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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 2145 job reviews

    6.3/10
    What is this?
    • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

      Excellent
    • No. People don’t get paid breaks

      Bad

    Best thing

    people

    Cleaner, October 2020

    Worst thing

    Sometime dont feel I'm valued

    Phlebotomist, June 2020

    See what 2145 people said
    about jobs at NHS

  2. 2=

    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

    Working with older people and improving their quality of life.

    Healthcare assistant, September 2020

    Worst thing

    Nothing

    Carer, February 2020

    See what 23 people said
    about jobs at Care UK

  3. 2=

    Interserve

    Breakroom Rating based on 12 job reviews

    5.7/10
    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

    get left alone to do your job, no constant manager overseeing.

    security, May 2020

    Worst thing

    Lacks structure

    Catering assistant, July 2020

    See what 12 people said
    about jobs at Interserve

  4. 4

    Sodexo

    Breakroom Rating based on 39 job reviews

    5.6/10
    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

    Friends I've made

    Pco, August 2020

    Worst thing

    Prolonged Flight delays

    Hostess, July 2020

    See what 39 people said
    about jobs at Sodexo

  5. 5

    Voyage Care

    Breakroom Rating based on 20 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

    Get out & about depending on the service user

    Support worker, August 2020

    Worst thing

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

    Support worker, September 2020

    See what 20 people said
    about jobs at Voyage Care

  6. 6

    Barchester Healthcare

    Breakroom Rating based on 23 job reviews

    5.4/10
    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 other people

    Care assistant, July 2020

    Worst thing

    Pressures

    Unit manager, October 2020

    See what 23 people said
    about jobs at Barchester Healthcare

  7. 7

    HC One

    Breakroom Rating based on 35 job reviews

    4.7/10
    What is this?
    • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

      Excellent
    • People feel stressed here

      Bad

    Best thing

    The residents

    Nursing assistant, July 2020

    Worst thing

    Understaffed
    Having to look for clothes for residents
    Not been able to spend quality time with residents

    Care assistant, September 2020

    See what 35 people said
    about jobs at HC One

  8. 8

    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

    The people that I see

    Care giver, July 2020

    Worst thing

    The unsure hours

    Care giver, September 2020

    See what 15 people said
    about jobs at Home Instead

  9. 9

    Bupa

    Breakroom Rating based on 19 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

    Learning a wide range of skills.

    Senior healthcare assistant, September 2020

    Worst thing

    Busy, hard work, training, not always enough people

    Sales team manager, August 2020

    See what 19 people said
    about jobs at Bupa

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