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The Department for Education (UK) Reviews

Updated August 30, 2017
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  1. "teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School English in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School English in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    For knowledge and developmental purposes. To extend and discover the world on creativity and new skills

    Cons

    that one will be far from home, getting to learn and adapt to new environment, new culture.

    Advice to Management

    The management must be able to manage diversity, have an understanding that working with different people need that passion to lead


  2. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work as a teacher

    Cons

    Nothing to say that is bad!

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Flexible organisation with employees who are passionate about their job"

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    Current Employee - G6 Finance Business Partnering in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - G6 Finance Business Partnering in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements; opportunities for progression; many different areas to work in; support for professional development; colleagues who are proud of the job we do.

    Cons

    Recently gone through many different reorgs- some not for the better; civil service pay restrained by 1%; long hours with no additional compensation


  4. "Because I have to"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Department for Education (UK) full-time

    Pros

    Work is meaningful, conditions are good and with a reasonable benefits package, time off, and pension

    Cons

    Organisation is hierarchical and due to nature of politics, you can spend time working on things that may be reversed suddenly.


  5. "employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    they have flexible hours of working

    Cons

    you are working for the civil service


  6. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holborn, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holborn, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) part-time

    Pros

    Not to much interferance on the job could work autonomously most of the time. Good level of control and ability to control workflow. Good training options

    Cons

    Lack of big picture understanding as well as poor attention to details. Middle management poor
    Companies constant strategy/production changes make it difficult to implement long term improvements. Lack of clear foresight although some good people employed.

    Advice to Management

    More confidence to develop strategy and initiatives without reliance on agency structures which have there good and bad sides.


  7. "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

  8. "Good/safe Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) full-time

    Pros

    similar throughout the civil service is the flexi time, this is really good and I think other companies should copy this style of working. The learning and development opportunities are great.

    Cons

    progression is easily possible and accessibly but unfortunately there are people in higher roles that shouldn't be because they know how to "play" the system. The grade system doesn't work well because of the inconsistency throughout the department/civil service. Some lower grades are expected to do the work above their pay grade.

    Advice to Management

    More consistency for roles.


  9. "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.


  10. "Awful working environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working and some friendly colleagues. Generous holiday entitlement.

    Cons

    So many layers of management, many managers would only speak to people one grade below them and were completely unapproachable. Blame culture and no support. Senior staff took no responsibility and blamed junior colleagues for mistakes. London-based colleagues clearly felt superior to those based in the regions.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that your staff are people. Most people who are there want to do a good job and work hard. Take responsibility for your team members.


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