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The Department for Education (UK) Reviews

Updated March 13, 2019
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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
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    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 place to work"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Department for Education (UK) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent leave, sick pay and pension. Perhaps the best "mission" in government, to improve education.

    Cons

    Pay is a little lower than the priv. sector. All the usual downsides to working in gov: bureaucracy, arbitrary decision making, culture of escalating decisions, too many tiers of management. Oxbridge elitism also pervades the middle and senior ranks.


  4. "Excellent employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and pension and leave
    Regular training
    Supportive environment
    Interesting work
    Desire to improve
    Ability to move sideways if you want

    Cons

    Bureaucracy
    Internal politics
    Slow
    Hierarchical
    Lack of progress or lack of career path

    Advice to Management

    Improvement programme is good just needs to be quicker and more consistent.


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    "Good place to work"

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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

    Flexible and inclusive workplace,

    Cons

    Not diverse at top of organisation, failure to provide growth opportunities for middle managers


  6. "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great team work and working environment. Lots of internal jobs available to apply for

    Cons

    Not great communication between different levels


  7. "Excellent"

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist in City of Westminster, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in City of Westminster, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work-life balance promoted
    - Encouraged to take courses and develop
    - Felxibility
    - Sick Leave support

    Cons

    - Tech stack could have been better last time I was there (most probably updated now)

  8. "DfE"

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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

    The Development Opportunities and training.

    Cons

    Continuous change - expect a reshuffle at least every two years.


  9. "Get Into Teaching Brand Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Flexible working hours
    -Easy job description

    Cons

    -Difficult to capture data
    -Bonus structure heavily based on performance

    Advice to Management

    Provide bonuses on a monthly basis rather than weekly basis


  10. "Gradaute Intern Job Work experience"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Intern in Ipswich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Intern in Ipswich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice friendly welcoming good community.

    Cons

    organisation issues, rural location and small

    Advice to Management

    Hello