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The Department for Education (UK) Reviews

Updated February 17, 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. "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


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  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.


  8. "Great place, great work, great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work was interesting and the people were wonderful. Also good benefits such as flexible working times and career break option. Line management are very competent and empathetic people. Also great work-life balance.

    Cons

    none, I cannot think of any cons to write about


  9. "Accountant"

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

    Pros

    excellent working condition at your department

    Cons

    there was no downside in the department

    Advice to Management

    keep it up your management style


  10. "Hide bound and dreary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pension scheme. Reasonable salary and normally level headed people.

    Cons

    No one wants to challenge the status quo. Senior managers are driven to slavishly follow diktat of masters. No real common sense applied at any level.

    Advice to Management

    Face up to rampant bad decisions from government and take a stand to both stabalise education as well as improve on a real basis not just a political soundbite basis.


  11. "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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