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Service Architect (Current Employee) –  London, Greater London19 September 2017
Fantastic people to work with and really enjoyed the company over the last few years.

The pace of constant change and reorganisations can be weary, especially against the never ending search for more budget cuts and economies.
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Productive workplace with good atmosphere.
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (Former Employee) –  Northampton17 September 2017
A quite varied administration role. The colleagues and management were largely good and the workplace was very professional. Never had any problems while in this role.
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underpressure
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  mrethyr tydfil16 September 2017
busy constant non stop highly pressured with targets to be met every day. good team working management do support but not happy to when you speak out about things. very busy with phone calls and counter
Pros
flexiable working hours
Cons
pressure
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Interesting and exciting place to work
Case Worker (Former Employee) –  Watford, Hertfordshire4 September 2017
Ensuring cases were listed in front of the appropriate Judges and member panel. Fast paced and always busy on the Listing team. Also managing a caseload responsible for ensuring that all correspondence is referred to the Judges and answered in a timely manner, drafting Judgments and Orders.
Cons
Flexi hours
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Team Leader (Current Employee) –  London29 August 2017
Great place to work, great team and very professional.
Lots of nationwide travel and unsociable hours due to project requirements.
Project team are friendly and knowledgeable.
Always maintains a can do attitude.
Pros
Great team moral and high moral
Cons
Evening hours
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Teamwork and humour. Moments of madness.
Prison Officer (Former Employee) –  Reading29 August 2017
No typical day as it is always dependent on what is going on with the prisoners. Something we have to be aware of at all times but particularly on unlocking in the mornings.We would be briefed by the senior officers and would plan the day accordingly whilst maintaining the regime. Sometimes things can go wrong but with well trained staff and team awareness we did not experience many major issues.A rewarding place to work. I would recommend it. But you do need to give it time to settle in. Can be a bit daunting Gat first but that fades as you become familiar with the environment.Go for it. Its a great life experience.
Pros
Good pay /pension.
Cons
Not many.
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busy place to work
data protection clerk (Former Employee) –  Burton-On-Trent, Staffordshire27 August 2017
The work here was extremly interesting and varied, always plenty to keep you busy, and varied tasks throughout the day. I was lucky enough to meet some life long friends here through the colleagues thati worked with.
Pros
rewards for good achievements
Cons
time constraints sometimes tough
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Face pace , muilt
Customer Service Assistant (Former Employee) –  London, Greater London18 August 2017
Communicate and work with the Judiciary, Magistracy, Cluster Managers, Court staff, and other internal and external stakeholders, suppliers and customers to collect information, check facts, communicate or enforce judicial decisions, give advice on the completion of forms or court procedures.


Coached new members of staff on being customer focus for all court users helping fill out forms, contacting other agencies and give confidential and non judgemental legal advice, whilst building stakeholder relationships
Pros
Meet wonderful people
Cons
7 Different management in 9 years
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Good
Case Progression Officer (Current Employee) –  Birmingham, West Midlands16 August 2017
Good Organisation helping the public set in place a Lasting Power Of Attorney to take care of Health and welfare or Finance and Property Affairs issues.
Pros
Flexible working
Cons
High Turnover of staff
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Currently no Part time/work Life balance Available !
Prison Officer (Current Employee) –  Evesham, Worcestershire3 August 2017
Don't do it!
Poor Management
no part time
no job share
job security is good as they are so desperate for staff.
Getting more dangerous
Just watch the news of whats happening in prisons.
Pros
Good staff
Cons
Everything else
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relaxed work culture
administrative officer (Current Employee) –  west yorkshire29 July 2017
Good, but not much scope for career advancement.
very basic pay
Balance of work/life is very good
good job security
difficult to transfer job skills to another industry
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Dont do it!
Prison officer (Current Employee) –  Winchester, Hampshire26 July 2017
I've just handed in my notice after 10 years and many other experienced officers are doing the same! The job has become to dangerous and the mental toll it takes on you is hard to put into words. Very little support from management. The jails are ridiculously under staffed. Pay for new starters is shocking and at times things are that hectic experienced staff haven't got the time to show new staff how to do things. I used to enjoy it but the last two years it's become unbearable!
Pros
The staff
Cons
Management assaults violence long hours never finish on time
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good working relationships with many agencies
Justices' Liaison Officer (Former Employee) –  Croydon, Greater London25 July 2017
Salary reflected responsibilities and often outside normal working hours. High degree of confidentiality required. Sensitivity when dealing with a wide range of circumstances and reacting accordingly.
Pros
flexibility
Cons
long hours
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Not a good place to work
OSG (Former Employee) –  England18 July 2017
Where do I start, the responsibility of the job far outways the pay, you will work nights, you will be checking on self Harmers , you'll work in the control room, here you run the prison , dealing with general alarms, fire alarms, you will be spoken down to by some officers but mainly the new ones, they think their better than you, some with attitudes that will put staff at risk on the wings, long hours and not enough staff to cover shifts
Pros
Great team work within the OSG group, listening to officers asking permission from OSGs to log on and off the net, and carry out duties
Cons
Dealing with trumped up poelts
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Excellent Employer
Usher / Jury Bailiff / IT management (Former Employee) –  Basildon, Essex18 July 2017
Very busy environment.
Courses attended, every day was different, therefore continually learning.
Culture excellent.
Hardest part of the job was the case plea and case management which were about 20-25 cases per day one a week. Extremely busy for all.
The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing justice done.
Pros
Good working environment
Cons
Sometimes a long day.
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Not safe expected to work on my own with prisoners
Operational Support Grade (Former Employee) –  Spring Hill30 June 2017
Joined as an O/S/G, left to get on with working on my own sometimes with prisoners in what can be very stressful situations. No self defence training, treated like a number. Not enough staff (Prison officers) to enable security of prison or safety of staff members. Each day I'de worry for my safety,
Management treated me awful when I was off sick for a week with 3 separate back to work interviews for same sickness of 1 week. Disgusting the way I was treated here.
Pros
Really enjoyed going home from work
Cons
Treated terribly
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Administrator (Former Employee) –  London, Greater London19 June 2017
An average place to work. Good work life balance. Large company that has several devisions. Progression can be slow dependant on who you know. Not enough merit on individuals experience and qualifications.
An average days work is mainly office based dealing with paper work. Good flexible work times . Training can be on going mainly done internally.
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Great place to work
IT Customer service advisor (Former Employee) –  Newport, UK22 May 2017
i worked as a civil servant for 7 years and i couldn't have been happier. The staff were very well looked after and treated fairly.

Many benefits at hand and many opportunities to develop skills
Pros
very friendly place to work
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Great government department to work for but, increasingly under financial and political pressures like other government departments.
Executive Officer (Former Employee) –  London, Greater London20 May 2017
A great amount of varied and vital work is undertaken by the MOJ. It's been under huge financial and political pressure to modernise the Courts & Justice system in a climate of massive cutbacks in spending across all government departments. This has impacted staff numbers and ways of working. Be ready for remote working. MOJ has embraced technology wholesale; especially to find ways of working 'smartly', i.e. with fewer people doing the same and more work. Everyone is issued with a laptop and must learn to work remotely and to hotdesk.

Be ready for constant change. Can be a very exciting place to work. I learned a lot about how to work under pressure to meet deadlines. I was liaising with stakeholders and colleagues on a daily basis. The workload could be relentless. The hardest part of the job was having to meet deadlines at short notice, especially when key people were away from the office.

Loved the culture of treating every major piece of work as a project and using a project management ethos from start to completion. We embraced Prince 2 and Agile methods and this is really effective. Also love the transferrable skills that you gain.
Pros
Opportunity to work from a hub near your home, and, from home with use of a laptop. Great for work-life balance.
Cons
Could be delayed in the office if working to meet a deadline. Also, fewer people doing more work due to staff cutbacks, so could be very stressful.
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Professional work place
Customer Service Manager - (Contract) (Former Employee) –  London, UK19 May 2017
Long days due to travel
Learned about Government departments and the way they work
Very amenable to contractors
Quite low skilled for job title
People were nice
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