Bristol City Council Employee Reviews
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The work was always rewarding, and it was possible to actually make a difference in peoples lives. A diverse workforce, who enjoyed their jobs and wanted others to succeed. Much of the wider organisation can be rather opaque and difficult to understand how anything is made to happen given the levels of policies and paperwork involved.
Good pension and training
Lots of paperwork and policies.
A stress free environment with easy to get along with people. I learnt organisation skills that I will take with me to my next employer The hardest part was that sometimes there wasn't enough work during the day to keep you fully busy
Do not work for there bullies and they do nothing to help you unless it helps them. If you a temp you get treated even worse. You can get a better job else where and much much much more opportunity to climb the ladder somewhere else. Iv worked for them for 11 years and now I'm leaving as it gets so bad u feel mentally depressed. DO NOT WORK FOR THEM
More concerned with meeting selection diversity, than work output and effectiveness! Nothing else can be said. Management regime which has huge underlying prejudices and conflicting interests. In summary, ineffectual and very inefficient. I had to keep on asking for more work. No potential to increase income. No overtime. In fact, they encourage buying more holiday!
I was so happy when I was offered a job at Bristol. 18 months after there was the first reorganisation - I had to reapply for my job and it went to a younger male colleague who was far less experienced and qualified. I was seconded to another role for one year; a role I hated and below my capabilities. I was at risk of redundancy again and moved to a job where I was bullied. I resigned.
Local government conditions
Bullying by Councillors and unfriendly workplace
My criticism is the workplace culture. Management is weak and has no backbone. Not interested in staff whatsoever only covering their own back. Willing to lie as necessary to protect themselves and very dishonest. They fail to deal with bad behaviour amongst their own kind (supervisor) and management stick together and lie accordingly to protect each other. Even lie to Personnel if necessary to cover their own failings when failed to deal with problem straightaway, even when witnessed. When Personnel asked why not dealt with straightaway at meeting, manager replied that I had asked them not to and keep confidential. Even forge sickness record and lie about why someone absent eg put down stress (not work related) when indeed it was work related! This happened to me in Housing Planned Programmes. I returned to work on the first occasion but happened again later on as problem with supervisor not resolved. Out with work related stress again and unable to return this time as all trust destroyed by management. I was dismissed (after over 20 years service!),
Stessful because of the nature of the job assessing Housing Benefit, stressful becasue of the open emity from one or 2 members of the work force, stressful because you neverjnew how long the job would go. Relaxed becase on the whole wonderful people to work for, management were appraocable, and protected me when they realised the issue. Work Life balance - I worked from home and loved coming into Bristol to work prior to that.
Loved working with Bristol City Council up to the last couple of years when the council decided to close all the residential homes. Management changed which at the time I felt weren’t all for the best and the residents in the homes were forgotten by higher management whilst the home closure process was happening. Treatment of excellent experienced staff was appalling and hundreds of Staff were made redundant.
Caring for people with dementia
Choices made by higher management
The managers are awful especially in the rents department. They are racist and do not care about staff wellbeing. I worked there for just short of 2 years. I went through a difficult time loosing a few family member in the same month and they told me not to come back because i wasnt fit to work. They pile a lot of work and stress on to you and if you dont get it done each week they will sack on. This resulted in me working 7-7 and not getting paid any over time. My manager used to always just put basic hours on my timesheet despite all the extra i worked. I would never work there again - very hostile environment and not a nice place to work
I went as agency, the actual training was minimal although they did let me shadow - very useful. The training was not consistent and some of it (IT related) did not function. The actual team members were mostly lovely although I did feel that ‘my face did not fit’. On the whole I did feel unwelcome