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Department of Health UK Reviews

Updated June 19, 2018
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  1. "A"

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    Former Employee - School Nurse in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - School Nurse in Annapolis, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Summers off
    Health benefits
    Work with nice people
    A week off at Christmas
    Snow days off
    Spring break off

    Cons

    No retirement
    Poor pay
    Lunch is often missed

    Advice to Management

    I have a good manager who is very supportive


  2. "Department of Health NI"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful setting (in grounds of Stormont). Good office accommodation and IT support. Team approach and corporate support (in the main) within the organisation. Good pension and terms of service but pay is lagging behind other Health Service posts and private sector (by a significant margin).

    Cons

    Some lack of direction and increasing pressure due to loss of key staff due to voluntary redundancy and failure to replace natural wastage. Pay is lagging behind other Health Service posts and private sector (by a significant margin).

    Advice to Management

    Look to fill posts promptly.

  3. "Lacking purpose"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Department of Health UK full-time

    Pros

    Flexitime and work from home are encouraged. Nice people. Most jobs are not long hours. Opportunity to work on interesting policy areas.

    Cons

    Management are entirely focused on pleasing their bosses. They are willing to compromise on the national interest in order to look good in front of superiors. They are afraid to speak up, and as a result bad policies go on and on.

    The department is very removed from the heath system. Organisations like the NHS and public health england operate independently. The department follows their lead, and is not very influential. Most people in DH feel like they are not able to change anything, and are quite downbeat. There is a lot of pointless paper pushing.

    Advice to Management

    Try to 'see the bigger picture'. Dont mindlessly do what you think will please your boss, but think about the wider impact you could have on the health system and the country.


  4. "Great environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time

    Pros

    Prioritise your development
    Friendly culture
    Mix of different people

    Cons

    Commissioned work far from making an impact

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing


  5. "Flexible Working"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Department of Health UK full-time

    Pros

    The staff are all very friendly and it is easy for working flexibly.

    Cons

    Can be slow at times - it is the civil service.


  6. "Secure, good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Department of Health UK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Department is very accommodating to work life balance, really interesting challenges, amazing opportunity to help the public

    Cons

    Things can be very slow, confusing landscape to deliver things


  7. "Easy life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time

    Pros

    30 days holiday and flexible working hours

    Cons

    Work was not challenging or interesting

  8. "Working for department of health"

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    Former Employee - Policy Manager in Darlington, North East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Policy Manager in Darlington, North East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was fortunate to have good managers, and at first there were many development opportunities.

    Cons

    Latterly, progression became much harder and the sense of making a difference in a positive way faded.


  9. "All change"

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    Former Employee - Civil Servant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Civil Servant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good employment package, pension, and interesting place to work.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership , discriminiation issues, lack of promotional oppotunities for ethic minorities. Insidious behaviour from certain membes of the Department that treat people as if they do not have a right to be there.

    Advice to Management

    None, its embedded in a system that stems from a sense of entitlement


  10. "Good colleagues, internal management hmmm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good location, good colleagues, a sense of purpose with role.

    Cons

    Feels as though management make decisions dependant on their mood and latest political headline without consulting with staff. Lack of consistency at times makes it difficult to achieve best outcomes. Promotion is a case of who you know and if your face fits.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and take note of experienced staff who have been there prior to your arrival....


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