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Good security but difficult progression depending on role

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Good place to work overall. Can be slow paced and progression can be difficult due to the nature of the promotion process. Must submit essential criteria which can be quite rigid in what they’re asking.


Security, some learning courses available


Reluctant to put your through professional training
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Ok company should pay more for the current cost of living. Public sector pay freeze needs to end. The cost of living prices of living isn’t being taken into account




Long hours
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Insights into The Scottish Government

Based on 5 survey responses
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  • Time and location flexibility
  • Fair pay for job
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  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Sense of belonging
  • General feeling of work happiness

Fun place to work

Fun place to work. Feel really valued as an employee. Great opportunities for progression. Hybrid working arrangements. Long lunch break. Friendly and approachable senior management.
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Decent place to work with plenty of scope for moving sideways/upwards

Generally a pleasant place to work with a lot of flexibility and freedom to choose what you do.As expected this is sometimes hampered by bureaucracy leading to slow decision making.


Flexible working hours Good career progression


Slow to react Manager ability can vary drastically
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Productive and fun place to work in

Productive and fun workplace where help and advice is always available. You feel, after the initial acquiring of how their system operates, that you are valued as an individual.


Friendly and helpful colleagues


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Bullying in management

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
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Internship at the Scottish Government

There was no typical day as an intern In the Scottish Government, there was always something new to learn and to achieve. The tasks were challenging and often left you feeling very rewarded. The staff and mentors were amazing, helping with information, showing me the ropes, teaching me skills and being a helping hand but they also gave me a lot of responsibility to be a independent worker.
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Challenging and Rewarding

You are usually given quite a high level of autonomy and applying yourself and working hard offers good progression. I worked for the SG for about 5 and a half years and in that time I attained 3 promotions.
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good strategies and protective to employees

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
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Flexible working to create healthy work/life balance

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.
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Productive work place

good work environment; friendly staff and extremely comprehensive human resources. Possibility to work flexibly and good pay. Overall, I would recommend to anyone
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very friendly

i worked there for just over a year as part of a contract, i really enjoyed the team i was with as they were kind, the work i was tasked with was easy and went by quickly/


friendly team
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Great stepping stone into the civil service and department for agriculture. Good wage for a first job and clear career progression even within seasonal work.


lunch and travel reimbursed


hard Job, Tests after training must be passed
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Good Workplace

Plenty of ways to progress. there are good opportunities to move up into different stages in the Scottish government. The people are lovely to work alongside.


Good people to work with


Repetitive work
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good benefit

scottish government good on cv good wage and security ideal to start carer and move up the ladder open to other job opportunites and progress to other positions within scottish government
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Good work life balance available

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


Work from home


Can be difficult to deal with those higher up.
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Encouraging and supportive

I was able to develop skills I didn't even know I had. I enjoyed going to work everyday, and found the atmosphere incredibly supportive and encouraging - pushing me to do my best, and to push past what I previously thought my best was.
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Not recommended for those with learning disabilities

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.




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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
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Challenging environment

Started 1998, left 2015. Every day something new. Lots of autonomy in the role, but a difficult client base, who required innovative approaches to get them to engage.




Difficult clientele
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You are given a decent amount of annual leave along with a lot of bank holidays. The salary is ok, but it is balanced for the amount of work you have to do up to a certain grade.
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Based on 54 reviews

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4.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.6 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.5 out of 5 stars for Management
3.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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