Department of Health UK Reviews in London, England
Pros – The teams working in the Department's core business - policy, private office/press office are passionate about improving the nation's health. Everyone appreciates the pressure people in other parts of the organisation are sometimes under and helps as best as they can.
Cons – Sometimes bureaucracy gets in the way, either from centralised policy (for example procurement or recruitment practices), or DH's interpretation of that policy.
Like all other government departments, there is little scope for pay increase. Some of the other benefits (pension, generous annual leave allowance) do make up for this, and there are some small (less than £1k pa) one-off bonuses available to recognise exceptional work (these are very limited - c.10% or less of the workforce and most of them being around the £500 mark).
Advice to Senior Management – Be a bit more flexible when it comes to interpreting HR and finance policies from the Centre. The policies are there for a reason, but there are always going to be some exceptions and it would be great if cases could be judged on their merits.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – A genuine feeling of contributing towards something important.
30 days annual leave
Cons – Office politics.
Constant "restructures" take place and the same people get hired to do the same job but with a different name.
Advice to Senior Management – Entire organisations are abolished and recreated under different names. Very frustrating to watch it happening around you and obviously emotionally difficult to deal with the constant worry that you will lose your job.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company