, there are periods of time that can be mind numbingly boring with little scope to work in other areas of the organisation. However, this is an area where work is being done to try and ensure cross working is available.

    Due to the numbers of senior staff there is a little scope for careers progression beyond a certain level.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure consistency in experiences across the whole organisation.
    Ensure working policies are consistently applied across the whole organisation.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid"

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    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


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