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Home Office Reviews

Updated 16 January 2019
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Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill
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Pros
  • "Friendly helpful staff, good work life balance" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Flexible working, decent salary (placement student), interesting projects, good office location" (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "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. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    HO is a great place to work

    Cons

    More Central London office locations will be welcome!

    Advice to Management

    More Central London office locations will be welcome


  2. "Flexible working"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours & decent pay.

    Cons

    Can be tough making decisions that affect people's lives

  3. "Technology worker in the Home Office"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - IT Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Life - work balance, decent working conditions, pensions

    Cons

    lack of opportunities for full time staff to progess to senior roles (SCS)

    Advice to Management

    Over reliance on expensive contractors. Failure to retain good professionals in certain departments


  4. "Not bad, but not great"

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    Current Employee - Officer in London, England
    Current Employee - Officer in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Annual Leave
    Pension
    Maternity / Paternity Leave

    Cons

    Pay
    Managing Change
    Technology
    Work - life balance

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent


  5. "Policy adviso"

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

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Good team and interesting work

    Cons

    Pay and conditions Varys across department.


  6. "very bad place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    senior manager working in central london

    Cons

    home office is a very bad place because there is no moralities and just Favorited also a incompetent staff with bad attitude


  7. "Great people - poorly led"

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    Current Employee - Immigration Officer ICE Team in London, England
    Current Employee - Immigration Officer ICE Team in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and demanding role. Excellent training. Great colleagues.
    Long overdue - but well designed user focused IT being rolled out. Senior management actively driving necessary and positive change.

    Cons

    Organisation works in silos - Sections often actively obstructing corporate goals. Poor quality junior managers. 40% of ICE team staff leave after 2 years. Related to no annual shift pattern and rostered days off.

    Advice to Management

    Select, train and support first line managers who can lead staff with confidence.
    Introduce an annual duty roster with designated days off - so you can plan a life outside work!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Passport Office Admin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. That's it.

    Cons

    Really outdated system of rating employees by putting a certain percentage into one of three categories - this has been shown time and again to be ineffective and demoralising.
    Difficulty in getting reasonable adjustments for disability.
    Large, noisy workplace, bullying and cliquey behaviour.
    Line management culture not very supportive.

    Advice to Management

    Really outdated system of rating employees by putting a certain percentage into one of three categories - this has been shown time and again to be ineffective and demoralising. Please use latest research to revise this - happy staff are productive staff. Also ensure resaonable adjustments for disability are put into place as easily as possible without making staff feel like a nuisance. I found this process horrendous and never got what I needed in order to stay in my job.


  9. "Dysfunctional and corrupt"

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    Former Employee - Business Unit Head G7 in London, England
    Former Employee - Business Unit Head G7 in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Home Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job security if your face fits. lots of interesting and meaningful work.

    Cons

    Systematically racist outcomes from internal system
    Corrupt HR practices and nepotism/cronyism make the organisation a toxic joke

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what internal data shows and actually take action instead of writing strategy documents.


  10. "Brilliant place to work"

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    Current Employee - Cyber Security Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Full job security, all training paid for, various different degrees paid for.

    Cons

    The commute into London is the main Con