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Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) Reviews
Reviews by Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) graduate employees
- Working on high profile priority areas for the Government.
- Exposure to interesting and important issues at a high level. Being in a government coordination position. Working with intelligent and high-achieving people.
- You gain invaluable insight into how government functions. You see policy from across the government. You have an excellent work-life balance. You are surrounded by hard-working, intelligent public servants.
- Fascinating work, great and highly intelligent colleagues, broad experience and highly exciting/unique opportunities.
- Good team culture, close to the action of policy decision making, sense of contribution, good work-life balance and work conditions.
- Hard to stand out among such incredible people. Public service can be weighed down by bureaucratic processes. Not much space for creativity (although you can seek out opportunities to improve things).
- A lot of your work must go through multiple levels of clearance, absolving you of any responsibility for what you do. Progression and promotion is often arbitrary and based on luck not merit. Sometimes your tasks are menial, unchallenging and bureaucratic. You are surrounded by people who are risk-averse.
- High stress work, tight deadlines and long hours.
- The HR team in charge of the programme don’t seem to have a full understanding of what is needed. I will ask them questions and they don’t seem to be able to answer them. Some of us are given information and others are not.
- Lack of acknowledgement of skill sets. Graduates are overwhelmingly placed in rotations in response to departmental needs, rather than graduate preference, academic background or experience.