Civil Service United Kingdom Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2021

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4.0
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Civil Service United Kingdom Cabinet Secretary  Sir Jeremy Heywood
Sir Jeremy Heywood
126 Ratings
Pros
  • "flexible working times and hours(in 67 reviews)

  • "Fantastic career prospects with good work/ life balance(in 64 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Salary a lot lower than a similar job in the private sector(in 29 reviews)

  • "Low pay compared with similar roles elsewhere(in 12 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good workplace

      Jul 27, 2021 - Case Worker in Birkenhead, England, England
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      Pros

      Flexible working hours and lovely office environment

      Cons

      Difficult training during covid, take pride in mental health but this wasn’t the reason for myself.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Interesting work and balance

      Jul 18, 2021 - Economic Adviser in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Opportunities to move around with plenty of job options once you are in. Excellent training/ CPD Reasonable pay at Grade 7 level Good work life balance Flexi time Good working culture Active efforts in inclusiveness and diversity Interesting and impactful work Job security

      Cons

      Constantly changing, so difficult to get comfortable. You sometimes have to drop projects you have spent a while on because it is no longer a ministerial priority. You have to park your own opinions and work with the government of the day. This can be frustrating if you disagree with a particular policy angle. Pay rises only really occur on promotion and these rises get smaller after Grade 7. Public sector will continue to get hit with pay restrictions following covid19.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good work-life approach and people, but poor support for technical roles

      Jul 26, 2021 - Data Analyst in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Good work life balance Friendly people Feel like you're doing good, sometimes Good learning and development opportunities

      Cons

      Poor technical support Difficulty accessing software required to do job Poor data/technical literacy across the organisation Difficulty sharing data and dashboards across the department Teams often unwilling to share data for fear of being held responsible

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Very supportive

      Jul 28, 2021 - Capability Lead in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Good supportive employer, lots of opportunities for development

      Cons

      Rates of pay for some roles

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Good place to work

      Jul 27, 2021 - Contract Commercial Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Fast paced, challenging, interesting, innovative.

      Cons

      Slow, bureaucracy, long hours, understaffed, time sensitive.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Na

      Jul 26, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Flexible, teamwork, fast-paced, helpful, encouraging

      Cons

      None whatsoever. Question does not apply for now.

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great place to work

      Jul 26, 2021 - Analyst 
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      Pros

      Flexibility and great team environment

      Cons

      Possibly improve internal career progression

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      I love working at NIBSC

      Jul 20, 2021 - Postdoctoral Researcher in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Freindly environment Collaborative projects and atmosphere Great equipment to work on Clear and obvious career progress pathways

      Cons

      Uncertainty over the future of the lab under MHRA

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Never the usual 9-5

      Jul 9, 2021 - Assistant Director in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Enormous variety of roles with good mobility at middle to senior levels ('Grade 7' and above) and above average development support.

      Cons

      Can be stressful, competing demands (it's not just about making a profit) and unrealistic deadlines/demands. Benefits are not as good as they once were and pay tends to compare poorly against private sector equivalent responsibility levels.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good employer

      Jul 23, 2021 - Economic Advisor in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible employer and interesting work

      Cons

      Slow progression after initial promotion

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