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Civil Service United Kingdom Reviews

Updated 3 December 2018
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Pros
  • "good work life balance and relaxed atmosphere" (in 26 reviews)

  • "Flexible working arrangements are available" (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • "The salary is very low compared with similar roles in the private sector (even taking into account wider benefits)" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Senior Managers can be very hard to approach" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Cxxxxx"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time

    Pros

    Great time I this role

    Cons

    Madness day to day really


  2. "Great Employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good holiday pay
    Flexible work options
    Job progression and training

    Cons

    Difficult interviews
    Challenging work
    very fast paced

  3. "Great employer."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great promotion opportunities.
    Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Had to travel some distance to get to work.


  4. "All good so far"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time

    Pros

    Peer support, supplementary services, work life balance is good, the buildings are modern and comfortable,

    Cons

    Long application and vetting process


  5. "Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom part-time

    Pros

    good work and very good people there.

    Cons

    Huge organisation sometimes things take long.

    Advice to Management

    keep going


  6. "Good employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and working hours

    Cons

    Not enough opportunity for increase in salary


  7. "Looking for waitrose role"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time

    Pros

    Partnership, team working, quality and value

    Cons

    None that I know of

  8. "MOD has lost its way on Conditions of Service"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ability to move around the country in different jobs, although rarely receive relocation allowance any more. I have use of a service gym, which is good. Good colleagues.

    Cons

    Senior managers are unable to make decisions that cost money due to austerity. Conditions of service have largely been eroded with no compensation in any way. Pay is now circa 15-20% less in real terms compared to 2008.

    Advice to Management

    Stop writing about inclusion and work life balance and start doing something about it. Never has there been so much talk and so little activity that improves the life of staff.


  9. "Happy employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time

    Pros

    Job security, Flexi-time, pay offer, holiday entitlement. There is a strong environment and sense of encouragement for career progression.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of tension and conflict surrounding pay rises and pay increases which is still capped due to austerity measures that we are still in.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to listen to staff and take all feedback on board however small. Please continue to provide progression opportunities and do not restrict talent.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits, stale environment"

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    Former Employee - Administration Officer in Plymouth, England
    Former Employee - Administration Officer in Plymouth, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great working flexibility, strong pension and sick pay etc

    Cons

    A lot of the staff have been working there for 20 plus years and have not adapted to change. They fee they should be promoted because of their tenure and are not happy when people who leapfrog them as they have worked hard

    Advice to Management

    Recognise talent and nurture it. Don’t let tenured staff get away with doing so little