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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

    Marie Curie

    Breakroom Rating based on 5 job reviews

    7.1/10
    What is this?
    • Most people get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Good
    • Managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

      Excellent

    Best thing

    The people the work local to home

    Pa to hospice manager, July 2020

    Worst thing

    Travel

    Assistant Manager, March 2020

    See what 5 people said
    about jobs at Marie Curie

  2. 2

    NHS

    Breakroom Rating based on 2145 job reviews

    6.3/10
    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

    people

    Cleaner, October 2020

    Worst thing

    Sometime dont feel I'm valued

    Phlebotomist, June 2020

    See what 2145 people said
    about jobs at NHS

  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

    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 23 people said
    about jobs at Care UK

  4. 3=

    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

    Meeting new people

    Housekeeper, February 2020

    Worst thing

    Manager and team leader, a lot of backstabbing going on

    Grounds maintenance operative, July 2020

    See what 12 people said
    about jobs at Interserve

  5. 5

    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

    They dont do nvqs and the pay sucks

    Stores person, March 2020

    See what 39 people said
    about jobs at Sodexo

  6. 6

    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

    The people I support

    Support worker, June 2020

    Worst thing

    Shift working
    Colleagues

    Support worker, August 2020

    See what 20 people said
    about jobs at Voyage Care

  7. 7

    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

    Great team relationships

    Health care assistant, July 2020

    Worst thing

    Not getting recognition

    Carer, February 2020

    See what 23 people said
    about jobs at Barchester Healthcare

  8. 8

    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

    Helping old and vulnerable people.

    Care assistant, January 2020

    Worst thing

    Staffing levels and pay

    Care assistant, August 2020

    See what 35 people said
    about jobs at HC One

  9. 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

    The people that I see

    Care giver, July 2020

    Worst thing

    not being paid between calls

    Caregiver, March 2020

    See what 15 people said
    about jobs at Home Instead

  10. 10

    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

    I enjoy seeing the residents eating their meals.

    Chef manager, August 2020

    Worst thing

    Changing workload, repetitive

    Quality assessor, August 2020

    See what 19 people said
    about jobs at Bupa

  11. 11

    Comfort Call

    Breakroom Rating based on 5 job reviews

    3.6/10
    What is this?
    • People worry about getting enough hours

      Bad
    • Most people don't get enough choice over which shifts they work

      Not great

    Best thing

    making my clients feel happy with your care

    Worst thing

    Don't get no bonuses or xmas presents off the mamagement

    Home carer, October 2020

    See what 5 people said
    about jobs at Comfort Call

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