Department of Health UK Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. A good student placement

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Analyst in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Analyst in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Department of Health UK (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working and a good social life.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and poor senior management.


  2. Interesting work but quite a cut throat atmosphere for a government department

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting policy areas and high profile work. Benefits of working in the public sector - holiday allowance, reasonable working hours etc. There are lots of training courses on offer but finding the time to do them can be hard.

    Cons

    Not always clear what the departments role is and work seems to overlap with NHS England and Public Health England. Work is often frantic and being a very confident person is a necessity. Learning and development is offered but not prioritised.


  3. Important, interesting work, good training but hindered by bureaucracy and Politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Department of Health UK full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting important work - improving England's health, looking after the NHS Good approach to policy training and learning about the health system Emphasis on evidence-informed policy making Outward facing - interactions with academia and think tanks

    Cons

    Bureaucracy - sometimes necessary when you're spending taxpayers' money but always a pain Politics - the NHS is a hot political issue, and this drives some policy areas Pay and conditions have nose-dived in the last five years, and no other perks at all Civil Service often used as a political punch-bag

    Advice to Management

    Defend your staff in public. Watch the hair-shirt mentality.


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  5. Department of Health

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are at the centre of government and will see the inner most workings of government. The policy issues are general quit interesting and you will be working around some of the most brilliant minds. The issues are real, facing people in the street and even in the daily news.

    Cons

    There are a number of laggards that are there just putting in time. It is difficult to build optimistic and positive teams that really enjoy their work.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge the lower performers and find work for them elsewhere. Reward the top performers.


  6. Great people, some frustrating bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Senior Press Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Press Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time (More than 5 years)

    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 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.


  7. good

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stores Manager At Health of Department in Mandsaur (India)
    Current Employee - Stores Manager At Health of Department in Mandsaur (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Department of Health UK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    to help others with the oath

    Cons

    i dont know.....about it

    Advice to Management

    Do work as much as faster...and do it honestly


  8. I was assigned as Secretary I at Health Infrastructure Service, a great learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working with team of architects and engineers responsible in construction and rennovation of all government hospitals nationwide was a wide range of exposure in terms of different situations, coordination, interaction and scope of work.

    Cons

    I was disappointed with some employees who were absent more days from work than they were present on paydays just to get their bi-monthly salaries.... And when I ask the top executive in our office how come that was, he said it was a system he can't correct on his level.

    Advice to Management

    That government offices should be run in much professional manner it may not disappoint a fresh graduate like me so idealistic enough to start right and well... I left immediately because I fear getting part of the system I find so corrupt on simple honest day's pay.


  9. compliance jobs, preciseness required

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    Former Employee - Deputy in Taichung (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Deputy in Taichung (Taiwan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mediate salary for freshman who just graduated from college. A good track get into governmental institutions through simplified interior exams. Steady and reliable salary with daily routine, and you can go off work once finishing you duties.

    Cons

    Boring routine Secretary jobs related to medicine. It will become a non-progressive position if keep hiring by contracts without permission by official examinations.

    Advice to Management

    Let the old stuffs retire and re-crew new bloods.


  10. Opportunity for exposure and responsibility at early stage

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Rewards hard work. There is a necessity for creative policy development

    Cons

    Internal processes can be bureaucratic with over-focus on 'values'


  11. It's ok.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Provides Family Work life balance

    Cons

    There is no opportunity for advancement



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