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Updated January 27, 2018
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  1. "Part Startup - Part Monolith"

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

    I worked at Office for National Statistics part-time

    Pros

    - Interesting analytical work
    - Huge transformation of technologies and working practices at the moment
    - Very flexible work practices (family friendly)
    - Calm pleasant workplace, no aggression or bullying

    Cons

    - sometimes too much red-tape and bureaucracy
    - the wheels of change move slowly
    - some inter-departmental rivalry

    Advice to Management

    - streamline the performance review system.... you end up writing pages and pages of stuff that isn't relevant


  2. "Excellent benefits and work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Office for National Statistics full-time

    Pros

    I have never worked for the Civil Service before. I have been amazed at the dedication to supporting staff with balancing work and home life. Flexible and home working has made a massive difference to my life. Career support and encouragement is also prevalent with many opportunities. The culture is great with great facilities such as free parking, gym, nursery, hairdressers, fitness classes and more

    Cons

    Traffic can get busy for such a large site but that is for me the only con

  3. "Very good place to work."

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Officer in Titchfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Officer in Titchfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Office for National Statistics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people ... the atmosphere is relaxed, positive, genuinely diverse, development is encouraged. The work is interesting and you’re encouraged to learn, especially about data science.
    Considering working here? Yes, it’s a good idea. Nothing’s perfect, but it’s WAY better than the rest of the civil service (and I’m sure they’ll soon abandon guided distribution).
    Five stars for work life balance! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Cons

    The grade 7s have too much to do, so it’s difficult to get some non-urgent stuff on the agenda. For some reason, ONS still follows the ‘guided distribution’ method of performance assessment which is a real disappointment.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t worry about diversity so much. We’re diverse, it’s fine. Ditch GD and ditch it now, no-one else uses it and it’s completely discredited.


  4. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexi time
    Good work life balance
    Understanding managers
    Nice grounds next to a large park
    Great if you love data

    Cons

    Not given training to perform work functions
    Lack of solid support especially for new employees
    Managers just want to hear things are fine
    Unfair promotion process
    Not great for non locals
    Location - by a motorway roundabout in Newport. Traffic can be horrendous about 4pm
    Mind numbingly dull if you don’t love data
    Salary relatively poor compared to other Dept’s


  5. "review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Office for National Statistics full-time

    Pros

    Excellent civil service employer. Good training and encouragement to improve. Segensworth office great! although a little isolated.

    Cons

    Fixed term contracts in abundance. Difficult to secure permanent employment


  6. "Decent opportunities and pleasant working environment"

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    Former Employee - Business Survey Officer in Newport, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Survey Officer in Newport, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Office for National Statistics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexi Time
    Friendly Staff
    Good career prospects

    Cons

    Location of the office in Newport


  7. "Mixed views"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Office for National Statistics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Emphasis on work-life balance through flexitime and working from home etc, opportunities for training and professional development, the organisation does seem to genuinely be moving forward and taking on challenges like developing the use of admin data and advancing data science

    Cons

    Very few people are passionate about their work, and many employees are resistant to change, especially those who have been there a long time. There is a strong focus on people's grade rather than the work they do/skills they have (possibly developed as a motivational tool to get people to put in effort to get promoted, since most aren't intrinsically motivated?) - this leads to a hierarchical culture and an environment which is often more competitive than collaborative.

    Being in Newport makes the ONS feel isolated from the rest of government, and the office is quite difficult to get to, especially if you don't have a car. It can also be quite hit-and-miss whether or not you get a role well-suited to your skills and interests (going in as an entry-level analyst, at least), as they seem to allocate people quite randomly.

  8. "Telephone Operations feels like home"

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    Current Employee - Telephone Operator in Fareham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Telephone Operator in Fareham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Office for National Statistics part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There's a great community in the telephone operations centre, everyone is friendly and the managers work really hard to make sure everyone is comfortable and able to do the best possible job.

    Cons

    The work itself can be repetitive but that's the nature of data collection.


  9. "On the fence"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)

    Pros

    Good benefits including pension, 25 days annual leave, cycle scheme etc
    Flexible working hours
    Numerous training opportunities

    Cons

    Unless one is proactive and gets into a role suited to their strengths, one runs the risk of being in a role they are ill-equipped to perform. This then makes your stay very uncomfortable

    Advice to Management

    Match roles to people's strengths


  10. "ONS-Contractor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexi-time is very good here

    Cons

    Very bad bus combination to get there


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