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Crown Prosecution Service Reviews

Updated Nov 7, 2019

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3.0
54%
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Crown Prosecution Service CEO Peter Lewis
Peter Lewis
15 Ratings
  1. "Paralegal Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexi hours, special leave, sick pay

    Cons

    Expected to do above pay grade

    Crown Prosecution Service2019-10-28
  2. "Legal"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal 

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time

    Pros

    Great staff/ colleagues culture

    Cons

    Professional development not great- poor staff development

    Crown Prosecution Service2019-11-07
  3. "A fantastic, challenging job with brilliant colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Casework Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The work is, to use a cliché "different every day" We deal with so many different types of cases it keeps the job really interesting. The people are incredible and really make the job a laugh. This is probably the most enjoyable job I've had.

    Cons

    I don't have a bad word to say about it (currently!)

    Crown Prosecution Service2019-09-24
  4. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Case Progression Officer in London, England

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pension plan, flexibility, opportunity for progression

    Cons

    Pay could be improved, travel

    Crown Prosecution Service2019-09-06
  5. "Civil service"

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    Current Employee - SCP in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    London weighting Flexible working

    Cons

    High case load and stress level

    Crown Prosecution Service2019-08-29
  6. "Very nice people, no career progression from this level"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Crown Prosecution Service full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are friendly, welcoming and on the whole very willing to help. The holiday and flexi-time are really helpful and any hours worked over the set hours will be reimbursed. This can quite quickly create extra days leave which is always nice. There does appear to be quite a drive towards flexible working and allowing working from home although I never experienced this myself. There are savings to be made... through CPS Rewards for online and high street shopping. I could imagine this being a nice place to work with opportunities for advancement if joining as a Lawyer.

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    Cons

    Whilst accumulating extra leave, it can be difficult to actually book the leave. 20% of the workforce are allowed off at any given time depending on the size of your team, as mine was 8 this meant summer holidays and christmas leave were almost impossible to get without planning a year in advance. It is common knowledge that the CPS is chronically underfunded and this is apparent with not enough staff to do the... work required leading to constant firefighting and rarely being able to plan work effectively. Despite encouraging flexible working there appears to be a complete lack of flexibility in the way the CPS runs. There are rules and procedures for every aspect of the job. If a request falls outside those rules then the robotic HR department will refuse to cooperate or consider a request regardless of whether their decision makes any sense or not. Career progression opportunities are non-existent at this level. Any internal vacancies which arise are for those of the substantive grade only. There are no other jobs on the same level as Paralegal Assistant therefore there is nowhere to go within the CPS. The only exception to this is when an external vacancy arises but not only is this rare, there are also a limited number of B1 jobs available. I would advise anyone with a degree considering becoming a Paralegal Assistant with a view to working their way up through the CPS to reconsider. Whilst there are limited opportunities to train for GDL, LPC, Cilex, etc these are annual and places are restricted.

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    Advice to Management

    Sort out your policy regarding internal vacancies. Other organisations within the Civil Service do not operate this policy and you will lose talented people whilst it continues to operate.

    Crown Prosecution Service2019-09-13
  7. "Micro managed blame culture causing staff breakdown"

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    Current Employee - Senior Crown Prosecutor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Important work, incomparable criminal law experience and good IT

    Cons

    Everything else - admin obsessed self seeking management carrying zero caseloads and doing zero law always looking for scapegoats because of inevitable mistakes arising from massive over burdening of lawyers. Dishonest culture of fake audit trails and hunt the lawyer who forgot to tick the custody time limit box in 1 of their 100+ allocated cases

    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard look in the mirror and Sack yourselves

    Crown Prosecution Service2019-09-27
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lawyers not valued."

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    Current Employee - Lawyer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Interesting and fulfilling work, a sense of doing a worthwhile job

    Cons

    Management forget that law is the core business. Far too many managers with no caseload chasing ‘stats’, inflicting yet more processes on lawyers carrying huge case loads. You stand a better chance of progressing in the service by being administrative/business staff than you do as a lawyer. Real blame culture and lack of support from senior managers who place unrealistic expectations on staff whilst ignoring the... the fact that unmanageable workloads cause huge stress.

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    Advice to Management

    Value your lawyers. Develop more opportunities for career progression for lawyers.

    Crown Prosecution Service2019-09-09
  9. "Meaningful work, good for flexible working"

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    Current Employee - Senior Crown Prosecutor 

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Meaningful work and flexible working.

    Cons

    Subject to which part of CPS you work, the management can sometimes be overbearing. That said there are some brilliant managers in CPS and overall there is a clear commitment to excellence.

    Crown Prosecution Service2019-07-19
  10. "CPS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexi time, opportunity to join other teams

    Cons

    Under staffed and needs more funding

    Crown Prosecution Service2019-07-04
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