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Home Office London Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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London, England (UK)

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  • As with all civil service jobs, there are less perks than if you work in the private sector (in 5 reviews)

  • Leadership is usually outcome driven at any cost to staff morale, with limited empowerment, inspiration and confidence in junior staffs capability (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work and excellent benefits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Communication Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Communication Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work that's always making the headlines in the press. I feel I am making a difference and that my work is valued. Good team and location. Good pay and pension. Recommended.

    Cons

    As with all civil service jobs, there are less perks than if you work in the private sector.


  2. "nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Home Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Good day rate
    Friendly team

    Cons

    Work is a bit monotonous
    Location is further out of central london
    Hot desking means there may not be a desk available if the office is busy. Sometimes had to work in the kitchen area, where people eat lunch.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the happiness of your staff, to keep them motivated and inspired. Policy often seemed HO be more important than than staff welfare.

  3. "Bullying and incompetence"

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    Former Contractor - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Central London, some good people.

    Cons

    Bullying. You need to "earn" respect. People defending their status with threatening behaviour.

    Advice to Management

    Outsource development.


  4. "Senior Policy Advisor (acting Grade 7)"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Challenging, but fascinating policy areas.

    Cons

    Management either don't trust their staff, or don't support them.
    Incredibly closed culture.
    Unwillingness to test out new ideas.
    Silo working. Everyone too busy building their empires to actually collaborate, leading to lots of duplication of work, outdated policy advise.

    Advice to Management

    Hire inspiring senior leaders that develop their teams.


  5. "Old to new"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Desire to change in line with industry

    Cons

    Large complex organisation and archaic suppliers

    Advice to Management

    Induction


  6. "Executive Officer"

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    Former Employee - Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Home Office full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learning is available in your own time

    Cons

    Progression is based on a who you know basis

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff equally


  7. "Director"

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    • 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

  8. "Home Office Technology"

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    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Salary"

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    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.


  10. "Poor personal development"

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    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.


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