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Leonard Cheshire Disability Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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  1. "Great cause but a few flaws."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Leonard Cheshire Disability full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great cause, lovely people.
    Go home at the end of the day feeling like you've done something positive.

    Cons

    Poor personal development opportunities.
    Shocking sickness policy - for a disability charity it's ridiculous. Also the maternity policy is equally bad.
    Outdated expectation that being at your desk 9-5pm is the best way to work.
    Huge disconnect between head office and services.
    Very little trust in senior management - many people feel uncertain.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent about what you're doing. Things are looking more positive with the new chief executive but there's still a lot to be done to build up trust where it's been broken before!


  2. "Unfulfilled potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Leonard Cheshire Disability full-time

    Pros

    Committed staff who care about life of disabled people

    Cons

    Doesnt know its identify - care provider, charity, advocate. Organisation lacked direction and was steeped in unnecessary bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Define a clear vision, decide the organization you want to be, enable the staff to achieve this and get out of their way


  3. "/"

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

    Pros

    Salary is very reasonable. New CEO may be different. Friendly people working at lower level posts in the charity, care staff and international dept. are very passionate

    Cons

    Confused brand, part charity part business and this really shows as they cater to donors rather than prioritising what disabled people really need. Internal policies are bad for people with disabilities, despite the charity's own campaigning. High turnover.


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  5. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Leonard Cheshire Disability full-time

    Pros

    New CEO is great and a lot more thought is being put into how the organisation can improve and offer better staff support and benefits

    Cons

    Its a huge old organisation which can be slow to change. Somehow seems to lack aspiration - but this may change under the new CEO

    Leonard Cheshire Disability Response

    Jan 16, 2017 – Senior HR Business Partner

    Thanks for the feedback, it's good to hear your views. We are all so committed to providing the best possible services and outcomes for people who use our services, which is for many of us ... More


  6. "A stable employer with a worthwhile mission."

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    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in Ashford, Kent, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in Ashford, Kent, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Leonard Cheshire Disability full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This organisation is focused at the Empowerment of disabled people. It is a large charity and is well set up with extensive policies and procedures to govern staff and protect people who use our service.

    Cons

    This organisation is large and bureaucratic. It is slow to change. It is working in a challenging environment of social care where funding is cut and reduced.

    Leonard Cheshire Disability Response

    Oct 17, 2016 – Senior HR Business Partner

    Thanks for the great feedback, we definitely appreciate the changing nature of the environment we work in, and as well as being incredibly passionate about providing the best possible services to ... More


  7. "very poor managment"

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    Former Employee - Support Worker in Glenrothes, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Support Worker in Glenrothes, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Leonard Cheshire Disability full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good working experience, thats about it.

    Cons

    no staff support at all
    unsociable hours/shifts
    staff not adhering to policies/procedures

    Advice to Management

    better support towards staff

    Leonard Cheshire Disability Response

    Oct 17, 2016 – Senior HR Business Partner

    Sorry we didn't quite meet all your expectations. We are really keen to hear all feedback and really appreciate you taking the time to offer some advice. If you haven't already done so, I would ask ... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Inspirational Charity"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Leonard Cheshire Disability full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work LCD does is really inspirational and the staff they employ are a real pleasure to work with. Its a charity undergoing significant positive change, and therefore the opportunities and positive attitude is palpable.

    Cons

    The charity is still finding its feet on some things, which can cause a bit of uncertainty.


  9. "Sleepy giant held back by poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Leonard Cheshire Disability full-time

    Pros

    Leonard Cheshire has the potential to be a leading charity – its care homes offer fantastic support and its head office has attracted a plethora of enthusiastic and talented professionals with a firm belief in the charity’s mission.

    The recent departure of the CEO will open new opportunities for the charity but a strong appointment is needed to fix the culture created by their predecessor.

    Cons

    Sadly, poor leadership at the very top has turned a charity with the potential to thrive into a revolving door of wasted opportunity – with the majority of staff at its head office failing to reach their second anniversary before moving on.

    Under the recently departed CEO, decision making was ad-hoc, enforced without explanation and unchallengeable, often leading to unnecessary stress piled on staff because the chief executive had quite simply changed her mind. On many occasions an entire project would be scrapped or altered at implementation stage because the Chief Executive changed approach in the final hour.

    This created a hierarchical working environment with a heavy blame culture – staff worth is based on seniority rather than experience and knowledge of your subject is often irrelevant in a group meeting if someone more senior – in a different team – has an opinion on your area of specialty.

    The average turn over at head office is one in four per anum. In a two-year period, the entire board of directors resigned and were replaced – with some director positions replaced twice.

    If longevity is not a concern for you then there are some positives of working at the charity – you will forge relationships with other passionate third sector professionals and there are some reasonable benefits available to head office staff – including a good pension scheme and a subsidised private health scheme. However – be aware that the Leonard Cheshire has a very poor sick pay policy and this won’t be explained to you prior to accepting the job.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Bureaucratic and political"

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

    Pros

    Pays well so that's good. Most staff are friendly too so not a bad place to come each working day.

    Cons

    Meetings, meetings and more meetings. All internal. You literally can't get anything done. There doesn't seem to be a clear strategy either.

    Advice to Management

    Stop unnecessary meetings and processes. More like a government body than a charity.


  11. "working with disbilities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    fast paced environment, extensive experience can be gained with a wide range of disabilities

    Cons

    working with continuing short staffing issues


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