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Bristol City Council Reviews

Updated June 13, 2017
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  1. "Apprentice"

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    Current Employee - Apprentice in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Apprentice in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, professional, good practice

    Cons

    Dont have any cons for this business! Amazing to work for!

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "employment local council"

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    Former Employee - Civil Enforcement Officer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Civil Enforcement Officer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bristol City Council full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good employer relations with a proven structure

    Cons

    old working practices, politically driven working structure

    Advice to Management

    good employer

  3. "28 years service"

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    Former Employee - House Hold Waste Attendant in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - House Hold Waste Attendant in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bristol City Council (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    being treated fairly, good pension holday entitlement,sick pay and rewarding outcomes helping people

    Cons

    long hrs bad pay,too many managers

    Advice to Management

    treat staff with more dignity let the staff who want to leave on vs go dont turn them down and then transfer them to a private company they dont want to go to let them retire early with some dignity


  4. "West of England local authorities review"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Officer
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Officer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bristol City Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Presently proactive way of working. New structure being implemented uncertain of new way of working. Team collaboration in operation and supportive to all staff, especially when new to commissioning.

    Cons

    Clarity of new structure and change is a big challenge. A need for recognition of out of hours working.

    Advice to Management

    Listen carefully to first hand experience and recommendations.


  5. "Good benefits but not for the independently-minded"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bristol City Council full-time

    Pros

    The holiday, flexi-time, sickness, maternity and pension benefits were very good. Colleagues on the whole were of above average intelligence and many were committed to providing good service. Office politics were not too much of an issue. Customers were dealt with honestly but respectfully. Some of the internal processes were highly efficient (although there was a lot of inconsistency between teams).

    Cons

    An incredibly rigid hierarchy. This is why ambitious, hard working, innovative people would do best avoiding Bristol City Councl. I saw little opportunity for people with these qualities to progress. This made for an uncomfortable mix of those attempting to push on with their careers trying to be increasingly productive and taking on more responsibility whilst colleagues on the same grade sat back and let them get on with it. There was no mechanism to differentiate between the two types of employee.

    Lip service was paid to promoting from within, and job descriptions generally tended to ask for several years' experience of the exact job being advertised as an essential criterion. Very little autonomy was given and very little credibility ascribed to transferrable skills

    There was a knowledge hierarchy. Less confident managers would partially disclose information. The thinking seemed to be that knowledge was only valuable if it was scarce. This sometimes led to in-groups and cliqueyness. It was wearying.

    Repeated restructures were badly done and immensely distracting. This led to some perverse outcomes - valuable staff members were let go or deskilled and some incredibly implausible retentions/promotions were made. A lot of money went on consultants, none of whose recommendations seemed to be implemented (or particularly understood by non management staff).

    Competent managers did manage to navigate these problems, but they were few and far between. Less than competent managers tended to over ascribe value to their status and it seemed that input from non management staff was not valued. There was also a tendency to micro-manage.

    Political involvement was also an issue. Worthwhile projects could be shelved for no other reason than their potential to hurt someone's political career. This was sometimes frustrating.

    If you are energetic, have lots of ideas, like achieving things and want to feel valued, you may find it difficult working for this employer.


  6. "Various"

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    Former Employee - Various in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Various in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Great place for apprentices and a great place for graduates but other than that avoid it.

    Cons

    To much work load for one person. Due to council still laying off people even to this day!!!.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees and the city you work in, instead of being a money hugger!!!!!.


  7. "Stressful. Underpaid. Dishonest."

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

    I have been working at Bristol City Council full-time

    Pros

    Good leave policies for now. Fairly good support for disability. Coworkers are great, but does not translate Upwards past management.

    Cons

    Management claim kudos for staffs hard work, pay is never right and payroll don't have a clue. Contracts changed with no consultation of staff. Stressful environment, with little recognition. And with latest contract changes staff who have worked more then others to keep underfunded services penalised for their hard work. Hard work gets you nowhere in this organisation. Management bully staff into submission and policies/procedures are not adhered to when it suits them but staff quick to face disciplinary action for same actions when not convient to management. No morale, the council have destroyed any pride and enjoyment from job role. Try to generate income from inappropriate revenues. Inept at the best of times, payroll is a joke. Payslips contain no information and are often incorrect.

    Advice to Management

    Give staff recognition they deserve for jobs well done instead of reaping the kudos for yourself. Morale is pretty much non existent. Sort out the payroll. And try not drive away the best staff.

  8. "Local authority going through change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are some great opportunities to make a difference to the lives of citizens of Bristol, and depending on which service you join there are some fantastic projects with big challenges. It is the largest employer, and because of the large number of different services provided there is a wide range of types of jobs available.

    Cons

    Because of the nature of funding and change of council membership, there is a lot of short-termism creating uncertainty and lack of job security; and lots of layers and hierarchy in decision making.
    Coming from the private sector I noticed a lack of urgency, and career development.


  9. "Cutting Services, Cutting Staff, Cutting Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bristol City Council (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Serving the public, Making a difference, Changing lives and outcomes. Flexible working arrangements, generous holiday entitlement. Central office locations. Man in red trousers runs the show.

    Cons

    Wages held down, work streams and processes continuously under review either at office or line, service, departmental managerial level. Morale holed by uncertainty and constant changes, that do not serve the best interests of the public nor the Council as an major employer.

    Advice to Management

    Stop constant service reviews please, really undermining, detracting and ultimately self serving.


  10. "Great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bristol City Council full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working in most jobs
    Friendly colleagues
    Good with equalities issues

    Cons

    Poor management of performance
    Resistance to change
    Slow processes for change

    Advice to Management

    Actively manage people who aren't performing


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