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Birmingham City Council Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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  1. "City council member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pierson, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pierson, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Birmingham City Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn & assist in decisions making process for your community

    Cons

    Must be open to views of those in your community even though it may be different from yours


  2. "Work Experience"

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    Former Employee - Work Experience in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Work Experience in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Birmingham City Council (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, always something to do, even as just work experience felt valued.

    Cons

    No cons to speak of.

  3. "Work life"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at Birmingham City Council part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company and good work life

    Cons

    can be a bit disorganised in terms of staff organisation

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  4. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - SEN Teaching Assistant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - SEN Teaching Assistant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Birmingham City Council full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company,
    Paid on time every month,
    Treated fairly,
    Good managers,
    Always listened to,
    Great training.

    Cons

    I have not found any cons working here


  5. "Friendly & welcoming"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Birmingham City Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked at BCC for nearly 4 years and in that time I went from trainee to assistant to officer role and got lots of opportunities to expand my skills, I also covered other departments which allowed me further understanding. The team I worked with were great and friendly and the work place quite relaxed with support if you needed it. I was able to change my hours to work flexibly so that I could leave earlier due to travel commitments and my manager was always helpful if I needed any further flexibility.
    I went on plenty of training courses whilst at BCC although as budgets have been cut the courses and availability dwindled.

    Cons

    Once I reached an officer position there wasn't any further progression within the team as the higher grades were being cut.
    Always a degree of uncertainty towards future prospects i.e section 188 notice.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your good staff and get rid of some of the people who aren't pulling their weight, it's very tiresome when you see that people who are slacking off are still getting the same treatment and opportunities as those who work hard.


  6. "Work Experience"

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    Former Employee - Work Experience in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Work Experience in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Birmingham City Council full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work -life balance , friendly and supportive work colleagues.

    Cons

    limited opportunities for personal development


  7. "Would definetely avoid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Birmingham City Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    29 days Annual leave
    Can get flexi time
    Shopping discounts

    Cons

    There is a lot of favoritism and only certain people are promoted.
    Never get any recognition or rewards.
    Salaries have been frozen
    Only get noticed if a small error is made
    Get given more work but no money for it

    Advice to Management

    Everyone should be treated equally and people should be promoted for their hard work rather than the slackers getting promoted because they can talk the talk but they can't even do their current job.

    More progression opportunities are needed so that the best employees can be retained.

    Discrimination occurs on a daily basis but this is ignored by management.

  8. "BCC review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Birmingham City Council full-time

    Pros

    Different Job positions, good employee benefits, flexible working hours

    Cons

    Pay, departmental change too frequent


  9. "Bin Man"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Birmingham City Council full-time

    Pros

    It was great collecting garbage

    Cons

    It was completely rubbish all the time

    Advice to Management

    Pay us the correct salary


  10. "struggle to find motivation in public sector"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Birmingham City Council full-time

    Pros

    good learning experience
    SAP skills
    great mix of employees

    Cons

    There's no motivation as the limit to public sector spending limits opportunities, and also the capabilities of each department. Local government is cutting costs so there are redundancies in every department not just the bin men. Its even harder to do a job that is important and you are passionate about, i.e. children services which was closed down after 2 kids died last year and work was handed to a non-profit organisation, as there was a lack of resourcing. Morale is starting to suffer as of the insecurities of jobs and looking over your shoulder to keep your job. Finding that a lot of staff are trying to get the redundancy so they can start a fresh with a private sector company. I would only recommend going in this industry if you just want to fill a gap (like me). Or you are well established, self motivated, without the need for career progression and wish to tackle departments with extremely tight budgets.

    Advice to Management

    You'll need a different approach to motivate your staff, ahead of the redundancies that will follow. Maybe consider pay cuts, including the very senior, to show that you are committed to leading the teams and would be rewarded by job satisfaction instead of financially. Otherwise wait for a new government that will give an increase in spending/austerity.


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