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Civil Service United Kingdom Reviews

Updated 15 February 2019
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Civil Service United Kingdom Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood
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Pros
  • "good work life balance and relaxed atmosphere" (in 27 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 10 reviews)

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

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  1. "Civil Service"

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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

    Flexible working, pension, parental leave, variety of work and career prospects

    Cons

    Lower pay than private sector equivalent, inherently political nature of job


  2. "GES Placement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Exposure to Government processes and some very bright minds

    Cons

    - Slow pace at times

    Advice to Management

    - More opportunities to develop

  3. "Civil Service Fast Stream"

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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

    Huge range of experiences available

    Cons

    Lack of control over postings


  4. "Private Secretary"

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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 culture, good benefits, good pension, interesting work.

    Cons

    The only thing I can think of is the Bureaucracy can be quite a boring aspect of the job.


  5. "Dreadful, soul crushing"

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

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues were a pleasure to work with

    Cons

    Treatment of staff
    Work culture
    Zero prospects
    Awful environment

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul your services


  6. "Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Great people
    Interesting work
    Good relationships between teams and managers

    Cons

    Cannot offer a graduate or future work position despite experience and training and receiving very positive feedback


  7. "a worthy place to build a career"

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    Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in Swansea, Wales
    Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in Swansea, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    lots of perks, flexi, childcare, different areas and departments to build your career

    Cons

    large agencies mean that parking can be an issue

  8. "Good Training Framework"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employee engagement and wellbeing are priorities for government departments. Training is structured and well supported. Lots of variety and opportunities.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are often lower compared to private sector benchmarks.


  9. "Interesting work, but lack of opportunity to move up"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting, important work. Good colleagues. Opportunities to take responsibility on some of the most important issues.

    Cons

    Only way to move up is to move departments or teams. Means that good performance isn't rewarded as it should be.


  10. "Good and Bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Clear pay structure, defined hierarchy, good benefits.

    Cons

    Inept dealing with staff who bully or act aggressively with other staff