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Updated February 11, 2018
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Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill
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Pros
  • Good work life balance can be achieved (in 11 reviews)

  • A good work life balance, flexible working hours, can work from home and the opportunity to cross change in operational services (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • 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 (2)

    "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.


  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. "A great Organisation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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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


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "Typical CS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Its exactly what is says on the tin

    Cons

    Absolutely shocking waste of tax payers money

  8. "In the thick of it but stagnant vibes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Involved in current affairs
    Hours are nice

    Cons

    Lack of sociability in the team I was in
    Colleagues who complained about the job they were in


  9. "Good people, challenging work, difficult structure"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Frontend Engineer
    Current Employee - Frontend Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    In the right team, the people and opportunities are fantastic. I was able to focus a lot on learning and improving, whilst regularly feeling like I was making valuable contributions. It's great to work on high profile digital services with likeminded, talented people. The work/ life balance is also spot on.

    Cons

    The annual review process is arduous. The politicised nature of senior roles/ empire building can also sometimes be a struggle - especially when it adversely affects deliveries. It often felt like our voices and issues were not being heard/ appreciated by senior management.


  10. "Boring job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people and nice environment to be in.

    Cons

    The work was boring and very repetitive. Also had to reapply for my job within a few months of being there!

    Advice to Management

    Don't mis sell the job!


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