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Essex County Council Reviews

Updated 15 July 2018
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  1. "I love my job"

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

    I have been working at Essex County Council full-time

    Pros

    Lovely people to work with, great opportunities, excellent training. Fab holidays!

    Cons

    No cons I can think of.


  2. "Good place to work in general"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work life balance eg flexi time

    Cons

    Not great pay and staff benefits poor

  3. "Potential to do better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Essex County Council full-time

    Pros

    A place that is looking to learn and develop as try new ways of working/ experiment

    Cons

    Long time to restructure and implement a pay review


  4. "social worker adult social care"

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    Former Employee - Social Worker in Harlow, England
    Former Employee - Social Worker in Harlow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Essex County Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The employees are lovely people to work with, everyone is very supportive of one another. Some higher managers are also great and really listen to your concerns. Start pay is quite good for the area.

    Cons

    Pay does not increase much over time. I believe London pay is better.
    Systems and processes are CONSTANTLY changing, you need to be able to keep up with the changes and be proactive with this.

    Advice to Management

    My managers were great but this will be a message to other managers:
    listen to your team and be supportive
    Learn how to deal with your stress better and do not take it out on innocent staff members.


  5. "Senior Managers and Leaders are out of touch"

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

    I have been working at Essex County Council full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Fair salary
    Interesting work
    Some managers are excellent

    Cons

    Senior managers and leadership team out of touch with workforce views. Lots of employee surveys go round, little make a difference; decisions already made before staff consulted. Result is systems, processes and practices that are ineffective, inefficient and frustrating for workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep sending out employee surveys in the pretence you are listening - decisions are often already made by the time issues go out for consultation.


  6. "Business Operations"

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    Current Employee - Business Operations in Chelmsford, England
    Current Employee - Business Operations in Chelmsford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Essex County Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Deductions on public transport, generous annual leave allowance

    Cons

    Low Salary in comparrison to private sector, constant restructuring.

    Advice to Management

    better involvement of employees in current projects


  7. "Constant Employer of choice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Essex County Council full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I started with ECC over 20 years ago and in that time I have had numerous roles which is one of the benefits of working with such a large employer. In more recent times there have been significant improvements with the flexibility around working patterns and shifts with the technology and office space making it a good place to base from. As a large council they strive to do the very best of the citizens of Essex and it continues to be a positive value base to hold.

    Cons

    Like most local government there is a rather odd view that re-structures are a cure all when clearly there are not. Combine that with weak performing leaders and the whole thing can be a bit of a mockery. The recent pay review is comical and strangely seems to favour the most senior positions yet again.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down the rash thinking, try embedding change constructively and just because you take on another high paying exec don't think that you have to bend over and let them drive home ill thought out ideas.

  8. "Good Progression & Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Chelmsford, England
    Former Employee - Administrative in Chelmsford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Essex County Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked for Essex for 3 years, when I was roughly 17 - 21 years old. Worked in admin roles in a few different teams. Good opportunity for progression and growth. Good people to work with. Some management better than others but that's true everywhere. Good benefits package (annual leave, salary sacrifice, pension etc) and decent enough about Flexi Time or hours in the admin roles I had. Internal recruitment process is brilliant, great way to move about and try new things.

    Cons

    Public sector pay freeze means wages have gone down in real terms for 5+ years. Big organisation so change can be slow and it's easy to work in the same building as someone for years and never know them.

    Advice to Management

    More ways for inter-departmtent networking would be fun.


  9. "ECC 2017"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Essex County Council full-time

    Pros

    Good people. Lots of variety of jobs available. Usual advantages of Councils (Flexible working, pension scheme, equalities policy etc.). Good rewards offer of discounts with many companies.

    Cons

    Reorganisation poorly managed. Human Resources systems poor. Cuts now biting hard after a slow start so less job security. IT not as good as in some other authorities.

    Advice to Management

    Scrap the current IT system for staff appraisals and overhaul the HR (ODP) department to make the restructuring and other decisions fairer and less open to challenge. Put in place a council wide commercial strategy with some joined up working to eliminate internal competition and maximise effectiveness of advertising.


  10. "Wouldnt go back!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Essex County Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, plenty of jobs, looks ok on your CV

    Cons

    Bullying, favourtism, lack of support, management aren’t understanding


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