Devon County Council FAQ

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11 English questions out of 11

5 August 2018

Does Devon County Council have a pension plan?

Pros

DCC, as for other local government employers still offers relatively rewarding and secure employment. The pension offered still compares well to many other employment areas. It, as a medium-sized authority, has a structure that provides some opportunity, albeit limited, for lateral and vertical movement within the hierarchy. Flexible working is available. Management is relatively good. Not all discretionary services have been withdrawn so there remain some opportunities for innovative work. Devon is a beautiful county with relatively good transport connectivity so offers a great place to live that is not completely disconnected from the rest of the UK.

Cons

Cuts in the authority's income have led to reduced services being offered and a culture that is increasingly less innovative and lateral thinking. Discretionary areas of work, whilst important have been reduced and out-sourcing is used more and more. The centralisation of services has resulted in County Hall in Exeter taking on the role of overall management more than it did in the past. Reduced statutory and discretionary services would appear to be with local government for many years to come. The security of employment, whilst still relatively good, is not what it was in the past and there is a greater expectation of taking on responsibilities from a higher level, without the financial reward. Local government is political and the higher up the structure a person is, the more they will become embroiled in this. Down-sizing has been achieved all too often by a so-called ring-fenced methodology which to all intents and purpose excludes some applicants from within that ring fence. Management is relatively good but has its weak points, particularly with regards communication and some managers looking up more often than down. Many managers allow a culture to persist that allows excessive hours to be worked so affecting a good work-life balance.

Advice to Management

Identify and repair broken communication channels within the organisation so that a sense of oneness permeates to all teams and ideas can be passed up and down.

The pension offered still compares well to many other employment areas.

5 August 2018

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5 August 2018

How are the career development opportunities at Devon County Council?

Pros

DCC, as for other local government employers still offers relatively rewarding and secure employment. The pension offered still compares well to many other employment areas. It, as a medium-sized authority, has a structure that provides some opportunity, albeit limited, for lateral and vertical movement within the hierarchy. Flexible working is available. Management is relatively good. Not all discretionary services have been withdrawn so there remain some opportunities for innovative work. Devon is a beautiful county with relatively good transport connectivity so offers a great place to live that is not completely disconnected from the rest of the UK.

Cons

Cuts in the authority's income have led to reduced services being offered and a culture that is increasingly less innovative and lateral thinking. Discretionary areas of work, whilst important have been reduced and out-sourcing is used more and more. The centralisation of services has resulted in County Hall in Exeter taking on the role of overall management more than it did in the past. Reduced statutory and discretionary services would appear to be with local government for many years to come. The security of employment, whilst still relatively good, is not what it was in the past and there is a greater expectation of taking on responsibilities from a higher level, without the financial reward. Local government is political and the higher up the structure a person is, the more they will become embroiled in this. Down-sizing has been achieved all too often by a so-called ring-fenced methodology which to all intents and purpose excludes some applicants from within that ring fence. Management is relatively good but has its weak points, particularly with regards communication and some managers looking up more often than down. Many managers allow a culture to persist that allows excessive hours to be worked so affecting a good work-life balance.

Advice to Management

Identify and repair broken communication channels within the organisation so that a sense of oneness permeates to all teams and ideas can be passed up and down.

sized authority, has a structure that provides some opportunity, albeit limited, for lateral and vertical movement within the hierarchy.

5 August 2018

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29 November 2018

What is the feeling of job security at Devon County Council?

Pros

Agile Working, relative job security, reasonable work demands, fair wage and expectations compared to private sector.

Cons

Employees need to remember that this is a political organisation not a business and therefore it will never run efficiently as a private sector organisation would.

Agile Working, relative job security, reasonable work demands, fair wage and expectations compared to private sector.

29 November 2018

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5 August 2018

How is management perceived at Devon County Council?

Pros

DCC, as for other local government employers still offers relatively rewarding and secure employment. The pension offered still compares well to many other employment areas. It, as a medium-sized authority, has a structure that provides some opportunity, albeit limited, for lateral and vertical movement within the hierarchy. Flexible working is available. Management is relatively good. Not all discretionary services have been withdrawn so there remain some opportunities for innovative work. Devon is a beautiful county with relatively good transport connectivity so offers a great place to live that is not completely disconnected from the rest of the UK.

Cons

Cuts in the authority's income have led to reduced services being offered and a culture that is increasingly less innovative and lateral thinking. Discretionary areas of work, whilst important have been reduced and out-sourcing is used more and more. The centralisation of services has resulted in County Hall in Exeter taking on the role of overall management more than it did in the past. Reduced statutory and discretionary services would appear to be with local government for many years to come. The security of employment, whilst still relatively good, is not what it was in the past and there is a greater expectation of taking on responsibilities from a higher level, without the financial reward. Local government is political and the higher up the structure a person is, the more they will become embroiled in this. Down-sizing has been achieved all too often by a so-called ring-fenced methodology which to all intents and purpose excludes some applicants from within that ring fence. Management is relatively good but has its weak points, particularly with regards communication and some managers looking up more often than down. Many managers allow a culture to persist that allows excessive hours to be worked so affecting a good work-life balance.

Advice to Management

Identify and repair broken communication channels within the organisation so that a sense of oneness permeates to all teams and ideas can be passed up and down.

Management is relatively good but has its weak points, particularly with regards communication and some managers looking up more often than down.

5 August 2018

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7 April 2020

What is the company culture like at Devon County Council?

Pros

Good work life balance

Cons

Public sector pay is less.

Public sector pay is less.

7 April 2020

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