I worked at Office for National Statistics full-time (Less than a year)
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
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.
I applied online. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at Office for National Statistics (Fareham, England (UK)) in April 2017.
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.
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