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Liberal Democrats Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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  1. "Making a Difference"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Liberal Democrats (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have been working for the party for over 2 years and I found it a very stimulating place to work where you can directly influence and make a difference to the world around you. Excellent location too.

    Cons

    Limited resources. Busy location. Noisy.


  2. "Working for LibDems"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in City of Westminster, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in City of Westminster, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Liberal Democrats full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful people sharing the same ideas.

    Cons

    I have no complaints except that perhaps we are all too forgiving.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good job!


  3. "Long hours, limited support but you get to work for a cause you love..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Liberal Democrats part-time

    Pros

    - Working for a cause you feel passionate about
    - Lots of freedom to be creative and direct the campaigns in your area (dependent on how flexible/openminded the volunteer team in your area is). Also means you need to be able to take lots of initiative, often organisers will be responsible for driving the campaigns forward
    - Gain a wide range of experience and transferrable skills

    Cons

    - Lack of support and training from HQ
    - Field staff are often referred to derogatorily by HQ staff. I heard organisers referred to as 'riso monkeys' who 'waste their day on Facebook' during a staff day
    - Unpaid overtime and weekend working is expected as standard.
    - Low salary, and a high level of responsibility/expectations
    - Working with volunteers, which is great if they're good volunteers - but some local organisations will be filled with negative, close minded volunteers who can cause a bottleneck and generally make life absolutely miserable.


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    "Poor employee treatment is not just a minority!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Campaign Organizer
    Former Employee - Campaign Organizer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to make a difference to uk and local politics
    Dynamic job creative

    Cons

    Paid for 35 hours ended up working over 60 hour weeks
    Local Parties with no HR awareness or how to treat staff
    Rudeness and poor treatment by people

    Advice to Management

    I was so excited to take up this role, whilst luckily my line manager knew how to manage staff, other people in the party behaved appallingly to staff.

    Candidates and lib dem party committee members rang at all hours of the day and often incredibly rude with no appreciation for heavy workload with poor print facilities to get job done. I worked 72 hours a week on 35hr paid contracts.

    There were so many instances of rudeness and bullying. 2 of my colleagues suffered mental breakdowns- an area manager locked one of them in a room and told him he wasn't leaving till a leaflet was done when he was clearly at breaking point.

    Another colleague worked all nights and the local chairs still came in next day to be berated for not having a good enough job- this was in the office of one of the highest lib dem mp's

    I'm sorry but I know of so many mistreated staff-this isn't a minority comment. Myself and other people working all suffered from physical or mental health issues. Myself and others raised this to higher up but was dismissed.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Worst Experience of my Life. Has changed me."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Liberal Democrats full-time

    Pros

    - Working for something you're passionate for
    - Having an opportunity to help people and try to make a difference

    Cons

    - The pay is way, way, way below what it should be for the massive responsibilities you have
    - The training is non existent. You are thrown into the middle of things, expected to know everything, and when you ask for training you are either passed from pillar to post, or told "deal with it. It's your job"
    - Expected to work weekends and overtime with no extra pay.
    - Expected to work 60+ hours a week, when your contract is only around 40.
    - Some volunteers are okay. But a lot will try and make your life incredibly difficult. Management doesn't care.
    - Line managed by about 5 different people, all of whom want something different and can't agree, then shout at you if you listen to someone else
    - Break workplace safety and employment laws all the time, and threaten to fire you if you complain about working conditions for "not being loyal"
    - Get no credit if you do anything right, but get blamed behind your back if you make a mistake
    - Managers are prone to gossiping about you behind your back to other staff members and volunteers.
    - You get chucked out after an election when they don't need you anymore, without any support to find another job
    - No work/life balance. Your life is expected to revolve around work.
    - No respect or tolerance for mental health it disability. You will be forced to do something even if it hurts you.

    DO NOT TAKE THIS JOB


  7. "Disordered and friendly - good to get the name on your CV but only good for political advancement within the Party."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Westminster, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Westminster, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Liberal Democrats full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Your position will evolve around you and your strengths / weaknesses. Be ready to be accepted for the person you are, and learn that that is ok. Office culture is a mix of Third Sector and Politics, depending on which department you are working in. Benefits are generous (annual leave / sickness / maternity/paternity leave).

    Cons

    Your position is likely to be a blank canvass even if you do have a job description.

    Everyone has their own way of working, even if this doesn't achieve the outcomes needed in order to make the business 'work' - you will have to get used to this as it won't change any time soon. That part of the Party's constitution is followed to the letter ('...none shall be enslaved by...conformity') even if much of the rest is not.

    Salaries are low, especially for London.

    Party-funded training is very difficult to get, so unless you are valued immensely by a director or two or the CEO expect to watch your skills DEvalue unless you can afford to pay for your own training on your own time (although if you pay for your training they may be more predisposed to allow you to take time out of your job to do it).

    If you aren't a social 'animal' you will miss out on a lot of the gossip. Here gossip is what makes the building work, so get to that leaving do and see who you can get talking to when they've had 10 too many!

    You will (quietly) be expected to be at your desk through pretty much any sickness, take no holiday, work far beyond your hours without seeing recompense for your time, and then be asked at the end of the year why you still have outstanding holiday to take.

    Advice to Management

    Staff need to have some reason to be there other than waiting it out until a better job comes along. You need to instigate some talent management and progression, and also some way of reward-basing the salaries. Presenteeism is a huge issue - people are gradually breaking at their desks and their skills are devaluing in front of them as their self-respect goes down with it.

    Take interest in your staff. Soon the General Election 2015 will be over, and in all likelihood you will be out of government and won't be able to rely on the fact that staff a) want the brand name on their CVs, b) have nowhere else to go and so, c) will put up with any amount of bad stuff you decide they should have to.


  8. "Because I Can"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counselor in South Wigston, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Counselor in South Wigston, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Liberal Democrats part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The feeling of satisfaction when you persuade 1 person to vote Lib Dem

    Cons

    you can be voted out of your job

    Advice to Management

    dont let bullies within council groups to prosper they destroy from within


  9. "Worked in the Stix"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - County Counselor in Saint Albans, England (UK)
    Current Employee - County Counselor in Saint Albans, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Liberal Democrats part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's more like family than it is a company but that can come with extra stress as a result!

    Cons

    It's not a well loved family by others.

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance? What's that when you love the job?


  10. "Better on the inside than the outside"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Membership Datamanager in City of Westminster, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Membership Datamanager in City of Westminster, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Liberal Democrats full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting, care well for their employees, progressive, exciting, at the centre of UK life even when out of power. Have you ever worked for an organisation that's trying to take over the state?

    Cons

    Pay is poor, can be stressful, you'll be stabbed in the back not front, committees control many aspects of the party so you may have several bosses, in effect

    Advice to Management

    Pay peanuts, get monkeys - ambitious ones in this case


  11. "The Ups and Downs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrator in City of Westminster, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrator in City of Westminster, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Liberal Democrats full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People, places, policy, shared vision and aims. Allowed to talk politics in the office.

    Cons

    Knowing that senior figures - who are generally young - choose not to use the experience of older staff in resolving problems before they occur. There is a culture of "we know best" as we have got the University degree/are friends with senior party figures.

    Advice to Management

    A lack of respect for the longer serving and older staff. The staff to beware of are the ones who have joined and want a career in the organisation as they (in many cases) are putting themselves first and not the organisation - to the detriment of the organisation.



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