POLITICS AND FAVORITISM IN THE PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE SECTOR« Back to Questions List

After working in a highly charged environment where those who fraternized with upper management often were rewarded by promotions, working for government appeals to me.  I have heard government organizations are more of a meritocracy and that civil service testing is fair and impartial.  Is that more myth than reality?
Posted by careersingov
Asked on May 14, 2013 8:51 am
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Civil service systems prominent in government agencies evolved as an antidote to political favors and cronyism. Selection and promotion processes, pay schedules and job classification systems are generally regarded as more objective, merit-based, and standardized than in the private sector. However, any organization that is comprised of people is likely to have a political dynamic. Governments have the added elements of elected policy makers, and constituents–100% of whom make up your customer base. You will likely find some relief and comfort in the more structured government environment, but it will not be free of either personal or organizational politics.

Posted by careersingov
Answered On May 15, 2013 7:38 pm