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Office for National Statistics Overview

Newport, England (UK)
1001 to 5000 employees
2002
Government
Government
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Unknown
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and is the recognised national statistical institute for the UK. It is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and ... Read more

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
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    I worked at Office for National Statistics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Emphasis on work-life balance through flexitime and working from home etc, opportunities for training and professional development, the organisation does seem to genuinely be moving forward and taking on challenges like developing the use of admin data and advancing data science

    Cons

    Very few people are passionate about their work, and many employees are resistant to change, especially those who have been there a long time. There is a strong focus on people's grade rather than the work they do/skills they have (possibly developed as a motivational tool to get people to put in effort to get promoted, since most aren't intrinsically motivated?) - this leads to a hierarchical culture and an environment which is often more competitive than collaborative.

    Being in Newport makes the ONS feel isolated from the rest of government, and the office is quite difficult to get to, especially if you don't have a car. It can also be quite hit-and-miss whether or not you get a role well-suited to your skills and interests (going in as an entry-level analyst, at least), as they seem to allocate people quite randomly.

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at Office for National Statistics (Fareham, England (UK)) in April 2017.

    Interview

    Online recruitment process is straightforward and easy to use. Job description and skills spec are clear. Use a competency based selection process, the framework used is provided to support application and interview. Very positive and friendly panel.

    Interview Questions

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