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The Highland Council Reviews

Updated December 16, 2016
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  1. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good team spirit and management love the family feel of working here some of girls bit stand off but other than that no problem at all

    Cons

    .... salary needs to be reviewed good pay but needs to reflect the amount of work expected from the workforce

    Advice to Management

    Review salaries


  2. "Working at Highland Council"

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

    I have been working at The Highland Council full-time

    Pros

    Positive outcomes reached with partnership organisations are very rewarding, friendly colleagues, good working conditions, flexi-time, good salary and government pension scheme.

    Cons

    As it's local government, getting things approved and/or actioned takes a long time. Unrealistic targets are set by senior management. Bad communication between management and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the constraints we are under as a local authority when delegating tasks.


  3. "I enjoy my job as a cook 3"

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    Current Employee - Area Cook III in Inverness, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Area Cook III in Inverness, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Highland Council part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    In my line of work you are pretty much left to your own devices.There is always someone at the other end of the phone if help is required.All the school holidays is a big bonus as I look after my grandchildren.

    Cons

    Menus are very repetitive even the kids say it not again.

    Advice to Management

    Please ask the people feeding the children what the children like.


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  5. "Don't work here"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Thurso, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative in Thurso, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Highland Council full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice colleagues are the only thing that make me go to work.

    Cons

    Pay is poor, management is very poor, inconsistent.

    Advice to Management

    Improve, improve, your staff are your future, treat them with respect.


  6. "Highland council part time worker"

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    Current Employee - Resources Officer in Inverness, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Resources Officer in Inverness, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Highland Council part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good employer, flexible working, family minded,

    Cons

    Needs to conside pay / job evaluation, always behind with this. Tough and feel pressures with demands of cuts within services

    Advice to Management

    Be more considerate with pay deals, not months later for tiny percent rises


  7. "Pupil Support Assistant 1Early Years Practitioner 1 (unqualified)Clerical Assistant 2 schools"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laggan, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laggan, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    i worked as clerical assistant at a Primary School for 4 years, and sadly, for many personal reasons had to give in my notice. Since then, the Highland Council have been amazing, continued to support me, and kept me on a contract. Because of this, i am now able to cover sickness, and take up temporary work locally. This has enabled me to cover clerical assistant at level 2, early years practioner, and pupil support at level 1. i spent 15 years in England working as a primary school teacher and love working with children. My priority now is my own child, and to have a contract which enables me to stay in the working world, but with such flexibility, is something which is very special. i didn't ask for it - it was offered to me!

    Cons

    As a clerical assistant, i often felt a bit isolated, and unimportant, and there didn't seem to be the same opportunities available regarding CPD etc. as there were for other staff at the school. In England a clerical assistant was called the 'School Secretary', and had far more status than they have here. Sadly status is reflected in pay!

    Advice to Management

    i have a line manager, but I'm not sure who it is. i'd quite like to do the 'Child Protection' training?


  8. "Review of the Highland Council as an employer"

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    Current Employee - Social Worker in Inverness, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Social Worker in Inverness, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Highland Council full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, good team mates, constant coaching, guidance and full support from managers, flexible working hours, good investment in IT and technologies, good opportunity for career development, good investment on training and human resource development.

    Cons

    Too cold in terms of weather, client groups scattered in geographically large and widespread area, has to travel a lot to provide services to the clients in a long narrow road which are especially hard to drive during winter as they might not be treated. Inverness Airport has very few links to other cities of the UK and Europe making you isolated from rest of the world.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a system of pool car system instead of hire car system. More team building exercises and more investment in training should be in place.


  9. "Downhill all the way..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Inverness, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Inverness, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Highland Council full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    none that I can think of

    Cons

    Total disaster - can't organise an orgy in a brothel


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Hihland Council"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Inverness, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Inverness, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It has been steady employment with a secure wage and benefits. It is possible to get ahead it you keep your head down and moth closed.

    Cons

    Very little praise for good work, no allowance for individual creativity, no bonus or overtime, poor demotivated middle management and distant disengaged senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to get to know staff, be aware of the stresses of the job and make allowances. Remember you need to be fair to employees not just council tax payers.