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Ofqual Reviews

Updated 30 Apr 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Very friendly and upbeat having come through period of change"

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    Current Employee - Senior Officer in Coventry, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High level of expertise among all staff Friendly atmosphere Comfortable, up to date working environment Potential to move up and across departments and gain new skills Managers very open to helping with further training and education Insights Discovery training days for all staff Excellent pension

    Cons

    Some of the office space is a little *too* open - have to use break-out spaces for quick private conversations

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course and continue good leadership Continue being as open with staff as possible.

    Ofqual2015-11-05
  2. "What it's like to work at Ofqual"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting, varied, rewarding work Great culture - very supportive and sympathetic to wort/life balance Very collaborative working environment

    Cons

    Move to new offices has been really positive but still not that many facilities on site

    Ofqual2019-04-30
  3. "Great people a dedicated organisation and a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coventry, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ofqual part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Ofqual is a small organisation that clearly punches above its weight. Colleagues are friendly and committed and there is a real sense of community.

    Cons

    Because its so small opportunities to progress within Ofqual are a little limited. However, managers do support peoples development well and as part of the wider Civil Service, opportunities do come up for those who want them

    Advice to Management

    Keep empowering and engaging with staff

    Ofqual2019-04-16
  4. "Senior Manager, Strategic Relationships"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ofqual full-time

    Pros

    Policy shaping role, some great people, increasingly more outward facing, HR department and in house training are great, office is nice and IT provision good.

    Cons

    Some people, particularly in the senior team are doing what they have always done and don't always listen to or understand the impact of their work.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen more! There is real talent and commitment amongst the personnel at Ofqual and they are not always acknowledged as being as valuable as they are.

    Ofqual2018-02-26
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Not independent nor a regulator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ofqual

    Pros

    Flexible working, and good holidays

    Cons

    Elitist, senior people have similar backgrounds, lacking diversity especially in Senior roles. Typical Senior Civil Service. Good opportunities if you fit the profile background. Also not doing the job it is supposed to do.

    Advice to Management

    Stop paying lip service to the values you pretend to aspire to. Start doing the job you are supposed to be doing.

    Ofqual2015-12-14
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Ofqual does not invest in people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Ofqual full-time

    Pros

    Talented staff. Some managers have a positive approach to flexible working. Rare expectation of working over-time .

    Cons

    Ofqual is a poor model for the Civil Service. It does not value its staff - preferring to recruit-in talent than build on the skills of existing staff. Ofqual suffers from loss of retention - re-structures are often used to cover executive mistakes and shed non-compliant staff. Many staff have complained of or fear being bullied or victimised if they complain or do not comply with Senior Management. Many wish to leave...

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    Advice to Management

    The end game for Ofqual's business will be reached far more effectively if you invest properly in staff motivation.

    Ofqual2015-11-25
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Small, professional, good spirited"

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    Former Employee - IT Project and Communications Manager in Coventry, England
    Recommends

    I worked at Ofqual for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly people. National profile (government education sector)

    Cons

    Frequent organisational restructures. Tight on parking spaces.

    Ofqual2015-10-12
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Thinkers and talkers, not doers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ofqual full-time

    Pros

    The office environment is comfortable. There is free parking. Many of the staff are friendly and approachable. There appears to be a substantial budget for training and equipment.

    Cons

    The organisation seems to lack strategic focus and direction. There appears to be a compulsion or addiction to restructure, reorganisation and change. There are far too many managers and directors for the size of the organisation, many with very few or no staff. Some Associate Directors earning c.£70k and Senior Managers earning £45k have very little responsibility and accountability. There is far too much time spent...

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    Advice to Management

    Focus on output and outcomes rather than process. Develop an appetite for taking risks.

    Ofqual2015-09-11
  9. "Data and statistical Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Ofqual

    Pros

    Good work / life balance; Good pay and extra pay for working at extra hours; Nice people to work with;

    Cons

    Not a good choice for some one looking for job in London; The recruitment info goes internal first. Not easy to find. .

    Ofqual2015-07-02
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Chance to shape the future of children in this country, but organisation culture is bad."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coventry, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ofqual full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It is rarely dull and you'll work alongside some extremely intelligent colleagues. You get the chance to shape Government education policy on exams and testing.

    Cons

    Very insular and inward looking. There is a culture that if very fearful of failure and has no appetite for any risk taking, no matter how small. Business processes are poorly defined and a lot of the time it feels like you're flying by the seat of your pants. While people here have a lot of intelligence (IQ) there is a lack of emotional intelligence (EQ) particularly in the higher levels of the organisation.

    Ofqual2015-03-09
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