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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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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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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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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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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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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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Not worth it
Court Usher (Former Employee) –  Leicester, Leicestershire25 March 2017
You're not appreciated by anyone. The wage is shocking for the hassle you get. No job security because you're put on a fixed-term contract. Won't be working for them again.
Pros
Flexi-hours
Cons
Pay, job security
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Highly Dangerous and Extremely poor management
Senior Officer/Band 4 (Former Employee) –  East Anglia9 January 2017
I got out after being assaulted. Staffing levels are such that it is only a matter of time before a member of staff is murdered!! Majority of managers I had the misfortune to work with, are back stabbers who will compromise safety in order to further their own gains.
I have seen young 'kids' come into the job who have been totally disgruntled and shellshocked within 6-12 months.

Yes the starting pay isn't bad but its only £5k more than what I started on in 1995. Overtime is plenty but that leads to tiredness and mistakes, plus you need to be alive to spend it.
Pros
Starting wage, free assaults and as much excrement thrown at you as you can handle
Cons
Too many to list
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proactive
Switchboard Advisor (Former Employee) –  Cardiff, Cardiff4 January 2017
A typical day would consist of communicating with prison officers daily, Mainly making sure their salary was consistent and HR was up to standard. hardest part was the pressure of how many errors there could possibly be from one mistake.
Pros
amazing company
Cons
long hours
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Don't bother
Administration Officer (Former Employee) –  Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear28 December 2016
Management in this organisation are only bothered by targets, staff do not matter at all. I worked for them for 9 years and it progressively got a worse place to work. No chance of promotion as the organisation is to top heavy and if you ever think your getting a pay rise think again. The salary may seem good but for what is expected it really isn't.
Pros
Flexi (if you ever get to take it)
Cons
Management, very target driven
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Generally a lovely place to work
Finance Employee (Former Employee) –  London21 December 2016
Lovely people, great culture, flexible work environment.

As with most public sector role, major downfall is the salary and the never ending pay freeze.
Pros
Friendly People, Flexible work environment
Cons
Lack of pay increases
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Decent Central Government Department
Budget Manager (Former Employee) –  Central London16 December 2016
Employed for just over 9 years - part of which was spent in an 'Arm's Length Body' (ALB) of the Department.
Most of my duties centred around the month/year end management accounting processes - including, but not restricted to, completion of monthly finance returns, analysis of monthly budget/forecast data and reporting on same to senior management team, running and analysis of monthly payroll report, collating and analysis of finance data received from other ALBs, preparation of monthly Management Information pack for central finance team, dealing with 'ad-hoc' finance queries.
Most of my skills/knowledge gained through experience working in MOJ (and other organisations) - commenced AAT studies (through MOJ professional training scheme)
I was personally very lucky in having some great line, and other, managers who were always happy to advise and assist as necessary.
Hardest part of job - being able to impress Government finance rules and explain finance processes to 'non-finance' colleagues
Most enjoyable part of the job - the people I worked with, the general office environments and the benefits/opportunities
Pros
Great benefits e.g.flexible working, generous annual leave, training/development opportunities
Cons
Personally, the long commute to/from work but also, latterly, some uncertainty in terms of the Department's future direction, structure etc
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Excellent
Admin Officer (Current Employee) –  Birmingham, West Midlands26 November 2016
Great Job, will continue to work here. very happy with everything. Love everything here. Great pay rates, good environment. Will Stay.
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poor managment and unstable workplace
officer support grade (Current Employee) –  Woodbridge6 March 2016
been here for a few months and not what it lives up to.
unsteady workplace and shift pattern a poor pay for responsibilities.
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Great place to work if you have an interest in criminal court proceedings.
Case Administrator - Contract role (Former Employee) –  London, ENG14 January 2016
I was not here for very long, so limited in what feedback I can provide. Manager was very nice, team was friendly.
Day to day duties was mainly focused in compiling court packs for the senior team members to present the case at court.
Pros
Good team, nice atmosphere
Cons
Repetitive nature of the work, salary was low.
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Fun Workplace
Enforcement Administrator (Former Employee) –  London30 August 2015
Great Co-workers, Flexible hours, Life Balance, Good Management, Excellent training, I enjoyed my time working for them and going out with the team on a lunch.
Pros
Flexible working hours
Cons
Job Security
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Court Support Officer (Current Employee) –  Luton20 May 2015
Overall the job was quite varied, days were often not the same. I've dealt with a range of criminal cases from shoplifting and possession of illegal substances to robbery and murder.
The hardest part of the job was becoming blasé about crimes and often only seeing the worst in people - often the vulnerable people who had been let down by society and were no stuck in a vicious loop of offending.
The criminal justice system lacks focus on reformation and crimes are often only dealt with in a punitive way, meaning that the offending cycle doesn't change.
Pros
Civil service pension and benefits
Cons
Negativity
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Administrator/Accommodation Liaison Officer (Current Employee) –  City of London28 January 2015
A busy and structured environment dealing with high profile judicial members. Continuous learning and changing situations in an open planned environment.Retaining time is a challenge due to needs of the service and customer service.
Pros
Permancy
Cons
Salary
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Don't get caught in the money trap!
prison officer (Current Employee) –  Yorkshire5 March 2014
Pros - good salary
Cons - no work life balance. Awful shift patterns. No support in workplace. Cutting of staff numbers now making it unsafe.
Pros
good salary
Cons
Cons - no work life balance, Awful shift patterns, No support in workplace, Cutting of staff numbers now making it unsafe, Privatisation means not as stable an employment as it used to be, Little chance of progressing.
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