National Audit Office Reviews

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  1. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Audit Office

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, highly regarded firm

    Cons

    Silo teams, more innovative idea required

    Advice to Management

    Continue the hardwork but try to think differently and be more innovative


  2. Helpful (1)

    the nao....

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    Former Employee - Audit Principal in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Principal in London, England (UK)

    I worked at National Audit Office

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent audit training. Real audits, not private sector style audits which are very light touch (PWC/Tesco debacle)

    Everyone is extremely intelligent.

    Very high standards, which will set you in good position for your next job

    Audit season means very busy for half the year and the other half VERY quiet.

    Training courses offered very good

    ACA qualification obviously great. Managers appreciate you need time off to study so encourage you to leave on time.

    Cons

    Quite a bit of unconscious bias. It is more likely you won't get selected for audit jobs by managers if you are not very chatty or do not suck up to managers OR if you are of ethnic minority.

    There was a redundancy round in 2013 which led to half of the ethnic minority in one "at risk" group being selected for voluntary redundancy. That % shows it is more than just coincidence.

    You most definitely have to "play the game", to get on the right audits, get on with the right manager and get a promotion. Don't worry if you aren't that type of person. By the time you finish this process you will understand how the world works in the work environment and will improve this aspect of "working" when you decide to move to your next job!

    Advice to Management

    Stop your unconscious bias, it's embarrassing. It means people are promoted based on their ability to chit chat rather than the ability to just get on with it.

    Don't get above yourself, you are the NAO and specialise in audit (and vfm). The cream of the crop will leave as soon as they qualify to ensure they are not harming their chances of moving out of audit/ private sector. Therefore don't widen the gap between star workers and good workers. At the end of the day the quality of staff you have is pretty good, don't demoralise the good staff in order to hang onto the star people, because they will move and you will have no good staff left either. All that training and continuity lost!


  3. Audit Officer Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at National Audit Office as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great people, very open and there is a big importance on training. Great for starting a career

    Cons

    Lack of financial auditing experience. Occasions with little work

    Advice to Management

    Introduce a dummy auditing project for interns.


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  5. Typical public sector organisation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Audit Office (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good work-life balance, varied work

    Cons

    not much focus on career development and acknowledgement of skills


  6. Helpful (2)

    Reasonable training experience but lacks meritocracy

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    Former Employee - Audit Principal in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Principal in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Good training experience with wide range of clients with unique access and oversight function.
    Value for money products provide the opportunity to add real value and influence on Government spending decisions.

    Cons

    Work cycle is very cyclical and therefore work flow can vary drastically.
    Constant changes to strategy (every 3-4yrs) creates additional work with no real change in output.
    Best opportunities offered to a select few regardless of merit (with a decisions made in the pub type culture)
    HR have begun auditing employees swiping in and out of office records which has created an unpleasant environment to work.

    Advice to Management

    Trust employees to do their job professionally and in good faith.
    Challenge the unconscious bias which seems to be rampant within the organisation. This can be seen in grades awarded to ethnic minorities and is apparent in the number which have been force to leave in the last few years.


  7. A great place to learn.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Audit Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good learning and development opportunities. Reasonable pay, friendly people. Good structure. Good work life balance. Nice modern offices.
    Good opportunities for graduates, well structured and valued graduate training scheme.
    Opportunity to contribute in the public sector, work is well respected.

    Cons

    Limited career opportunities - depending on where you work - if in audit there is a clear career path, other specialist areas have limited progression opportunities. Is still quite hierarchical, lots of reviews and amendments to work by senior managers so difficult to own and progress your work.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A great place to learn the ropes of consulting without the long hours.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Manager (VFM) in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Manager (VFM) in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at National Audit Office

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Make a difference to the public sector in Britain.
    Work across all government departments, with amazing access to senior officials and confidential information.
    Learn how to make research relevant and how to write it up accessibly.
    Good work-life balance for good pay.

    Cons

    Poor senior management, lacking leadership.
    Culture where it is hard to challenge upwards.
    Work can get samey after a while.



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