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Home Office Reviews in London, UK

Updated May 29, 2014
Updated May 29, 2014
10 Reviews
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Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill
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  1.  

    Public sector at its best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Home Office full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    One of the times top 50 places for women to work for last 3 years

    A huge range of jobs - ranging from operational roles in HM Passport Office, UK Visas, immigration enforcement and Border Force aswell as roles dealing with counter terrorism , crime and policing and HQ roles such as, strategy, policy, finance, commercial etc

    It has an incredibly diverse workforce in every sense of the word

    The department has two vital overarching objectives -to promote economic growth and to protect the UK - they are both objectives which make you feel proud to be contributing to.

    You progress on merit and there is always opportunities to develop

    It's nothing like yes minister!

    Cons

    You have to be realistic about the roles you can do - don't choose to be a Border Force Officer if you can only work 9-5 : that's not when most planes land or ships dock

    In times of austerity and even at the best of times you are not going to get huge pay rises. Ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do - as they listen to us all the time and do take action

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Can be interesting, hours are antisocial and long.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Home Office full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The salary is very good.
    Work with an extremely diverse workforce.
    Excellent pension scheme.
    Opportunity to join different teams.
    Undertaking casework is interesting - use problem-solving and analysis skills and employ sound judgement when making decisions.

    Cons

    Extremely anti-social hours.
    This leads to a poor work-life balance.
    Work can sometimes be monotonous.
    Can sometimes feel a bit nepotistic, and success can sometimes be based on who you know rather than what you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a keener interest in the well-being of your staff. Cutting breaks etc does not positively affect morale or efficiency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Typical government department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Service Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Home Office full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of support for maintaining work/life balance, training and ongonig development is good, opportunities for moving to different roles if you play the game right

    Cons

    Obviously it's very political, some decisions are set by ministers so you have no input, salary progression is limited, there is a media/social stigma to being a civil servant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your staff more, take more responsibility for your area of concern and actually stand up to suppliers - they need us more than we need them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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