Audit Scotland Reviews

Updated 25 Feb 2020

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Audit Scotland Auditor General for Scotland Caroline Gardner
Caroline Gardner
9 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "great people"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    ISG Technical Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Audit Scotland for less than a year

    Pros

    friendly atmosphere with professional staff

    Cons

    new office is a bit remote

  2. "Good place to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Trainee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audit Scotland full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Supportive throughout ICAS training scheme Great benefits- flexible working, generous annual leave, time back

    Cons

    Frustration as a new employee of moving around different audits every couple of weeks so never able to fully understand client No defined structural training programme for new starts. Need to figure it out as you go along

    Audit Scotland Response

    March 2, 2020Communications Officer

    Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your positive experience as a trainee at Audit Scotland. We’re always looking to improve our graduate programme and really value your feedback. Two years ago we launched our Professional Trainee Steering Group. The group regularly looks at what else we can be doing to give our trainees the best experience and ensures they are fully supported throughout the four-year programme. We have been working on improving induction and the work people do when they first arrive. An important part of our graduate programme is giving our trainees plenty of hands-on work experience, across different sectors and clients, which also supports our business priorities. We recognise the importance of getting the balance right between this and more structured training. As you’ll be aware, our trainees spend their first year doing on-the-job training, before starting exams. Thank you again for your feedback. Mark Taylor, Audit Director and graduate programme lead


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Audit Scotland full-time

    Pros

    Good conditions, flexi time, nice Edinburgh office. Good exam support.

    Cons

    Lots of travelling, experience quite dependent on who your manager is.

  4. Helpful (2)

    "mediocre"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sandwich Artist in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audit Scotland full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, trainee scheme, company car for some, Caroline Gardner, friendly people

    Cons

    Repetition, style over substance, avoidance of dealing with issues, barely anyone speaks up, hierarchy, COO, the job is not challenging

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    Audit Scotland Response

    August 29, 2018Communications Officer

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I’d welcome the opportunity to discuss your feedback in more detail, to help us understand your concerns a little more. Please feel free to get in touch with myself or another member of our HR team. You can reach me on dblattman@audit-scotland.gov.uk or HumanResources@audit-scotland.gov.uk. Thank you, David Blattman HR and OD Manager

  5. Helpful (6)

    "Style over Substance"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audit Scotland full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Location, Office facilities, Annual Leave

    Cons

    HR & OD team create problems to justify their own existence

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    Audit Scotland Response

    March 20, 2018Communications Officer

    Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback. It would be great to understand a little more so perhaps you might send me an email, give me a call or drop by my desk. You can reach me on dblattman@audit-scotland.gov.uk, or call 0131 625 1500. Hope to chat soon. David Blattman HR and OD Manager

  6. Helpful (8)

    "Poor responses from a poorly led HR department and the location."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audit Scotland full-time

    Pros

    Some good people and annual leave

    Cons

    Ignoring real issues and allowing incompetence to flourish !

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    Audit Scotland Response

    February 15, 2018Communications Officer

    I’m sorry this has been your experience of your time at Audit Scotland. I’d be happy to discuss your comments with you, if you feel that this would be helpful. If this is something you’d like to take forward, please get in touch by emailing info@audit-scotland.gov.uk or calling 0131 625 1500. Thank you, David Blattman HR and OD Manager

  7. Helpful (3)

    "A great place to get your graduate training and then go somewhere else"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Audit Scotland full-time

    Pros

    Great people and lots of training

    Cons

    Management does not listen to their employees

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    Audit Scotland Response

    January 25, 2018Communications Officer

    Thank you for your feedback. I’m pleased to hear about your positive experience of our graduate programme and our wider investment in learning & development. We have been strengthening the engagement with our trainees and your comments are helpful as we continue with this work into 2018. We wish you well with the next step in your career. David Blattman HR & OD Manager

  8. Helpful (6)

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

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Management Team"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Human Resources & OD Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Audit Scotland

    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!

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