Department for Work And Pensions Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Great work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Department for Work And Pensions

    Pros

    One of the most exciting areas to be working in is government and the Civil Service, where you feel through the work done that you are really making a positive difference in society every day. Smart people with a strong ethos for working for public good. High integrity.

    Cons

    May not be glamourous nor have the perks of private industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to teams and letting people grow even more responsibility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. A pleasurable and rewarding experience.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Economist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Economist in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Department for Work And Pensions full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - fantastic source for those seeking entry level work
    - wide range of involvement in different work areas
    - accommodating management and staff
    - good learning and development opportunities
    - flexible working patterns
    - opportunity to become involved with the latest in social research and policy

    Cons

    - salaries do not rise in line with inflation
    - internal movement of staff disrupts continuity of work and buildup of role specific skills
    - poor or outdated technology

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Middlesbrough, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Middlesbrough, England (UK)

    I have been working at Department for Work And Pensions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are great benefits working there, decent pension scheme, annual leave allowance is excellent and flexible working hours are a god send

    Cons

    It's a challenging job sometimes and staff have very high expectations on them to hit benchmarks constantly as well as maintaining accuracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more visible to staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Its a very progressive and learning environment to work in

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    Former Contractor - Office Administrative in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Office Administrative in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Department for Work And Pensions as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    It feel good to work for the government and the work environment is full of opportunity to learn and grow. Job satisfaction level is high with all the perks.

    Cons

    The only challenge which i see is sometime we get some potential violent customers which i see as a good opportunity to use the skills of customers service and handle that kind of customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe we should have a dress code, which will enhance the working environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. I would like to hear soon from you

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Department for Work And Pensions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My best reason to work with this company is because I am a social worker and also have enough experiences.

    Cons

    I really need a job because I do have family to take care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team work for an excellent improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Very helpful and Compassionate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Department for Work And Pensions full-time

    Pros

    Always someone with knowledge to help

    Cons

    call Centres, long waiting times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good work up and your compassion to those who really need you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8. Carers may not be paid much, but the UK government support is superlative.

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    Current Employee - Carer in Brighton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Carer in Brighton, England (UK)

    I have been working at Department for Work And Pensions

    Pros

    Technically, and perhaps out of the scope of this survey, the Department of Works and Pensions pays me to stay at home and look after my husband who has cancer (in remission at the moment). I am well satisfied with the help and support the government provides both my husband and myself.

    Cons

    The downside, as a stay-at-home carer, is that you are not paid what a professional carer/nurse would earn in the work environment, but the upside is that the government provides loads of support, even sending in a nurse in overnight to look after my husband if I needed to sleep. Also, as a carer, you can get major college tuition concessions (paying a nominal fee) so that you can attend part-time in your spare time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mr. Brown, thank you for the support and care you have provided my husband and I over the years. Thank you for the free NHS health service that we would have owed around £100,000.00 worth of hospitalisation for anywhere else in the world.

    Recommends
  9. GES placement year

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    Former Intern - Student Economist
    Former Intern - Student Economist

    I worked at Department for Work And Pensions as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    - I was fortunate enough to have an excellent line manager who encouraged development
    - Good place to do a placement year as you actually do the same work as a graduate would be expected to do
    - Enjoyable work, especially if you're interested in data analysis
    - Flexi-time can be a perk, depending on

    Cons

    - Low pay relative to other employees, especially outside of London, and graduates who are doing the same job as you
    - No preference given to placement year students for graduate applications
    - Placement year does not contribute to total time spent in Civil Service if you come back. Little incentive to apply afterwards
    - IT and general bureaucracy can be frustrating
    - Poor initial training and induction. Too focused on wider picture, whilst little induction is given within teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more incentive for placement students to return.
    Improve team inductions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Department for Work And Pensions

    Pros

    great people, really interested in developing you and your career, providing wide range of opportunities for you to learn and grow.

    Cons

    n/a - didn't see any cons, it was a great place to work and somewhere where could learn a lot

  11. Diverse and talked with different levels

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Department for Work And Pensions

    Pros

    The team, the hours and especially flexi time

    Cons

    Dealing with Difficult and threatening customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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