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Best care companies to work for in the UK

‘Helping people. Putting a smile on people's face. Knowing that you are making a difference.'

This is what a care worker recently shared on Breakroom as the best thing about their job.

Care work has been under the spotlight this year, with recent discussions around underfunding and safety due to COVID-19.

However, for many people, care work is the ideal job for them.

Helping others, as well as being practical and sociable, is right at the heart of care work.

For some, vocational work like this is important for job satisfaction.

The need for care workers, particularly for adults, is also increasing. So the demand for care workers is bigger than ever. This means there are more and more job opportunities if you want to work in care.

Want to learn more about care work? Here’s what we’ll be covering:

We’ve looked at which care companies have been rated best by real care workers.

To make this list more manageable to read, we’ll be focusing on what care workers have told us about their employers.

But, jobs in care companies don’t stop here. There are also plenty of job opportunities in care companies that aren’t care worker roles. We’ll be talking about these a little later on.

Best companies with 10+ care worker reviews

  1. 1

    NHS

    Breakroom Rating based on 2284 job reviews

    6.3/10
    What is this?
    • Most people get proper breaks

      Good
    • Most people feel stressed here

      Not great

    Best thing

    Rewarding, seeing patients get better, the people I work with

    Hcsw, October 2020

    Worst thing

    Where to start- staffing levels

    Staff nurse, October 2020

    See what 2284 people said
    about jobs at NHS

  2. 2

    Bluebird Care

    Breakroom Rating based on 6 job reviews

    6.1/10
    What is this?
    • Most people recommend working with their team

      Good
    • People don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Bad

    Best thing

    Making each person feel that they are special and they can stay independent as long as possible

    Care assistant, October 2020

    Worst thing

    not having enough timw

    Supervisor, August 2020

    See what 6 people said
    about jobs at Bluebird Care

  3. 3

    Care UK

    Breakroom Rating based on 23 job reviews

    5.7/10
    What is this?
    • Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

      Good
    • Only some people recommend working with their team

      Not great

    Best thing

    Looking after the tesidents

    Carer, February 2020

    Worst thing

    Not very flexible with shift changes

    Staff nurse, May 2020

    See what 23 people said
    about jobs at Care UK

  4. 4=

    Voyage Care

    Breakroom Rating based on 22 job reviews

    5.5/10
    What is this?
    • Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

      Good
    • Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Not great

    Best thing

    The people I support

    Support worker, October 2020

    Worst thing

    Voyage policy’s changing very often. Lack of communication between staff and management.

    Support worker, September 2020

    See what 22 people said
    about jobs at Voyage Care

  5. 4=

    Sodexo

    Breakroom Rating based on 40 job reviews

    5.5/10
    What is this?
    • Most people get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Good
    • Not always. Most people don’t get proper sick pay

      Not great

    Best thing

    Paid breaks and free food

    Test operative, August 2020

    Worst thing

    Company don’t care about your health

    Housekeeper, March 2020

    See what 40 people said
    about jobs at Sodexo

  6. 6

    Interserve

    Breakroom Rating based on 13 job reviews

    5.3/10
    What is this?
    • Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

      Good
    • Not always. Most people don’t get proper sick pay

      Not great

    Best thing

    Meeting new people

    Housekeeper, February 2020

    Worst thing

    Lacks structure

    Catering assistant, July 2020

    See what 13 people said
    about jobs at Interserve

  7. 7

    Barchester Healthcare

    Breakroom Rating based on 24 job reviews

    5.1/10
    What is this?
    • Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

      Good
    • Most people don’t feel treated with respect by their managers

      Not great

    Best thing

    Great team relationships

    Health care assistant, July 2020

    Worst thing

    Pressures

    Unit manager, October 2020

    See what 24 people said
    about jobs at Barchester Healthcare

  8. 8

    HC One

    Breakroom Rating based on 37 job reviews

    4.8/10
    What is this?
    • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

      Excellent
    • People feel stressed here

      Bad

    Best thing

    Helping residents

    Health care assistant, August 2020

    Worst thing

    Stress and over worked,

    Senior carer, November 2019

    See what 37 people said
    about jobs at HC One

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    Bupa

    Breakroom Rating based on 20 job reviews

    4.6/10
    What is this?
    • Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

      Good
    • Most people don’t get proper breaks

      Not great

    Best thing

    The people in my team

    Quality assessor, August 2020

    Worst thing

    Divisive management, if you don’t keep quiet and say no then you’re out

    Dental nurse, August 2020

    See what 20 people said
    about jobs at Bupa

  10. 9=

    Hft

    Breakroom Rating based on 5 job reviews

    4.6/10
    What is this?
    • Usually. Most people get paid breaks

      Good
    • People don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Bad

    Best thing

    The people I work with and the people I support

    Apprentice support worker, July 2020

    Worst thing

    Shift patterns

    Support worker, August 2020

    See what 5 people said
    about jobs at Hft

  11. 9=

    Ambito Care & Education

    Breakroom Rating based on 6 job reviews

    4.6/10
    What is this?

      Best thing

      Contact time with pupils and summer Holidays.

      Teacher, August 2020

      Worst thing

      Bullying from other members of staff. Poor management.

      Support worker, March 2020

      See what 6 people said
      about jobs at Ambito Care & Education

    • 9=

      Home Instead

      Breakroom Rating based on 15 job reviews

      4.6/10
      What is this?
      • Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

        Good
      • No. People don’t get paid breaks

        Bad

      Best thing

      Seeing my client happy and contented and putting a smile on his face.

      Caregiver, October 2020

      Worst thing

      not being paid between calls

      Caregiver, March 2020

      See what 15 people said
      about jobs at Home Instead

    • 13

      Caremark

      Breakroom Rating based on 5 job reviews

      4.1/10
      What is this?
      • Most people recommend working with their team

        Good
      • People don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

        Bad

      Best thing

      Working with and helping other people.

      Support worker, July 2020

      Worst thing

      No set rota

      Care/ support worker, October 2020

      See what 5 people said
      about jobs at Caremark

    • 14

      Avery Healthcare

      Breakroom Rating based on 5 job reviews

      3.3/10
      What is this?
      • No. People don’t get proper sick pay

        Bad
      • Most managers change people’s shifts at short notice

        Not great

      Best thing

      Team of carers and residents

      Senior care assistant, October 2020

      Worst thing

      Under paid, over worked

      Care assistant, July 2020

      See what 5 people said
      about jobs at Avery Healthcare

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