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“Disordered and friendly - good to get the name on your CV but only good for political advancement within the Party. ”
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I worked at Liberal Democrats full-time (more than 8 years)Pros
Your position will evolve around you and your strengths / weaknesses. Be ready to be accepted for the person you are, and learn that that is ok. Office culture is a mix of Third Sector and Politics, depending on which department you are working in. Benefits are generous (annual leave / sickness / maternity/paternity leave).Cons
Your position is likely to be a blank canvass even if you do have a job description.
Everyone has their own way of working, even if this doesn't achieve the outcomes needed in order to make the business 'work' - you will have to get used to this as it won't change any time soon. That part of the Party's constitution is followed to the letter ('...none shall be enslaved by...conformity') even if much of the rest is not.
Salaries are low, especially for London.
Party-funded training is very difficult to get, so unless you are valued immensely by a director or two or the CEO expect to watch your skills DEvalue unless you can afford to pay for your own training on your own time (although if you pay for your training they may be more predisposed to allow you to take time out of your job to do it).
If you aren't a social 'animal' you will miss out on a lot of the gossip. Here gossip is what makes the building work, so get to that leaving do and see who you can get talking to when they've had 10 too many!
You will (quietly) be expected to be at your desk through pretty much any sickness, take no holiday, work far beyond your hours without seeing recompense for your time, and then be asked at the end of the year why you still have outstanding holiday to take.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Staff need to have some reason to be there other than waiting it out until a better job comes along. You need to instigate some talent management and progression, and also some way of reward-basing the salaries. Presenteeism is a huge issue - people are gradually breaking at their desks and their skills are devaluing in front of them as their self-respect goes down with it.
Take interest in your staff. Soon the General Election 2015 will be over, and in all likelihood you will be out of government and won't be able to rely on the fact that staff a) want the brand name on their CVs, b) have nowhere else to go and so, c) will put up with any amount of bad stuff you decide they should have to.Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookDisapproves of CEO