Portsmouth City Council
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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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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.
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Flexible working, good holiday and pension package
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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.
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Job security fairly good salary
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Under increased pressure to bring in more revenue
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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
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Very good
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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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Worked for the council in Housing dept. Bw focused & you will be rewarded................... Great team work effort...................................
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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The people you work with have become truly vile human beings
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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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Very friendly and supportive staff. Flexible and good benefits. Very diverse and inclusive, management are understanding and are supportive towards personal development.
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Department lacked atmosphere and any motivation, everyone worked in isolation. No chat or friendliness and I personally didn’t like open plan discussions due to lack of privacy. Not enough staff for workload. Flexitime was well structured and defined and they paid well and fairly.
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Management is toxic, secretive and unwilling to accept criticism or to involve staff in any discussion around changes to work practices. Bullying and intimidation of staff is encouraged and promoted from the top down. Corruption is rife especially with recruitment and career progression. Why bother with an organisation straight out of the 1970s where only family and friends progress or get jobs?
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it okay to work. people are nice jobs good over loaded at times with little help from others. loved it there. contractors are rubbish and sit about most of the time.
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Cracking bunch of people that are willing to help you. Great location and in my role i could easily walk to most places i needed to visit so i didn't need to rely on a car.Other offices were just as helpful which made you feel part of a large team which we were all there to try help the residents in the area.
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Whilst working at Portsmouth City Council I witnessed countless examples of bullying to members of staff including myself. Training within the job was non existant unless your face fit. Information was rarely available to enable you to complete a task. Beware of attending meetings with managers on your own. Join the union as soon as you start it will be worth every penny.
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Watch their Children social care staff turnover if you get the information then decide how short you want your career to be. It’s important because that’s how you can get a measurement of moral at a work place. There is a rolling advert for such a small workforce which testifies to the fact that the inside experience is different from what you see on the advert. Xxx
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Centrally located
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No management support. Insensitive and blame searching culture
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