Cabinet Office UK Employee Reviews about "civil service"

Updated 19 Apr 2020

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Commercial Lead in London, England

    I have been working at Cabinet Office UK full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work with good people

    Cons

    General civil service cons such as salary

  2. "Good place to work"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cabinet Office UK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Sparky people, good pay for civil service, working conditions pretty decent, in the thick of it

    Cons

    Pay less good than private sector


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    "Cabinet Office"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Grants Manager 
    Recommends

    I worked at Cabinet Office UK full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good working environment and good opportunities for progression.

    Cons

    Very set ways of working unique to the Civil Service.

  4. "Awful - don't fall into the trap"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cabinet Office UK full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Looks good on CV. That's all I can think of.

    Cons

    Short deadlines from SCS and Private Offices Long hours Different grading to other areas of the civil service Fake job descriptions Behind in terms of technology SSCL Lots of fawning over nothing Political debates in the office Lack of diversity

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    "Do not apply - from a survivor."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Cabinet Office UK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    An entry to the wider Civil Service

    Cons

    Don't apply here. I hasten to add that I am not trying to tar everyone with the same brush, but the culture at the Cabinet Office needs to change. Old sins cast long shadows, and I want to completely recover from a toxic nightmare which crushed what little confidence and self-esteem I had to begin with. The technology is archaic and the department has failed to keep up with the 21st century. This may sound like fun but in reality the staff don't really have the tools to do the job properly, which means the conditions are extremely pressurised. The tiny starting salary is impossible to survive on and there is little support or career progression offered to its most junior members of staff. There is also lot of favouritism, bullying and harassment by other colleagues and senior members of staff. I finally got a promotion elsewhere, and because of everything I had witnessed at the Cabinet Office, which included symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder this time last year, I suffered from terrible anxiety attacks to start off with. I say this - if your colleagues go out for drinks without you and you're struggling to survive, you can do it. You can get out, have a future and find a job you love. Don't give up!

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    "Weird and embarrassing"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cabinet Office UK full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People are very motivated and generally very intelligent. Dept is not constricted by bureaucracy that I’ve seen in other departments - things actually do get done. 1HGR is a very beautiful building.

    Cons

    All meetings I attend involve some ridiculous childish game or other, seemingly in an attempt to make it a “fun” place to work. The Thick Of It must surely have been based on this department. Rather than being told anything by colleagues when you ask a question, you are directed to read something on the intranet. Pay is extremely poor in civil service terms, particularly given the work that is being carried out. As with other departments induction is poor, there is over reliance on e-learning and too many people are crammed into offices without the right storage or kit.

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    "Policy"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cabinet Office UK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A good place to work for those wishing to pursue a career in civil service.

    Cons

    Not inclusive. Aim to take more action to ensure that people of different backgrounds.

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  8. "Really valuable experience"

    5.0
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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends

    I worked at Cabinet Office UK

    Pros

    - Really good induction process, everyone knew we were arriving and had tasks/introductory meetings organised from day 1 - Excellent line manager who was very busy but still managed to have time to give us direction and feedback - Relaxed environment - people were really friendly, after work drinks were common, working from home on Friday was pretty much a department norm, more casual dress code on Fridays

    Cons

    - Sometimes work was slow as it was during summer and most ministers/high level meetings wind down - Classic civil service in terms of paperwork, bureaucracy, waiting for security clearance etc. - Most senior managers are usually too busy to meet with interns!

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    "Your confidence will be crushed"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cabinet Office UK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The purpose of the organisation

    Cons

    If you belong to an ethnic minorities section, you will suffer. Your confidence will be consistently under attack. The objective will be to break you. If you want to work for civil service research other departments. In Cabinet Office they'll consider breaking the law just to get you out.

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  10. "Government Digital Service"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cabinet Office UK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Autonomous, multi-disciplinary teams trusted with ownership and decision making responsibility. - Access to tools and applications that just work and get out of the way. - Flexibility - Meaningful work - People and culture - Bunting

    Cons

    - Autonomy can be disrupted by senior stakeholders defaulting to top-down management approaches. - Debt incurred by building things too fast still being tackled. - Lack of commitment to permanency of positions; Fixed Term Appointments. - Inefficiencies of the Civil Service leak through into day to day.

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