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Department of Health UK Reviews

Updated October 9, 2017
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  1. "Working for department of health"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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

  3. "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....


  4. "I would recommend it"

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    Current Employee - Junior Analyst in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Junior Analyst in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, and a good combination of pay and work life balance.

    Cons

    The impact you have highly depends on your area of work - being in Leeds also means you miss out on the level of networking available in DH London.

    Advice to Management

    Have more difficult conversations with staff - unreasonable work ethic should be dealt with promptly.


  5. "Management and vision average"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting subject matter, great location

    Cons

    Poor leadership and management, no willingness to challenge or actively influence decision making at the top, lip service only to evidence based policy making ideas, low pay, pay freeze

    Advice to Management

    Encourage constructive challenge to ensure best decisions are made


  6. "After a year in the Civil Service"

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    Current Employee - Policy Adviser in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Policy Adviser in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good professional development support, independence and responsibility early on. Applied for the Fast Stream originally and didn't get accepted but got called back under their Direct Access Scheme to a permanent position, and never looked back. Much more career control out of the Fast Stream but you need to be proactive to get it. This company is very supportive of flexible working.

    Cons

    More experienced colleagues have told me that sometimes it can be hard to move up and moving sideways is much more common. As a public sector company, they are prone to reorganisations/redundancies which can make the job feel less stable than you might expect. If you manage to stay through the reorganisations then there tend to be more vacancies and so chances for promotion after this.

    Advice to Management

    More transparent communication needed. Resource management in a slimmed down company puts peoples off working here. Trust in management needs to be rebuilt after reorganisation programmes.


  7. "Working in DH"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of high profile policy work

    Cons

    Tendency to be conservative and risk averse

    Advice to Management

    Speak truth unto power and be open to new ideas and techniques

  8. "Good for work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working, job share, part time etc means there is great work life balance -depending on your management. It can be a fulfilling place to be, where you can see how your work can make a difference to real people's lives.

    Cons

    Dwindling sense of organisational purpose and direction. Really varied management practices and too much trendy speak from the senior management and discussion about strategy leading to little or no action.

    30% of staff have to go by 2020 being sold as an exciting opportunity!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Value experience and expertise over trends and 'agile working'. Iron out management disparities.


  9. "Interesting and important work"

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    Current Employee - Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Collegiate and caring work environment - supported to undertake challenging work
    - People try to make time to discuss their work and external interests or share their learning and findings
    - Significant investment in learning and development delivered internally, across the Civil Service, and externally
    - Opportunities to change roles and build knowledge
    - Generally sensible and permissive flexible hours or work-from-home policies decided on an individual basis
    - Great insight into the healthcare system and wider policy on public health and healthcare
    - Some of the most intelligent and proactive people to work with

    Cons

    - High turnover in some areas can mean workload can feel overwhelming until people are replaced
    - Undergoing some organisational change which means morale is noticeably lower than usual
    - Variable work quality or commitment from colleagues
    - Currently very few opportunities for internal promotion, and a long-term freeze on pay rises. Newer pension schemes etc. are on less favourable terms than you might think - check out the terms if this is a major draw for you.

    Advice to Management

    - Don't shy away from difficult conversations about performance management.
    - Keep investing in learning and development.
    - Senior management could do much more to be visible in a relatively small Department.


  10. "Very Welcoming!!!"

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    Former Employee - Finance Officer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance Officer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pros: Lots to do, no 2 days are the same and you are presented with a different challenge daily.

    Cons

    none at all. Great place!

    Advice to Management

    None


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