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Updated 16 January 2019
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, but feeling the current strain of the NHS"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Operations Support in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Technical Operations Support in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NHS Digital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, great benefits, most staff are long-time holders of positions or have been with the company many years, which says a lot as to what it's like working there. Great opportunities for advancement if you're willing to wait for a position to be freed up. Fantastic work/life balance and very flexible with staff.

    Cons

    The financial strain affecting the NHS has also begun to affect NHS Digital, workloads have increased and staffing levels have not, though this is no different to any NHS institution at the moment and I'm very proud to work for NHS Digital.

    Advice to Management

    The best managers are firm and compassionate, flexible without allowing employees to overstretch them, and motivate their staff. Not all managers are like this, but this is the case in every company.


  2. "Not a good time to come to NHS Digital"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NHS Digital full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Opportunity to work on major health projects

    Cons

    840 staff out of 3000 are leaving in the next 12 months
    Too many work areas 'stockpile' staff and don't work them hard enough

    Advice to Management

    Utilise the talent in the organisation better and the good staff won't want to leave.

  3. "Technical Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NHS Digital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere
    Flexible working

    Cons

    Below market salaries
    Misled senior management


  4. "The digital"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NHS Digital full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements for child care

    Cons

    Organisational change resulting in redundancies


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bad management senior and middle"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Leeds, England
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Leeds, England
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NHS Digital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent pension. Good location in Leeds. Salary progression automatic because performance management is not competed

    Cons

    Absolute boys club of a management team particularly in Service Management but generally all over the business. If your face fits and you are one of the boys you will get on. Anything differing from that you have lost chance.

    The business is strewn with sexism and homophobia. At its absolute finest. “Jokes” all around the office at peoples expense.

    My most miserable and sad point in my career ever

    Advice to Management

    Use the 30% redundancy scheme you are running to get rid of the dead wood


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Dreadful Executive Management Team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Leeds, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NHS Digital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None. A failing company, who treat staff like they are disposable.

    Cons

    Executive management, most of whom have little or no experience in technology, have lead the company to the edge of a cliff. Have not trained staff in critical areas like cybersecurity, data science or AI. Morale is in the toilet since they started making 30% of staff redundant, to replace them with temps. No job security even for permanent staff, no upskilling oppurtunities. If you want your career to die, work here.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Organization needs people who are versed in IT, not people from old-fashioned management firms who haven't got a clue.


  7. "Really good and fun place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really good and fun place to work

    Cons

    no career progression, so its just a temporary fit.

  8. "working at NHSD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at NHS Digital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexible working, great location, good salary

    Cons

    lots of red tape, political, lots of restructuring


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Where skills go to die"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NHS Digital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some amazing people doing great things for little reward - a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Product owners and programme directors: unprofessional, sycophantic, toxic, destructive, narcissistic personalities with zero accountability, ensuring great people leave. Also a 'mafia' culture of allowing consultancies to do what ever they like, and bleed the organisation dry.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring managers isnt the answer. You need skills for digital delivery, get engineers in and listen to employee feedback If you don't, NHSD will cease to exist within 18 months.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Analyst in Leeds, England
    Former Employee - Information Analyst in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NHS Digital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Flexible
    - Great colleagues
    - Engaging work
    - Good work/life balance
    - Open to change

    Cons

    - Poor Management
    - Obvious signs of decay
    - Lack of career opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Don't get rid of normal staff just to hire 6 more directors.