Bristol City Council

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Bristol City Council Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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 for 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
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  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    stagnant admin heavy not service foccussed

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

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

    Pros

    job security and good pay for level of work

    Cons

    not customer focussed political bureaucratic not meritocracy but old boys network

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop misleading staff and get some up to date management training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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!

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