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The Department for Education (UK) London Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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  1. "Pretty well paid for a entry level job"

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    Former Employee - Policy Support Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Policy Support Officer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Each day is different and varied

    Cons

    Too hierarchical- everyone has their place


  2. "Constant change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was able to affect many people's lives for the better.

    Cons

    From 1998 to 2012 I competed for my own job as a succession of governments moved my role from the FEFC to the LSC, the EFA and ultimately the Department for Education. I resigned in 2012 as my health could not take any more.


  3. "Varied roles and good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Operational Delivery Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operational Delivery Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Varied roles that make a real difference to education. Flexible working and great childcare voucher scheme

    Cons

    There can be a fair bit of bureaucracy in some parts of the department.


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    "Work life balance is not possible"

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    Current Employee - Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are opportunities to progress your career and develop a wide variety of skills. Pays not bad, not great, but not bad.

    Cons

    You'll feel like you never stop working! They really do squeeze as much out of you as possible. I've never seen so many colleagues take time off for work related depression.


  6. "Public Sector"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Internal Auditor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Internal Auditor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, nice people.

    Cons

    Rigid culture, poor pay progression.


  7. "VB.NET developer"

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    Former Employee - Vb.net Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vb.net Developer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed low-pressure environment, no long hours, friendly people. Contractors can work outside IR35 and not be micro-managed.

    Cons

    Too much unnecessary office politics sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Leave people alone as long as they're doing their job properly.


  8. "Interesting, but constant fight with incompetence"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work that's a really important contribution to society. Most people are really lovely to work with and most senior managers really engage with you to help make you become the best you can be - so long as you demonstrate you are enthusiastic about what you're doing.

    Cons

    Certain senior individuals were very condescending to junior staff. Workloads at times can be unbearable for certain individuals, whereas others seem to have it quite cushy (see below).

    There are numerous individuals who are clearly under-performing (and have been for some time) and not managed appropriately. This results in other's having to take up the share of their work. Rather than actually performance manage them out of the Department, these individuals just seem to get moved around and around from team to team, while others wipe their hands of responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that under-performance is properly managed


  9. "Good place to develop skills"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - A lot of opportunity to lead on projects for somebody starting out their career.
    - Supportive of development.
    - Friendly, inclusive environment

    Cons

    - Frustrations of working within a bureaucracy
    - Workload seems to fluctuate a lot
    - Job can feel admin heavy at times


  10. "Work is rewarding, people try, company is rudderless"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Rewarding work, good work life balence, somewhat good oppertunites escpcially at lower levels, some great people

    Cons

    Poor leadership, opaque management and performance reviews, focus on cost cutting and dubious policies, lot's of lifers

    Advice to Management

    More transparency, keep good people lose the bad easpically important future up.


  11. "A venerable department where morale is at an all-time low"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The civil servants are knowledgeable and committed to their policy areas, it's more diverse than many other govt departments.

    Cons

    Morale is at an all time low due to blame culture, poor leadership and being used as a political pawn by the Sec of State. Very sad to see people scrabbling to leave a once-great department

    Advice to Management

    It's not that long until 2015



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