Birmingham City Council

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Birmingham City Council Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    It is a good employer.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Equality Officer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Equality Officer in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at Birmingham City Council full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Good holiday
    Opportunities for training
    Career Development
    Good salary
    Employee is valued and respected
    Equal opportunity employer
    Leadership
    Public Sector

    Cons

    Too much pressure and do not know where are you going. Work related stress element is there. To much responsibilities and governance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lasting Memories

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Birmingham City Council full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Broad range of opportunity across the council, if and when opportunities come up. Loads of vacancies children service, social work and schools. New chief executive making great changes to culture, policy, and processes.

    Good salary, new hub buildings excellent, much better working environment.

    Cons

    Too big, wheel of change moves slowly too many dinosaurs, and bureaucratic processes stopping real growth and modern development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, listen listen then act properly. Take note of the engagement feedback. Have those courageous conversation and stop the rot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Culture of friendliness, collaboration, flexibility and openminded approach with some interesting large scale work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solicitor in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Solicitor in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The size of BCC (largest local authority by far in the UK, possibly in Europe) means it has some big advantages. It can offer the work of a regional law firm but without the stress and rigidity of a the commercial targets and responsibilities at a law firm. There are good resources for a local authority although the IT is extremely unstable. The culture is extremely friendly and supportive. A nice place to work.

    Cons

    it's so large one gets very specialised and can therefore struggle to progress either here or elsewhere.

    The IT is the most unreliable I have ever seen

    The usual local government drawbacks i.e. slow or no progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more money find ways to help staff progress

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work, if you love what you are doing.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Birmingham City Council

    Pros

    amazing work life balance, can make a difference, felt empowered

    Cons

    No cons, i loved my job

  6.  

    Both exciting and frustrating.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Birmingham City Council full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is so much scope for change, government doors open, big companies are prepared to work pro-bono, and the networks are great.

    Cons

    Inertia, political over management, reducing budgets, weak reputation. So much unfulfilled potential. It is shrinking fast and will increasingly be focussing upon care, refuse, and other statutory services. The equal pay bill is adding to the financial strain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Leisure Assistant at Birmingham City Council Facility

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    Current Employee - Leisure Assistant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Leisure Assistant in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Friendly Staff, Quality Regular Training.

    Cons

    Irregular Hours, At times Monotonous,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The experience depends upon the manager!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Birmingham City Council full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some very good managers who are not afraid to deal with poor performance.
    Excellent development opportunities.
    Pay and benefits package is brilliant.

    Cons

    Management skills vary - some very poorly skilled managers (including at senior level).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Be realistic, enthusiastic and know your politics

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    Former Employee - Various Lower/Mid Management in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Various Lower/Mid Management in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Birmingham City Council full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Overall the staff are very friendly as are managers. Managers are under skilled, trained and managed so no they're not the best, especially when you need support, but accept that and you'll stop banging your head against a brick wall.

    Know where to challenge (and how) and where to shut up and get on.

    Cons

    Uncertainty about job security. Ineffective management. Too many layers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make management training consistent, relevant and compulsory.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Blimey what an ordeal

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategic Human Resources Advisor in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Strategic Human Resources Advisor in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Birmingham City Council as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent salary
    Excellent final salary pension scheme

    Cons

    Lots of poor performing staff
    Management ineptitude
    Poor working conditions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your company is rotten. Go back to basics. And get to grip with staffing issues. Don't be afraid of trade unions!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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