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Updated July 16, 2018
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  • "Senior management haven't moved with the times" (in 6 reviews)

  • "As with all civil service jobs, there are less perks than if you work in the private sector" (in 5 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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    • 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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    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. "Field Officer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Officer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Field Officer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent agency to work for with Very professional and high standards within the workplace. Good Salary and benefits all round

    Cons

    Overtime limited depending what constabulary your working for


  7. "Overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance and flexibility

    Cons

    Employees are not valued and recognised

  8. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Good team members, good work

    Cons

    Not interested in personal reasons for low performance


  9. "EO"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    decent atmosphere and work life

    Cons

    very aggressive staff and management have clear favourites

    Advice to Management

    improve promotion schemes


  10. "Reasonable Tech Employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Croydon, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Croydon, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse Tech Portfolio
    Work that isn't available in the commercial sector

    Cons

    Working in Croydon isn't great location


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