Crown Prosecution Service Employee Reviews about "flexible working"

Updated 30 Dec 2020

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Crown Prosecution Service CEO / Director of Public Prosecutions Rebecca Lawrence / Max Hill QC
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  • "stats’, inflicting yet more processes on lawyers carrying huge case loads(in 5 reviews)

  • "Far too many managers with no caseload chasing(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great employer"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time

    Pros

    Security, support and good salary for criminal law. Flexible working and family friendly.

    Cons

    Volume of work is more than private practise.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Average"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Lawyer in London, England

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time

    Pros

    flexible working pattern and family friendly

    Cons

    overworked; managers who do not lead from the front


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Short staffed"

    1.0
    Current Employee - Lawyer 

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, maternity cover, pension.

    Cons

    Micro managing, oppressive working environment.

  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. "Civil service"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
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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

  6. "Meaningful work, good for flexible working"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Too laid back"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Crown Prosecution Service full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Job security just like any government department

    Cons

    No flexible working and IT leaves much to be desired., too many paper work very laid back.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Good job but bad management"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lawyer in London, England

    I worked at Crown Prosecution Service full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good exposure to wide range of work, flexible working

    Cons

    Management who don't take into account views of staff, not enough focus on what is important to staff and front line work, management out of touch with realities of the work, lack of care for staff wellbeing

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  9. Helpful (6)

    "Too many managers"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
     

    I worked at Crown Prosecution Service

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, interesting work

    Cons

    Too many managers, low morale, pay freezes, lazy staff who lack ambition

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