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Updated July 3, 2017
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Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill
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  • Leadership is usually outcome driven at any cost to staff morale, with limited empowerment, inspiration and confidence in junior staffs capability (in 4 reviews)

  • and the general Civil Service rubbish that goes on (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Home Office. Immigration Enforcement"

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    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 (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. "Low Work Morale"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Great direct line management that want you to succeed and develop.

    The pay is one of the highest of all the Departments.

    Cons

    Toxic work culture. Very low staff morale.


  6. "Interesting"

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

    Pros

    Flexi time & good parental benefits.
    Interesting areas of work.

    Cons

    Yesterday's technology tomorrow.
    Overly cautious approach to innovation.
    Senior management haven't moved with the times.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff - we do know what we're doing!


  7. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Like minded and supportive colleagues

    Cons

    Management doesn't like to take responsibility

  8. "Work load and stats is not achievable and is unrealistic!"

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    Current Employee - Asylum Decision Caseworker in Solihull, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Asylum Decision Caseworker in Solihull, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Making a difference to those that need genuine protection. The job has flexible working hours. Working with the public. Making effective decisions.

    Cons

    Despite employees leaving after being in the job for less than a year, nothing has been done to prevent this. The culture is to do a huge recruitment once numbers are really down, so every two years. Salary does not compensate for the time and work done, hugely underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Fail to rectify the reason as to why people are leaving despite knowing the reasons!


  9. "Old to new"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Desire to change in line with industry

    Cons

    Large complex organisation and archaic suppliers

    Advice to Management

    Induction


  10. "Executive Officer"

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    Former Employee - Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning is available in your own time

    Cons

    Progression is based on a who you know basis

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff equally


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