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Department of Health UK Reviews

Updated April 8, 2017
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  1. "I would recommend it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Management and vision average"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "After a year in the Civil Service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Working in DH"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  6. "Good for work/life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Interesting and important work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Very Welcoming!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting first job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    Possible to move around the dept. to get a range of experience

    Cons

    Not really a graduate scheme as advertised


  10. "Too much 'Yes Minister' not enough Digital Age thinking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Steady, stable, regular and routine, if that environment works for you. Good public sector work package with good optional extras in terms of civil service pensions, clubs and societies. The structure and hierarchy are very clearly defined as are the business processes. Good exposure to how government works and opportunities to get involved at Ministerial and parliamentary level. Good opportunities to move between government departments and for writing policy. Excellent career opportunities and fast track to senior management through the fast stream. Good job security (no matter how poorly you perform) if you can cope with the 3 yearly re-organisation and applying for your own (or another) job, very rare that there are compulsory redundancies.

    Cons

    Rigid, bureaucratic, hierarchical and lacking in autonomy, self direction or respect for skills and experience for most staff. A few years ago DH decided it needed to be more like the private sector, however the wrong lessons were learned and the values of public sector service were lost along the way including long term benefits to the public, developing staff and respecting capability at all levels. The fast stream 'senior managers of the future' are brought in on a promise of fast progression to the senior civil service which means that the organisation is full of senior managers more interested in building their own careers and manoeuvring for key positions than managing and supporting their teams and delivering meaningful public services. Career opportunities and development for staff not in the fast stream are limited.

    The lack of focus on changing behaviours towards working collaboratively across the organisation and with end users and delivery partners to deliver a world class, responsive, flexible and up to date public sector has meant that the department hasn't progressed in the way it thinks since it's inception. The lack of autonomy and hierarchical decision making discourages staff from initiating innovation and thus the same old ways continue on whilst the rest of the world moves forward. For progressive, creative and dynamic individuals this environment would be stifling. If the answer to the question "Why do you do it this way?" - "Because we have always done it this way." seems perfectly reasonable, then this is the organisation for you.

    Advice to Management

    Recruiting for public sector values, promoting from within the ranks rather than fast stream, invest in coaching and mentoring rather than just online learning for staff development. Review your staff and what more they could do to build a flexible and responsive organisation if you gave them to freedom to innovate and autonomy to deliver.


  11. "Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues. Good location and great work portfolio

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. Too many processes and very little communication


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