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Updated Nov 25, 2020

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Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill
Mark Sedwill
113 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good for parents a flexible working allowed(in 47 reviews)

  • "Work life balance, promotion prospects(in 27 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Civil Service is a large an organisation as it gets, so things don't change quickly(in 8 reviews)

  • "Poor senior management, good managers are not valued(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Civil Service - Home Office

      Aug 4, 2020 - Civil Servant in Heathrow, England, England
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      Pros

      Job security and ability to move across to other departments within the civil service

      Cons

      Bureaucratic, multicultural and political. Annual hours contracts reduce pensionable pay. Poor training, siloed job roles and little opportunity for CPD and advancement. Little value placed on qualifications, experience or current performance.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Five star

      Nov 25, 2020 - Project Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Nice working with the Civil Service

      Cons

      Good salary working with Civil service

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great flexibility

      Sep 19, 2020 - Compliance Analyst in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Civil Service gives best flexibility for work life balance

      Cons

      can be stressful at times

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Interesting and unique subject area

      May 21, 2020 - Operations Research Analyst 
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      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

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      solid employment

      Jul 26, 2020 - Finance Business Partner in Liverpool, England, England
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      Pros

      secure employment in the Civil Service.

      Cons

      Questionable approach to immigration and asylum.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee

      challenging and interesting

      Aug 14, 2019 - User Researcher 
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      Pros

      - fabulous colleagues - lot's of training and learning opportunities

      Cons

      normal cons with civil service: slow progression etc.

      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      30 happy years in the Home Office

      Mar 20, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England, England
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      Pros

      Flexible working hours are a key benefit of working in the Civil Service along with a very generous pension scheme. The pay is very competitive with the private sector and the opportunities for promotion and mobility around other departments I are excellent.

      Cons

      Management at senior level is poor; miscalculation of forecasts, misalignment of multiple changes is repeated year in year out, this effects staff morale and Public trust which often leads to high pressure on staff from managers, MPs, solicitors, the public etc.

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Career suicide

      Nov 11, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      - good people to work with - great for graduates / apprentices or those working in HO development schemes - very respectful of family / caring commitments and flexible working arrangements - great for those who are strong at self-promotion Recommend to graduates, apprentices, those nearing retirement, those planning children in the short term or those who are outspoken, can shamelessly self-promote getting in there with the privately educated old boys club that is very much present the higher you go.

      Cons

      Working in the Civil service was near career suicide for me. Senior leaders are often out of touch with what happens on the ground, don't 'actually' listen to their staff, are very, very much about self preservation and never seem to have a clear vision. I've worked with some fantastic people, with great backgrounds and high levels of integrity who will never, ever have a shot at senior leadership positions because they don't 'talk the talk', and they care too much about their staff and the meeting the true needs of the public.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Former Contractor

      Executive officer

      Feb 12, 2017 - Executive Officer in Peterborough, England, England
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      Pros

      There are some great people working here. In theory, excellent training is available if your manager doesn't take Almost a year before they allow you to do it!

      Cons

      The bullying was intense and despite reporting it and flagging it up with the head of operations, the issues were not dealt with. Staff morale is low and staff turnover is high. Managers have favourites and all staff know who the favourites are. The favourites get away with a lot. I've never worked anywhere else that had so many staff on performance plans. On the whole, some great people work there but their lives are made miserable by spineless leadership team. Most of the leadership team have little or no experience outside the civil service. No transformational leadership to be found here!

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Interesting work and excellent benefits

      Aug 15, 2017 - Senior Communication Adviser in London, England, England
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      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.

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