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HR CASEWORK MANAGER (Former Employee) –  Wakefield, West Yorkshire3 January 2018
Best employer to grow a career.
Access to training facilities, as well as a supportive line managerial structure which makes it easy for a new employee to settle down and learn.
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Dont do it
Instructional Officer,sheet metal design (Former Employee) –  Retford28 December 2017
Since the massive cuts to officer grades prisons are not a safe place to work any more,Middle management are only interested in there own gains and in looking after people who they are responsible for
Pros
lots of holidays
Cons
bad management
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Funding Problems
Lead Systems Manager (Former Employee) –  Petty France London22 December 2017
I had a few roles, starting off in Her Majesty's Prison Service, then the Home Office, then back to the Prison Service and finally the Ministry of Justice. The moves were mainly due to promotions and some to financial downsizing.

On the whole I enjoyed my time in the Civil Service, however the job become an impossible task with the funding constraints that I was asked to work to.

When a further down sizing exercise took place. I took the option of taking early retirement.

My final position in the Ministry of Justice was as a Senior Team Leader, responsible for the Property Data Systems.
The properties involved was all prisons in England and Wales, Courts in England and Wales, Police and other Government Properties in the London Estate.
Pros
Good Pension. Option to work flexibly, Good Salary
Cons
Commuting and working under severe financial restraints.
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Don't Bother
OSG (Former Employee) –  Kent14 December 2017
I spent 8 years working as an OSG for the prison service and the only good thing to come out of it is that it's where I met my husband. When working nights you're alone all night with 100+ prisoners which as far as I'm concerned is totally wrong. If someone goes sick whilst you're on your shift you'll be asked to cover and you're expected to say yes (even if that means turning your 5 hour early shift into a 12 hour 'A' shift). And just because you have a day off doesn't mean they won't call you at home and expect you to cover - they have no problem doing this.

I can't stress enough how bad this job can be. You'll be treated like scum - the prisoners will treat you better than the staff ever would and the long hours will leave you going sick with stress.

If you're still reading this then PLEASE, I urge you to STAY AWAY from ANY job within the prison service.
Pros
There aren't any.
Cons
The place is full of cons - literally.......
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Day to day experience at the office
Chief Legal Clerk (Current Employee) –  Oshakati, Namibia16 November 2017
Dealing with Criminal matters. I learn legal system , how it works. Management does not care about the well being of low level employees. The hardest part of the job is work overload and low salary. Enjoyable is meeting different people with different scenarios.
Pros
No work during weekends.
Cons
No training
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Great place to work
Head of performance analytics- Reform (Former Employee) –  London8 November 2017
Friendly people, great attitude and challenging and exciting role. Flexible working, placing appropriate trust and responsibility with staff. Really effective management and highly intelligent people
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Horrible place to work
Claims Management Support Officer (Former Employee) –  Burton-On-Trent, Staffordshire2 November 2017
The work culture was a bullying grounds and if you had friends in high places you got away with whatever you wanted to get away with. i learned a lot of clerical duties and how to use software i haven't used before.
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Shockingly bad management
Prison Officer (Current Employee) –  West Midlands28 October 2017
Don't consider this as a career option.
It used to be a secure job with a good pension. Not anymore. You are undermined and threatened at every opportunity. Not by prisoners but by management.
The expectations are huge. The abuse and danger are becoming greater by the day.
The cuts to the staffing levels. The cuts to healthcare and especially mental health are having profound effects. Please consider before joining this job. It used to be brilliant. It's far from it
Pros
Great staff
Cons
Shifts, danger, poor management, wages etc
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Horrible
Prison Officer (Former Employee) –  North Wales26 October 2017
Long hours, never see your family.
Useless, arrogant, rude management.
Awful pay for what you do.
Not a career.
Most staff are good as were all in the same boat together.
Pros
Staff
Cons
Everything else
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Lack of Communication
Admin Officer (Current Employee) –  London, Greater London10 October 2017
A typical day at the MOJ consists of a lot of email queries that require due diligence, and attention due to the sensitive nature of the data. The organisation constantly requires you to operate outside your role to solve potential issues that may be related to another department. The management team struggle to filter down all the relevant news to its staff that is of significant importance. The job rota is usually understaffed.
Pros
manageable work hours
Cons
lack of structure, and a blame culture
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Life at the Ministry of Justice
Estate Support Manage4 (Current Employee) –  London, Greater London6 October 2017
In my 17 years at worrking at the Ministry of Justice i have learnt many things, such working with internal and external stakeholders and learning how to commuicate with them.
The work culture at the start of my employment was great as i joined when the service was hiring alot of young people, which help me settle into the the way the Government worked.
The hardest part of the job is the many changes that is involved in Ministry of Justice.
Pros
Excellent training support
Cons
To many changes
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Good workplace
Admin Officer (Former Employee) –  Liverpool, Merseyside1 October 2017
Civil service good benefits. Fast paced work environment. Friendly colleagues and managers. Friendly working environment. Good working pattern and flexibility.
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stressful
Civil Servant (Former Employee) –  Branston29 September 2017
Can be a very stressful & depressing day . Management tend to look after those that suck up to them, & are not very supportive. the pros are flexible hours
Pros
flexible hours
Cons
If your face dont fit you wont last.
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Old fashioned and over worked
Data Archive Team (Former Employee) –  Wakefield28 September 2017
Having worked in a few government organisations, I can say that the workers here are hard working but management could be improved greatly. Job security does not look appealing from the outside with the recent changes coming in force.
Pros
Some friendly teams
Cons
Arrears
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So so
Clerical Assistant (Current Employee) –  Kent22 September 2017
used to be great now no one is guaranteed to remain more than 3 years. no incentive to work hard. no motivation. good working conditions and flexitime
Pros
team are great
Cons
management
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Great people
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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Moj
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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