London Borough of Barnet
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I did a finance apprenticeship the people were really nice to me I was 18 at the time it was my first job and they helped me so much. The pay was really good as well I learned a lot of valuable information and if anyone is thinking about doing what I did go for it it’s really worth it.

Pros

Everything

Cons

Long travel to training provider
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Good Workplace but Disappointing Relocation

When starting, there was a good team with good workplace culture. Management was open and supportive of new social workers for the most part. There was generous and flexible work arrangements as well. The real downside though, was the relocation package was really lacking with support to transition to living and working and London. There were many logistical issues and things were very slow to get up and running, so it was very disappointing to experience this especially from moving to London from overseas. HR basically ghosted me upon arrival with their support.

Pros

Great colleagues.

Cons

Disappointing relocation package.
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Great place to work and learn

I enjoyed my time working for the London borough of Barnet, I began my career here and some of the skills I've learned I still apply in my career to this day.

Pros

Nice atmosphere and lunches

Cons

Beaurocracy
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Nothing to add

Great location. Generous leave entitlement and other benefits. Increasingly modernising. Relatively new offices. Collaborative and shared goals and ambitions.
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Fun Workplace

It's okay. not good for long term. Hope to find a better job. to enrich my CV. the location and colleagues are bother good. Interesting environment. Thank you.

Pros

free lunches

Cons

long hours
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Productive and developed my skills

Well resourced LA and lots of training and emotional support during Covid. Management were very supportive and approachable. There was lots of bite size training around Liquid Logic and systems services were always available for additional support when need be.
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Inclusive and quite fun to work

Nice place to work. Unfortunately there has been a lot of jobs lost due to money saving ideas from the government. They put a lot of work on a much smaller team with no extra money offered. They have put a lot of effort into making sure your ok during the pandemic and have helped when needed. The teams at the moment have coped really well so far and been provided with all the correct ppe. All in all a good place to work.

Pros

Home working

Cons

No pay increases for about 11 years.
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Until capita came is was great!!!!

Worked there for almost 11 years, including some time under the dreadful capita plc. If it wasn’t for them I would still be there now as they completely lied about training, benefits, what they would change, etc. When with Barnet directly was excellent in our dept. Great boss, great team, everyone helped each other, great atmosphere

Pros

Team was excellent

Cons

Capita plc came in and ruined it
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Na

I gained a lot of knowledge in a new area of work during my time with this employer which has been very valuable. It is a very fast paced environment which is not always condusive with a healthy work/life balance hence my decision to leave.
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interesting and varied work

The teamwork really helped. coordination between different teams was good. mixture of full time staff and contractors. I would recommend working there.
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Excellent

I liked working at Barnet in its new building in Colindale. I was working in an open office environment were the staff friendly and caring. I was always notifed of training courses.
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Productive and excellent place to work with a yooung family

Barnet Council invests in employees, offers flexible working, innovative ,and positive in embracing change. Remuneration is excellent with diverse learning opportunities to suit various learning styles.

Pros

Flexible working

Cons

No free parking
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Fun place to work.

Typical day of excitement and friendly atmosphere which supported staff to achieve great productivity. i learned customer service and team work. Management was great and encouraging through team building. work place culture of diversity and rewarding. The hardest part of the job was customers looking for a school and the most enjoyable part was celebration at the end of the year.

Pros

Friendly environment

Cons

parking sometimes difficult.
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Inclusive and socially directly relevant workplace

Barnet is generally a good place to work, with some wonderful and committed staff. Obviously, it can be a difficult environment to work in, owing to lack of funding & resources (both financial and staffing numbers). In all my varied roles there, I was involved in many different work scenarios, dealing directly with the public, suppliers, external companies, Government departments, charities etc. Difficult to specify a typical day, as I held many different roles there, but generally I would spend my day at meetings, advising management of new technologies, helping to devise policy, communications with staff and service users, maintaining and upgrading systems, ensuring correct use of funding etc. Accordingly, I learned a very wide skill-set; particularly staff management, task co-ordination and prioritisation, decision making, and communication skills (both written and verbal) technical IT systems experience etc. Management were generally good, and open to flexible working, and the general workplace culture is inclusive and good. The most enjoyable part of the job was being able to directly help both internal staff and external customers. The hardest part of the job was not always being able to help all customers, owing to funding restrictions or compliance with standards all ready in place.

Pros

Flexi-time and good leave

Cons

Can be a tough environment to work in
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My job driving a dustcart

Each day brought new experiences and challenges as I was not only driving a 26 tonne dustcart which meant blocking roads and dealing with often disgruntled motorists but I had to work to a deadline to complete a large round within North London and get to the tip

Pros

All uniform/PPE provided. Sick pay and holiday pay

Cons

Rounds increasing in size and often not given enough loaders
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Barnet Council

Barnet are a great company to work for. The pay is very good for the job and there is lots and lots and lots and lost of different things to do here and that.
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Fun place to work.

Work is interesting and varied and you feel like you are part of the team. Managers are great and everyone is appreciated. Training is very important and you are encouraged to go on courses.

Pros

Good work ethic

Cons

No perks
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Excellent opportunities

Hard-working organisation focusing on the right areas to make a difference to their communities. Friendly senior management. Good opportunities to get involved in a range of areas.
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Busy office

Provided support to consultants within the HR Directorate. Diary management, travel, transcription of correspondence and ad hoc administrative tasks for the department. Small department, friendly but professional work environment. Hardest part of the job, to support the whole department when colleagues were on leave. Enjoyed the job in general.

Pros

Local job

Cons

no cons
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Experience in working in a library

I learned a lot about working in a public library. It gave me the chance to do sometime different.Refreshed my customer service skills and new skills.
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It is an good place to work. A generally friendly atmosphere

The work schedule involves mainly helping the public with their book lending enquiries. I have learned a lot about how a library is organised and run. The whole purpose of an effective book display.I have acted up as manager on a number of occasions. I have been responsible for opening the premises and handling enquiries from the public including stakeholders and other outside organisations. We work well as a team but being close knit and a small department there are sometimes personality conflicts. The most difficult part of the job is handling rude and difficult members of the public. I have had to call the police on a few occasions. I enjoy speaking to the public and participating in group activities such as baby groups or adult book groups

Pros

A few days off each week

Cons

Inflexibility with leave and going on relief
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Based on 40 reviews

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

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