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Home Office Reviews

Updated April 15, 2018
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Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill
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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)

  • Senior management haven't moved with the times (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Home Office. Immigration Enforcement"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.

  3. 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.


  4. 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


  5. "Student Placement"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial Placement Student
    Former Employee - Industrial Placement Student
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You work alongside some of the best people in their fields and have access to fantastic facilities.
    Management is structured and others are always willing to help you

    Cons

    The pace of work can be very slow however if you don’t like high pressure environments then you will be very comfortable.


  6. "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible working and good hours

    Cons

    bad technology in use there


  7. "work life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Great team and section. The Home Office i a great place to work.

    Cons

    Still stuck in the old days.

    Advice to Management

    Listen, to your staff when they are telling you of a new way to collect data and important information.

  8. "Finance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work /life balance
    Flexible working
    Locations across the UK

    Cons

    Public sector wages constrained

    Advice to Management

    Take note of staff survey


  9. "A great Organisation"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good work life balance, flexible working hours, can work from home and the opportunity to cross change in operational services.

    Cons

    A lot of redundancies

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. Helpful (1)

    "An OK job but not much room for progression."

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    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Roles and responsibilities are clearly set out
    -Large, diverse teams
    -Ability to move sideways, from team to team if you are unhappy with your responsibilities
    -Well compensated
    -Wellness is a priority for the business

    Cons

    -Changes in contract are extremely rare, even if your request is well argued
    -A lot of management are egotistical in the hierarchical structure
    -Opinions of staff in 'lower' grade roles not listened too
    -No( or very few) opportunities for progression
    -Work is not often efficiently distributed, leaving many teams without a workload.

    Advice to Management

    - Listen more intently to all team members
    -Hold more regular meetings to find out how individuals feel with work streams
    - Communicate more verbally instead of in a written form


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