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A lot of red tape involved here
SQL Specialist (Former Employee) –  Coventry, West Midlands2 October 2017
I felt that in this place Micro management was exercised heavily here. also a lot of Red Tape with documentation and investment into old design approaches meant very little advancements in technology.
Pros
Short commute to work
Cons
no work from home available
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Educational
Work Experience Placement (Former Employee) –  London, Greater London3 July 2017
A wonderful place to gain work experience for anyone, especially undergraduates, to learn about a career in civil service or an office environment!!!!
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Large policy-based corporate
Internal Communications Channel Manager (Former Employee) –  Westminster, Greater London2 May 2017
If you want to work at the heart of government and enjoy politics and working at pace in a busy press office then it can be interesting. Policy is intangible, with decisions that are often short term and reactive, which can be frustrating. Although there is a culture of long hours, particularly at higher grades, you can achieve a good work life balance.

Working with bureaucrats who are cautious and lack creativity can also have its challenges, but overall a good place to work.
Pros
Large scale employer, flexible working.
Cons
Policy work intangible, bureaucratic.
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Good place to work
Qualified Teacher Status(QTS) . Process (Former Employee) –  Darlington, Durham22 March 2017
I loved working for DFEE and had a very good team to work with and also very good managers. I would recommend working here to anybody. Very friendly and helpful collegues
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Supportive and Fascinating place to work
Civil Servant (Former Employee) –  Westminster17 February 2017
Fast Paced
Supportive environment
Opportunities to progress.
Open to change and new ideas.
Work life balance beneficial
Disparity between private office and rest of civil servants however functions well despite.
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Fun workplace
Executive Assistant (Apprenticeship) (Former Employee) –  London18 January 2017
It was truly one the best places I have worked for, there was nothing that made it a bad day at work, truly enjoyable and I was extremely sad my apprenticeship came to an end.
Pros
Everything
Cons
Nothing
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Learnt a lot over the years
Customer Service Advisor (Former Employee) –  Birmingham City Centre, West Midlands11 January 2017
A good place to work, if you can handle all of the red tape

Coventry office seems to be the place where staff go to get on and be promoted, but it just wasn't for me, you end up being a drone.

faceless place to work in Coventry office
Pros
annnual leave flex working
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Productive
Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  London19 July 2016
Ability to own you work and show off the skills you have to make a difference on project delivery. Fantastic management style and brilliant work colleagues which makes life easy as to know what and meet the necessary people on time with no hindrances
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Portfolio Support Officer, PMO Management, Resource Management
Portfolio Support Manager (Current Employee) –  Manchester14 May 2016
Varied work, programme and project reporting, supporting Portfolio Delivery Managers and Project and Business Analysts.
Pros
Excellent IT Infrastructure moving to the Cloud, and using modern laptops and tablets.
Cons
No cons, great working environment.
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Highly motivating, fun place to work.
Senior Press Officer (Current Employee) –  London18 April 2016
A highly motivating place to work. Fast paced environment working on high profile issues that affect the whole of the UK.
A brilliant team of people who ensure that you have fun and remain grounded in what can sometimes be a challenging environment.
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Easy, low pressure environment
Statistical Officer (EO) for the post-16 unit (Former Employee) –  London6 April 2016
The Department for Education was a good place to work. Most people were friendly and helpful and there was a good variety of interesting work that felt like it made a real difference to people's lives. They also provided semi-regular opportunities for training.
Pros
Varied and interesting work that made a difference to people
Cons
They no longer give permanent roles to staff with fixed-term contracts like they did in the past
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Interesting
Work Experience Placement (Former Employee) –  London, ENG1 December 2015
As i was only placed there for work experience i only worked there for 5 days but it was an interesting place to work and showcased the fact that office work isnt as boring as most people think.
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Busy and varied
Executive Officer (Current Employee) –  Hemel Hempstead, ENG30 November 2015
This is a very busy and fast-paced environment with changing priorities on a daily basis.

I am able to use my organisational / planning and communication skills across departments and work with external colleagues and partners, this has been the most enjoyable part of my role.

Additionally,there is a good home / work life balance and flexible working.
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If you are career minded and enjoy competitive opportunities.
Business Improvement Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Manchester7 July 2015
Work day within DfE depends on the area of the organisation you work for.

Roles differ depending on the part of the organsation you work for. In the communications division it consists of post opening, call handling, answering correspondence, dealing with complaints and liaising with policy teams to answer queries received.

Some management rule with an old fashion ethos of heavy handed, top down delivery of instructions. There are those who adopt a more hands on approach, and if you are lucky enough to work for one of these, your career and learning will excel.

Lower down the chain, the co-workers are an absolute joy to work with, they are hard-working and loyal. There is a real feel of support within the organisation at lower levels.

There are some managers who strive to ensure that work-life balance is available and promoted for all. Though this is intermittent, if you are lucky enough to work for one of these managers, you will have a fulfilling and enjoyable career.

The hardest part of the job is being able to showcase your skills due to constant change which may move you outside your comfort zone.

The most enjoyable is the people you get to work with.
Pros
Your colleagues
Cons
Long hours, unrealistic expectations.
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Outsourced role working via teleperformance
Administrator (Former Employee) –  Bristol25 June 2015
The role was fairly interesting and involved proof reading and scoring applications for the National Scholarship Fund for teachers.
We as a collective, reviewed answers and worked with the DFE, to decide on the award for the funding.

The role became a customer service based role after the need for services were complete. Advising future teachers on how to become teachers. This was not enjoyable, and found the management at the time very irritating, and slightly over the top as far as getting people motivated.
Pros
Interesting work
Cons
ridiculous team leaders
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Inefficient
Senior Executive Officer, Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Sheffield, ENG27 April 2015
Little or no chance for development unless you are based in London and are on the fast track programme, essentially Don't do it!
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Varied workload allowing me to learn new skills.
Executive Officer, Caseworker (Current Employee) –  London, ENG28 March 2015
I work on a varied case workload allowing me to learn about finance, law and project management. I also represent the Department at external meetings and am responsible for helping two new schools through to their first Ofsted inspection.
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DfE
Executive Officer (Current Employee) –  Sheffield2 March 2015
DfE is a good company to work for. Based in Sheffield it is a good location with opportunity to travel nationwide. I learned a lot working here and the management is good. The hardest part of the job is the tight deadlines but the most enjoyable part of the role are your colleagues.
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Good place to work
Programme Office Lead (Former Employee) –  London30 September 2014
Good place to work if you want to influence national policy. Very demanding but inspiring
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enjoyable while temping at DfE
Research Drafter (Former Employee) –  Darlington3 June 2014
I drafted replies to correspondence sent to the Department on education issues. I checked policy documents and set up a reference spread sheet to access recent replies to correspondence. These were requests for information, school complaints, comments or views about education policy or the education system. I received cases from a variety of case managers, and the subject areas I covered included: Vocational qualifications, A level reform, Apprenticeships, Curriculum Policy, Behaviour and Attendance in Schools, GCSE reform, and Teaching Agency queries.
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