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Updated 10 May 2021

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3.7
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Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill
Mark Sedwill
95 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good for parents a flexible working allowed(in 47 reviews)

  • "Work life balance, promotion prospects(in 27 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Civil Service is a large an organisation as it gets, so things don't change quickly(in 8 reviews)

  • "Poor senior management, good managers are not valued(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Flexible, many L&D opportunities and great benefits

      23 Apr 2021 - Executive Officer 
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      Pros

      Flexible, many L&D opportunities and great benefits

      Cons

      Policy - changes take too long for sign off

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good career progression/poor comms

      7 May 2021 - Diary Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Friendly people - Constant opportunities for learning and development - Ability to progress quickly if you have the right network - Transferable skills throughout other gov depts and can take skills privately if so wished. - Social meet-ups - Good work/life balance and active encouragement of healthy balance - Emphasis on mental health in the workplace, have a free mental health hotline available for HO workers.

      Cons

      - Communication is poor, changes made without wider awareness, lots of moving parts - Recruitment is painfully slow 3+ months sometimes - Pay is often wrong when starting, some people unpaid for months - Commissions sometimes feel arbitrary - Can be sluggish, but perhaps expected of gov. - Can be extremely busy

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Slow place to work

      10 May 2021 - Policy Advisor in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Seems to be a lot of safety in the job, which is positive in unsettling times. There is also a fairly decent canteen

      Cons

      No innovation in the work, difficult to get promoted without 'applying' for it, very very slow, seems like everyone follows the same path and not a lot of room for creativity

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Getting better

      5 May 2021 - Project Support Officer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Diversity inclusion fair treatment flexible working hours

      Cons

      Micro management unfair behaviour silo culture

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Very Flexible and easy job

      17 Mar 2021 - Administrative Officer in Sheffield, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Flexi time- you can work more time Monday to Thursday then Leave early on Friday 2:30 pm -you can build up time during a week or 2 and have a day off. Or for example if your family or friends are going for a day out, you can take the day off as flexi time, then just work the time back during the next few weeks. -you can also leave early if something came up and need to go somewhere different city or anything else and use it as flexi and work it back, so overall with flexi time you can pretty much decided which days you want to take off , no pressure whatsoever , you can also take 9 days to the next annual working year carry on. -Also you can can carry upto 3 days of flexi leave days to the next month, so you work more hours during the current month and build up so you can have 3 extra days off next month -for example, a friend of mine used all their annual leave during the year, then his friends wanted to go a week holiday, but i he had 2 annual leave days left, so he worked extra during the month and 3 days off extra next month during the holiday, the line manager has to agree with it but all managers agree. -you can start anytime between 6:30am and 10am, its 7 hours 24 minutes a day work, but people normally work 7:30 mins a day and 30 mins break so 8 hours a day monday to thursday, then friday leave 30 mins early. -the latest you work till is 7pm, unless the line manager agrees for you to work more to certain circumstances. -you can have small breaks during you work time quick 5-10 mins, i normally go our for fresh air, alot of people go out to smoke regularly, it doesnt count part of your break. minimum break time is 30 mins but you can have an hour you just work 30 mins extra, if you want more you can for example 1 hour 30 mins or 2 hours just speak to manager they will let you, you just have to work it back. -many career opportunities - you can apply to internal jobs once you pass you probation after 6 months, i am going to start EO job soon, i started AO 6 months ago, i got a provisional offer, they are currently doing checks could take few weeks or months not sure,

      Cons

      nothing to complain about to be honest

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Interesting work, lack of strategy

      21 Apr 2021 - Senior Policy Advisor in London, England, England
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      Pros

      People are friendly - colleagues are probably the best aspect of the role Some senior managers are very supportive Potential for doing some really great work Great work life balance- management proactively encourage healthy working practices

      Cons

      Inexperienced staff promoted to roles that they aren't prepared for Lack of direction A lot of busywork, without real projects to work on Lack of funding leading to projects being scrapped or ending up being ineffective Poor pay, as expected for gov roles

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good work life balance

      25 Apr 2021 - Executive Personal Assistant in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good work life balance employer

      Cons

      Money poor for what you do

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    8. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Bearable of you don't take the place seriously

      5 May 2021 - Passport Examiner At HMPO in Durham, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay. Flexible working. Overtime if wanted.

      Cons

      Totally disorganised. Luck of the draw whether you get a manager who cares about you. Favours people who can sound like they know what they're doing, rather than ones that prove it.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Cool place to work

      14 Apr 2021 - Apprentice Network Engineer in Croydon, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexibility Work life balance Opportunities for personal development Flexibility in moving around within the HO

      Cons

      No Cons so far since I've been working here.

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    10. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Not good

      8 May 2021 - IO and Compliance 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good starter for new graduates

      Cons

      Bad progression onwards after being there 5 years.

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