Home Office Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Homemaker

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Home Office

    Pros

    Great rewards for raising your children.

    Cons

    Very low pay and no tangible benefits.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Sometimes the bureaucracy of government regulations can be tiring.

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - General Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Home Office full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Salary is reasonable. It's interesting work. The hours give a work life balance and leave, sick and benefits policies are very good. It's a diverse mix of employees and the teams can be quite social.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy. Sometimes you have to jump through hoops just to make one small change. They have complex internal systems for recording everything you do and the IT is quite poor.


  3. na

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Home Office

    Pros

    nice, interesting, fun, friendly and continuous learning

    Cons

    managers not helpful and too bossy


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  5. 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


  6. Important work spoiled by inability to manage

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    • 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 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.


  7. 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


  8. Rewarding work, not rewarding package.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Relatively good job security and good to serve country.

    Cons

    Poor development opportunities, poor pay development.

    Advice to Management

    Do not limit all training to e-learning. This only helps people with a certain learning style and does not end up with any formal qualification.


  9. 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.


  10. good working enviroment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Home Office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    working lifestyle is flexible and people around you are great, great balance of life

    Cons

    nothing really, it is what you make of it


  11. 30 happy years in the Home Office

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England (UK)

    I have been working at Home Office part-time

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours are a key benefit of working in the Civil Service along with a very generous pension scheme. The pay is very competitive with the private sector and the opportunities for promotion and mobility around other departments I are excellent.

    Cons

    Management at senior level is poor; miscalculation of forecasts, misalignment of multiple changes is repeated year in year out, this effects staff morale and
    Public trust which often leads to high pressure on staff from managers, MPs, solicitors, the public etc.

    Advice to Management

    Lessons learned policies are largely ignored, staff want to just get on with their job and do it well. You should consider ditching the chase for meaningless awards like investors in people.



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