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Great Work Life Balance
At the Crown Prosecution Service, they ensure that their staff have a great work life balance. There is working from home, no core hours and a wide range of support policies to ensure that work life and home life marry.
Pros
Hours of work - working from home
Cons
Legal environment so be prepared to be exposed to all criminal acts
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More reponsibility for less pay.
The Paralegal Assistant role has become a role between admin and a Paralegal Officer. You perform the same function as a Paralegal Officer along with administrative duties but for less pay and no opportunity to become a Paralegal Officer which is very frustrating.
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Flexi-Time
Cons
Unable to take leave
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A good secure workplace.
I worked at CPS for almost 41 yrs. I gained a lot of experience through my daily duties in the various roles I applied for. There are always challenges in every role and there is always plenty of opportunities to develop within the organisation.
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Insufficient resources
As a court advocate, working in back to back courts, I often find myself working long evenings. The quality of the trial files are sometimes not up to the expected standard. There are no breaks during court, and the seating can sometimes be uncomfortable. The benefits are flexible working occasionally, and a decent pension.
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Excellent organization and I would absolutely recommend working for this government department. Wonderful manager and co workers and great flexibility
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Stessful
typical day - preparing court papers
learned - new laws

management - bullies

workplace culture - stressful

hardest part - dealing with vulnerable witnesses/victims

enjoyable - securing convictions
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none
Cons
long hours
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Stable, Reputable job
Since starting with the service I have had great experiences in the office and at court.
Management have been understanding and accommodating to my needs creating a healthy work life balance
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Facilitating justice
I worked for the CPS for nine months on a fixed term contract, The people I worked with were professional, reliable and friendly. The work itself was challenging and I learned a lot about the world of work. I really enjoyed my time there.
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Productive and fun workplace
Learnt how to work as a team and was able to contribute to the current task at hand. Very supportive colleagues who explain how to execute tasks efficiently and properly.
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Great People, Austerity hit hard
A great job when I started but we suffered from too much change too quickly given the number of staff lost due to austerity. Regardless, most people soldiered on and tried to give the public a service as good as it could be. The public do not know how lucky they are to have such dedicated people working for them.

I cannot say too much about the work due to legal reasons.
Pros
The privilege of working for the CPS and the people of the West Midlands
Cons
Long hours. Travel to Birmingham.
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Great colleagues and interesting work overshadowed by poor management
A typical day is coming into the office and looking at the rota at which task you could be allocated. This could be prepping for court, bundling case files, logging media or updating past hearings and completing tasks.

The work does vary and you can be rota'd on a number of jobs which is good as you never quite know which task you will be doing; which keeps it interesting.


Line managers are lovely and have your absolute best interests at heart. Further above, management are focussed on numbers and facts and figures and do not see you as a person; but as a "thing" to allocate some tasks too.


I enjoy working here however do add the caveat that if you would be against micro-management this may not be the workplace for you.
Pros
Good annual leave, flexi-leave, decent salary, good colleagues
Cons
Micro-management from above, not always obvious progression
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Productive workplace
This workplace was perfect in order to get a real sense of what it takes to become a lawyer and an incredible eye opener into the world of law and justice.
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Interesting
As this was only a experience and I wasn't employed, I found the different roles that everyone played interesting and the importance that each of them play to succeed.
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Fun and challenging work place
I enjoy my role within the Crown Prosecution Service as a Senior Personal Assistant. My daily duties include managing my Senior Managers inbox and calendar schedules. I arrange meetings, prepare agendas and take minutes in those meetings. The most enjoyable part of my job is building relationships with my Senior Managers as I believe it to be a vital part of the PA role.
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There are no typical days as of the work we do and the benefits of flexi. As an apprentice they made it easy to complete all of my out of work material.
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Productive
The experience of working at the crown prosecution service opens you up to complete office work environment. The overall atmosphere is supportive, welcoming and professional.
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Stressful
Expect to be working well over the hours you think you will be working. Flexi hours are an issue, and the workload is huge. The management was awful in my department.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Work load, hours of work, managment
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Fun place to work
I enjoyed my time with the CPS. There was very good training opportunities and your line manager did as much as they could to help you. Only down side was not renewing my fixed term contract
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Well run
Good team environment and support staff. Good scope for advancing into more involved legal fields. There was a large open plan office, which helped with team work.
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Fun
I am currently 16 years old and undertook a work experience at the CPS for a duration of 1 week. During this time I gained an insight into the role of a Barrister and really enjoyed experiencing something I would like to pursue as a career in the future.
Pros
Interesting Career
Cons
Long Hours
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Interesting
Lots of paperwork, I only did work experience here but it was in an office environment. I had the chance to see the work life of a solicitor for 2 weeks and understood how much security was necessary for a job like this
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