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Bristol City Council Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
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  1.  

    Okay - good pension!

    Current Employee - Accountant in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Accountant in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Bristol City Council full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexi working, decant conditions and holidays. Good pension plan. Office culture is mixed but some good people to work with everyday.

    Cons

    Location is up in the air and currently being discussed for the longer term. It is easy to stagnate as opportunities are far and few between

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    good employer shame about the stress levels

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    Current Employee - Professional and Technical Officer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Professional and Technical Officer in Bristol, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    co-workers are brill, everyone is always helpful. as an employee who has recently had to make the transition from able bodied to disabled my employer (team leader, manager and OH) have been really good and helpful to me throughout the process. the sick leave, annual leave/flexi time policies have been a blessing for me especially recently as i cannot work as well as i used to.

    Cons

    due to having to save money overall as a council i believe a lot of services have suffered and also not being able to recruit extra staff when needed has created a lot of unnecessary stress and demoralization throughout the existing workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to my current and immediate management i have no issues. I hope senior management can be more interactive with their directorates and update staff regularly on ongoing issues and processes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Staid dishonest lacking innovation commitment and leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Been here over five years so good protection and benefits 're job security some very effective motivated staff, usually on leg w pAy grades tbough

    Cons

    Shocking dishonest directionless leadership. Loads of old straight white men with no politics and in charge really scrappy lead err ship team, (we have a collection of cast offs from other authorities who left under dark clouds) lack of commitment to bristol as a community lots of backdoor privatisation and a refusal to provide information to tax payers and employees using spurious excuse s

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying and sort hr. You are attempting a restructure with incompetent managers who don't know about employment law and an he team with little training and no job security are allegedly supporting managers to understand their responsibilities both the employee assistance programme and penna who bcc contract spend half their time considerations with staff and confirming other bcc horror stories with displaced or over stressed staff....brilliant!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Bristol City Council employee review.

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    Former Employee - Help Desk Administrator in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Help Desk Administrator in Bristol, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Bristol City Council is a very good employer. I felt I was working with dedicated professionals here. There is a great working environment, and their offices are very modern, with comfortable furnishings, pleasing artwork, and nice views from the windows. They give excellent training to their staff, and the team leaders, and management are very supportive, and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    All we care about is maintaining the system

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bristol City Council (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Once you're in, it's pretty impossible to get out. This means you have security, and the sickness, maternity, and pension benefits are pretty unparalleled. It's a large employer, so in theory there's plenty of scope to move around, but this is often more of a lip service thing than reality. You are well-protected as a worker on the whole, and the payscales are better than in the third sector. There are some really dedicated, knowledgeable people working here, and if you're lucky enough to meet one, you can learn an awful lot. It's fulfilling, on the whole, to serve the people of Bristol and to see improvement in people's lives and public services.

    Cons

    A lot of the higher echelons got there by time served and so are just eking out their existence until retirement. Leadership can be dogmatic and ignore realities of people's needs (both service users and workers). There are countless tales of cover-ups - it's well known that certain people are protected, as they make such shockingly awful decisions it's amazing they're still in post. If you stay here for long (I managed seven years) you might be lucky enough to experience something like this first-hand. A lack of ambition is standard for everyone at BG12 and below - no-one wants to hear what you think, anyway, so just get on with the job, and if you do come up with anything innovative, it's also standard for your manager to nick your idea and pass it off as their own, to great applause from service managers, etc. Morale amongst staff is generally low, and initiatives to improve matters are generally expensive, yield low-value results and lead to redundancies. Training and personal growth used to be a big draw for working for a local authority, but there is very little opportunity now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to consult people in your organisation, make sure you address them directly - don't go via service managers, service directors etc. You won't get a true answer as people are leant on heavily. You have no idea how much talent you have in your organisation going to waste. I now work for a successful third sector organisation that makes sure it utilises the skills and talents people have. BCC couldn't care less about cross-matching skills and abilities, and in order to thrive in the future, it will need to wake up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Wide range of interesting roles, good benefits, but often high-stress environments.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bristol City Council full-time

    Pros

    Pay is reasonable, benefits, including work/life balance measures, are excellent. Huge range of different roles across departments, and many roles are internal applicants only. Lot of emphasis on training and promoting from within, so once you work for them, there are ample opportunities to change role and move to higher grade positions. It's hard work, but interesting, although many of the public facing roles are stressful. Worked there for 10 years, and would definitely go back.

    Cons

    Some departments have rigidly hierarchical management structures which can get in the way. Also a lot of paperwork and bureaucracy, much of which is pointless and time consuming. Some roles (eg admin) have a very flat structure, so there isn't much of a chance of promotion - you have to move into another area to progress up the pay scales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some very experienced and knowledgeable staff in the lower pay grades - try listening to them!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Overall rating 5/10

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bristol City Council

    Pros

    Good policies on sustainable transportation and the environment

    Cons

    Poor reputation of promoting the development of BME staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote equal opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Awful

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    Former Employee - IT Officer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Officer in Bristol, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    There used to be a great team of people.

    Cons

    Management have gutted the heart out of IT, employed contractors who know nothing and who cost more than the permanent staff who are no longer there. What used to be a fantastic team of people all working together to help each other has been gutted into fragments of sad, dispirited, incredibly de-motivated people who no longer care about their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Souless, incompetent, intellectually lightweight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not a good place to work for black and minority people, number of BME employees gradually declining.

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    Former Employee - Service Coordinator in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Service Coordinator in Bristol, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, close to BME neighborhood

    Cons

    racism is difficult to prove

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do more to employ BME employees. For example, there are countless numbers of ethnic restaurants in Bristol run by people from BME communities, how many Black and Minority Environmental Health Officers or Food safety officers are there in Bristol City Council? That should explain the culture, which need to be changed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The job environment is so comfortable: you never need to work overtime.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Curator in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Curator in Bristol, England (UK)

    I worked at Bristol City Council

    Pros

    It's a fine museum housing great collections. If you are a art lover, you will be very happy to work there. Think about it, beautiful museum to work at and fun people to work with, It's the best thing ever!

    Cons

    The environment may be too comfortable for young people. I mean for those young people who always want to make more money and achieve some accomplishment, work at a museum will not be suitable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Curators there are really cool people!

    Recommends

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Brunel House, St George's Road, Bristol (Photo thanks to Geograph user Stephen Richards, Some Rights Reserved)
Bristol City Council House (Photo thanks to Geograph user Linda Bailey, Some Rights Reserved)
100 Temple Street, Bristol (Photo thanks to Geograph user Stephen Richards, Some Rights Reserved)

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