South Gloucestershire Council Employee Reviews
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I have had very positive experiences working for this local authority as a parent of a school child from 2007 onward. The flexible working hours I was offered helped our family to thrive financially and with little stress on childcare. I will always be very thankful for that. The move of offices to a different location and the austerity measures forcing this employer to minimise staff forced me to consider resigning and to chose to work elsewhere. The loss in personnel and services lead me to feel that I could not provide satisfactory service to the public. I do not regret leaving the authority in its present condition.
Badminton road kitchen is the worst place I’ve ever worked the manager is a bully she will make you feel low and rubbish about yourself, head chefs are clicky not very qualified and everything comes out of a jar. Nothing you do will ever be good enough for them. Pay is above average but for the rubbish you have to take it’s definitely not enough moneys you can’t even talk without being told off
Managers expectations were unrealistic in respect of a 10 day time scale for gathering information and collating the information into a comprehensive report to be presented to court re SGO. The moral of the majority of other social workers was really low and depressing. Working from home was bonus but a working day (at that time) to reach the expected deadline meant working from 7am to 6 - 6pm each day.
I have worked for this company for over 10 years but sadly they closed down and I was made redundant. I just wish the managers had fight harder to keep our jobs.
No free lunch but we get fair lunch hours
You get what hours you in for and there id opportunity of over time if you need it.
I was the recovery manager responsible for collection of overdue Council Tax & Business Rates. I would represent the Council at Magistrates Court to apply for warrants to allow for orders to be attached to wages or benefits, or for bailiffs to attend. Ultimately for a committal to prison for up to 3 years. I had a team of 9 staff including 2 senior officers.
Positive. I have appreciated working flexibly for South Glos while bringing up a family. I have benefitted from redeployments when teams were relocating / due to review reductions. I have enjoyed generous annual leave. Negative. Relocating when my local office was closed. The austerity-led reviews necessitating reducing team numbers / job losses / affecting moral / service provision.
Flexible working (within reason)
Office closures / austerity-led reviews
The council was going through change and were willing to take this plunge. Was excited to be part of this change. Each day was a challenge, particularly in relation to dealing with equipment orders for the disabled children and young people. However, the success of completing a deal was far reaching.
start work at your prescribed time
cannot think of any.
A good organisation to work for but constantly under review so not as secure as it used to be. Lots of opportunity to move around departments within the council & good training opportunities.
Local & decent pay
Not very flexible with work life balance any more
was a a great place to work. A good 50/50 site office work. Day to Day activities included working along side members of the public and surveying on site.
I was still fairly new to working life when I started at South Gloucestershire Council, but I found myself adapting very quickly, taking experience I had gained from previous work to settle into a comfortable role for myself, where I developed my skills in administration and customer service. I felt really welcome at South Gloucestershire Council and I give it a sincere recommendation.
Flexi Time was a great incentive to work longer, colleagues were generally friendly and helpful
Good people to work with but as always department get underfunded and make the job and service you are employed to do can suffer .. which then has a knock on effect on everyone involed i was working at a school contracting initially and was taken on with the promise of peing put on career development none of which happened plus the IT equipment for the school was getting old this need funding properly also this made the job harder and harder term by term even the tool to fix this equipment wasnt funded and so the service level drop and the kids sufffered and staff in fact ... then there is the blame game never the managers fault for not managing and totally aware of the issues ... and not enough listening comments are ignored and money going to the wrong places ... if things improve id reconsider working there again but i think the children are better behaved
finishing at 3pm
Never deliver on employment contract once you are in