Southwark Council
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I worked with the Director and Assistant Director of Health & Well-being. at the council. I very much enjoyed my work with these 2 senior managers.Both managers were very supportive and helpful. Was sad to leave this role (agency staff).

Pros

A calm and enjoyable place to work

Cons

None
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Nepotism is absolutely rife at this local authority

Serious issue with nepotism Inexperienced team leadersAbrasive and lazy middle management One person doing the job with 5 people watchingToo many temporary contracts limiting the external training opportunities management is willing to give you Taking away Wfh whilst we’re facing a recessionOverworked employees in understaffed departments Lack of structure and clear processes in some departments

Pros

Flexible working

Cons

Overworked and understaffed
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Based on 6 survey responses
What people like
  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Supportive environment
  • General feeling of work happiness
Areas for improvement
  • Ability to learn new things
  • Inclusive work environment
  • Trust in colleagues

Warm and productive work team

The manager was a weirdo from day 1. Little to no interaction with new staff and very little with permanent members. I noticed she would only laugh and converse with only one permanent member of staff and ignore the others.

Pros

Lovely lunch area

Cons

Manager lacked communication skills, was always in a strop with her push up face, Not ideal to experience when new or when managing a team
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Very good and understanding towards staff management is polite help you out a lot

Very good managers and team leaders enjoy working with my team all very helpful and treat you like there own family location is London very stressful time to time and busy

Pros

None

Cons

Long hours on weekends
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Productive and fun workplace

I enjoyed working at Southwark as a Tenant Management Initiatives officer. It was challenging and fast-paced, but my skills knowledge and experience meant that I could handle the job efficiently and effectively.
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A good experience

Employed by an agency on a six month contract which was extended to nine months due to a transitional period from contract company to in house staff. Two of the existing staff had been promoted within to department manager and supervisor. The supervisor was unsuccessful on completion of the trial period and was reduced back to Operator which left no full time position being available. A good team but a little unorganised, management unprofessional at times.

Pros

Fixed shifts so you know what you are doing

Cons

Expected to stand in at short notice or remain for double duty without enhanced pay
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Varied environment and conditions

A varied environment relying on current management structures to ensure a positive or negative workspace. Poor cross service interaction and much structural infighting due to irresponsible responses by managers and HRIt has potential to be highly effective but nepotism and infighting and lack of structural oversight are dragging it back.

Pros

Reasonable consistent pay and conditions

Cons

Lack of knowledge and foresight and too many self interested parties.
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Southwark Council is an equal opportunity organisation

Southwark Council is an organisation of class. It strives to upkeep it reputation by recruiting the best staff and has excellent customer service. It goes the extra mile to see that staffs and tenants are satisfied.
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Health & Safety Director fixed on Qualifications

I was not allowed to attend an interview as the Director insisted on having a Diploma in Health & Safety, even though I had been doing the job as Health & Safety Manager for 18 months under contract and reduced the incident rate by 82% andchanged the culture withthe staffs attitude to Health & Safety with full Satisfaction to the overall Building Services Manager

Pros

Very enjoyable work

Cons

Non understanding by senior Directors on what was taki g place
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Excellent

Brilliant place to work, lots of options and opportunities that allow you to progress further and plenty of overtime to be earned, pension scheme is amazing, the managers are all caring and try to get the best out of you

Pros

Over time, advancing to do more, lots of opportunities.

Cons

None
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Productive and good place to work

It is a good experience working at Southwark, all the way through you get training and they develop you to your full potential. I have 15 years working experience working in the housing field.

Pros

near train station

Cons

hot desking
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Corruption not good for a local council

The Southwark council have rules for management and different rules for normal service workers If management hits a employee they keep there job and they don’t get disciplined and get away with what they have done to another person so wrong Southwark council has lot of corruption there job 😡
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Good benefits, bad work/life balance

Like most public service jobs, the work/life balance isn’t great. You are encouraged to do a lot of over time and they’re always understaffed. However, the management structure is great and there is a lot of support.
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productive, informative, life-changing

People with disabilities are well looked after at Southwark, and the staff are very patient when it comes to training individuals in certain tasks, so that these soon became second nature within a week, and new staff are ultimately made to feel like one of the team.
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good work experience place

i really enjoyed my work experience everyone was lovely to me and welcoming they let me visit tenants house to check out there damp and mold situations and also a broken window in a newly built flat. i found that very fun.
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Stressing

Very stressful place to work wouldn't recommend if your face dont fit you dont fit the pay is to low you have to work 7 days a week just for stuip money wouldn't recommend
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Productive up to date technology with excellent leadership

Very stressful - need to hit your target 100% Gained excellent knowledge/skills Great team work Excellent leadership Flexible working Patchless working Enjoyed flexibility and up to date technology under excellent management
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Good for longevity

Good place to work for longevity and flexible hours Typical 9-5 office environment. I was able to progress quickly due to having a great team. I would recommend working for Southwark if you are looking for a long term career.

Pros

longevity and comfortability

Cons

repetitiveness, system is always slow, no company benefits
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Cleaner, Van Driver

Very good experience when I worked in this company, I had the possibility to go up and change jobs, very good leadership, understandable, with training actions, good relationship between colleagues too, without ever complicating the holiday schedule.
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Poorly managed department

Poor leadership, communication and assistance from overworked manager. Head of department only talks to other managers and tends to walk past people tutting. Inadequate software for the role. Other staff in departments were mainly friendly and good to work with.
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Bad to work for

I was suffering from depression when they unfairly sacked me because they didn't believe me that I was being bullied by my boss. I would love my job back.
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Based on 120 reviews

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

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