Essex County Council

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Essex County Council Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
7 Reviews
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Essex County Council Chief Executive Joanna Killian
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  1.  

    Working towards improvement

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    Current Employee - Team Manager  in  Basildon, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Manager in Basildon, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Essex County Council full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Shared vision, focused on outcomes, clear and effective strategic planning, great development opportunities and good package offered

    Cons

    effective Communication is at times lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve on direct employee consultation and feed back, improve on planning and co ordination

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Experience nevre to be repeated

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Essex County Council as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good location, restaurant, technology, hot-desking and work/home lie balance

    Cons

    Not interested in utilising experience or skills - must do it the 'Essex Way' regardless of whether that is the most effective or appropriate approach to take.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your staff as a valuable resource and draw on their skills and experience- listen to them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Interesting work but stressful environment.

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    Former Employee - Corporate PA  in  Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Corporate PA in Chelmsford, England (UK)

    I worked at Essex County Council full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexibility in work, learning and development opportunities, good networking events and opportunities

    Cons

    Poor motivation with employees as leadership is not consistent across the board, vision not clear at all levels. Change in culture not embraced by some employees which makes it a difficult and less desirable company environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management should be held responsible and accountable. More opportunities, rewards for deserving employees, not only restricted to those already earning huge salaries . Performance should be consistently monitored and effective communication all levels, promote cultural awareness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    The worst led organization I have ever experienced: shocking incompetence. Saving grace: some talented individuals.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Chelmsford, England (UK)

    I worked at Essex County Council part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Colleagues can be ok depending where you sit. Salaries are high. Good pension. Occasionally does the right thing and often works in interesting areas.

    Cons

    Very badly led. Invisible cowardly senior managers who care only about their empires and not the public good or even their own staff. Lots of clock watchers who care only their wage. Generally just very poor blame based culture full of plots and lack of clear purpose. Waste money continuously and the worst performing chief executive I have ever known. Also very unstable, turbulent organization. They reorganize and restructure once every 8-12 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real and get out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    There's a lot of change happening at ECC, but it's change for the good.

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

    I have been working at Essex County Council

    Pros

    ECC is working hard to shed it's local authority restrictions. Whilsty it makes for a tough place to work at times, the changes are positive and will lead to a much more dynamic environment in the future. Whilst togin theough this, there uis a fantyastic sense of support amongst my team and others that I work with which epitonises this environment.

    Cons

    Whilst the change is happening, there will continue to be some uncertainty, which is understandable. Whilst salaries are exopected to stay at their current level, they are actually set at hiogher than most other local authorities, so remain competitive.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    positive and negative aspects, lack of career progression.

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at Essex County Council

    Pros

    Flexible hours that are good for those with families or those who commute
    On site gym and classes if you're at the Chelmsford site

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities to progress or take on more responsibility
    Minimal training opportunities
    The workforce is not very diverse, but probably reflects the Essex population

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the organisational structure less flat, giving more responsibility to those who deserve it and differentiate responsibility in job titles.

    Recommends
  8.  

    "disorganised and reactive"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chelmsford, England (UK)

    I worked at Essex County Council

    Pros

    9 to 5 (9.30 till 4 on a Friday)
    Very nice people
    Feeling you are doing soemthing for the community

    Cons

    Always reactive
    Double standards on spend
    Temp Senior mgmt
    Too much say from inexperinced councillors
    Short sighted political strategy with hamstrings projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get pratical dedicated long term management in place to stabilse and then move forward with real cost effective solutions that matter

    Doesn't Recommend

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