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Updated December 15, 2017
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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)

  • It often felt like our voices and issues were not being heard/ appreciated by senior management (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "A great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Croydon, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Croydon, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Development
    Progression
    Fascinating projects
    Security - job
    Security - wellbeing
    Contributing to society
    Sense of fulfilment
    Work life balance

    Cons

    Pay scales can be slightly under private sector but the Pros far outweigh the minor possible difference
    Requires security clearance so on boarding can take a few weeks

    Advice to Management

    More staff engagement and feedback forums please


  2. "Diverse enviroment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Leader Product Development in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Leader Product Development in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Home Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Every day is a different day with new challanges

    Cons

    Management - dont listen, and always get in teh way of good staff and work ideas

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff

  3. "nice place to work"

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


  4. "Bullying and incompetence"

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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work and excellent benefits"

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


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

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    • 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
    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.


  7. "Quality Assurance Delivery Owner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance Delivery Owner in Croydon, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance Delivery Owner in Croydon, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not any Pros to be honest, really horrible place to work if your not considered a favourite.
    Everyone walked out of the door at 5pm

    Cons

    Very old technology, Fragmented teams attempting to work in Waterfall methodologies against Agile Programmes.
    Im not sure they understand the principles of Agile.

    Due to the fragmentation of the roles within the programme, lead test analysts were making incorrect decisions on testing tasks and over allocating resource.

    Many complaints logged by test analysts due to bullying.

    Documentation and framework is very old.

    The head of the department I was working for, only worked four days a week and was more interested in specific test scenarios than managing the team and they declined to discuss resource issues and victimisation.
    Bulling and victimisation was ripe and uncalled for.

    I wouldn't like to work for this body again.
    Fixed term Contracts from Agencies have no guarantees of the duration of the work and carry penalties of thousands of pounds which will be taken from your last invoice. Its in the small print and you will be overwhelmed with the amount of paper work which is supplied prior to the role commencing. The contract will be the last document you will receive, dont agree to these terms as they allow bulling and victimisation.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure, listen to your managers, stop victimisation

    Diversity champions - White, straight males do not have a champion, yet everyone else does.

  8. "Old to new"

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    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Desire to change in line with industry

    Cons

    Large complex organisation and archaic suppliers

    Advice to Management

    Induction


  9. "Executive Officer"

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


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Croydon, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Croydon, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The organisation is investing heavily in its transformation programme. This will give a greater customer experience and give staff better processes and input into how they do their work. A flexible work environment and positive people really trying to make a difference.

    Cons

    Large organisation, so initiatives can sometimes be duplicated as you're unaware other's have already done something.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating progress and successes.


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