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Hardest part of the job - when you get a manager who you really don't like. Many departments work with the general public. You often work in huge offices.
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flexitime
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civil service culture
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Large organisation with all the flaws that this brings. Majority of people are hard working, objective, serving the government of the day. Hours can be long but rewarding. Chance to make a real difference to people's lives
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I would advocate working for the Civil Service, in my experience it is a fair and open environment to work in, good support network and friendly. Average wage in line with role and flexible working pattern available.
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Inclusive culture and friendly workplace to be a part of Support from management to progress I felt like I was contributing and making a difference there
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Help people get back into workplace . Arranging courses for re training for new skills or updating previous ones Arranging interview with employers Making sure correct payment was sent to customerfs
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Great team work. Challanging role but very good job satisfaction. The role is very challanging but a pleasure to make a different to peoples working environments
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I would no longer recommend working here . . . the biggest continual problem is poor management. Other issues are bullying, favouritism, and clan culture.
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Interesting dealing with the public get a clear insite into what people go through good times and bad Loved dealing with the public and really enjoyed mu time their
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Good outlook on life
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Dealtwith difficult situations but found it challenginv
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Working for the Government was a privilege. It was well paid, extremely brilliant hours. Had 6 weeks annual leave. I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of it and only left as I had a young family and didn’t want to miss the time they were infants as it is very precious! In hindsight I should have gone back once the children were at full time schooling .
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I enjoy working for the Civil Service and making a difference. The management team and HR staff at the Fast Stream however have constantly let me down with their people management skills and their treatment of mental health disabilities.
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The service has changed a lot. You can no longer work for the civil service and stick to the same job for life. Emphasis is about being a leader or leading in some area of your work role. Pressures are there to progress, opportunities are there also but most of the time there are people already in mind for the roles which makes it really unfair. I feel there is a lot of favouritism that goes on still. seen staff
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Stable reliable place to work. The work life balance is positive and the opportunity to train in different areas is high. The pay could be better but the leave balance is excellent
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Good work life balance
Cons
Low pay
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Did my summer internship there and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was given a lot of responsibility from the beginning and felt very incorporated into my team. Working in Private Office is quite different from other areas of HMRC so I wouldn't use this to generalise the experiences of others.
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In my vies, Civil Service is a safe and stable place to work. Progression is slow and steady but camaraderie amongst teams and staff generally is excellent. Pension scheme is good also. Good for plodders, rather than fast-trackers.
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Good Pension, Flexi Working
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Paper Pushing
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Lovely place to work and gain more experience but no security for your job. Excellent to gain more skills and get your foot into the civil service career route.
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I had no Issues lots of support and very Professional in every sense I loved working with staff and Management from District to Team Leader and Staff
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Professional
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none
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working day 8am til 4pm, a knowledge of working on a computer, mandatory courses required annually, ability to be self motivated and work as a group, management are approciable, hardest part of job getting budget approval for business cases, the best part is who I work with and the constant communication with service and civilian personel.
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Communication, achieving results, friendly atmosphere
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Quite demanding
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A good place to work. There are jobs to suit all skill types. The working conditions are good. Most of my managers were good at their jobs. They have flex time working which helps with work/life balance
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very disorganised, poor management structure, poor working tools, takes a long time to receive necessary training, poor communication between departments
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Desperately needs new IT and target focussed incentives to improve efficiency. Management would benefit from exposure to private sector business environments. The world has moved on yet elements of the civil service seem stuck in a 70's time loop. Job security is a plus, not many industries can boast of employees with 50 years service...
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Job security and ability to work for 50 years if that's what you want
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IT and management is lagging the private sector by a couple of decades
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I really enjoyed working here. The staff were very supportive and there was excellent in house training provided. I learned a lot from working here and everyone was fun and friendly.
Pros
great people
Cons
long hours
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