Crown Prosecution Service Employee Reviews about "flexi time"

Updated 10 Aug 2020

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Crown Prosecution Service CEO / Director of Public Prosecutions Rebecca Lawrence / Max Hill QC
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  • "Far too many managers with no caseload chasing(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "More interested in your development than other Government Departments"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time

    Pros

    Flexi time, Sick pay, Mat/Pat pay, Special Leave, generous annual leave entitlement, good pension, will pay towards education.

    Cons

    micromanagement, gradist behaviour from managers

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  2. "There are definitely better places to work"

    1.0
    Former Temporary Employee - Administrative in Nottingham, England

    I worked at Crown Prosecution Service

    Pros

    Flexi time Pay isnt bad at entry level

    Cons

    Ineffective managers Toxic environment Nepotism is rife


  3. "Great environment"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Prosecutor 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexi time and friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Salary not as competitive as it could be

  4. Helpful (5)

    "Very nice people, no career progression from this level"

    2.0
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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.

    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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  5. "CPS"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

  6. "Brilliant to work for!"

    5.0
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Crown Prosecution Service

    Pros

    Flexi time, friendly people, fantastic enviroment

    Cons

    sometimes the workload can be overloading

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  7. "Fantastic colleagues and interesting work challenged by questionable management"

    4.0
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    Current Intern - Administration Officer in Guildford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent. Not excellent, but good. Flexi-time is brilliant. Colleagues are marvellous and create a great working environment Work is interesting and any overtime can be requested when possible Good holiday allowance Sick leave is good as I understand (I have not taken any myself)

    Cons

    Management make rash and sometimes unusual decisions without any consultation for those that it will affect. Micro-management is a real problem with daily checks of what you are doing. Staff who do less work than others are not always challenged

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  8. "Clerk"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Part time available. Government pension scheme. Flexi time. 30 days per year annual leave allowance.

    Cons

    Heavy workload. Poor management. Shabby offices and equipment.

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