UK Government - Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills
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Dwp universal credit

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Was the 2nd best contract I ever was on.Sadly after 1 year everyone got made redundant, causing claimants to use the website this is why calling universal credit has gotten more harder, at the best of times without us, claimants will suffer as the system needs humans to review automatic errors which can impact a person's life, literally!Almost feels like an ai system that decides if you should live or not, universal job match felt more like we will punish you less in comparison.Jokes aside this was a reasonable job, I felt I helped 85% of all people I ever spoken to, some people really don't understand how good they have it.These claimants are on the poverty line and January 2022, I see new Job openings, let's hope employment will increase.


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It's a system that's designed to fail.
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A role with purpose but not the pay to back it up.

As a personal caregiver, I have to work a full time job along side this just to stay afloat taking away from my time with the person I care for. The very minimum amount of money you are paid to be a full time caregiver, means that you can only work part time jobs on the side to still claim your carer payments however if you go down that route you don’t make enough money to live on, so I have opted to work full time which means I don’t receive payment for being a caregiver. Which is rather unfair given that I need to work full time in order to afford to live, so yes the job is very fulfilling, however the pay amount to be a full time carer is shockingly low.
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I wouldn't put my dog in glenesk carehome. It's the worse carehome i have worked in and other carehomes know it.It's got a really bad reputation i Retford. such a high turnover of staff, very clicky.


Cheap meals for staff


No appreciation and stressful workplace
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Bkame Culture

Not a pleasant experience. Ofsted are by no means perfect themselves. Wrapped up in their Reputation above anything else and avoiding complaints. This creates back covering by managers and a blame culture.


Work from home if that suits you


Pressured evironment
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Great people

I had to travel to Bristol everyday the traffic and the lack of reliable buses made it long hours to workUnfortunately sadly I was made redundant.
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Buona ,molto soddisfatta . Grande esperienza di lavoro e di vita
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Helping raise standards

Inspecting early years settings using my skills and experience to evaluate quality standards and requirements, and assess how practitioners develop the skills, confidence and resilience to help to prepare them for school.


Making a difference


Unable to work during lock down
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Be careful working here

I worked at Ofsted for nearly 5 years. I worked in a number of different departments, the contact centre and ARC are a fantastic place to work, the people and management are amazing. However, I then moved teams and was unfortunately bullied, I was victimised and treated horrifically. I was not given the opportunity to tell anyone about what was happening, because I was not given the time or believed.


ARC and the BSO team


Bullies, no progression opportunities, victimisation, pay, poorly treated when suffering with mental health issues
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Good Experience

18 month contract great experience of working in a large company with a diverse range of co workers very friendly and a fasted paced business. I would definitely go back if a further job became available
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Civil Service

This is part of the government, and is a large organisation staffed by career 'managers' - people of manage as their career. This is probably not my favourite type of manager, as they become rather detached from the content.


great flexibility


no loyalty to staff
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i worked as a self employed registered childminder not actually withing the actual company .i run this company myself and worked for mainly teachers and there children use to do school drop off and pick ups . have many years experience in this i enjoyed my job and seeing children thrive .
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Different every day

it was a great environment, people were helpful and was a lot of new things to learn each day. not one day was the same plenty of projects to work on and was fun
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Can be stressful and changes to job role happen frequently . Salary is quite poor for the work involved. Good work life balance. Flexi policy is good.
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The walk of shame

All staff were lovely Training was amazing Stressful job as dealing with many different aspects But the main thing about Oftsed was that if they are to sack you they escort you out without warning out of the building making u feel degraded I saw a few go and I felt very sorry for them they make u feel like a criminal
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This is not relevant to me as I did not work for this company and was just affiliated however I cannot go further with my applications without writing something here!
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It's steady reliable wotk

You work with some nice people but management need to improve procedures for the wotk & employer relations. Lots to learn whilst on the job & plenty of on line courses to complete
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Work life balance

I’m extremely lucky to be able to work with such an amazing diversity of people working with all different people from all different backgrounds and walks of life
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Excellent work/life balance

Manageable workload with the opportunity for career development. Full support of management, colleagues and ability to take decisions. Working from home and the ability to plan tasks weeks in advance if need be. Highly recommended.
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Very good work place good comrades

Dealing with public regards benefit claim.Could be stressful as dealing with vulnerable people. Having dealt with customer concerns. A typical day was made up of signing people for benefits and taking new claims and dealing with telephone queries
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Culture of blame

Worked till you dropped, then made to feel responsible for not achieving unrealistic demands. Going into organisations that you never found out the real truth, as schools and colleges perceived you as the enemy.
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rewarding workplace

assisting in child development gained knowledge of learning areas of development self managed with support from local EY service children succeeding in their development
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3.9 out of 5 stars for Management
3.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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