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Good people, poor pay

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I work with amazing people, however the whole place is dysfunctional and people soon leave. The pay at every grade is lower than that for most other government departments.
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Great employee

Great culture. Only left because they had a recruitment freeze. Great work life balance. Varied work. Patient centred. Flexi time is great - perfect for when you have a family.


Great pension scheme. Short hours.


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Great work life balance

A great place to work, really good work life balance and they're very protective that if you work extra, you get time off later to account for it. Pay isn't great, but otherwise a good place to work.
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Secure job, lack of opportunities for personal development

Large organisation but lack of opportunities to develop within current team. Little bit underpaid and overworked, work-life balance is OK due to flexible working conditions


Hybrid working


Not allowed to work from abroad which was possible previously
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Good work in general.

I am quite enjoying my job. Benefits are good and hours flexible. Most people are good. Pros:-salary is not bad- flexible hours- good leave package - sickness pay- most managers are good- stable job- trainings and volunteering available- progress in a career- homeworking- some bonuses. Cons:- salary could be higher for a role that requires managing a few people- sometimes it is too relaxed and it generates lazy behaviours. When too busy- some people are too slow to keep up- difficult to deal with a poor performance or it is swept under a carpet- culture- too many unecessary meetings, not dealing well with poor performers, bonuses not given to hard- working and smart- working people or just given to everyone- difficult to be promoted- application process too complex, many applications rejected, long wait.
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  • Inclusive work environment
  • Fair pay for job
  • Time and location flexibility
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  • Ability to learn new things

Lovely working here

I loved every minute of working at DHSC and would recommend it to anyone.One day I hope to go back.The people I worked with were wonderful and the team could not have been more helpful and supportive
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Good work place

Work is quite rewarding as it is relevant in time with current happenings. Good opportunities to apply for internal roles too. Pay is okay but doesn't increase unless you apply for another job on promotion
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Interesting roles but stressful due to political content

I've worked here 22 years, joining soon after graduation. There is a clear development pathway for those keen to progress and lots of opportunities to attend training. However, the stressful nature of most jobs, particularly once you get to team leader level, make ot quite a toxic culture now. Don't apply to work here of you like a slow and steady pace. It's common to start work at 9am and be hit with three or four unexpected pieces of briefing to do for government ministers or press office, or a central coordination team, all before mod day. When they ask you at interview if you xan prioritise your time or of you can evidence ability to deliver at pace, they are sussing out whether you can handle 10 minute deadlines or people asking you to deliver lots of conflicting deadlines. Be warned.....stress levels are high here. They have a good wellbeing offer to staff but it's because they need to in order to offset those staff who are on long term sick leave due to high levels of stress.


Good pay, Generous annual leave entitlement, Flexible leave allows late starts or early finishes, Good training and development offer


HR services are unreliable, You can be in a role that's continually in the public eye / receiving media coverage, you can have deadlines of minutes, You're expected to multitask constantly to keep up with the workload, Bullying and harassment occurs frequently
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Great pay but that's about it

If all you care about is the pay and you can handle constantly being critiqued then this is the job for you. But if you're looking for a job that actually cares about you and values you as a person, don't work here. The individual people are nice but the managers only care about performance, even if it destroys you mentally due to the extreme workload that never gives up. The managers set bad examples of how to work and then complain when you do as they do.You are always busy with extra tasks being given to you with no extra pay and no recognition. They will take advantage of you if you work hard.


pay, flexible hours, working from home


work culture, temp staff are badly treated, no control over your team (you can be moved with no choice or notice), no help from managers with issues/ stress at work, not all treated equally, unbalanced workload
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Good work place

Great team to work with and culture is top notch. Overall a good place to work.Good induction, policies and work ethics well acceptable. Staff safety and welfare observed.
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A new Challenge for everyone

As a site lead for the first covid test walk in centre in Scotland. It was a challenge coming up with how to correctly run the site. However the team from Deloitte and the team members who stuck it out, we became a great team with a sense of purpose, helping the public through one of the darkest times for the whole world. Thoroughly enjoyed my time there and if it was not for it being a temporary contract I would still be there.


4 days off, good hourly rate of pay.


No job security.
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Very well paid for a relaxed pace of life

Really well looked after. Money is excellent and conditions are brilliant. My only problem is that we are sort of left to it. I work at a covid test site, and unfortunately once the setup team is gone, there is little in the way of senior management support. The job is manageable enough for 95%, however whenever there is a query which requires senior support, you know its going to be a farce. Recruitment and payroll structures need working on.


Great money and conditions.


Support lacking for some functions.
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Based on 13 reviews

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4.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.7 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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