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Mostly decent colleagues, management get worse the higher up you go. Very frustrating some times but not hard pushed. A lot of deadwood needing removed, which slowly but surely is happening.
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Very supportive management

A lot of room to progress, managers do offer alot of advice. Staff team were all very welcoming. Staff get a proper handover and the communication is spot on.




short shifts
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Bad Management

There is a culture where the management band together to manipulate the situation and purposefully make workers life’s difficult. They don’t like anyone or anything that upsets the status quo.It’s a whole if your face fits situation. If you will cover for them and spy on your coworkers you’ll get on fine if not they will try and force you out the door


Sick pay


Bad Management, bullying and grasses everywhere
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Overall a good organisation to work for.

Good organisation to work for. Can be very busy, but most colleagues are great and supportive. Holidays, pension etc. all fair. Not a lot of opportunity for progression.
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Great place and people

Loved working there, the teachers and other staff were really nice, will miss 2 special people. So helpful and accommodating with what my job entailed.
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  • Inclusive work environment
  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Clear sense of purpose
Areas for improvement
  • Support from manager
  • Overall satisfaction
  • Trust in colleagues

Worst employers!!!

I worked for ELC for 6 years and had the most stressful, intimidating and horrific experience in all my working life. They turn a blind eye to any staff problems and in my case allowed a colleague to make my work life so bad I was forced to resign. I could never encourage anyone to work for them in any of their school kitchens because the bullying culture is rife.
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Pay should be more.

Great job just wish we were better thought off. Schools couldn’t run as smoothly without us. yet Councils once we re at top of our rate keep us there. Rate of pay really now needs to be looked into. I’ve done my job since 2002 and behaviours in schools has gotten so much worse. It’s seriously needs to be looked into how much work we do to keep the classes calm so class teacher can teach their class. It’s exhausting. We need a pay rise for sure. We may not have a teaching degree…


Much needed holidays.


Pay could be better
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Never work here

The back biting incompetence and lack of management is horrific. The are all scared of the day they have never seen and don't yet realize how incompetent they actually are because no one ever truly holds them to account.
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Old Employee

Worked here for 5 years. Every day is a new day with ELC. It's a great company to work for if they gave back what you give in and looked after their staff more closely. Work is fabulous can't fault it but I can fault the support.


Wage, holidays, work colleagues


Unsupportive management
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although it was long shifts the work was varied and interesting attending alarm activations in the county and meeting different emergency services staff, also working with a great bunch of staff in the CCTV suite.


good amount of holidays


long hours
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Great place to work

Great place to work, made amazing friends and worked collaboratively with other departments to support people living in East Lothian. I felt support throughout my time at ELC
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Straight forward job

As above, the job is easy and straightforward not the most intertwine or challenging but all the staff I’ve worked with have been interesting & fun. There’s not much room to advance from what I can see.
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Bad company

Bad place to work was not worth it, terrible people work there, pay is not enough for working in such a stressful environment, none of the computers are up to date and are all very slow
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Part time position

Worked in education and fitted well when my children were young as had all the holidays so no childcare. Interesting but limited advancement as a classroom assistant.
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Good place to work

Worked 5 days a week loved every day of it we would work from 3 until 8 at night everyone is super friendly and they are a great team to work beside. Wouldn’t change the work at all
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Good way to relocate

Working as a supply teacher has proved to be a very challenging position as there are a wide range of different situations that a teacher can not be prepared for.


School holidays
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Lots of opportunities to learn new things

Being based in Haddington you have access to all of the councils facilities and staff. Working in customer services you must have a broad knowledge on what the council offers to members of the public and there's is always opportunities to expand your knowledge through work shadowing or online courses specially developed by the council.
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Bad management, incompetent staff

No real advancement, managers don't know what they are doing all just a box ticking exercises. You get no help when needed, very stressful. No job security.




Heavy work load
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serving school lunches

It is a lovely job working with school children something i have not done before and i really enjoy the job i just wish i had more hours in a day and i wish i could be cooking in the school i work


working with children


not enough hours
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Good working place

I learned that I am good at working with people,helping other people and working very hard. I found the hardest part of the job was making the food and preparing the food;you had to do everything in a certain way,or you would of had to start again.I enjoyed talking to the elderlys and keeping them happy.I liked working at this company because everyone is happy and everything is organised.


Free lunches


Medium hours
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productive workplace

enjoyed my work here as it was good fun although I didn't enjoy the drivers I was being placed on trucks with I just made the most of a bad situation.


short hours


long runs
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Based on 50 reviews

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3.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.5 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.1 out of 5 stars for Management
3.4 out of 5 stars for Culture

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