Home Office Reviews

Updated May 24, 2020

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3.4
74%
Recommend to a Friend
82%
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Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill
Mark Sedwill
76 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible working and working from home is openly offered(in 35 reviews)

  • "Good work/ life balance and compensation or time off in lieu for large periods away from home(in 19 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "Home Office Review"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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    Home Office2018-06-11
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Home Office. Immigration Enforcement"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

    Home Office2016-03-10
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sometimes the bureaucracy of government regulations can be tiring."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Home Office full-time for 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.

    Home Office2014-12-01
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Homemaker"

    4.0
     

    I have been working at Home Office

    Pros

    Great rewards for raising your children.

    Cons

    Very low pay and no tangible benefits.

    Home Office2013-08-16
  5. Helpful (2)

    "na"

    1.0
     

    I worked at Home Office

    Pros

    nice, interesting, fun, friendly and continuous learning

    Cons

    managers not helpful and too bossy

    Home Office2013-04-03
  6. "Interesting and unique subject area"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Research Analyst 
    Recommends

    I worked at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    I was able to work on some really unique immigration problems that you just would not be able to work on anywhere else. Full of very smart people, I was one of the small minority at the time who didn't have at least a masters. Learnt a lot in my year there.

    Cons

    Civil Service is a large an organisation as it gets, so things don't change quickly

    Home Office2020-05-21
  7. "So-so"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Litigation Caseworker 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility, the opportunity to work from home

    Cons

    There is too much Micromanagement

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    Home Office2020-05-24
  8. "Poor"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Officer - UK Visas and Immigration in Sheffield, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Home Office full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly colleagues. Colleague train as well as possible given the material and facilities.

    Cons

    Dirty offices, poor restaurant, very few workstations available, poorly appointed small workstations. No tea, coffee or drinks. Little or no procedure despite the importance of the work following legislation. Atrocious conditions basically for pittance pay.

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    Home Office2020-05-20
  9. "Variable experience depending on teams"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Deputy Head of Unit 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Home Office part-time

    Pros

    flexibility, good work life balance, ok salary, important areas of work, big dept with lots of opportunities, some excellent people and teams doing fast and interesting work,

    Cons

    poor performance is not dealt with and can wreck other people's work experience, you may not agree with the political decisions you have to implement, large dept means can be cumbersome and slow.

    Home Office2020-04-28
  10. "Interpreting"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Interpreter in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You work if you accept the job

    Cons

    You work when they need you only

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    Home Office2020-04-28
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