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Home Office Reviews

Updated October 2, 2018
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Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill
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Pros
  • "The work/ life balance is also spot on" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Flexible working, decent salary (placement student), interesting projects, good office location" (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "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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    • 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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    • 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. "Flexible, enjoyable"

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

    I worked at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working, decent salary (placement student), interesting projects, good office location.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape that slows processes down.


  7. "Needs to change more quickly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Work on some of the most important and high profile issues affecting the UK

    Cons

    Low pay compared to private sector
    Top tier management speaks to lower grades about changes, diversity and inclusion but middle management seem unwilling/unable to implement these much needed ways of working and recruitment
    Old-fashioned ideas of working a grade for a set time holds many employees back from rightful career progression

    Advice to Management

    It's no good the Permanent Secretary wanting to bring in changes to benefit his staff if middle management have not been fully briefed on what he expects to see happening

  8. "EO"

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

    I have been working at Home Office part-time

    Pros

    nice people nice office nice partner

    Cons

    commuting travel meals stress long hours

    Advice to Management

    listen


  9. "Challenging"

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    Current Employee - Border Force Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Rewarding and exciting career with good colleagues to work with.

    Cons

    Long and Sometimes Pressurised hours.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Generally a good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of job variety, flexible working on hours and location, interesting people and roles, opportunities for development. Good salary.

    Cons

    Onboarding new staff is difficult. IT equipment and connectivity can be very poor. Office locations are overcrowded and unsuitable. Hot desking policy doesn't really work well. Often there is too much procrastination amongst some staff, and many "housekeeping" services (ie. booking meeting rooms/arranging events) are very difficult and overly bureaucratic.


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