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Freindly and productive
Office assistant (Former Employee) –  London, Greater London19 August 2018
Friendly environment lots to do lots to learn, great opportunity. Workplace culture included casual Friday's which was fun. Great management, most enjoyable part about this role was the research conducted.
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Not enough training
Project Lead (Current Employee) –  London5 June 2018
Requirement is to 'just get on with the job.' A mature culture but not too friendly in a personal sense. Good work life balance. Good hard working people.
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Responsive and caring to staff needs
Teacher Misconduct Contact Centre (Former Employee) –  Coventry21 May 2018
Defined roles for all staff working towards a common goal with clear business objectives.Positive performance management reviews and recognition for staff at all levels.
Pros
Flexi time
Cons
Complex decisions
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Good place for a short stint
Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Coventry8 April 2018
Mediocre work life balance
Various advancement opportunities within the whole British Civil Service
Encouragement to attain external qualification
Poor pay
Unmatched pension
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Love it
Higher Executive Officer (Current Employee) –  Manchester, Greater Manchester30 March 2018
Love working here
Great staff
Job satisfaction
Career progression
Wellbeing needs met
Work life balance is great
Flexible working
Senior staff are great
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Productive workplace
Teacher (Current Employee) –  PHILIPPINES22 March 2018
I work from monday to friday but sometimes I have to duty even saturday and sunday, from six am to four pm.I learned to obey in whatever my employer want us to do. Our heads are kind and loyal, the workplace are quite not conducive but we can adjust to that. As a teacher we are train to have initiative and techniques upon handling any situation. The hardest part are those immediate reports and immediate deadline which we handle five sections who has 60-70 students. In order to comply the report you need to sacrifice a two days without sleep. The good thing is in god grace we successfully done the job with a smile.
Pros
Mecare
Cons
Long hour
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Not a great place to work. Awful culture of bullying
Cleane (Former Employee) –  London20 March 2018
Poor management and leadership at all levels. Everyone is overworked and unrecognised for their efforts. Senior leadership are incompetent and only seem to be focused on protecting their job security.
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A lot of red tape involved here
SQL Specialist (Former Employee) –  Coventry, West Midlands2 October 2017
I felt that in this place Micro management was exercised heavily here. also a lot of Red Tape with documentation and investment into old design approaches meant very little advancements in technology.
Pros
Short commute to work
Cons
no work from home available
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Growing department
POLICY ADVISER, APPRENTICESHIP ASSESSMENTS (Current Employee) –  Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear4 September 2017
Policy is a fast moving continually changing arena with priorities changing to the needs of the Minister and department requirements. Correspondence, public and MP requests for information and press lines are daily occurrences.

Stakeholders are many and varied with a series of telekits and video conferencing all part of the daily routine. There are a number of courses on offer and all staff have to undertake 5 days training annually.

There is emphasis on work/life balance with management keen all should follow.
Pros
work/life balance
Cons
Difficulty in getting responses from stakeholders
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Educational
Work Experience Placement (Former Employee) –  London, Greater London3 July 2017
A wonderful place to gain work experience for anyone, especially undergraduates, to learn about a career in civil service or an office environment!!!!
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Large policy-based corporate
Internal Communications Channel Manager (Former Employee) –  Westminster, Greater London2 May 2017
If you want to work at the heart of government and enjoy politics and working at pace in a busy press office then it can be interesting. Policy is intangible, with decisions that are often short term and reactive, which can be frustrating. Although there is a culture of long hours, particularly at higher grades, you can achieve a good work life balance.

Working with bureaucrats who are cautious and lack creativity can also have its challenges, but overall a good place to work.
Pros
Large scale employer, flexible working.
Cons
Policy work intangible, bureaucratic.
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Good place to work
Qualified Teacher Status(QTS) . Process (Former Employee) –  Darlington, Durham22 March 2017
I loved working for DFEE and had a very good team to work with and also very good managers. I would recommend working here to anybody. Very friendly and helpful collegues
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Supportive and Fascinating place to work
Civil Servant (Former Employee) –  Westminster17 February 2017
Fast Paced
Supportive environment
Opportunities to progress.
Open to change and new ideas.
Work life balance beneficial
Disparity between private office and rest of civil servants however functions well despite.
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Fun workplace
Executive Assistant (Apprenticeship) (Former Employee) –  London18 January 2017
It was truly one the best places I have worked for, there was nothing that made it a bad day at work, truly enjoyable and I was extremely sad my apprenticeship came to an end.
Pros
Everything
Cons
Nothing
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Learnt a lot over the years
Customer Service Advisor (Former Employee) –  Birmingham City Centre, West Midlands11 January 2017
A good place to work, if you can handle all of the red tape

Coventry office seems to be the place where staff go to get on and be promoted, but it just wasn't for me, you end up being a drone.

faceless place to work in Coventry office
Pros
annnual leave flex working
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Productive
Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  London19 July 2016
Ability to own you work and show off the skills you have to make a difference on project delivery. Fantastic management style and brilliant work colleagues which makes life easy as to know what and meet the necessary people on time with no hindrances
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Portfolio Support Officer, PMO Management, Resource Management
Portfolio Support Manager (Current Employee) –  Manchester14 May 2016
Varied work, programme and project reporting, supporting Portfolio Delivery Managers and Project and Business Analysts.
Pros
Excellent IT Infrastructure moving to the Cloud, and using modern laptops and tablets.
Cons
No cons, great working environment.
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Highly motivating, fun place to work.
Senior Press Officer (Current Employee) –  London18 April 2016
A highly motivating place to work. Fast paced environment working on high profile issues that affect the whole of the UK.
A brilliant team of people who ensure that you have fun and remain grounded in what can sometimes be a challenging environment.
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Easy, low pressure environment
Statistical Officer (EO) for the post-16 unit (Former Employee) –  London6 April 2016
The Department for Education was a good place to work. Most people were friendly and helpful and there was a good variety of interesting work that felt like it made a real difference to people's lives. They also provided semi-regular opportunities for training.
Pros
Varied and interesting work that made a difference to people
Cons
They no longer give permanent roles to staff with fixed-term contracts like they did in the past
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Interesting
Work Experience Placement (Former Employee) –  London, ENG1 December 2015
As i was only placed there for work experience i only worked there for 5 days but it was an interesting place to work and showcased the fact that office work isnt as boring as most people think.
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