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Greater London Authority Reviews

Updated December 20, 2016
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  1. "GLA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greater London Authority full-time

    Pros

    Progressive organisation with equality at its heart

    Cons

    Challenging environment and heavily regulated


  2. "Low Carbon Entrepreneur Competition Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Low Carbon Entrepreneur Competition in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Low Carbon Entrepreneur Competition in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at Greater London Authority as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great connections and networking opportunities within City Hall
    Colleagues and managers in Environment department were very friendly and always helpful
    Great experience overall

    Cons

    Marketing department (understandably) regulates tightly what it put on social media, therefore little leeway to explore and get the attention of students and institutions through this medium.


  3. "The GLA is a great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Greater London Authority full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great location and excellent facilities (showers, towels, secure cycle parking etc), great work/life balance and benefits, competitive salaries (especially for the public sector), coherent and non-bureaucratic reporting structure, interesting work and lots of autonomy (depending on line management of course)

    Cons

    The culture of silo working can be quite frustrating, some areas of work are clearly valued more than others

    Advice to Management

    look at ways of breaking down silos


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  5. "Positive"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, 'meaningful work', high profile, decently paid (depending on department). Smart, engaged colleagues, overall good work/life balance

    Cons

    Experience very different depending on what team your in, some much longer hours than your would expect for public sector, unclear/limited career progression, very political and changeable

    Advice to Management

    Better career development


  6. "GLA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Contractor - Scrutiny Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Scrutiny Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Greater London Authority as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, diverse, pay, interest factor

    Cons

    Contract work, lack of clear progression


  7. "Overall a good place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Greater London Authority as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Generally friendly and professional staff.

    Cons

    Some staff were a bit precious.
    Some managers were somewhat poor.
    A fair bit of favouritism.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and value each and every one of your staff, expect high levels of performance and do something about it if you don't get it.


  8. "Senior manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great network and intelligent people

    Cons

    internal politics and glass cielings


  9. "Good benefits, good social purpose, lots of politics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greater London Authority full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent work-life balance, strong sense of social purpose and improving things for Londoners

    Cons

    If you can't stand bureaucracy and internal politics, you'll find this job challenging


  10. "Fair"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greater London Authority full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and encouraging human resources staff made interview less of a burden, very little administrative tasks where there shouldnt be

    Cons

    A bit isolated at times and not much of a workplace culture if im honest


  11. "Lots of chiefs with massive egos! Such a shame!"

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

    I worked at Greater London Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I joined thinking it was a great place to be making a difference to the city I love!

    Cons

    In reality - your experience depends on what team you're in and who your line manager is. Some teams promote from within, other don't. Some teams allow for development, others don't. There is a lot of egos due to inflated salaries of middle management who are not worth what they get paid. I have personally witnessed bullying, and victimisation by managers in my time there.

    Advice to Management

    Speak to non-managerial staff, those doing the work that the managers take the credit for, ask your team why they are not promoting staff from within. Think about what the union say - most people with grievances go to them as they don't trust HR. Understand your teams from bottom up not top down. A caring boss that treats his / her whole team with respect will get the most out of people. Address the high turnover of staff.