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London Borough of Hounslow Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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London Borough of Hounslow Chief Executive Mary Harpley
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  1. "Great place of work"

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

    I have been working at London Borough of Hounslow full-time

    Pros

    Great
    Friendly
    Flexible
    Good team
    Location

    Cons

    Location
    Infrastructure
    IT
    Planning
    Transparency
    Accessibility


  2. "Chaotic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent, friendly, committed lower level and some managerial staff. Beautiful park location. Flexible working is generally supported.

    Cons

    Some senior managers lack specialist skills in their policy areas and are more general project managers. Pay tends to be lower than other London Boroughs. No money for training and career advancement limited. IT hit and miss in its usefulness and effectiveness.

    Advice to Management

    You have very many loyal, committed and knowledgeable staff, whose experience can help you change things for the better.

  3. "Hounslow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at London Borough of Hounslow full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues, local, good facilities

    Cons

    Political Environment tensions, limited opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior HR Advisor - MCIPD (Job Share)"

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    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Advisor - MCIPD (Job Share) in Civic Centre (Zimbabwe)
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Advisor - MCIPD (Job Share) in Civic Centre (Zimbabwe)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive teams and friendly colleagues. Interesting & challenging work with good training & development opportunities.

    Cons

    Part timers and job shares were not always valued and promotion prospects were limited. Older long serving staff and part time female professionals were often selected for redundancy and replaced by cheaper and less experienced full timers. There was bullying and intimidation towards part time staff during the redundancy consultation process.
    We were unfairly selected for redundancy even though we were better qualified and more experienced than some of our colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Part timers and job shares need to be given equal opportunity for promotion. I was never considered for promotion or secondment because I was unable to commit to full time hours due to ongoing caring commitments.


  5. "Good experience gained despite inadequate supervision."

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    Former Employee - Clinical Senior Social A Worker in Hounslow, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Clinical Senior Social A Worker in Hounslow, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at London Borough of Hounslow full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, great clinical experience in a specialized team, excellent opportunity to further clinical, assessment, and leadership skills while working in a multidisciplinary setting ((SISP).

    Cons

    Management was severely lacking, poor management skills, inappropriate interpersonal skills. Management was not well qualified or experienced enough to be effective in a supervisory role, which significantly negatively impacted on the team and its productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Replace practice consultants/management in SISP with qualified and competent PC's, which would reduce turnover in the Clinical side of the team. When you consistently lose excellent and competent clinicians due to your middle management, it's time to look at the common denominator, the PC driving employees away with incompetence.


  6. "Satisfactory"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at London Borough of Hounslow part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    we gets holidays with children

    Cons

    No leaves allowed in term time.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "LBH"

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

    I have been working at London Borough of Hounslow full-time

    Pros

    some good teams and leaders

    Cons

    lack of direction, one rule for one and one for another

  8. "Good employer with good support"

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    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Adviser in Hounslow, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Adviser in Hounslow, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at London Borough of Hounslow part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Sensible councils with decent policies

    Cons

    Shrinking council sadly but it does its best with resources it has

    Advice to Management

    More benefits needed for employees needed


  9. "A progressive career in local government"

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

    I worked at London Borough of Hounslow full-time

    Pros

    - Fantastic staff - genuinely nice people who look out for each other
    - Great opportunities in local government - this was a real eye opener to me, the variety of work available and the opportunity to explore other areas; for progression and project work or secondment.
    - Flexible working helps with a good work / life balance. Lots of support for cycling, sports and activities and opportunities to get involved with local politics and charitable work.
    - Reasonable access to training and development.

    Cons

    - Can be overly bureaucratic and difficult to get things done. The processes take too long
    - Quite behind on technology and systems compared to private companies
    - There are some "lifers" who are difficult to work with / can be obstructive

    Advice to Management

    Focus on empowering employees and removing the barriers which slow things down


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Its an ok place"

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    Current Employee - Lawyer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lawyer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at London Borough of Hounslow full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good friendly people to work with

    Cons

    the management seems to have lost the plot


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