Liberal Democrats Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
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  1. Disordered and friendly - good to get the name on your CV but only good for political advancement within the Party.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Westminster, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Westminster, England (UK)

    I worked at Liberal Democrats full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Your position will evolve around you and your strengths / weaknesses. Be ready to be accepted for the person you are, and learn that that is ok. Office culture is a mix of Third Sector and Politics, depending on which department you are working in. Benefits are generous (annual leave / sickness / maternity/paternity leave).

    Cons

    Your position is likely to be a blank canvass even if you do have a job description.

    Everyone has their own way of working, even if this doesn't achieve the outcomes needed in order to make the business 'work' - you will have to get used to this as it won't change any time soon. That part of the Party's constitution is followed to the letter ('...none shall be enslaved by...conformity') even if much of the rest is not.

    Salaries are low, especially for London.

    Party-funded training is very difficult to get, so unless you are valued immensely by a director or two or the CEO expect to watch your skills DEvalue unless you can afford to pay for your own training on your own time (although if you pay for your training they may be more predisposed to allow you to take time out of your job to do it).

    If you aren't a social 'animal' you will miss out on a lot of the gossip. Here gossip is what makes the building work, so get to that leaving do and see who you can get talking to when they've had 10 too many!

    You will (quietly) be expected to be at your desk through pretty much any sickness, take no holiday, work far beyond your hours without seeing recompense for your time, and then be asked at the end of the year why you still have outstanding holiday to take.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff need to have some reason to be there other than waiting it out until a better job comes along. You need to instigate some talent management and progression, and also some way of reward-basing the salaries. Presenteeism is a huge issue - people are gradually breaking at their desks and their skills are devaluing in front of them as their self-respect goes down with it.

    Take interest in your staff. Soon the General Election 2015 will be over, and in all likelihood you will be out of government and won't be able to rely on the fact that staff a) want the brand name on their CVs, b) have nowhere else to go and so, c) will put up with any amount of bad stuff you decide they should have to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Best UK political party.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Activist in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Activist in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at Liberal Democrats as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great party with great campaigners.

    Cons

    Poor pay, uses a lot of volunteers. Poor work life balance, but it is working to change the UK.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to be to insular and get a better communications department.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Because I Can

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    Current Employee - Counselor in South Wigston, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Counselor in South Wigston, England (UK)

    I have been working at Liberal Democrats part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The feeling of satisfaction when you persuade 1 person to vote Lib Dem

    Cons

    you can be voted out of your job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont let bullies within council groups to prosper they destroy from within

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Worked in the Stix

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    Current Employee - County Counselor in Saint Albans, England (UK)
    Current Employee - County Counselor in Saint Albans, England (UK)

    I have been working at Liberal Democrats part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's more like family than it is a company but that can come with extra stress as a result!

    Cons

    It's not a well loved family by others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance? What's that when you love the job?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Better on the inside than the outside

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Membership Datamanager in City of Westminster, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Membership Datamanager in City of Westminster, England (UK)

    I worked at Liberal Democrats full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting, care well for their employees, progressive, exciting, at the centre of UK life even when out of power. Have you ever worked for an organisation that's trying to take over the state?

    Cons

    Pay is poor, can be stressful, you'll be stabbed in the back not front, committees control many aspects of the party so you may have several bosses, in effect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay peanuts, get monkeys - ambitious ones in this case

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. The Ups and Downs

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    Former Employee - Administrator in City of Westminster, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrator in City of Westminster, England (UK)

    I worked at Liberal Democrats full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People, places, policy, shared vision and aims. Allowed to talk politics in the office.

    Cons

    Knowing that senior figures - who are generally young - choose not to use the experience of older staff in resolving problems before they occur. There is a culture of "we know best" as we have got the University degree/are friends with senior party figures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lack of respect for the longer serving and older staff. The staff to beware of are the ones who have joined and want a career in the organisation as they (in many cases) are putting themselves first and not the organisation - to the detriment of the organisation.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Widespread mistreatment of staff

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    Former Employee - Constituency Organiser in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Constituency Organiser in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I worked at Liberal Democrats full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    An opportunity to gain a lot of experience.

    Cons

    Bullying is widespread. Poor pay and conditions with few opportunities for promotion. Expectation to work far in excess of paid hours without overtime or time off in lieu. Annual leave withdrawn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management were told and weren't interested.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Often fun, often frustrating.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Liberal Democrats

    Pros

    The team at HQ are a wonderful mix of lovely people and working during a general election campaign is a fascinating insight.

    Cons

    Poor pay. Management didn't quite understand how to deal with staff. Low morale. The management and leadership of the party expect a lot more of staff than they can give in return.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your staff and you'll likely retain them better.

  10. Low pay, long hours, no security

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    Former Employee - Organizer
    Former Employee - Organizer

    I worked at Liberal Democrats full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Elections are addictive, good team of people

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, no security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat staff better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. Nice job for a year or two, but then it's time to move on.

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

    I have been working at Liberal Democrats

    Pros

    Working for the Lib Dems allows you to get an inside perspective of politics and get involved with issues you believe in.

    Cons

    There are hardly any advancement opportunities, your pay could be as low as £18,000 and you'll make very long hours. On top of this, party HQ doesn't understand HR fundamentals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your staff, support them and ensure you keep them informed. Offer better training that caters to staff needs.

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