Home Office Reviews

Updated 30 Jun 2020

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3.4
74%
Recommend to a Friend
80%
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Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill
Mark Sedwill
77 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible working and working from home is openly offered(in 37 reviews)

  • "Good work/ life balance and compensation or time off in lieu for large periods away from home(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "Civil Service is a large an organisation as it gets, so things don't change quickly(in 7 reviews)

  • "Poor senior management, good managers are not valued(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Provides job security"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Policy Advisor in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Provide jobs security and professional growth

    Cons

    Not very diverse and Nepotism in quite high in a number of departments

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  2. "Good employer"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Economic Adviser in London, England

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

    Pros

    Cares for employees; good benefits

    Cons

    I might leave soon then

  3. "Decent enough"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Support 
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice office space to work in

    Cons

    Evening staff are treated poorly compared to day staff. Far less opporuntities

  4. "About to"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Officer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Quick application from start to finish

    Cons

    Slots were messed up and that was surprising

  5. "Flexi Working but not as much culture as other Departments"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Strategy and Policy Officer in London, England

    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Nice office, interesting work and lovely people and flexi working

    Cons

    Not as much culture as other Departments

  6. "Breeds Bullying Behaviour"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Asylum Decision Caseworker in Croydon, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great transport links into Croydon

    Cons

    Management bullying is rife, No Flexi time because you have to carryout interviews all day, Fixated with stats and more stats. HEO's walking around the office making it known that they are an 'HEO'. In Dublin Cessation Team this means you are superior and better than god!

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  7. "Interesting and unique subject area"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Research Analyst 
    Recommends

    I worked at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    I was able to work on some really unique immigration problems that you just would not be able to work on anywhere else. Full of very smart people, I was one of the small minority at the time who didn't have at least a masters. Learnt a lot in my year there.

    Cons

    Civil Service is a large an organisation as it gets, so things don't change quickly

  8. "Good if you're a jobsworth!"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Passport Examiner At HMPO in Newport, Newport, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, reasonable salary for not doing much, no unpaid overtime

    Cons

    Policies are made by nameless people who don't do the job (no-one can ever pinpoint exactly where a message came from), and these policies will make things harder for the staff and customers, and people just shrug and get on with it, because if you try and challenge things, no-one listens. The apathy in the place is really depressing. Senior managers make policies because they need to show that they can 'deliver at pace' or make effective changes in order to progress to the next level of management, but more often than not, it makes things worse. People come to work, switch off their initiative, follow unqualified managers and pointless policies, sometimes complaining about those things but they won't do anything about it. This is just the nature of the job. It's funny because when new people start, the current staff joke about how they are so optimistic, and within about a year, their spirit is crushed to the point that they just accept it for what it is and get on with it, or they leave. Also there are very few opportunities for progression.

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  9. "So-so"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Litigation Caseworker 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, the opportunity to work from home

    Cons

    There is too much Micromanagement

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  10. "Metro Point - AVOID!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Croydon, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I swear I really cannot give you any Pros

    Cons

    There would be a LOT to say but I will keep it simple Working at Metro Point you'll have to accept: - No Working culture - Very messy and inefficient codebase. - Lack of understanding of industry standards - Misuse of thecnologies - Poor hygiene of the office, especially kitchen and Loos - Poor business organisation and separation of concerns. You will have to fix other teams issues in codebase you do not maintain - ALL the Software Engineering principles are violated - No real Agile process present(it is considered useless). Managers advertise they use Kanban without knowing what Kanban is nor what is Agile! - You won't have any chance to have your say nor you can propose improvements Final considerations: I strongly suggest to avoid this workplace if you don't want your professional profile to degrade as it will cost you more than you would earn working there I can truly say that, working there, I have touched the bottom! Seriously!

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