Home Office Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. Jobs

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Croydon, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Croydon, England (UK)

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good support, training, development, salary and pension. Annual leave good and flexible working hours - interesting work and a chance to vary skills

    Cons

    Work can get repetitive and boring. Lots of meetings and admin work. Hierarchical structure and end of year reviews

    Advice to Management

    Encourage staff and give incentives


  2. Important work spoiled by inability to manage

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The services provided are very important for the country and those residing in it, which makes you feel the work is very worthwhile.

    Cons

    The senior management seem incapable of learning how to lead the organisation at a time of financial stress. They expend their energy on transformations which seem to ignore the delivery demands, justified on grounds of cost savings but probably not achieving even that.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that services need to be sustained and robust, and stop making changes without proper assessment of their impact and likelihood of success.


  3. Home Office - Economist

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

    I have been working at Home Office

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High Profile Work; Strong Analytical Community; High Levels of Responsibility Early On; Good Training and Development

    Cons

    Weak management; Analysis is Overlooked; High Staff Turnover; Lack of perks; austerity


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  5. A fantastic place to work, family friendly, plenty of development opportunities, and great opportunities for promotion.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Croydon, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Croydon, England (UK)

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great support from senior directors to innovate and design new ways of working. Starting to embed a safe environment to speak up and speak out, accepting challenges to decisions.

    Cons

    Not good at the soft skills of change as these are usually neglected at the start of a redesign. Leadership is usually outcome driven at any cost to staff morale, with limited empowerment, inspiration and confidence in junior staffs capability.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to frontline staff. They know the answers to complex problems if you are willing to consider and believe in their suggestions. When restructuring, consider the skills and capabilities of staff rather than just the grade when restructuring. Grater efficiencies could be made in the long term.


  6. Challenging but Fulfilling

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Contractor in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Home Office as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked with some exceptional people on projects of real importance to the UK. Felt valued & strongly supported by management. Excellent culture for supporting diversity

    Cons

    Work can be stressful at times. Pay not the best for London


  7. Strong focus on development

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Higher Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Higher Executive Officer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good L&D opportunities - chances to learn other languages and gain skills. A good focus on informal learning on the job as well.

    Cons

    Poor pay and sluggish progression. There remains a pay freeze, and bottle-necks can leave people stuck in lower grades for protracted periods.

    Advice to Management

    Examine ways to promote dynamism in the workplace, give talent a fast-track through the management ranks and, for the sake of morale, find some more desks.


  8. Unorganised

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer in Heathrow, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer in Heathrow, England (UK)

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is moderately good if your prepared to work shifts

    Cons

    There is little to no work life balance. It's all about the business not the workers.


  9. Can be interesting, hours are antisocial and long.

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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Public sector at its best

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Typical government department

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!



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