Most of us, when applying for a new job make it a point to weigh the benefits, opportunities and strengths and weaknesses of the job position we’re considering. If you’re one of those many people who wants to note down a list of all the possible pros and cons of a government job the following information may come useful.
One of the main reasons most people would consider a government job would be for job security, stability and the retirement plans offered. While these are very good benefits, there are other aspects of working for a government organization that might keep you from achieving your personal or even professional goals.
It is known when considering a government job against an opportunity in the private sector that the salary package offered to you would be on a scale at a lower level due to the fact that most salary bands in the government sector is pre-defined and approved, hence no exceptional cases or changes are accommodated, like in a private sector job. Salary changes or increments also have to follow the process, hence takes a considerable time for these changes to take place which is a common issue experienced by government employees.
Several government jobs require their employees to travel to different parts of the country or world, depending on your job role and this could be difficult if you’re a working parent, since you will be constantly on the move either with your family or by yourself.
Every aspect in a government sector job require to follow a certain process even if there are exceptional situations. This could be discouraging for high performers as recognition for the work done may not be rewarded in a timely manner as tasks have to stay in that said process. This means promotions will also take a long time to happen which will be de-motivating for employees.
Employees also find difficulty in introducing new ideas, inventions or process improvements in the government sector as they have to follow a certain approval process before being accepted and implemented, if needs be. The limitation to expand within your job role is a common issue experienced.