The Department for Education (UK)

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Updated February 26, 2015
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  1. Good

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) as a contractor

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

    Pros

    Easy hours, easy work and easy

    Cons

    Low pay, low movement in career

  2. Good place to develop skills

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    Current Employee - Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Officer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - A lot of opportunity to lead on projects for somebody starting out their career.
    - Supportive of development.
    - Friendly, inclusive environment

    Cons

    - Frustrations of working within a bureaucracy
    - Workload seems to fluctuate a lot
    - Job can feel admin heavy at times

  3. Great place to start career!

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great trust amongst managers and team
    - Brilliant work life balance
    - Opportunities to grow career by taking professional courses and inhouse learning
    - Travel to different offices (might put some people off)
    - Great place for ethnic minorities, LGBT and women

    Cons

    - Pay is comparatively less
    - Lower grade officers aren't involved in decision making - not even opinions are asked

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  5. I worked for this company fr 6 months good for starting of while looking for other work and gaining valuable experience.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at The Department for Education (UK) part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get 30 days annual leave, good experience i.e. dealing with customers face to face and telephone and computer software updates.

    Cons

    Repetitive at times and also CSR can be hard to cope with at times.

    Advice to Management

    Have more team working activities and outings to make the team more cohesive.

  6. Work is rewarding, people try, company is rudderless

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Rewarding work, good work life balence, somewhat good oppertunites escpcially at lower levels, some great people

    Cons

    Poor leadership, opaque management and performance reviews, focus on cost cutting and dubious policies, lot's of lifers

    Advice to Management

    More transparency, keep good people lose the bad easpically important future up.

  7. Generally a great employer, but a recent review has made the job less enjoyable

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    Current Employee - Assistant Statistician in City of Westminster, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Statistician in City of Westminster, England (UK)

    I have been working at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, work life balance, training and development opportunities; supportive managers

    Cons

    A recent review has brought in some changes, including worse terms and conditions for promotees, a 'not enough desks' policy and a reduction in staff without a reduction in deliverables.

    Advice to Management

    Things like increasing working hours from 36 to 37 hours a week won't get any more work out of staff - if anything, you'll get less work.

  8. A venerable department where morale is at an all-time low

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The civil servants are knowledgeable and committed to their policy areas, it's more diverse than many other govt departments.

    Cons

    Morale is at an all time low due to blame culture, poor leadership and being used as a political pawn by the Sec of State. Very sad to see people scrabbling to leave a once-great department

    Advice to Management

    It's not that long until 2015

  9. Helpful (1)

    Lacks drive, innovation, technology, knowledge and leadership

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if you're short of a few GCSE's and used to the 80/20 rule on life/work balance. Equally great if you're able to blend into the culture of 'I'm working really hard just like you and it's not our fault we're failing to get things moving'.

    Cons

    Hundreds and thousands of tax payer's money is being spent on projects that are consistently failing. There is a blame culture on anyone from outside failing to deliver and a serious lack of self-realisation coupled with a knowledge gap. Failure to accept responsibility for not understanding things or simply 'getting it'. Not making the behavioural shift to change means that it'll keep ticking over so long as they keep feeding seniors with what they want to hear.

    Advice to Management

    Keep enjoying life at the tax payers expense or choose to work for a living

  10. My work experiences at the Department of Education as encoder significant in making reports, programs and activities.

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    Current Employee - Encoder in Davao (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Encoder in Davao (Philippines)

    I have been working at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    to learn and to give my best knowledge to all students.

    Cons

    Some downsides of the Department of Education is that lacking of facilities and things that might students needed most for learning.

    Advice to Management

    The Department of Education must have complete learning centers and good educators.

  11. Great and insightful.

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    Former Employee - Intern in City of London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in City of London, England (UK)

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    There is a opportunity for progression for those that want to. The department is very pro family and encourages a healthy work life balance.

    Cons

    The department is very bureaucratic and this can be very frustrating.

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