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Office for National Statistics UK Reviews

Updated October 7, 2017
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  1. "Interning economist"

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    Former Intern - Assistant Economist in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Former Intern - Assistant Economist in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Office for National Statistics as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexi-time
    Lots of opportunities for development
    Interesting work (dependent on where you are posted)
    Good salary (considering the surrounding location)

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic - slow decision making process
    Newport location


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Working for ONS"

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    Current Employee - Field Interviewer in Telford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Field Interviewer in Telford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being employed as a Field Interviewer since Sept 2016, i have enjoyed the family friendly working arrangements. I enjoy the variety of the job, and overall I have been impressed with the leadership of the Field Manager and feel valued and well supported.

    Cons

    The hrs can be rather unsociable at times, working till late in the evening sometimes.


  7. "Great culture for the economists"

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

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere was great as an economist. You will have your ideas listened to, and have the opportunity to play around with lots of interesting data. If you are a numbers geek, the job is fantastic. Lots of focus on developing awareness of economics and current events also. I was able to travel to for lots of really interesting training events and conferences.

    Cons

    Not everyone will be happy with having to move to Newport, although there are nice places in the area. You could earn more in the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture of "curiosity", and the focus on developing staff. Keep the opportunities for discussing economic policy and events.

  8. "Pay not great but good environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good working conditions and free secure parking
    Flexi time within limits
    Interesting work if you like statistics
    Friendly colleagues
    Good career prospects

    Cons

    Can be too hot
    Pay not brilliant compared with other departments
    Traffic at peak times can be troublesome
    Work can be repetitive

    Advice to Management

    It would be to your advantage to make sure you involve staff at every grade in all major decision making.


  9. "interviewer"

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    Current Employee - Social Survey Interviewer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Social Survey Interviewer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work from home. flexible working hours. met new people every day

    Cons

    salary could be better. It very out of date. Communication poor.


  10. "Statistics and analysis moving into the future in exciting times at ONS."

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Officer in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Officer in Newport, Newport, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A clear drive to lead the world in cutting edge data and analysis. Provides employees plenty of chances to engage in interesting projects.

    Cons

    Harder to get to than other offices due to location and stronger leadership and messages from the top are sometimes needed.

    Advice to Management

    Develop /modernise onsite facilities and keep using interesting /stimulating secondments to give employees a good taste of working in both the bigger cities and academia.


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