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National Audit Office UK Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Auditor"

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    Current Employee - Auditor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Auditor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and decent salary

    Cons

    can be boring and repetitive


  2. "Good place to train, limited opportunity after"

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    Former Employee - Audit Principal in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Principal in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Audit Office (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lovely colleagues, good college schedule and support

    Cons

    Allocation can seem a little random, and is very dependent on your own networking

    Opportunities after qualification are slow and limited, promotion prospects not great; little movement among manager / director level

    Advice to Management

    Sort out the allocation system!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Typical public sector organisation, slow, outdated and no progression"

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

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

    Pros

    Some staff are very knowledgeable in their field and are a pleasure to work with. Lots of opportunities to get involved in volunteering outside the office - if you can get your team to agree to let you do it! Some of the work can be interesting and topical - relatively speaking given it is still audit work.

    Cons

    Organisation has a slow and outdated way of thinking, especially at audit manager grade. Very reluctant to any kind of change, whether that be new IT equipment or new ideas on efficiency savings. Very hierarchical, any work done is checked over and over, making the whole process slow and de-motivating. Limited opportunities to progress, and pay falls each year in real terms.

    The organisation claims to be open and diverse, but has a clear issue with black and Asian staff consistently receiving lower appraisal grades than other staff. It's been recognised but little has actually been done to change it. As a result promotions are not transparent and often result in staff who have had formal complaints filed against them promoted, because "their face fits". Staff survey's show a real problem with harassment and bullying which the organisation brushes under the carpet, as a result people are too afraid to step forward to say anything.

    Advice to Management

    - increase pay to match performance
    - make the promotion process clear and transparent
    - hire more staff to make the workforce diverse
    - deliver things quicker to have more impact
    - spot and nurture real talent in the organisation


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting work with interesting clients"

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Audit Office full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working for all grades, interesting clients (although some boring stuff as you'd expect). Great insight into how government works. Lots of graduates which makes the place feel dynamic. Most people are very smart and interesting so likely to make great friends.

    Cons

    Internal office politics takes up far too much time. Too much expectation for everyone at all grades to play the corporate game.

    Advice to Management

    Let the senior staff get on with strategy
    Better working across teams
    Higher salaries. Far behind big 4 equivalents at higher grades.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Audit Principal in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Principal in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible time; important work that makes a difference; your work gets into the national press; good pay; unbelievable graduate training scheme opportunities in terms of pay, time off, and amount you learn; on-site gym

    Cons

    At the upper levels can be hard to get promoted due to the flatness of the organisation; if you work on audits, can get repetitive from one year to the next unless you switch audits


  6. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at National Audit Office full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic people, supportive and intellectual environment, great exposure to central government activity, great comp and benefits, opportunities to travel including internationally.

    Cons

    Demanding workload at times (although generally speaking, work/life balance is good), exam policy can be harsh, could involve a substantial amount of travel (although many people like this, and the NAO in general are very flexible so preferences are considered).

    Advice to Management

    Keep making the NAO a great place to work. Keep ensuring that the culture of the organisation is welcoming and supportive.


  7. "Great place to train for ACA, perfect place to be if you're interested in Government"

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    Current Employee - Audit Principal in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Principal in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Audit Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    (i) great salary - better than Big Four at most stages of promotion up to and upon qualification (ii) generally a very good work/life balance while training (iii) large, friendly trainee intake each year (iv) work is often more diverse than standard financial audit offered at Big Four (v) excellent public sector pension (vi) nice and modern workspace and building

    Cons

    (i) exiting upon qualification and wanting an industry/commercial job is SLIGHTLY more difficult due to public sector background but by no means an obstacle (ii) large peaks and troughs in workload over the year

  8. "Highly Intellectual and Friendly Culture"

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

    I worked at National Audit Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work with some of the brighest people in their field
    Work life balance is great for most of the year
    Great social scene
    Excellent project exposure
    Excellent learning seminars

    Cons

    Could be more collaborative, some highly introverted colleagues - very kind but timid
    Peak audit is very hectic

    Advice to Management

    A greater diversity of personality types please!


  9. "ACA easy mode"

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    Former Employee - Audit Principal in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Principal in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to start training for the ACA, generous with college tuition and revision and everyone makes an effort not to overload you with work close to exams.
    The audits themselves are interesting and the departments are often in the public eye
    Pay per hour is easily one of the best for a graduate as hours most of the year round are 9-5 with working from home option and free college.

    Cons

    Harder to transfer into industry after qualifying as the audit experience is so unique
    Top level management are hard to challenge and have made some embarrasingly short sighted decisions in terms of staff planning in the past

    Advice to Management

    Review of leadership team needed, many are out of touch with lower levels of staff and appear to have no accountability for their decisions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Respectful, pleasant environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice and spacious offices in Victoria. Respectful culture with flexibility in working patterns well-tolerated. Interesting work looking at the performance/vfm of all areas of central government. Unparalleled access rights. Good institutional reputation. Staff canteen and subsidised gym.

    Cons

    Somewhat risk-averse culture. Process-heavy report-writing. Demanding workload around key deadlines (e.g. publication). Leadership team who like to champion processes that on occasion destroy productivity rather than increasing it.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure changes empower staff by giving them a voice in the design of new systems. Don't change stuff just for the sake of it.


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