Gloucestershire County Council Employee Reviews
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The whole organisational culture is not good. There was disrespectful treatment of staff and active bullying that was openly there to see. When challenged this was not dealt with but brushed under the carpet. If your face fits and you can be manipulated you might stand a chance of recognition.
Not valued very poor morale of staff
In a team of 50+ I am the only person of colour. Since joining there have been multiple positions available and still no minorities hired. Management are terrible and are dismissive of any concerns raised. If you try and raise a matter, you’re seen as ‘challenging’ and ‘difficult’. No cultural competency at all. They have a very traditional, conservative atmosphere and staff are expected to act like robots. They promise benefits before joining, but after joining, they find excuses to say you are not eligible for these benefits. Oh and they say you have a ‘protected caseload’? No! Your allocated cases are ‘protected’, but they still give you cases to ‘screen’ (duty work), they act like you will have less cases as a new starter but in reality you can have 5-10 allocated cases and 5-10 screening cases, so there really is no difference. The over scrutiny you face for the tinniest matters is unbelievable. GCC are very strict and instead of approaching staff with support when you make a mistake, they approach you in a very degrading ’telling off’ manner. Honestly hand on heart, if I had another choice of employment, I would take it. If you do join this place, join a union too.
Stressfully environment, Bullying culture, Racism, Poor management, Lack of cultural competency, Poor pay
The worst place I have ever worked. Keep away from the legal department which is made up of Admin staff that have worked there since school and think that they’re high court judges. Awful manger with her side kick best mate. Too much work not enough lawyers and a massive change over of staff unless you’re in with the Admin staff because they run the show and complain about everything andeveryone
Leaving. Free parking.
Lied to about the role and workload
As a temporary Social Worker this was really not a great place to work! Very mean and our Senior Manager / Head of Service was not qualified and did not have any direct Social Work experience or direct experience of looking after disabled children yet was in charge of many departments. Loads of good managers left in a short space of time and replaced by agency manager which is not great for the staff or children. The in group and out group exists to the extreme. People are scared to complain as the senior leaders don't want to hear about the racism that exists towards staff and vulnerable children. A department like this should care about families and children and should have a huge amount of direct experience but sadly they don't. Gloucestershire needs a revamp and all the senior managers and directors need to go and get in some leaders with valued, morals and ethics. LESS RACISM AND SEXISM PLEASE
Management lacked coherent policies and lacked direction. Offer little or no support to colleagues. The department was "all at sea", manageing itself. One manager favoured particular people (clicky) and inexperienced. Work colleagues were very helpful and supportive to one another. Bringing a fun work environment to each day. Most colleagues were very experienced in many aspects of the profession. There was always someone who had an answer to any query. raised. It was a great place to work and operate. Every person would learn something from another person.
Great work colleagues. Free lunches at training conventions.
Bad management. Often projects had to be started in a hurry; lack of fore thought.
Most enjoyable part of the job was seeing the students grow in confidence and understanding. The hardest part was dealing with upset children.
Total commitment to the pupils and improving their learning strategies and encouraging them to be independent and more confident. A structured timetable was in place which ensured the pupils received the best and consistent support.
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You will be paid peanuts and expected to do the work of 10 men. Everything comes down to money and if you don't fit that culture, you're out. Honestly never felt so disrespected.
Great colleagues, ok salary and job security. I love my job however I'm tired of the way it is managed. Management culture is very negative with constant scrutiny and humiliation of staff. People are always picked up on silly little things but never recognised for the great work that they do. Line management blames their managers and so on all to justify why they do what they do. There's little to no career advancement for unqualified staff and if so it's a face fits attitude. There is very little opportunities in getting further training or qualifications even if there is a distinct lack of social workers. Management care very little about the people they manage hence a high staff turnover and even then they can't seem to recognise that their actions are the cause of this. Office and IT equipment is basic and dated, in need of a deep clean.
Colleagues are lovely, benefits are good, pay is getting better. Excellent training on offer but due to issues around career progression you may not get the opportunity to put your learning into practice.
Employee Assistance Programme, Decent Pension, Very good policies such as Dignity at Work, HR very helpful if you need them, Occupational Health are very good
Unsupportive line management, Career Progression, Salary
The problem with GCC is the management culture of fear, humiliation and degradation. I worked there for 7 months and received no useful training or line management support. The colleagues I had were lovely, but depressed and felt used and abused, as I did. GCC need to realise that the reason so many people leave is not low pay, it's being bullied and deskilked by sub standard management . The rot is endemic and comes from the top down. Treat people with respect, fairness and kindness and they'll be loyal. Abuse, humiliate and degrade them and people will have nothing good to say. Rightly so.