London Borough of Hounslow

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London Borough of Hounslow Reviews

Updated April 25, 2014
Updated April 25, 2014
8 Reviews

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8 Reviews
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London Borough of Hounslow Chief Executive Mary Harpley
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  1.  

    Satisfactory

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

    Pros

    we gets holidays with children

    Cons

    No leaves allowed in term time.

  2.  

    LBH

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    some good teams and leaders

    Cons

    lack of direction, one rule for one and one for another

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good employer with good support

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    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Adviser  in  Hounslow, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Adviser in Hounslow, England (UK)

    Pros

    Sensible councils with decent policies

    Cons

    Shrinking council sadly but it does its best with resources it has

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More benefits needed for employees needed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A progressive career in local government

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Fantastic staff - genuinely nice people who look out for each other
    - Great opportunities in local government - this was a real eye opener to me, the variety of work available and the opportunity to explore other areas; for progression and project work or secondment.
    - Flexible working helps with a good work / life balance. Lots of support for cycling, sports and activities and opportunities to get involved with local politics and charitable work.
    - Reasonable access to training and development.

    Cons

    - Can be overly bureaucratic and difficult to get things done. The processes take too long
    - Quite behind on technology and systems compared to private companies
    - There are some "lifers" who are difficult to work with / can be obstructive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on empowering employees and removing the barriers which slow things down

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its an ok place

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

    Pros

    good friendly people to work with

    Cons

    the management seems to have lost the plot

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Fire fighting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Public sector experiencing change, lots of opportunities opened to proactive employees, however not always well supported, or matched by any additional benefits.

    Cons

    lack of career progression. Staff not valued for their work and efforts.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    In good times it is a great place to work but at the moment life is difficult with all the public sector cuts.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hounslow, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hounslow, England (UK)

    Pros

    Staff are friendly and supportive. Frontline people want to do a good job for the community they serve and work really hard for the benefit of all the people who use services. It's satisfying to work for an organisation which is there to help people and improve the community, environment etc..

    Cons

    Going through a very traumatic period of job cuts, reductions in terms and conditions and increased work pressure. Pay freeze for all staff has now gone on for almost three years. Lack of job security. Senior management focus is about squeezing every last drop of effort out of staff so that they can keep providing services on less money. So at the moment there is intense pressure and a reduction in job satisfaction. Hopefully that will change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more supportive to staff in difficult times. Give more of a sense that staff are valued and that there is an end in sight to the budget cuts. Be careful not overload staff in critical service areas dealing with vulnerable people.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    mixed

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    very good work life balance particularly if you have kids, good transport links in and out of london and close to heathrow

    Cons

    not a great deal of career growth and it seems to work only for people who can bully their way upward without necessarily the requisite qualifications

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good place to work but not necessarily great management, lots of communication gaps within the Council, could do better on that area with a much more dynamic and fair leaders

    Recommends

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