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The HoC has some good people working there but, sadly, the senior management were underhand, untrustworthy and not good role models. They don't adhere to their own rules and - if challenged - are bullies.It guarantees that really good, capable people, with ambition and enthusiasm, don't hang about for too long. The deadwood stays until retirement!!!
It's a handy name to have on your CV
Dreadful senior managers that destroy morale
A typical day would be extremely busy owing to constituent phone calls, liaising with government bodies and attempting to find the best possible resolution to each case. I learned a tremendous amount while working here and would highly recommend it to anyone.
The way you feel about the job depends very much on the MP you work for and the colleagues you share an office with (the offices are often quite small!) However, it's an interesting environment and there is always scope for networking, if you wish to create new job opportunities.
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Working at the Palace of Westminster is an experience in itself. It's a community with it's own florist, hairdresser, etc. A closed bubble. You'll see household names every day, popping to the canteen to get a coffee or a sticky bun. A very hectic environment with no two days the same.
Before my placement, I felt like I was going to not fit in with the people that work there because I did not have any form of interview before my placement. This made me quite worried for the reason that I had not met anyone that works within this organisation and I felt like there was going to be no one of my race within the working environment as it came across as quite a prestigious region of work, well from my point of view anyways. This however was not the case, I felt quite relaxed after seeing the many different type of races that work in this department. I felt very welcomed as a work experience student. My general tasks involved answering phone calls and filing. on the last 3 days however I worked at the constituency office, doing data inputting which I really enjoyed because i enjoy IT and mathematics.
Unfortunately the House of Commons are struggling to control a workforce made up of disgruntled ex-police staff who have been forcibly ejected from their chosen employer. Because of harsh HR rules and the application of them staff morale has plummeted and has given rise to an over-active staff union. Unfortunately they are unwilling to negotiate or bargain which has resulted in a very hostile environment for junior/middle managers.
Terrible shift pattern