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Office for National Statistics Reviews

Updated 12 Jan 2020

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3.6
74%
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Office for National Statistics Head  John Pullinger (no image)
John Pullinger
14 Ratings
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  • "Holidays aren’t as good as other civil service organisations(in 5 reviews)

  • "Targets can be quite high and unachievable, particularly dependent on area of work(in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work overall, Newport is a bit out of the way though"

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    Current Employee - HEO Assistant Economist in Newport, Newport, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Office for National Statistics full-time

    Pros

    Culture and work/life balance is great, work is interesting and relevant overall

    Cons

    Quite far from most other Government departments/Whitehall, could have have impact on development/opportunities

    Office for National Statistics2019-11-17
  2. "don’t"

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    Former Employee - Census Officer 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Office for National Statistics part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good salary, flexible working patterns

    Cons

    burocratic nightmare, management not trained correctly. Systems don’t work properly

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    Office for National Statistics2020-01-12
  3. "Economist"

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    Current Employee - Economist 

    I have been working at Office for National Statistics full-time

    Pros

    Flexi, hours, rotation and training

    Cons

    Pay some management lack of progression

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    Office for National Statistics2019-11-23
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Your typical public sector organisation."

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    Current Employee - Research Officer in Newport, Newport, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flex-time allows for flexible working.

    Cons

    The promotion system is obscure and unfair. Performance management system seems to change every other month. Very Gradist (Your rank often dictates who's right in a situation). Managers just want to hear everything fine. Age and time served often dictates promotions. Agist environment. No thought as to resources required for projects and changes.

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    Office for National Statistics2019-11-16
  5. "Very professional"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Fareham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Office for National Statistics part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It has a very accommodating, laid back, yet professional culture.

    Cons

    Implementing changes can be a lengthy process, but it is an area of the civil service where change is often complex

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    Office for National Statistics2019-08-21
  6. "Flexi time."

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Officer in Titchfield, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexi-time very useful when you have a family. Gym and on-site facilities are brilliant. There are opportunities to get involved in lots of different types of work.

    Cons

    Areas of responsibility not clearly set out and this can lead to frustration and gaps. I'm used to working in the private sector and find the ONS quite hierarchical and difficult to navigate in terms of ensuring that you are meeting company objectives able to lead your area of work and make an impact in comparison to previous experience. Greater flexibility and negotiation needed - often dropping work, passing work on and picking up new projects needed at short notice.

    Office for National Statistics2019-08-31
  7. "Great job, very flexible"

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    Former Employee - Interviewer in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Office for National Statistics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very flexible, can work from home at any time, nice set of colleagues, reasonable mileage pay.

    Cons

    Poor remuneration, very slim progression prospects

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    Office for National Statistics2019-08-16
  8. "Good perks"

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Newport, Newport, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Office for National Statistics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    ONS has good employment terms, like flexible working hours and annual leave

    Cons

    Lower pay than other government departments

    Office for National Statistics2019-08-13
  9. "Comfortable but not ambitious"

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    Current Employee - Big Data Engineer in Bristol, England
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, very limited stress, supportive management, opportunities for part-time funded study

    Cons

    Less developed engineering culture, few top-tier engineers, slower learning curve as a result. No opportunities to advance in technical role beyond fairly junior level (pure management after that). Civil service unsurprisingly has lower pay.

    Office for National Statistics2019-06-14
  10. "It's.....Great!"

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    Current Employee - Economist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing learning opportunities, great training, a really good place to build skills for someone out if university

    Cons

    Its in Newport! Hassle to get to, unless you choose to live in Newport (don't :p)

    Office for National Statistics2019-05-25

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