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Updated January 26, 2017
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Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill
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Pros
  • Work life balance good pension good (in 8 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours are a key benefit of working in the Civil Service along with a very generous pension scheme (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • and the general Civil Service rubbish that goes on (in 4 reviews)

  • Poor development opportunities, poor pay development (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer/SRO in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer/SRO in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Vital work - very rewarding

    Cons

    Complexity of issues and policies can bring unclear objective setting and prioritisation

    Advice to Management

    Continual review of delivery model and performance management


  2. "Home Office Technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Home Office as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working environment, good team, supportive management

    Cons

    Politics (internal and inter-departmental, Ministerial priorities), strategic focus, not always joined up across departments

    Advice to Management

    Look at how you can improve collaboration across departments


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Salary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working employer , opportunities to gain experience at higher levels although not paid or recognised for it, but does give experience for CV portfolio

    Good diverse employer and work life balance.

    Good leadership in parts of the Home office with a drive and passion to be committed to good public service.

    If you put yourself forward and design an appropriate business case, opportunities to shadow and second to other business areas.

    Cons

    Lack of investment in career development, as long as you are a self starter and willing to do with ground work yourself , you can get self develop.

    Putting inexperienced people in critical key roles to business due to staff shortages and a need to meet deadlines.

    No incentive to deliver outstanding performance.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in training and good leadership, manage change management better and value employee contributions.


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  5. "Poor personal development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good work life balance and home working, but mainly because of little office space!

    Cons

    Little to no personal development process despite claims to the contrary. Requests for training refused in preference to in-house training only.


  6. "Home Office: great to work at!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commercial in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Commercial in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Home Office full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, diversity, progressive, good policies in place, opportunities to progress career and learning, if you take initiative.

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy and gradism in some parts of HO. Some work areas can be target driven.

    Advice to Management

    Compentency based applications and interviews should be replaced by cabability assessment interviews.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Really bad work environment"

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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

    People seem ok actually. They dont seem to be bad people, just really lacking in any management experience (the excuse they give for bad management practices is that its a large programme of work).

    Cons

    Where do I start:
    1. The work environment is overly complex for rolling out relatively small changes to any software systems
    2. They have this weird form of agile, which they call agile, but it does not follow any agile principles at all (apart from the horrendous misuse of an Agile tool)
    3. Agile user stories are being used for 'support tickets' which they called 'user stories' and managed in a really bad way
    4. There is no planning or foresight whatsoever and things only get managed when they become critical. This is coming to a head now where everything is always extremely critical at any time of day or night, and people are always working 18 hour days and all weekends as norm (even long weekends where there is an extra bank holiday).
    5. Very high turnover of staff makes it very hard to plan anything as people are always being replaced by other people and no one seems to think this is unnatural or do anything about it
    6. Some of the people are extremely rude and seem to think they are overly important (who knows why) and they shout at other people loudly to get anything done
    7. Public sector and agile dont really work together, and although people in the Home Office were trying extremely hard to make it work, they really need better Agile training to understand that using an Agile tool and being co-located are not the only principles of Agile. There are many other principles which they should be implementing if they wanted to follow even a very dilute version of Agile.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop the madness, take a step back and understand what you need to do to create a sustainable work environment. Stop justifying your turnover rates and stop employing so many contractors that they take advantage of you and make themselves in-disposible instead of doing valuable work for the country and company. You are wasting taxpayers money and should have some sense of responsibility towards it!!!


  8. "HR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at Home Office part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A good glimpse into how government operates and the constant changes

    Cons

    The CS is contracting due to financial constraints and this makes people feel vulnerable about their job security

    Advice to Management

    A political environment that will test you


  9. Helpful (2)

    "If you have a Degree Apply, if you don't stay well clear!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Loads of career opportunities if you have a Degree and under the age of 35 with the their fast stream and Pathway recruitment schemes that ran yearly.

    Cons

    If you haven't got a degree then this is when the Home Office falls flat on it's face and there is a culture that anyone without a degree seem to be "Not Capable" of progressing up the promotion ladder where staff that have been in the position for 10 years + who have tried and failed to get promotion due to not having a "Degree" and disregards years of experience that could prove invaluable to the organization as a whole!

    Advice to Management

    Stop the obsessing with staff with Degrees and the discriminating attitude to staff that do not hold a degree it's no wonder the Home Office lurks from one crisis to another when Graduates are placed above head and shoulders above EVERYONE ELSE at the determent of staff who could provide solutions to problems the organization faces that don't get in the senior roles of the home office due to not being Degree Holders.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "More for Less........."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working, good work life balance, good employee protection

    Cons

    Poor quality managers, hopelessly unrealistic corporate and departmental objectives, waste

    Advice to Management

    Use some carrot as well as stick


  11. "Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Security Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Security Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance good pension good

    Cons

    Shift working long hrs commuting

    Advice to Management

    None



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