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Office for National Statistics Reviews

Updated September 10, 2018
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  1. "Challenging times ahead, but where better to face them?"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grade 7 Data Scientist in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Grade 7 Data Scientist in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great ethos and attitude to the challenges facing the UK through Brexit

    Cons

    Some inertia to modernise skills in long-term civil servants

    Advice to Management

    Be bold!


  2. "Good Secure Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    None - everything is good there

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Placement Student Economist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Office for National Statistics full-time

    Pros

    Great environment and company culture.

    Cons

    Pay could be better and more freedom in influencing decision making.


  4. "Mis described in advert (field interviewer - wrong location/area)"

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    Former Employee - Field Interviewer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Field Interviewer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible, out and about, good training

    Cons

    Disorganised, poor communication, not great pay


  5. "Worklife balance and a job that counts!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really interesting work, which truly counts. Opportunities for development across a number of professions including Operational Delivery, Human Resources, Finance as well as statistical, analytical professions. The organisation offers a wide range of benefits including flexi-time, free parking, onsite canteen, onsite nursery and even a hairdresser! The office is located in a cosy corner of Tredegar Park and is surrounded by green spaces where staff often go for lunchtime walks or runs.

    Cons

    It is really hard to think of any particular "cons" to working at the ONS. The office is part of the Civil Service but is going through transformation which provides the opportunity to be part of innovative changes and to use new and upcoming technologies.


  6. "Great employer - I've worked here 15 years"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Office for National Statistics part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I work at the Newport site - it has good transport links - really close to the M4. There's an on-site canteen, gym, nursery and free car parking . The people are great - hard working, innovative and supportive. We are encouraged to express our views and are consulted wherever possible.

    Cons

    As with all Civil Service departments we have faced efficiency cuts and do "more for less". However ONS is transforming and there are lots of really good opportunities.


  7. "Working at the ONS"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Great work / life balance
    *Flexible working
    * Nice environment
    *Amazing pension and package
    * Positive culture

    Cons

    *Big company brings internal politics in some teams at times
    * Limited financial offerings - salary / bonus

    Advice to Management

    Greater creativity and freedom financially. Staff should be rewarded for efforts and offered more financial incentives or pay reviews. Although we are inclusive and treat everyone as equals clearly some people are better at their jobs than others and to be painted with the same brush can be frustrating.

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. "Very good place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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