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Home Office London Reviews

Updated May 6, 2017
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  • 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. "Old to new"

    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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Desire to change in line with industry

    Cons

    Large complex organisation and archaic suppliers

    Advice to Management

    Induction


  2. "Executive Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  3. "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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  5. "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


  6. "Home Office TDCS"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance as most people have left the office by 5pm. shocking really.

    Cons

    Very old technology and very slow moving projects. Blame culture is ripe and mainly used to correct bad resource estimations. Be carful of contracts with penalties, these will prevent you from leaving and allow you to be victimised and bullied.

    Advice to Management

    Best to stop micro managing, its not your job ;)


  7. Helpful (1)

    "UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) The land that time forgot, Where the lights go out and the scarecrows come to life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Officer in Croydon, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive Officer in Croydon, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being able to put UK Visas & Immigration on your CV
    Some limited exposure to Human Rights ECHR litigation.

    Cons

    Working in Lunar House East Croydon (the building where dreams die)
    Horrible members of staff with bad attitudes
    Shocking lack of professionalism,
    A world where they use paper files and lose them so often, Immigration offenders remain in detention as a result and the Secretary of State gets litigated against for wrongful detention because of poorly motivated staff and hugely incompetent senior managers and ultimately tax payer’s money is wasted compensating people who should be removed from the UK.
    Blatant discrimination against disabled employees, such a poor culture of implementing the requirements of the Equality Act.
    A culture of bullying and harassment instigated by senior managers (SEO) if your face does not fit.
    Working with people who are so demoralised all they are waiting for is their pensions or death.

    Advice to Management

    For the love of God, Humanity and the Law, Sack all of the management as they are so institutionalised, so disgruntled with working for the Home Office UK Visas & Immigration that they need to be put out to pasture.
    Replace them with a new modern electronic case management system, bring in graduates, serious professionals from the other industries, who in turn will bring in a breath of fresh air and lift the toxic atmosphere that exists in UKVI


  8. "Project Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Croydon, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Croydon, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    A big organisation doing important and interesting work. Lots of variation available and some opportunities if you fit in.

    Cons

    It's too big and is always changing. Not enough stability at the top and lots of large programs that have failed.

    Advice to Management

    Start again from the top and modernise. Don't be so obsessed with consultants and contractors along with big programs and the same types of managers.


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Salary"

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    • 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.


  11. "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.


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