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Home Office Border Force Officer Reviews

Updated 25 Mar 2021

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3.4
56%
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97%
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Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill
Mark Sedwill
2 Ratings
  1. "Border force officer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer in Doncaster, England, England

    I have been working at Home Office full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Secure work and very interesting, every day is different

    Cons

    I can’t really say anything negative about it

  2. "Decent place"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer 

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Get to learn a lot a lot of development

    Cons

    Horrible shift pattern long hours


  3. "Solid employer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Seasonal Border Force Officer in Heathrow, England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Home Office for more than a year

    Pros

    Fully flexible, well paid, good communication

    Cons

    Business needs are the priority

  4. "Flexible working"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Border Force Officer 

    I worked at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible working, interesting.

    Cons

    Be prepared for the bureaucracy government departments offer

  5. "It’s okay"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer in Heathrow, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues Parking for staff Shift swaps can be done

    Cons

    Shift work No time for yourself Short turn arounds

  6. "Interesting work"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Border Force Officer 

    I worked at Home Office full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues are great and interesting envioronment

    Cons

    Long shifts and last minute changes

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Border Force work is critical for the safety of the Uk"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer in Gatwick, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Something different every day at the border. Busy, demanding and interesting.

    Cons

    Shift work applies here, sometimes it’s tiring and hard on your social life.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer in London, England, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at Home Office full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Rewarding and exciting career with good colleagues to work with.

    Cons

    Long and Sometimes Pressurised hours.

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "Awful place to work. Wish I had stayed where I was before."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Adheres to Civil Service standard terms such as parental leave. Shift allowance makes mediocre salary decent but can mess up your social life.

    Cons

    I can only really comment on Border Force, but it is a terrible place to work. Most of my colleagues are leaving, retiring, or intending to do one or other. Senior management are as bad as any you could find although lack of government funding may mitigate that a little. Complete disregard for staff. On paper the job sounds good but the reality is very different. Very little concern about the work other than worrying about queues. No staff development. Opportunities for promotion do exist but few apply as it is an even worse job.

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "Can be interesting, hours are antisocial and long."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The salary is very good. Work with an extremely diverse workforce. Excellent pension scheme. Opportunity to join different teams. Undertaking casework is interesting - use problem-solving and analysis skills and employ sound judgement when making decisions.

    Cons

    Extremely anti-social hours. This leads to a poor work-life balance. Work can sometimes be monotonous. Can sometimes feel a bit nepotistic, and success can sometimes be based on who you know rather than what you know.

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