Home Office Reviews

Updated 28 March 2015
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  1. Challenging but Fulfilling

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Contractor in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Home Office as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked with some exceptional people on projects of real importance to the UK.
    Felt valued & strongly supported by management.
    Excellent culture for supporting diversity

    Cons

    Work can be stressful at times.
    Pay not the best for London

  2. 30 happy years in the Home Office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England (UK)

    I have been working at Home Office part-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours are a key benefit of working in the Civil Service along with a very generous pension scheme. The pay is very competitive with the private sector and the opportunities for promotion and mobility around other departments I are excellent.

    Cons

    Management at senior level is poor; miscalculation of forecasts, misalignment of multiple changes is repeated year in year out, this effects staff morale and
    Public trust which often leads to high pressure on staff from managers, MPs, solicitors, the public etc.

    Advice to Management

    Lessons learned policies are largely ignored, staff want to just get on with their job and do it well. You should consider ditching the chase for meaningless awards like investors in people.

  3. Strong focus on development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Higher Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Higher Executive Officer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good L&D opportunities - chances to learn other languages and gain skills. A good focus on informal learning on the job as well.

    Cons

    Poor pay and sluggish progression. There remains a pay freeze, and bottle-necks can leave people stuck in lower grades for protracted periods.

    Advice to Management

    Examine ways to promote dynamism in the workplace, give talent a fast-track through the management ranks and, for the sake of morale, find some more desks.

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    Sometimes the bureaucracy of government regulations can be tiring.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - General Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Home Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is reasonable. It's interesting work. The hours give a work life balance and leave, sick and benefits policies are very good. It's a diverse mix of employees and the teams can be quite social.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy. Sometimes you have to jump through hoops just to make one small change. They have complex internal systems for recording everything you do and the IT is quite poor.

  6. Unorganised

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer in Heathrow, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer in Heathrow, England (UK)

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is moderately good if your prepared to work shifts

    Cons

    There is little to no work life balance. It's all about the business not the workers.

  7. Can be interesting, hours are antisocial and long.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The salary is very good.
    Work with an extremely diverse workforce.
    Excellent pension scheme.
    Opportunity to join different teams.
    Undertaking casework is interesting - use problem-solving and analysis skills and employ sound judgement when making decisions.

    Cons

    Extremely anti-social hours.
    This leads to a poor work-life balance.
    Work can sometimes be monotonous.
    Can sometimes feel a bit nepotistic, and success can sometimes be based on who you know rather than what you know.

    Advice to Management

    Take a keener interest in the well-being of your staff. Cutting breaks etc does not positively affect morale or efficiency.

  8. Public sector at its best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the times top 50 places for women to work for last 3 years

    A huge range of jobs - ranging from operational roles in HM Passport Office, UK Visas, immigration enforcement and Border Force aswell as roles dealing with counter terrorism , crime and policing and HQ roles such as, strategy, policy, finance, commercial etc

    It has an incredibly diverse workforce in every sense of the word

    The department has two vital overarching objectives -to promote economic growth and to protect the UK - they are both objectives which make you feel proud to be contributing to.

    You progress on merit and there is always opportunities to develop

    It's nothing like yes minister!

    Cons

    You have to be realistic about the roles you can do - don't choose to be a Border Force Officer if you can only work 9-5 : that's not when most planes land or ships dock

    In times of austerity and even at the best of times you are not going to get huge pay rises. Ever.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do - as they listen to us all the time and do take action

  9. Typical government department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Service Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of support for maintaining work/life balance, training and ongonig development is good, opportunities for moving to different roles if you play the game right

    Cons

    Obviously it's very political, some decisions are set by ministers so you have no input, salary progression is limited, there is a media/social stigma to being a civil servant.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff more, take more responsibility for your area of concern and actually stand up to suppliers - they need us more than we need them!

  10. Very good work environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - R&D in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Home Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Convenient to work. Easy holidays.

    Cons

    No such issue with management.

    Advice to Management

    No such issue.

  11. Homemaker

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Home Office

    Pros

    Great rewards for raising your children.

    Cons

    Very low pay and no tangible benefits.

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The Home Office, SW1 (Photo thanks to Geograph user Phillip Perry, Some Rights Reserved)
Fancy Roof on the Home Office (Photo thanks to Geograph user Des Blenkinsopp, Some Rights Reserved)
Croydon: Lunar House, detail (Photo thanks to Geograph user Christopher Hilton, Some Rights Reserved)

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