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I worked for this company for over 2 years it caused me nothing but stress and problems. Your working crazy hours for such little wage and get so much abuse at your job. You can earn more money for stacking shelves!
Long hours. Terrible pay. Not valued
People already there think they own the place and lie and bullies. Got soo stressed in the end couldn’t work all depends who your trainer is too but the management wouldent even listen too my view
Long driving and back stabbing and stupid useless management
The DVLA has a misogynistic bullying culture which managers will lie and get rid of people who oppose their way of thinking or if you report an abuse. This unfortunately goes all the way up the chain of command. This is without doubt the worst company I have worked for.
Place utterly terrified me. Could stay there due to looking at the people there and see what a zombie I would become. People there where either utterly miserable or would look at you with a level of disrespect that made you think you where a piece of trash
Half good pay, I guess
full of old miserable people. If you seem young and have an actual social life you won’t fit in.
Some areas are relaxed. Some managers are relaxed and supportive, I had probably three who were excellent - particularly at times when I needed support - sadly this was not the case across the agency. Some of the newer managers are more like 'bots' than human and are 'to the book'... The culture is varied, depending on where you work, in some roles there was an air of elitism. I also witnessed harassment, bullying and singling people out. Albeit, there were some fantastic, talented, supportive and genuinely lovely people hidden around the place!
Pros: Great pay for the job. Fantastic benefits. Very flexible hours and shifts. Cons: Some of the managers bullied their staff Not at all consistent with decisions concerning staff (Example, some managers won't give you compassionate leave leave following the death of a grandparent, whereas others would offer compassionate leave after the death of a pet hamster!)
Generally a good place to in terms benefits such as sick pay and annual leave. The job itself can be very rewarding to pass a good driver but frustrating when you get a really poor drive that still passes as they don't do anything serious enough and when your in the job you will quickly discover how easy it is for them to pass and almost expected. The job does get boring and repetitive.
The job was sold as a 9-5. I was often putting an alarm on for 4.30am to be in the borders for 7. Management often left early and left the new starts on their own. Favourites were clear. The office atmosphere was toxic and backstabbing was rife. The smallest thing was reported back to management and was used against you rather than being highlighted to you to modify or clarify. This included mistakes expected to be made when learning the job. There was bullying ongoing with some staff and it was expected that policy only applied when management wanted it to. Management seem to thrive on highlighting negatives only. I was glad to leave at the end of probation when I need to take a leave of absence for caring duties
Start at 8:00am, Start testing at 8:10am with a fifteen minute break for report writing between each test.(15min break in morning,) Half hour lunch at 12noon. and continue testing till 15:30pm.Learned a great deal about working with people, worked well with management. A good atmosphere in the office with all my colleagues, we worked well as a team. Hardest part of the job was failing candidates, passing them was the most satisfying.
You are tied to a phone for your entire shift and get timed going to the toilet, to refill your drink or even just to have a break from taking constant calls. If your daily stats are over what they should be you get monitored and made to feel like you're not satisfactory. Some managers are great but there is a lot of favourites between managers and phone agents.
its a lot more involved and complex than the job advert and the job title makes you realise !!! You can be stuck in an office or at the side of the road in all weathers, and it can also depend on your team as to how enjoyable it is.
I phone and free uniform
long hours and complex work
It is a great place to work for most of the time but can be frustrating to keep progressing with a lot of red tape and getting people to agree to change.
great work/life balance and benefits and quality of home life
Hard to get things moving at a desired pace