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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 1533 job reviews

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

      Good
    • No. People don’t get paid breaks

      Bad

    Best thing

    I think the pay is much better with what i get at home

    Nurse, June 2020

    Worst thing

    Pay and hours

    Clerical officer, May 2020

    See what 1533 people said
    about jobs at NHS

  2. 2

    Thera Trust

    Breakroom Rating based on 6 job reviews

    6.0/10
    What is this?
    • Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

      Good
    • Most people feel stressed here

      Not great

    Best thing

    People we support and team I worl with

    Community support leader, July 2020

    Worst thing

    Low pay for what we do

    Team coordinator, March 2020

    See what 6 people said
    about jobs at Thera Trust

  3. 3

    Sanctuary Group

    Breakroom Rating based on 6 job reviews

    5.9/10
    What is this?
    • Usually. Most people get paid breaks

      Good
    • Most people find it hard to change shifts

      Not great

    Best thing

    Know when I am workin

    Worst thing

    Not enough hours between shifts

    Care and support worker, August 2020

    See what 6 people said
    about jobs at Sanctuary Group

  4. 4

    Care UK

    Breakroom Rating based on 20 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

    Working with older people and improving their quality of life.

    Healthcare assistant, September 2020

    Worst thing

    Not very flexible with shift changes

    Staff nurse, May 2020

    See what 20 people said
    about jobs at Care UK

  5. 5

    Interserve

    Breakroom Rating based on 11 job reviews

    5.5/10
    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

    Set hours
    Decent team

    Catering assistant, July 2020

    Worst thing

    Can work 10/11 hour yr days

    Case manager, August 2020

    See what 11 people said
    about jobs at Interserve

  6. 6=

    Voyage Care

    Breakroom Rating based on 18 job reviews

    5.4/10
    What is this?
    • Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

      Good
    • People feel stressed here

      Bad

    Best thing

    The people I support

    Support worker, June 2020

    Worst thing

    Management dont care about their staff

    Support worker, March 2020

    See what 18 people said
    about jobs at Voyage Care

  7. 6=

    Sodexo

    Breakroom Rating based on 28 job reviews

    5.4/10
    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

    People getting paid more than me and can’t do their jobs

    Cleaner, September 2020

    See what 28 people said
    about jobs at Sodexo

  8. 8

    Barchester Healthcare

    Breakroom Rating based on 21 job reviews

    5.2/10
    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

    Strees

    Health care assistant, March 2020

    See what 21 people said
    about jobs at Barchester Healthcare

  9. 9

    HC One

    Breakroom Rating based on 31 job reviews

    4.9/10
    What is this?
    • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

      Excellent
    • People feel stressed here

      Bad

    Best thing

    Staff I work with

    Care assistant, August 2020

    Worst thing

    Hours, consultant changes to the paperwork and systems in place

    Senior carer, March 2020

    See what 31 people said
    about jobs at HC One

  10. 10=

    Home Instead

    Breakroom Rating based on 11 job reviews

    4.5/10
    What is this?
    • Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

      Good
    • No. People don’t get paid breaks

      Bad

    Best thing

    Helping people stay in their own homes

    Care giver, September 2020

    Worst thing

    The travelling to and from clients

    Caregiver, September 2020

    See what 11 people said
    about jobs at Home Instead

  11. 10=

    Bupa

    Breakroom Rating based on 16 job reviews

    4.5/10
    What is this?
    • Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

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

      Not great

    Best thing

    helping and caring for the elderly

    Care assistant, July 2020

    Worst thing

    Draconian management. Unrealistic targets. Understaffing.

    Senior healthcare assistant, September 2020

    See what 16 people said
    about jobs at Bupa

  12. 12

    Allied Healthcare

    Breakroom Rating based on 5 job reviews

    4.4/10
    What is this?
    • Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours

      Good
    • Most people find it hard to change shifts

      Not great

    Best thing

    My ladies and gentleman seeing them every day makes me happy as I can help them

    Worst thing

    Long hours, not enough regular staff and unpaid breaks

    Domiciliary carer, August 2020

    See what 5 people said
    about jobs at Allied Healthcare

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