Portsmouth City Council
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Once employed, other job positions are rarely internally advertised first. I feel this limits progression and you remain stuck in your original post Consultations occur almost every 2years making you worried about losing your job

Pros

Weekends free

Cons

Minimum career progression
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Good place to work

The department I work in is fantastic. Very supportive management, good environment. Work life balance is good. Management are understanding. Pension scheme is great
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Stability and security

I feel proud to work for the council. After 6 years, I am a happy employee, and feel strongly that the council has a caring ethos and after 30+ years in a corporate environment, I am settled in my career path at the council.I think the council tries hard too, to do their best for Portsmouth residents and our beautiful seafront, parks, etc.Salaries are good, a council pension is offered, and there are many benefits and discounts offered to employees working for the council.
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Supportive and enjoyable people to work along side.

I worked in social support for 2 years and I can honestly say it was the best job I have ever had. If I hadn't moved county I would still have been there.It can be stressful and fast paced but with a huge amount of support and back up from all the team and management were beyond fabulous

Pros

Really supportive management Ongoing training

Cons

Shift work that can make life juggling difficult
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family friendly and flexible working available

PCC overall is a great place to work. Whilst this would depend on your jo role and servicd, in general PCC supports flexible working and trying to accommodate other responsibilities in your personal life such as childcare

Pros

flexible working opportunity via internal careers

Cons

this depends on your service. Too much red tape
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Not my best employment experience

HR Structure confused with Many hands dipping unto the same task.Colleagues generally very pleasant but management need some development.No clear direction given on how operational management should be approached however generally operational management are poor 8n dealing with HR matters.Unless they have changed the way they do things avoid working for them

Pros

Hours

Cons

Loads
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Reasonable place to work job secruity

I enjoy working for portsmouth city council the pay is reasonable and the hrs are good overtime available if you want to do it. I work with good friends now

Pros

Uniform supplied free and oftem

Cons

Hard work can feel like pong hrs but not
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Varied and challenging

Budget setting, budget monitoring, financial appraisals, variance analysis, revenue and capital. A challenging and varied role where both working alone and liaising with managers from other departments and building relationships is equally important. The job is deadline orientated so can be stressful at times but the environment is supportive and collaborative.

Pros

Flexible working, good holiday and pension package
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Good, very professional and apparently supportive employer

Was an excellent, very memorable event for D Day 75, June 2019.Very good Volunteer team to work with, enjoyable experience, interacting with various adults and children at 2 places.At a previous job assessment/recruitment day, it was well organised and run, despite having to improvise due to a sudden IT system disconnection all around the Civic Offices and Central Library.
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Pressured by Managers to increase income

Was good to work for until management changes now its all about revenue its no longer a public service just a way to persecute the driving public. Line managers expect staff to improve while they sit around delegating their work to others. There's also a job for the boys culture.

Pros

Job security fairly good salary

Cons

Under increased pressure to bring in more revenue
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Good company

Very good council to work for Had use of facilities at all times Had upto date tools and equipment Very up to date with ppe upto date tools and very concious of your well being I would not hesiate to work for them again If the wages were a little more bearable

Pros

Very good

Cons

None
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Ok

OK. Standard IT work for a council. short term decision making, little budget adds to the pressure of work. 50/50% perm to contract via their own agency.
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Great Place to Work in

Worked for the council in Housing dept. Bw focused & you will be rewarded................... Great team work effort...................................
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Rubbish

Terrible place to work bullying under payed and never get to progress work up management is no good in most areas treat you unfairly and poorly would never recommend working hear

Pros

None

Cons

None
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All round good experience, just be cautious

Good council to work for. Salaries are fair and well paid. Office environment generally comfortable. Lots of benefits including mileage, training, car loan, discounts . Always be mindful of who you are talking to and what you say. People do have a tendency’s to stab you in the back. It can also become clicky so don’t get involved in gossiping.
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It's a Solid Business

They're a good place to work. Hours are flexible, they're supportive of needs, and the office environment is comfortable. Lots of training and courses available if you want to progress.
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Good to work with people

Enjoyed working there but on internal agency you don't know how long you will be there with being a temp and you get told you will be given a fulltime contract which doesn't materialise
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Stressful

Didn’t consider when you were unwell due to ill health no offer of a move to a less stress position just dismissible . ASI was a hard working person .
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a panic reaction to work

badly paid, promise of contracts at the interview which never materialise no matter how many times they promise to sort it out, in my opinion to avoid having to pay holiday pay and other benefits, because of the lack of contract employees there is a very fast change of staff leading to a panic culture to supply a reliable service to those who need it most
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Bulling,vindictive, back stabbing and overtly 'PC' culture.

If u are outspoken and stick very much to what u believe in and dont mind telling people exactly how u feel then this is not the employer for you. If on the other hand you crumble at the first broken blade of grass then you will fit right in at the council, the HR department will love you.

Cons

The people you work with have become truly vile human beings
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Caring , Helpful and supportive

A hard place to get in but once your in there are numerous opportunities. Consider a temporary role and learn how to compile your application from a current employee. Anyone who's prepared to put an honest days work in won't have any issues.
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Based on 101 reviews

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

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