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This is a fantastic place to work
This is a fantastic place to work. Although the nature of the work is critical and highly confidential, the teams I worked with were really helpful and fun to work with.

NOthing was too much trouble though, more training is needed for new staff in order to understand the agency
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It an ok place to work
Slower paced than police. Pay pensions no where near as good as the police.

Good work life balance


Most jobs are behind desks only about 20% of work force are out on the ground
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Too London centric
They want to but all workplaces in a hub, but in the north of the country they make it difficult to get too ie Warrington. no consideration for staff who like me had a 3 hour daily commute on top of working day.
Pros
Good work buildings
Cons
poor car parking after travelling 90 minutes to get there and no staff welfare, very poor.
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Varied work structures across agency
Development opportunities vary depending on the area worked in, it is more grade focused than other civil service departments.

Recruitment process is long due to background checks. Communication during the process is slow, as it is a central inbox that you have to send queries into, you don't always received a reply.
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Amazing
Amazing place to work, thoroughly enjoyable experience. Great people with a similar mindset to protect the public in UK and internationally. A great agena
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Varied and interesting work streams
The NCA is a unique and diverse workforce. Various different departments, work streams and opportunities to collaborate with other law enforcement agencies and industry.
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Good
Good. I thought that working for this Company was a good experience and I thought my time there was very good and the people were very good. Working there was very good
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helpful
Helpful and will lead to new opportuntities. There is a culture of all involved and the management system is one that invokes confidence in staff. The overall attitude is to succeed.
Pros
Good colleagues
Cons
Lack of bases to work from
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Good hard work
Enjoyed working at the NCA, a good place for a good manager, if willing to work hard.

Somewhat too fixated on process at a non essential level but getting there.
Pros
Good work
Cons
working away from home
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Great potential for the future
Some excellent people but an organisation still growing and maturing. It has had a lot of change of processes and people and it has been unsettled for too long. This will change in the months ahead. Some investigations are exceptional and I’m sure the organisation will be better in 6-12 months.
Pros
Flexible working
Cons
Too much energy on change for too long now
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Hostile place to work
Hostile working environment. Unreasonably high demand of work to turnover in an unrealistic time frame. Work culture was about 20 years behind - very behind on the equality agenda!
Pros
Engagement with other organisations
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Culture
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Worst job i have ever
Definately not what it says on the tin.
Two ticks organisation??!! Do they even know what that means. Staff morale is low, poor training plans for new starters, jobs for the boys culture and inability to tackle bullying issues especially towards higher management. Even awarding such behaviour in some instances. Failing to see how this meets thier responsiblity of health and well being of staff. Better treatment working in McDonalds!!

Offices are vey remote with no public transport, nearest station being a good half an hour walk along a very dark secluded path to the nearest major transport facility's, increased unavailibility of access to staff parking at the site.
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None
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Too long to list.
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Employee
This job is all you would expect. The pay is not great, although this is to be expected for vocational work of this type. There is a culture of ongoing change which is not always for the better. The management appear to do their best.
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Mixed feelings
As an investigator, the NCA has a great deal of potential for developing experience. However there is an overall sense that it doesn’t quite know what type of organisation it wants to be.
Pros
Plenty of opportunities for gaining experience
Cons
Not quite sure what it wants to be
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Good employer
As with most Government departmnets NCA offer good terms and conditions and flexible working when possible. Benefits include flexi time, excellent pension and good annual leave
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This is not the UK FBI
As a law enforcement and intelligence professional, I am dismayed by the claims and promises made by the NCA. The organisation (although it is NOT organised) has been hemorrhaging experienced, skilled staff since its inception and expects replacements (with no law enforcement background) to step into some very big shoes overnight, relatively speaking.

So, what's missing? Maybe a short history lesson might help..


Not since the days of the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) working with the National Crime Squad (NCS) has the UK had a coordinated, focused, effective response to organised crime.


The two key words here are National and Crime.

Seasoned, experienced specialists from our police forces, who had learned their craft during years of service locally and regionally were selected to operate at a national and international level.


These men and women 'of a like mind' and experts at networking with each other, had a deep understanding of organised crime groups, knew how to use intelligence, gather evidence and arrest shrewd, cunning individuals. They even managed this without rendering their evidence inadmissible in a court, because they could interpret and comprehend legislation.


The non-police staff that were a part of the service had their own apprenticeship; intelligence researchers and analysts worked shoulder to shoulder with police specialists and they learned from each other. Well, the police service as it was has long gone.


Although this organisation has the DNA of a 'police service' it seems to be in denial whilst trying to create some
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Money for nothing
Cons
No prospect of making a difference.
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Bureaucratic and challenged by budget restraints
They promise a lot and deliver little due to the terrible wages and the low budget. Effectively a government vanity project which is not funded properly.
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A good place to work to gain law enforcement experience
A diverse workforce and an envrionment that embraces varying work patterns. The training opportunities are good and career progression possible for those seeking advancement.
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Interesting and engaging work
In August 2016 I was promoted to Senior Intelligence Officer working on the Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce (JMLIT), a first of its kind project in the UK involving public and private partnership. Getting an opportunity to evaluate new money laundering typologies is extremely interesting and keeps my knowledge up to date. Attending the JMLIT experts group for ABC is an excellent place to share sector knowledge with private sector experts, learning from their experience and providing the law enforcement perspective
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Tough but very rewarding work
It is CEOP's mission to protect children and young people from the harm of abuse. The work that is done here is incredibly difficult, but incredibly rewarding. The people that work here are dedicated to protecting children from harm and are proud to work here.
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Leading the UK's fight against serious and organised crime
There is never a dull day at the NCA! From major drug seizures to cyber crime, from CSE to money laundering, from human trafficking to illegal firearms, the breadth of serious crimes that my colleagues work to combat is phenomenal. As a result any area that you work in, be it operational or otherwise, is incredibly interesting and varied. The work attracts and requires hard-working people dedicated to keeping the UK and beyond safe from major threats.
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