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Updated 18 March 2019
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Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill
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  • "This leads to a poor work-life balance" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Senior management haven't moved with the times" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "AO CASEWORKER"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working, salary, job prospects

    Cons

    Lack of communication and uncertainty


  2. "Decent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Secure, good pension, can usually get nice managers

    Cons

    Stagnent pay and very little room to negotiate salary outside of union

  3. "Interview Officer"

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    Former Employee - Interview Officer in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Interview Officer in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Home Office part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Breaks(Now gone)
    No real responsibility

    Cons

    Managers have no people skills
    You can train a monkey to do some of these jobs
    Manager brings in food to share amongst staff, but ends up eating it whilst driving into work.

    Advice to Management

    Get some skills in how to manage your staff
    Be prepared to make your own decisions


  4. "Senior Executive Officer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Officer in Croydon, England
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Officer in Croydon, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Opportunity to serve the public and contribute to the security of the U.K.
    - Flexitime
    - Opportunities to progress

    Cons

    - ‘Onboarding’ process broken causing a slow, frustrating introduction to the organisation
    - Overreliance and deference to contracted/consultancy staff
    - Inadequate leadership and management training
    - Underinvestment in internal communications

    Advice to Management

    Complete what has been started with the alignment of roles to the Government Professions frameworks. This will clarify L&D and grade progression pathways and have a positive impact on staff perception of our leadership.


  5. "Great flex job"

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

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    - flexi time
    - overtime
    - fairly easy work
    - extra days off (queens bday)

    Cons

    - progress or no room for it


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Constant Change & Poor Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Croydon, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Croydon, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Training & development opportunities

    Cons

    Poor communications
    Lack of leadership
    Constant change


  7. "A good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Litigation Caseworker in Croydon, England
    Former Employee - Litigation Caseworker in Croydon, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Home Office full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A friendly place to work, with good colleagues wiling to share advice and help if needed.

    Cons

    Too few staff for the amount of incoming work

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    A great place to work with various roles to specialise in.

    Cons

    There is no way to move up salary scales


  9. Helpful (1)

    "AO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Entry level positon. great for staircasing.

    Cons

    Gradist everywhere. Not allowed to speak to anyone higher than line manager.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "I worked as a researcher"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Croydon, England
    Former Employee - Researcher in Croydon, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Home Office part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working practices. Generous leave. Very good employment benefits. Stability.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and red tape. Lack of staff development. Low staff morale. Most managers care more about their ego than their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Spend money on proper staff training.. (not just e-learning) Update the IT system. Encourage natural in-house promotions.