Swindon Borough Council Employee Reviews
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Working for SBC was very quick paste work place, there was a lot of written work to do. I though as my title said outreach officer i would be working with people face to face on everyday basics, however i had so much paper work that it wasn't always possible. However i had very supportive and helpful manger and great team, over all i have really enjoyed my experience at SBC and would recommend as a good place to work.
I worked as a HV for several years. Poor management .Treated like social workers not healthBlame cultureHigh caseload numbersAbysmal leadership within the teamsFocus on box ticking instead of relationship building with the families.
Free parking !
High caseloads, poor supervision and managers who are deaf to the stressors
The council and management I came into contact with had very little concept of nursing. The impact of this was a very poor work life balance. A feeling of being hugely undervalued. A dangerous and stressful work environment where you were not supported or kept safe in your working practice . The work fork force was demoralised and exhausted
In adequate admin support
Spineless office staff. I knew the job very well. Working for council couple of years. They like to move u about all the time so I don't get to learn a route. Team work was good if your route was running behind. If u do anything wrong u r out door without a reason. They said they didn't like my reversing methods. I finished on a Friday. Went to get up Monday morning to text message saying I'm not needed.
Good hours and pay
Made very welcome, treated same as full timers. Full ppe and wet weather clothing supplied. Good rates of pay. Relaxed working environment, which makes for satisfying work. Good management. On the job training, reliable equipment.
Most stressful place i worked for, unprofessional. He said she said culture, any problems then dont go to management. Very long hours, if ur face don't fit then your shifts you will be on are bad. Disorganised, and any idea syou have then prepare not to be listened to
Great job if you enjoy giving back to the community. Saddly Managed by buffoons. The top management positions in the area I worked came over as incompetent and genuinely no real experience or understanding of departments they ran. If the rest of the council was run like this it's little wonder it finds itself in financial trouble. Also alot of deadwood in the work fffforce.through
to stressful after few weeks u notice how u chnage u allways tired moody because they dont treat you like human ive stuck at as long as i can but its starting to get much for me and we need more money we get poo when it comes to money and then its are fault when we can buy stuff to make working better allways having someone up your butt
treated rubbish and alot of walking/running
This was the worst organisation that I have worked for in 28 years, two thirds of the managers are very poor, bullying and self serving, examples are managers stopping staff from taking holiday time off and then taking those same days off themselves, you can always tell when the managers are asking you to do something that is immoral, unethical or down right breaking the law (employment law as well as what ever regulations you are working under) by they way you are asked to do it, for example face to face (with no witnesses or like minded managers as their evidence) or phone calls and if you chased them up via emails, so that you have documentary evidence to support yourself if it goes wrong when you are left holding the blame, they refuse to acknowledge these emails. Giving out edicts and other rules of work and then they do not lead by example but just chastise, bully and dump more work onto those that question the hypocrisy or those they dislike in the hope that they quit, after a few months you can recognise the pattern and who are the managers friends and favourites, that will be those with the lowest workload but the highest praise. When staff do quit, the organisation just use the excuse that the job is not for everyone, which I found particularly galling as I have had management positions with more staff and did a number of jobs over the years that where mentally, physically and emotionally challenging and the reason I quit and most people quit their jobs, is not the job they do but the poor management and poor treatment by really bad managers The organisation - more...
Inexperienced self serving management (nice people though), avoided what needed to be addressed and unsupportive to staff. I often wondered who was running the place. The culture was so bad it’s put me off working with special needs which I’ve done for over 25 years. The staff were amazing, the service users were happy and well taken care of by them but unable to do their jobs properly due to politics! It’s the shortest time I’ve ever been in a job! The staff turn over is insane.
Annual leave and pension
Structure and management
Brilliant employer with lots of benefits, support development opportunities They are inclusive and progressive and empower the staff to work independantly with minimal support unless it is required or requested. They encourage staff autonomy and have a superbly progressive equal opportunities initiative. Highly recommended as an employer.
Management are a joke who don’t care about employees. So many of my colleagues were signed off sick with depression because they just expect so much and give nothing back. They actively deny any development and don’t support you. Please be cautious if you choose to work for Swindon Borough Council as the chances of you being appreciate is low, the salary is also very low and there are often budget cuts! Just awful one of the worst places I’ve ever worked.
Hour for lunch. Some nice training courses
No support no development too much politics low low salary
Senior management is a joke, It's a club - great if you are in the in crowd (where incompetence, tardiness and laziness are rewarded), but if your aren't one of the favoured ones you'll be mismanaged, overburdened and shunned until you leave. VERY unprofessional HR management - discussing your personal details openly with other staff members, Terrible IT systems and management, are a constant frustration, The Council members are rude and dismissive, and incapable of doing anything worthwhile as they are just preserving their own positions. The culture tends to be one of 'that can't be done, 'we tried that once but...' or ' not my job...' and so it's very tiring trying to achieve anything,if you stay you'll probably end up giving up and becoming part of the problem. There are some good people, but also plenty of politicking, conniving and awkward people right from the bottom to the very top. Facilitating functions are dreadful, IT and HR in particular. HR are just there to protect the organisation, don't trust them or rely upon impartiality. Management have no real interest or understanding in the actual work, they just want to tick the box and look good so they get a pat on the head and stay in the club. They are the yes men and you are the one that has to put their badly though out (if indeed any thought has gone into it) and unreasonable plans into action. They are happy to short change you on wages but bring in 'buddy' consultants on mega bucks to do their jobs for them - usually just as badly. If you can find ANYTHING else, ANYWHERE else - save - more...
Okay on flexible working - they have to be.
AWFUL culture, unrealistic expectations and pay as low as they can hammer you down to.
2007 to 2017 as Swindon borough let go of its sports outlets I was moved internally to the steam railway museum as general museum assistant - sales assistant - events team and cleaning team - general all rounder - every day was enjoyable and most of the staff were easy to get along with - sometimes the physical labour was hard and the hours long as it was in the other centres - most enjoyable part of the job was dealing with the public at the many events = I am a people person and enjoyed the interaction.