The Calico Group
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A good company but tenders for a lot of Contract work, resulting in short term employment if they aren't successful in retendering. Very supportive of its employees and offers a lot of support around training and development. They also run a good employee recognition programme.
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free fruit
Cons
Temporary work
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The management at Calico Homes the worst I have ever had the misfortune to meet. Income manager and assistant director were totally misguided and incompetent. They had no social awareness, absolutely no idea of the sector and worked in silo. They covered for each others incompetent and completely unprofessional behaviour. This was never challenged and made working at Calico the worst experience of my career
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I am currently working as a Support officer, I love my job, I have never worked for a company so good, so focused on their duty of care for staff, If you get the opportunity to work for a company with morals then grab it DB
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Everything good
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None
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Barley view has been open a year and is.now in financial difficulties and so are restructuring and getting rid of staff ..meaning less staff doing more jobs and less care to the residents
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I have been working for Calico Group for 5 years and it has been a very good experience for myself so far. I work among great people who are real team players. It helps us to provide the best possible support for our service users. I had loads of opportunities for personal development and I felt very supported by my management when I was facing personal difficulties.
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Great team
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Salary
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I must say that I have never been so relieved to leave an employer. Calico is an organisation run on nepotism, it is not what you know but who you know that counts. I was transferred over from my original employer and Calico were utterly Ill-prepared for the new contract. It ended up being a farce which is why I left and I have never been so happy with my new employer. A few middle managers are ok but most were promoted way beyond their capabilities. It is also worth noting the started off as a social landlord a few years back. Since then they have expanded vastly throughout the north west providing various other services. The have become hugely over confident thinking they can do anything. From substance misuse to education, from furniture to refuges Calico can do it. They quality of service is questionable. Head office is in Burnley where there is a lot of hidden friendships and if you are not from Burnley you feel left out. You will hear the words "social profit" being brandished around. What they are that means is that everything boils down to one thing - funding. Throwing money at life's social ills is not the answer. In summary Calico is run on nepostism where ability counts for nothing. I must say that since leaving them I have never had such serenity and peace of mind.
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Ipad
Cons
Hidden friendships
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Calico-SafeNet care about social profit, the environment, the clients, and staff. If your looking for a great company look no further. Some people leave and the best come back... couldn’t wish for a better employe.. job satisfaction 100 percent, look no further
Pros
Free tea coffee juice water and fruit all delivered to your workplace
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Calico SafeNet - the best company values.. they care about us... they care about social profit, clients and staff... May sound cheesy but they are the best employer...
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Free tea coffee and fruit
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None
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I was transferred over from my previous employer and I left Calico soon after. I must say that I have never been so relieved to have left an employer. It is not what you know but who you know that counts at Calico. They are an organisation run on Nepotism and if you have friends or family at Calico then you will climb the career ladder in no time. Most managers are promoted way beyond their capabilities. When they won the Floating Housing Support contract Calico were just utterly ill-prepared for the contract which just ended up being an absolute farce which is why I left. The contract was only for 2 years with funding coming to an end anyway so I could never comprehend why the commissioners changed the service provider to Calico causing such an upheaval? Clearly managers were very excited about winning this contract and never seemed to agree with my opinion and just stampeded into with blinker eyes. Staff left in droves and bank staff were brought in to fill the gap towards the end of the contract. It is also worth noting that they started off as a Housing Association in Burnley a few years ago and since then have expanded a lot in recent years providing various other services. From substance misuse to refuges, education to engineering to name just a few. Clearly they have become vastly overconfident thinking they can pretty much do anything. As the old saying goes - fingers in too many pies. Headoffice is also based in the gorgeous town of Burnley and the services provided now cover a vast amount of the northwest. All the attention and hidden friendships are - more...
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Parking
Cons
Hidden friendships and Overconfident
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This was a highly demanding job within a difficult environment. It was physically very strenuous and mentally taxing. I got on really well with the other team members and we worked successfully as a team.
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Calico Group is a registered charity, whose focus is on making a difference to people's lives within the community. They offer flexible working conditions, in-house training, a pleasant working environment.
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Flexible working hours
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A typical day at work would involve working on the Telephone and talking to clients, collecting information to fill out on initial screening forms. I would also file forms into folders, create folders, call clients, answer telephones and filling information onto the database onto the computer. I learned how to ask question to clients through the telephone correctly, i also learned office work in general. my management were very nice and understanding and give me all the help and training i needed. my co-workers were very nice and they helped me by teaching me how to talk to clients, fill in initial screenings and use the database. The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting co-workers and helping client with issues.
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working with clients, helping co-workers with paperwork
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none
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management don't know what they are doing.they treat there workforce like they are idiots and that we are lower class people. workforce great people.but watch out for some as they will stab you in the back. enjoyed working with some good people
Pros
people you work with
Cons
backstabbers, management
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I am a support worker and work as part of the floating support team. the management are very supportive and encourage me to strive my best.
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A typical day at work consisted of various duties and I have learnt to work as part of a close knit group as well as the common practise of cleaners when cleaning an establishment of any size. Most of my co-workers are friendly but their are a few that have lost their way in a sense
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I did fence repairs with a time served joiner. I have learned how to safely repair a fence. The management were helpful and understanding. My co-workers were friendly and looked out for me. The hardest part of the job were leaving the job and the most enjoyable part was seeing the end product.
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calico likes to preach that they have good values and take care of there work force , in reality , they want the job doing as quickly and cheaply as possible .they have a lot of trainees , which is good , but they are made to do the work of tradesmen and calico have realised that the more trainees they have , the less tradesmen they need or so they think , within the painting department , there is a lot of backstabbing and everyone blames everyone else for thing that are wrong , if your not from burnley you are made to feel left out , nobody seems to have any pride in there work , its just a case of get it done , if its wrong we will blame someone else and we'll just go onto the next job and let someone else sort the mess out
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no job security, feel undervalued
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Calico Was an experience until the restructure of kpis and budget targetsBudgets were set to 500 voids per year but we were more like delivering 615 for year end which I was on target for delivery with a team of in house DLO
Pros
flexi time
Cons
long hours and unrealistic targets and kpi's
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