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Home Office Reviews

Updated January 16, 2019
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Pros
  • "Friendly helpful staff, good work life balance" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Flexible working, decent salary (placement student), interesting projects, good office location" (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "This leads to a poor work-life balance" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Senior management haven't moved with the times" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Home Office Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Positive work environment, provides a variety of job roles and high profile positions. Close links with ministers and opportunities to play a key role in policy amendments and strategical decision making. Good opportunities for progression

    Cons

    Recent reputation damage. Decision making can be a lengthy process. Often not open to flexible or alternative ways of working.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more guidance and opportunities for staff members to develop, generally improving line management skills. Be more open to suggestions for improvement and technological advances.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Home Office. Immigration Enforcement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Flexible Working hours. Many Sections will consider compressed hours or working from home opportunities.
    Opportunities to take responsibility for large projects and gain valuable expereince that benefits in developing competencies for promotion.
    Many units within Immigration have annualised hours working. This gives a percentage of your salary for unsociable hours working.

    Cons

    Entirely dependant on where you are based and job function. Try to speak to someone within the team you intend to join for advice on working hours to make sure it is the right fit for you. Immigration Enforcement can be early starts and working extra hours may be necessary.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sometimes the bureaucracy of government regulations can be tiring."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is reasonable. It's interesting work. The hours give a work life balance and leave, sick and benefits policies are very good. It's a diverse mix of employees and the teams can be quite social.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy. Sometimes you have to jump through hoops just to make one small change. They have complex internal systems for recording everything you do and the IT is quite poor.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Homemaker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great rewards for raising your children.

    Cons

    Very low pay and no tangible benefits.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "na"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice, interesting, fun, friendly and continuous learning

    Cons

    managers not helpful and too bossy


  6. "Flexible working"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours & decent pay.

    Cons

    Can be tough making decisions that affect people's lives


  7. "Technology worker in the Home Office"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Life - work balance, decent working conditions, pensions

    Cons

    lack of opportunities for full time staff to progess to senior roles (SCS)

    Advice to Management

    Over reliance on expensive contractors. Failure to retain good professionals in certain departments

  8. "Not bad, but not great"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Annual Leave
    Pension
    Maternity / Paternity Leave

    Cons

    Pay
    Managing Change
    Technology
    Work - life balance

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    HO is a great place to work

    Cons

    More Central London office locations will be welcome!

    Advice to Management

    More Central London office locations will be welcome


  10. "Policy adviso"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Good team and interesting work

    Cons

    Pay and conditions Varys across department.