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Updated Sep 16, 2021

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Office for National Statistics National Statistician Ian Diamond
Ian Diamond
58 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexi-hours system guarantees a great work-life balance(in 18 reviews)

  • "Excellent flexible working pattern(in 17 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Quite a bit of red tape - given it is Civil Service(in 7 reviews)

  • "Pay could be better and more freedom in influencing decision making(in 3 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      A great organisation to work for

      Sep 3, 2021 - Business Survey Administrator in Newport, Newport, Wales, Wales
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      Pros

      A full benefit package including an excellent pension, access to counselling, etc Opportunities for training are numerous, training for leadership, to develop specific skills and there are many apprenticeship opportunities. Flexi-time is great, start early (7am or later, like 10am and finish early 3pm or as late as 7pm, depending on your role). With flexi-time you can build up time off and take a Flexi day off rather than one of your holidays. Works really well for work-life balance.

      Cons

      Lower salary for equivalent in private sector for the level of skill needed. Changes/projects take a long time to happen

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Sep 14, 2021 - Census Officer in Hartlepool, England, England
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      Pros

      - Interesting job, out and about, always in the wrong place at the right time. - Excellent pay and benefits. - Good for your well-being, plenty of exercise, quite fun.

      Cons

      - Can be quite scary at times, especially in rougher areas. - Physically demanding, need moderate fitness.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work for analysts interested in the public good (and career progression)

      Jun 16, 2021 - Senior Analyst in Titchfield, England, England
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      Pros

      Incredibly friendly and supportive colleagues. Very flexible on working hours and working from home. Good induction and support for new joiners. New laptops and software (Python, R). Genuinely innovative on data sources and methods. You can work on issues like Covid, homelessness or levelling up that have a real world impact. Strong public reputation. No ministerial interference; culture of impartiality, backed by the Code of Practice. Quite junior staff can be given a lot of responsibility, including being the public spokesman on publications. Strong inclusive consensus-based approach to decision making. Active LGBT and disability networks, good mental health support. Excellent training for junior analysts, with good promotion prospects for those who want it. Sir Ian’s push to be ‘bold’ and ‘radical’ has led ONS to do much more, at a faster pace, than we would have otherwise.

      Cons

      The ONS can still be quite hierarchical and old fashioned, and some managers are cautious and indecisive. ONS can also feel quite siloed. Some statistical production teams are stuck with ‘legacy systems’ which are decades old. Pay is lower than most other government organisations. The two main offices (Titchfield, Newport) are in the middle of nowhere, so you’ll need a car. The consensus culture means many long meetings, so less time to do your actual job. Sir Ian’s ‘challenging’ manner can at times intimidate or upset junior staff (though it’s no doubt unintentional).

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      A nice place to work

      Sep 9, 2021 - Operations Support Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Good team, competent people, good learning opportunities, never boring

      Cons

      Not much really - obviously, civil service pay isn’t super high, but it’s reasonable

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    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Toxic environment, lacking leadership

      Sep 16, 2021 - Statistical Production (Various) in Newport, Newport, Wales, Wales
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      Pros

      Some genuinely nice people to work with

      Cons

      Leadership do not care about staff Ambition is sapped with the status quo always maintained Full of hot air, very little action Do not join if you want to work for a 21st century organisation, very much stuck in sterotypical 90s Civil Service world

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Census 2021

      Sep 8, 2021 - Census Officer in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Sociable, interesting and rewarding during lockdown.

      Cons

      A few long hours on feet.

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Census 21

      Aug 31, 2021 - Team Leader in Manchester, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great team to work with

      Cons

      A large project necessarily has fixed parameters but this can be inefficient in the field.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work

      Aug 31, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Really lovely culture, promoting healthy work-life balance, loads of opportunities for learning and development

      Cons

      As with any large organisation, the many layers of the leadership structure can get a bit complicated and frustrating

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great employers

      Aug 23, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Titchfield, England, England
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      Pros

      Great opportunities for progression as well as focus on employee wellbeing and work life balance

      Cons

      Staff tend to stay within the organisation for years. You may feel like a newbie for a long time!

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Nice people.

      Aug 27, 2021 - Sales Assistant in Bromley, England, England
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      Pros

      Own boss. I could change my mind, without complaint.

      Cons

      Short contract, I would have liked to continue in this job.

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