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Updated September 11, 2017
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Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill
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  • As with all civil service jobs, there are less perks than if you work in the private sector (in 5 reviews)

  • Leadership is usually outcome driven at any cost to staff morale, with limited empowerment, inspiration and confidence in junior staffs capability (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Immigration officer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Delivery Officer in Sudbury, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Delivery Officer in Sudbury, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job opportunities, good team work and training offered to improve work related skills and progression.

    Cons

    Very busy and demanding job, long hours, limited pay package, less good pension then before.

    Advice to Management

    Improve work life balance for employers


  2. "IT roles within the Home Office"

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    • Culture & Values
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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

    Excellent training opportunities, working along side hardworking and committed people.

    Cons

    Below average remunerations for IT roles, skills/experience and commitment not recognised or appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Look at salaries and packages offered across the IT sector for comparable roles and responsibilities. Offer a structured career path.

  3. "PO3"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southport, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southport, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Flexible working.
    Annual leave

    Cons

    Slow recruitment processes and difficult to progress quickly.


  4. "Operational Delivery"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Helping the public and contributing to the safety of UK

    Cons

    were you have to do more for less

    Advice to Management

    Encourage people to be proactive through training.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work and excellent benefits"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Communication Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Communication Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work that's always making the headlines in the press. I feel I am making a difference and that my work is valued. Good team and location. Good pay and pension. Recommended.

    Cons

    As with all civil service jobs, there are less perks than if you work in the private sector.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it says on the tin"

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    Former Employee - Decision Maker in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Decision Maker in Liverpool, England (UK)

    I worked at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Some good, supportive colleagues who work there

    Cons

    Very little flexibility
    Shifts are dire, they don't tell you that you will be working up to 10 days straight on a regular basis!
    Only 30 mins lunch and no official breaks!

    Advice to Management

    The Civil Service is supposed to be piloting a new, innovative way of working with a more relaxed, employee focused environment! What you are actually doing is reducing flexible working, making staff work more weekends, evenings and long stretches of straightt days in what is a very tiring and demanding job!

    Maybe when mistakes are made, sickness levels increase and staff turnover goes through the roof it will be reconsidered but the attitude of management is if you don't like it then get out!


  7. "Senior Policy Advisor (acting Grade 7)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Challenging, but fascinating policy areas.

    Cons

    Management either don't trust their staff, or don't support them.
    Incredibly closed culture.
    Unwillingness to test out new ideas.
    Silo working. Everyone too busy building their empires to actually collaborate, leading to lots of duplication of work, outdated policy advise.

    Advice to Management

    Hire inspiring senior leaders that develop their teams.

  8. "HEO interview"

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

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Close to home. Adequate buildings.

    Cons

    Racism, bullying & harrassment still a mager issue.


  9. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Examiner in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Examiner in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Home Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    competitive pay, good working hours, flexible

    Cons

    no opportunity to move up via development only through online application then interview procedures

    Advice to Management

    offer more feedback


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Low Work Morale"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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