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HM Courts & Tribunals Service Employee Review

Avoid if at all possible

Fellow employees are great, but we’re all stuck in this mess together. Management create a toxic work environment, and either don’t realise, or care, that its driving people out. Not enough staff to manage the work, and continually taking on more.


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3.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
1.0 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
1.0 out of 5 stars for Management
1.0 out of 5 stars for Culture
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Bad for your mental wellbeing, toxic

Great colleagues to work with, who try hard to work together. Workload varies, and management change the rules and goals so you will always fail, and believe me you will feel that you fail! Whatever you do will not be enough and that is demoralising. Training is very good and focused on values that ensure you provide a service that is professional in its delivery, and takes into consideration all of the important factors of equality. Promotion of health and well-being is heavily promoted with many notices dotted around pointing you in the direction of provided support that is available. The irony of this is that your mental health will be challenged from all angles, the job can be challenging from a mental wellbeing perspective, but the management make it hard on another level, it's like they are on a mission to let you know how unimportant you really are. Promotion is always a possibility but your face has to fit, so be prepared to stay at the bottom of the ladder for quite some time.As a stepping stone into the civil service, this is ok, but will test your mettle....daily.


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Based on 162 reviews

Ratings by category

3.4 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.7 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.6 out of 5 stars for Management
2.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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