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Home Office Reviews

Updated March 18, 2019
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  • "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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    • 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. "Decent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Secure, good pension, can usually get nice managers

    Cons

    Stagnent pay and very little room to negotiate salary outside of union


  7. "Interview Officer"

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    Former Employee - Interview Officer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Interview Officer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Home Office part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Breaks(Now gone)
    No real responsibility

    Cons

    Managers have no people skills
    You can train a monkey to do some of these jobs
    Manager brings in food to share amongst staff, but ends up eating it whilst driving into work.

    Advice to Management

    Get some skills in how to manage your staff
    Be prepared to make your own decisions

  8. "Senior Executive Officer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Officer in Croydon, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Officer in Croydon, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to serve the public and contribute to the security of the U.K.
    - Flexitime
    - Opportunities to progress

    Cons

    - ‘Onboarding’ process broken causing a slow, frustrating introduction to the organisation
    - Overreliance and deference to contracted/consultancy staff
    - Inadequate leadership and management training
    - Underinvestment in internal communications

    Advice to Management

    Complete what has been started with the alignment of roles to the Government Professions frameworks. This will clarify L&D and grade progression pathways and have a positive impact on staff perception of our leadership.


  9. "AO CASEWORKER"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working, salary, job prospects

    Cons

    Lack of communication and uncertainty


  10. "Great flex job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    - flexi time
    - overtime
    - fairly easy work
    - extra days off (queens bday)

    Cons

    - progress or no room for it