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Updated Jan 19, 2021

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Office for National Statistics National Statistician Ian Diamond
Ian Diamond
90 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
      Former Contractor, more than 8 years

      Great place to work!

      Jan 19, 2021 - Contract Software Developer in Newport, Newport, Wales, Wales
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      Pros

      Great people, interesting work. Good opportunities.

      Cons

      Quite a bit of red tape - given it is Civil Service.

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Quality statistics

      Aug 27, 2020 - Field Force Interviewer in Kendal, England, England
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      Pros

      Civil service benefits and security

      Cons

      Lack of empathy to staff

      1 person found this review helpful
    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Pleasant place to work with staff-oriented corporate culture.

      May 19, 2020 - Research Officer in Newport, Newport, Wales, Wales
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      Pros

      Flexible hours, decent pay, plenty of scope for career progression

      Cons

      Pay could be a little higher to be on par with comparably skilled jobs in other areas of the civil service.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Review of placement year at the ONS

      Nov 9, 2019 - Industrial Placement Student in Newport, Newport, Wales, Wales
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      Pros

      Great flexibility in the job, good exposure and insight into the civil service with great learning opportunities to broaden skills and visit other government departments.

      Cons

      Work was very tedious and repetitive

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Very professional

      Aug 21, 2019 - Researcher in Fareham, England, England
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      Pros

      It has a very accommodating, laid back, yet professional culture.

      Cons

      Implementing changes can be a lengthy process, but it is an area of the civil service where change is often complex

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      2 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Comfortable but not ambitious

      Jun 14, 2019 - Big Data Engineer in Bristol, England, England
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      Pros

      Good work-life balance, very limited stress, supportive management, opportunities for part-time funded study

      Cons

      Less developed engineering culture, few top-tier engineers, slower learning curve as a result. No opportunities to advance in technical role beyond fairly junior level (pure management after that). Civil service unsurprisingly has lower pay.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work

      May 25, 2019 - Communications Officer in Newport, Newport, Wales, Wales
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      Pros

      The well-being of staff is looked after. Facilities and technology is great. Flexible working and working from home available too. Good pension scheme.

      Cons

      Holidays aren’t as good as other civil service organisations. Pay isn’t as good either.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Worklife balance and a job that counts!

      Mar 26, 2018 - Human Resources Generalist in Newport, Newport, Wales, Wales
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      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.

      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great employer - I've worked here 15 years

      Mar 22, 2018 - Recruiter in Newport, Newport, Wales, Wales
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      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.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Excellent benefits and work/life balance

      Dec 14, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      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

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