Derby City Council Employee Reviews
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Loved the the staff the clients and the role. However shifts often changed at last minute. Training activities scheduled on days off.Managers often nice but ineffective . High staff turnover which tells you plenty!
Can’t plan ahead as rota often changed at last minute
It doesn't really matter what or how much you do, if your face don't fit you're going nowhere.Its really important to learn this phrase 'YES', say yes to everything, even when you should be saying no.The management tend to be inept, unknowledgeable, naive, and in some cases vindictive, to cover up their own inadequacies and incompetence.At the ground level, there tends to be co-operation. Its management with their empire building, lack of integrity and bias that create the resentment.Nepotism is rife. Promotion and even keeping your job is based on being a mate.If you're not in the in crowd, then forget it.The amount of money that is lost through poor management is staggering. £50 million spent on a project, instead of the initial estimate £9 million, because management wouldn't listen and couldn't even ask sensible questions. Who got blamed, the poor sucker, given the job in the first place. More budget managers than there are people, doing the job!Just a staggeringly bad organisation.
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Back biting two faced colleagues. Naive management, with little integrity. No support for people willing to stand up for whats right. Nepotism and bias.
Excellent training and job security and pention and regular hours of work .pick up extra work when covering for staff sickness guarantee support from management. And staff if issues arise.excellent job prospects
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Depending on where your working, all depends on how you are treated. Front line staff in children services are treated poorly. They have management that cannot manage. You are not supported by management or head of service. Staff well being is zero, it is stressful and work overload. You are unappreciated within the service and they seem to adopt a face fit concept!
Good work ethic encouraged, training oppurtunities, great work life balance with flexi time and good holidays and sickness pay. When I worked there services were constantly being reduced, due to central funding.
flexi-time, good sick pay, training and oppurtunities to advance
pressure due to staff cutbacks
I loved my job at DCC but there was too much interference from other managers. Often they would have no experience in that area. To a point sometimes that they would undermine your expertise. It's a place where if you suck up you "do well". DCC do not like criticism but love praise. As per usual the guys at the top never lost their jobs when the council was short of money.
Great flexibility, some brilliant staff members. Loved working with clients
Middle management killing the service
I enjoyed my job and believe I was good at it. The management however were poor and dishonest. The whole council upper hierarchy protects its failing and flawed management over hard working ground staff.
Rate of pay
Disappointed with management during this employment, Wendy and Richard - very un-supportive. Shifts at times were uncomfortable, would always be accused of standing around talking. Very busy during summer months worked off your feet but no praise from management. Turnover of staff is high, lack of training.
Great bunch of lads to work with. Working hrs fitted in well with home life. Security of job,cut down on stress. Quite a good benefit package. Do like working as part of a team. Was a sense of we're all working together.
I joined a wonderful, competent and friendly team; but due to changes of higher management and then the introduction and reaction to "Austerity", the coalition between the various teams and upper corporate managment, diverged. No longer were the hands-on employees involved in any decision making and we ended up with equipment and software that wasn't suitable for our work. The team felll apart with many leaving, disenchanted by new management and its complete lack of understanding or interest in the contribution we made to Derby.
Good work life balance. Favouritism, bullying, negligent management, lack of leadership, driven by making money, and ran by snakes, with plenty of grasses to work with. No organisational structure, management come and go and do as they please. Low morale due to staff being expected to work on false promises.
I worked across the libraries on a zero hours contract supporting library staff on holidays and sick leave. The work was interesting and supporting the library users very rewarding. Colleagues tended to be friendly and motivated even through challenging times of job uncertainty. I would work in the same position again.