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London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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  1. "Council"

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

    I have been working at London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames full-time

    Pros

    Nice people. Great location and offices

    Cons

    Typical council. Bureaucracy makes everything very slow. Recent shared staffing arrangement poorly thought through and poorly managed leaving most staff feeling neglected and overworked with little motivation. 'Them v us' feeling between departments meaning difficult to get anything done. Micro-management of staff by more senior managers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro-managing and allow some freedom of thought and innovation. Organise things before implementing


  2. "People and location"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Twickenham, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Twickenham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic location by the river and lovely people

    Cons

    As with most London boroughs, can be disorganized at times

  3. "too many changes with SSA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    fixed working hours, many annual leave days

    Cons

    too many changes, no real job security


  4. "Not great"

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

    Pros

    Lovely location and good transport links

    Cons

    Bad office culture and no career progression

    Advice to Management

    Need to manage staff properly


  5. "Volunteer supporting art workshop"

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    Former Employee - Gallery Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Gallery Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A love and caring environment with amazing and talented people! Everyone was fantastic, approachable and highly professional too.
    I learned about different art techniques and materials as well as how to conduct and plan an art workshop.
    The surroundings are beautiful! Lots of green areas, parks and the river.

    Cons

    The location is a little too far, it took me 1.5 hr to get there.


  6. "ghfhgh"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Twickenham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative in Twickenham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Security, Easy Job, Bare Minimum Expected, Great PEension

    Cons

    Security, Redundancies, Lack of Opportunities, Small Minded Management, Lack of Innovation


  7. "Don't work too hard"

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

    I worked at London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames full-time

    Pros

    As a local authority, it embraces the idea of social inclusion even when it comes to employment. You share an office with people from many different backgrounds and different incentives. Mothers are allowed to take 6 months paid maternity leave and of which 3 months are full salary. Generally speaking you get the flexibility to fit work into the life-style you desire. Richmond is also one of the most beautiful boroughs in London and its Civic Centre is right by the Thames in Twickenham

    Cons

    If you like fast-paced working environment, this is not going to work. Like any government job, the bureaucracy slows down decision-making so it takes a very long time to get anything done. Charming co-workers and colleagues in other department becomes important if you want something done fast.

    People also don't generally feel obligated to correct any error. I've experienced some salary payment delay, under and over payments but Payroll were not very apologetic and were not willing to amend the issues immediately.... told me to wait until the following months. It was only after I managed to complain to the head of HR directly that I got them to treat the matter as priority.

    There doesn't seem to be any incentive for staff to perform better so employees generally do bare minimum to keep their job.

    Advice to Management

    Whilst it is great to promote flexibility to accomodate staff's needs and lifestyles, it is imperative to train staff re: working ettiquette and reporting guidelines. There should be more incentive for staff to perform better and sanction bad behaviours.