Surrey County Council Employee Reviews
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I enjoyed my time in Surrey County Council; worked in a small, specialist team. Nice, supportive atmosphere; helpful colleagues and fair management. Unfortunately the workload was too big which resulted in stress and health issues.
The company and job is amazing. Something I never thought I would do. I was welcomed with open arms and treated like I was a member of the family from the get go.We work in a small team and although a lot of it is lone working in the prisons, the team are always at the end of the phone if you need to speak to them.Best move I ever made.
The job itself is rewarding and day-to-day experience is an opportunity to help others and feel satisfaction in your work. However, the management is very poor and seems to have little regard for the staff lower down the ladder than them. Lack of communication and very little consideration of how quickly changing policies impact staff, with developments often announced publicly before staff are even aware. Morale and job satisfaction are hard to come by.
Job itself is rewarding and worthwhile, colleagues and line managers are supportive and want to do their jobs well.
Management is a detriment to staff wellbeing and satisfaction, poor communication and little regard for individuals.
I worked for GBC and it was awful. The management were unprofessional, lazy and manipulative. Success wasn’t about hard work it was about being popular so this played into the manipulation dynamics quite significantly.
Good work place, with an excellent, knowledgeable, outcome focused and collaborative procurement and commissioning teams and professional management
Good work place, with an excellent outcome focused and collaborative procurement and commissioning teams; and professional line management. Working with commissioning and procurement teams was really good and we got to collaborate well between the teams and do some good outcomes in my time with the Council. The team was quite ethical and advanced and there is a good centre of excellence in procurement, contracts management and programs in place. I really liked the head of service I worked with. Excellent professional and caring line manager. Probably have not seen one like her in my career. Strong and empowered strategic commissioning teams and health partnership teams; and there is a centre of excellence in place. A bit far from London and train system not that helpful or on time ( south west is not that good ), but people are/were generally nice and management professional, detailed and supportive. The organisation can do with speeding things up and planning well in advance - so in my view; the team I worked was a bit too slow paste and relaxed; but this is probably the case in most procurement organisations; and everything else was a plus. Stronger governance and program and project management disciplines should be introduced to procurement teams across government commercial functions to improve speed, quality and delivery to the time/resource. Longer term contracts probably are best in terms of result orientation. Probably could have done with a bit of bigger pay package considering short term of the contract but...
As above - bad train system and slow paste probably are the key cons.
My typical day at work is responding to adult safeguarding concerns and I work with the most amazing team mates and managers who understand the concept of equality and diversity. As a BAME ,I feel supported and encouraged within my team, and I can confirm there are opportunities for career progression in Surrey as they have a fantastic practice development team. I would recommend working for SCC
Team's get together, (Quiz Friday/free lunch)
SCC is undergoing an extensive period of rapid change and restructures to streamline and redefine a sustainable business. However, in the meantime, funding cuts and reduced revenue are putting staff are under immense pressure to maintain 'business as usual' in often difficult and stressful times. Staff teams are extremely committed and go over and above to achieve outcomes despite these daily challenges. Management can be supportive but are not always fully aware of the challenges faced by staff. The recent restructures have seen a large numbers of redundancies and loss of skills and experience which has impacted on the delivery of some services. If SCC's ambitious plans are realised, SCC will again be an innovative local authority to work for.
The job was great; the management disgraceful, just out for themselves no support of team. Work / life balance no existent, management interactions were belittling and none supportive. Management only wanted people who would say yes to them and ignore the best interest of the young people ir staff Benefits; additional scheme that started off great but changed and not as good. I wouldn’t recommend surreyc CC