London Borough of Barnet
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Productive and developed my skills

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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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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.


Great colleagues.


Disappointing relocation package.
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  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Ability to learn new things
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  • Trust in colleagues
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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.


Friendly environment


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.


Flexi-time and good leave


Can be a tough environment to work in
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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.


Local job


no cons
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Productive and sometimes over work

Start the day with briefing from line manager. Assess work trays so that we deal with urgent matters. Prioritizing was one thing I learned. Time management also came in handy. Overall management was not very good. Managers overlooked my long-term health problems because I am not visibly disable. Team spirit was good most of the times.


Away Days and In house Training


Shortage of staff
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A really wonderful place to work for.

A typical day for me is extremely interesting to me not only because I like to work with my favourite media, which are books dvds and other media. But in this role I get to know more about the media and communicate my love to this amongst my colleagues and customers. I learn more about the stock this way and more about the people's interests in them. And more about my own. My management have always been second to none, so helpful and professional to all staff. The hardest part of the job is learning about all these things, but I have to say this is also the most enjoyable as you never stop learning. It's just the job security here is not at it's best, because of the threat of reduncancy hanging over us all right now. Karen Joannou.
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Productive environment with great work life balance

9-5 job with late evening meetings. Line management was excellent and good general management.


Salary and benefits


Late evening meetings
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Coming to the office in the morning and organising your day, putting all priority duties into order so that your tasks can be done on time and your targets are met accordingly. I learned to become more organised with my workload, I learned alot within the administration tasks on uploading and inputting data onto the systems for clients. management was very good to me, I was always treated farely, I had no manageral duties of my own. Not meeting agreed targets Meeting my targets
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Very good place to work and develop skills. Hard work was generally recognised and rewarded.

A typical day would start with seeing my managers and speaking about their workload and any decisions needed to be taken at my level. Dealing with elected members took a large chunk of my time and attending many meetings both in work time and evening meetings either at Housing Committee or Tenant Associations. I did learn a lot about management and Law whilst at Barnet and this held me in good stead throughout my time there. In general the management structure was good and geared to promotion within. My teams were in the main excellent members of staff, bright and hard working. The hardest part of my job was having to evict tenants having exhausted all avenues to try and avert that action, and keeping elected members happy. The most enjoyable part of my job without doubt was seeing staff develop and progress often to very high positions, and tenants' expectations realised and providing nice places to live.


Working with good staff, and being able to develop their skills.


Difficult elected members who had their own agenda not in line with Council procedures.
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Working for community and job satisfaction

07:00 till 15:00 in and out of buildings cars all day learn more about the general public and their needs Management is a slight let down the do not like change and there for slow in progress co-workers are wonderful and you can make life long friendships hardest part of the job with better management would be the end of day most enjoyable part of the day again with better management every morning I love my job


every aspect
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Fun and very welcoming environment.

Typical day starts at 8 or 9'o clock in the morning,I learned that you have to be ready and well equipped for the varying types of challenges and demands that each day would bring,Management were often very helpful and understanding ,my co-workers are great ,hardest part of the job is not having up to date IT support or latest software and the most enjoyable parts of the job are the recognition given to staff when they went above or beyond their job specifications.


flexible working


complex complaints
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Work colleagues are very friendly and helpful. Work place environment so poor.

Very poor Management relationship with the workersNo care or Equal Opportunities for hard concencious good professional workers are no appreciated and not given the career opportunities, not treated fairly or given the opportunity for a permanant post even when there is shortage of the experience professional in that department.Very poor Management Style.


no free lunches


36 hours a week is normal and acceptable
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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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