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Auckland Council Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
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  1.  

    A Transitioning orgasation with lots of changes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Auckland Council full-time

    Pros

    Auckland Council has great subsidised staff cafes
    Really good work/life balance, flexible hours
    People are really good, most people are there because in some way they believe they contribute to the society/community, not because of money

    Cons

    The recent merge of 8 councils into 1 supercity means there has been lots and lots of changes, and still more to come. changes in systems, processes, and people. Some has been positive but most just seems really rushed and messy.
    There are also some senior and upper management who climbed the ladder over the years, never worked outside in the 'real world' besides local government.
    Salary varies from department to department
    Dealing with elected representatives/politicians can be really stressful sometimes if they are demanding

  2.  

    Auckland Council

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auckland (New Zealand)

    I have been working at Auckland Council full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is generally flexible around work / life balance
    It is a large organization and so there is opportunity to move locations or into different roles
    People are pretty much left to there own devises once they know the job and have shown they are competent.
    In the main, people are friendly and socialable.
    Pay is okay to good depending on your qualifications and what part of the organization you work in.

    Cons

    In the planning department the emphasis is on time frames and you will get no thanks for doing your job properly if you miss deadlines which admittedly, are government driven. The whole focus is on satisfying the customer and this takes precedence over achieving good planning or environmental outcomes.

    Don't rock the boat, it wont be appreciated. Principles should be left at home

    Work life balance is okay

    Pay increases are always less than the rate of inflation. ( 1-3 % if you meet your targets) unless you are at the top tear

    Work from home - except for the odd individual - not readily promoted or accepted.

    IT resources = average. A lot of break downs. Computers are slow and annoying .

    There is a 90 day stand down period where the company can sack you if it doesn't work out. This is government policy so not distinct to Auckland Council.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sharpen you pencil on pay rates and work from home options.

    Improve job options between the different divisions within the company .

    Increase the training budget so people can grow as individuals personally and professionally

    Subsidize the cafeteria . Paying over the top for food says a lot about the mindset of the company and what it thinks of its staff (despite all the guff to the contrary) . This is not rocket science. Find the money from somewhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Too big, fragmented.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Analyst in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Information Analyst in Auckland (New Zealand)

    I have been working at Auckland Council full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good culture. Some training and career development opportunities. Secondments available.

    Cons

    Many salaries are below market value so AC doesn't keep many good people. Slow implementation of everything. Lots of bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great People and often passionate but lacking in incentive to go beyond the call.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auckland (New Zealand)

    I have been working at Auckland Council as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome staff benefits such as staff events, flu shots and discounts to the gym, bike barn, Resene etc. The Auckland Council treat staff well (e.g. good reporting structures if you have complaints and suggestions, annual employee engagement/satisfaction surveys) and are very conscious of health and safety.

    Cons

    Pay is inconsistent across areas within the council. 2 years after the merge they haven't all been standardised. Can be overly PC....often take a lot of time to get things done and the whole time you are consioucs that you are using rate payers' money to sit around deciding if things will be done or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less bureaucracy, less talking, more doing. Actually engage with diverse Aucklanders. Don't just tokenise!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    No growth within company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Gallery Guide in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Gallery Guide in Auckland (New Zealand)

    I worked at Auckland Council full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Discount within Council. Flexible contract. Working with great people within your department

    Cons

    Job description was not communicated correctly, promises were made for development within the role but was not provided once employment began. Poor communication between departments. Ideas or suggestions are not listened to or even considered. Initiative or thinking outside the square is not encouraged, you perform your role and that is all even if your skills extend far beyond your role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn some more effective forms of communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Welcome to the Asylum!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Specialist
    Current Employee - Principal Specialist

    I have been working at Auckland Council full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a fascinating place full of kind, intelligent people who truly care about doing their best. It is an extraordinary time to be here and there is opportunity to tackle really interesting problems and integrate systems. Pay is quite good too.

    Cons

    Things are a mess! There is still so much to be done to make the workplace efficient, connect people, and get everyone feeling settled. It's often hard to feel like you have any agency over the work you do or any control over scope of work and deadlines. Many people are dissatisfied because they do their best and the effort is wasted due to moving goalposts and poor communication of project goals. If I hear, "I know it's not best practice, but..." I'm going to scream!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must do a better job at setting reasonable timeframes for all this groundbreaking work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Support in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Business Support in Auckland (New Zealand)

    I have been working at Auckland Council full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and helpful too

    Cons

    Big organisation things gets messy at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to more proactive

  9.  

    Great experience working for local government

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Desk in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Service Desk in Auckland (New Zealand)

    I worked at Auckland Council

    Pros

    Diversity of tasks due to small support team, great community of users, varied technologies promotes consistent learning, ever changing environment.

    Cons

    The merge of the council has shaken up job roles, responsibilities and the information technology landscape somewhat. Comprehensive policy changes still evident

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work in making Auckland Council work for the people of Auckland. Wish you the best of luck going forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Broad experience achieved working in business planning dept

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Auckland (New Zealand)

    I worked at Auckland Council

    Pros

    big company, not revenue driven, can move around company to learn new things

    Cons

    not revenue driven, easy to become complacent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good area to work in

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