Home Office Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. 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

  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Sometimes the bureaucracy of government regulations can be tiring.

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    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Unorganised

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    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Can be interesting, hours are antisocial and long.

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    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)

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Home Office

    Pros

    All Good pros only for the company

    Cons

    no such cons that I have found.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

  7. Challenging but Fulfilling

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    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)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Strong focus on development

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Typical government department

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    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)

    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
  11. 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.

Home Office Photos

The Home Office, SW1 (Photo thanks to Geograph user Phillip Perry, Some Rights Reserved)
Fancy Roof on the Home Office (Photo thanks to Geograph user Des Blenkinsopp, Some Rights Reserved)
Croydon: Lunar House, detail (Photo thanks to Geograph user Christopher Hilton, Some Rights Reserved)

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