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The Department for Education (UK) Reviews

Updated August 19, 2018
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The Department for Education (UK) Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove
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  • "you are working for the civil service" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Low pay, low movement in career" (in 2 reviews)

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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. "Great team"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Coventry, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Coventry, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Close knit teams great office location

    Cons

    dull, boring, lifeless and not motivating


  4. "Okay place to start a career up to the third of fourth year"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, fair working environment - excellent starting salary for first year in career, but later on, pay plateaus around the 5 year experience mark

    Cons

    You are not going to develop your business acumen in this job - you may need to leave for the private sector after the first few years


  5. "Lovely people, flexible working benefits"

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    Current Employee - Higher Scientific Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Higher Scientific Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I feel valued and trusted as an employee. Good work/life balance thanks to flexible working (flexible hours) and working from home. Great development opportunities and support. Work is pretty interesting.

    Cons

    Deadlines can be challenging and teams can feel overstretched at times. Encouraged to use new analytical techniques/software but not really enough time day to day


  6. "Intensely political"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to move around different areas of the department means you won't be pigeon-holed. Flexible working options are amazing.

    Cons

    Internal politics makes it incredibly toxic. You spend much of your life trying to remember which teams currently know which projects are failing.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if we could sometimes actually remember we all work for the same department.


  7. "An apprenticeship for aspirational people"

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    Current Employee - Fast Track Apprentice - Software Testing in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Fast Track Apprentice - Software Testing in Coventry, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to meet a range of people

    Clear progression paths

    Good employee benefits

    Well paid for an apprentice

    Flexible working

    Cons

    Slow on-boarding process - between 6 months and a year from point of application to start day.

    Slow start to the work flow - due to the technical nature of software programming

  8. "Nice people bonkers ministers"

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

    Pros

    Canteen is great and people were lovely. Good location easy to reach. Colleagues always happy to share knowledge and collaborative.

    Cons

    Dealing with ministers and SPADS complete madness and more than a little frustration trying to get things done. Admin burden very high .

    Advice to Management

    Stop reorganising


  9. "Worklife balance"

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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

    Worklife balance and collaboration us very good

    Cons

    This is a Policy heavy department


  10. "Working on something that matters"

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    Former Employee - Deputy Director
    Former Employee - Deputy Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Forward thinking department, generally well organised and supportive of people

    Cons

    Very hierarchical. Inefficiencies caused by everything needing to go through several layers

    Advice to Management

    Release the ingenuity of your people by giving them more freedom to take risks


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