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Essex County Council Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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  1. "Constant Employer of choice"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Essex County Council full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I started with ECC over 20 years ago and in that time I have had numerous roles which is one of the benefits of working with such a large employer. In more recent times there have been significant improvements with the flexibility around working patterns and shifts with the technology and office space making it a good place to base from. As a large council they strive to do the very best of the citizens of Essex and it continues to be a positive value base to hold.

    Cons

    Like most local government there is a rather odd view that re-structures are a cure all when clearly there are not. Combine that with weak performing leaders and the whole thing can be a bit of a mockery. The recent pay review is comical and strangely seems to favour the most senior positions yet again.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down the rash thinking, try embedding change constructively and just because you take on another high paying exec don't think that you have to bend over and let them drive home ill thought out ideas.


  2. "Good Progression & Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Essex County Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked for Essex for 3 years, when I was roughly 17 - 21 years old. Worked in admin roles in a few different teams. Good opportunity for progression and growth. Good people to work with. Some management better than others but that's true everywhere. Good benefits package (annual leave, salary sacrifice, pension etc) and decent enough about Flexi Time or hours in the admin roles I had. Internal recruitment process is brilliant, great way to move about and try new things.

    Cons

    Public sector pay freeze means wages have gone down in real terms for 5+ years. Big organisation so change can be slow and it's easy to work in the same building as someone for years and never know them.

    Advice to Management

    More ways for inter-departmtent networking would be fun.

  3. "ECC 2017"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Essex County Council full-time

    Pros

    Good people. Lots of variety of jobs available. Usual advantages of Councils (Flexible working, pension scheme, equalities policy etc.). Good rewards offer of discounts with many companies.

    Cons

    Reorganisation poorly managed. Human Resources systems poor. Cuts now biting hard after a slow start so less job security. IT not as good as in some other authorities.

    Advice to Management

    Scrap the current IT system for staff appraisals and overhaul the HR (ODP) department to make the restructuring and other decisions fairer and less open to challenge. Put in place a council wide commercial strategy with some joined up working to eliminate internal competition and maximise effectiveness of advertising.


  4. "Wouldnt go back!"

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

    I worked at Essex County Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, plenty of jobs, looks ok on your CV

    Cons

    Bullying, favourtism, lack of support, management aren’t understanding


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Uncertain Times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Essex County Council full-time

    Pros

    Easily accessible via public transport - based near rail and bus stations.
    The majority of staff are driven, passionate and willing to go above and beyond their remit to make a difference or achieve a goal.
    Flexible/mobile working for most.

    Cons

    Current uncertainty due to significant budget pressure - as at September 2017 ECC is undergoing an organisation restructure.

    Advice to Management

    Re cognise the po tential im pact of the cur rent un certainty arising from the re structure on productivity and morale.


  6. "I love my job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essex County Council full-time

    Pros

    Lovely people to work with, great opportunities, excellent training. Fab holidays!

    Cons

    No cons I can think of.


  7. "It Support"

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    Current Employee - First Line Support in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - First Line Support in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Essex County Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed Atmosphere, flexible working, good staff

    Cons

    Little learning opportunities, hard to progress

    Advice to Management

    give staff more opportunities to progress within the company

  8. "Good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Mobile and flexible working, nice people and salaries aren't too bad when consider to be local

    Cons

    Old ways of working, a combination of seniors who stay for too long, or seniors who chop and change too frequently


  9. "Its okay, not great, but okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Essex County Council full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working - but very dependent upon line manager

    Cons

    Regular reviews and re organisations resulting in wasted money and missed opportunities


  10. "Business operations Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Business Operations Assistant in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Operations Assistant in Chelmsford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Essex County Council full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Discounts
    career progression
    flexibility
    working from home
    easy access to transport

    Cons

    conduct
    manners
    lack of respect
    strife
    better communication needed


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