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Work subject interesting at times but work output dumbed down. Lack of free speech. Some competent staff and other career public servants; some good but some much less so and just protecting their positions and keeping seats warm. Managers protect long standing staff, some of whom do very little. If you are good at your job and perceived to be a threat you may experience bullying/being pigeon holed. Certainly some managers are very controlling in pointless matters to demonstrate their seniority. SG want to appear forward thinking but unfortunately quite the opposite. Could do with a complete overhaul. Many staff would have difficulty being employed elsewhere. Poor management/people skills from low level staff to ministers. Toxic environment. Could be a good place to work but management are blinkered. One day we hope there will be a shake up of staff.
Nice building, some aspects of flexi working subject to line management
Toxic, Micromanagement, career civil servants who do very little, lack of free speech
Felt safe and comfortable. Kept to legal employment law. Would be flexible to time off. Friendly and family oriented. Gave all employees confidence to make the right initiative and fun community spirit. There was a good liaison with trade unions and management. Work ethics were encouraged and promoted. Opportunity to make a career for all personnel. Work environment was safe and cosy. Plenty of breaks in nice relaxing break areas. Medical supervision and resources made available to all personnel. Management approachable
Coming from a background of not having gone on to college or university has not affected my managers view of me as I do my work. I feel empowered to share ideas and develop my opportunities.
Good place to work with great people. The opportunity coming in as an apprentice is amazing. Staff will develop you as much as possible. In general, it is a good working environment with good chances to progress
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Can be difficult to deal with those higher up.
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When I took a B2 post here, I anticipated moving up to a B3 post within around a year based on my level of work experience and qualifications. However, I was unfortunate with my line manager and team leader. At my 9 month probation, I was marked down (bye bye permanent contract) due to issues relating to dyslexia. I voiced my concerns about the unfair (and unlawful) way my case was handled (was also still waiting for workplace adjustments) but to uphold a complaint required going through the grievance process. Given how stressful my time here already was, I promptly found myself a promotion elsewhere instead.
Some days busy with tasks such as meetings to be arranged and travel to be booked, I earned a lot of things through training courses and other Modern Apprentices, the most enjoyable was learning new thibgs everyday and working alongside various teams, I think the hardest part would be working with contract people as you get a coonection working with them and then the time comes for them to leave. I think a management side needs to be worked on, it sometimes felt like bullying
Long hours worked even using flexi system
I am currently employed with The Scottish Government in the Social Justice Delivery team as a B2 Policy Officer. I have held this post since August 2017 and have taken great strides in knowledge and understanding of the many different policy and delivery issues that fall within the team and how this connects with wider policy. I thoroughly enjoy working in fast paced policy area with competing priorities and delivering on Ministerial commitments. As a B2 I lead on Ministerial briefings, PQs and correspondence for the team in addition to supporting the administration of grant funds and handling complex FOI requests. I have supported Ministers at events and meetings and provide secretariat support for a stakeholder group tasked with tackling food poverty.
Interesting perople, great work life balance
Ministerial demands can sometimes take priority over crucial work.
Good place to work but poor training department and little oppertunity to progress when I was there. I also found communication between departments to be poor until I implemented cross team working to maximise productivity and efficiencies to minimise business risk.
Lack of training and career progression