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Essex County Council Reviews

Updated 30 July 2018
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  • "Currently approaching the third consecutive cycle of budget cuts" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Invisible cowardly senior managers who care only about their empires and not the public good or even their own staff" (in 3 reviews)

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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. "Essex County Council Education"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Essex County Council full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues are passionate about their roles.

    You can make a real difference to the lives of others.

    Some effort is put into place for employee wellbeing and career development

    Culture of flexible working 'work is a thing you do not a place that you go'

    Cons

    Large organisation- slower movement of information and decisions and processes are more complicated

    Work can be stressful. High expectations are placed on volume and quality of work without provision of adequate staffing or resources. This situation is unlikely to improve as budget cuts continue.

    Local Authorities are often blamed for things that they have little influence over.

    Advice to Management

    Please improve the job vacancies website . It is difficult to navigate, the job titles are not informative and you cannot open a new window to look at the details of a post- you have to look at them one at a time or start a new search in each window.

  3. "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


  4. "Primary School Site Manager"

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    Current Employee - Primary School Site Manager in Colchester, England
    Current Employee - Primary School Site Manager in Colchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady pay, good pension, continuous service benefits, sick pay.

    Cons

    Cannot take leave during term time, line manager's for this post have never been a caretaker/site manager so do not have a clue what is really involved with the job, as non teaching support staff you are not valued by the senior management team, work load is constantly excessive and pay is not enough for responsibilities/ workload and in most schools you have to work a split shift.

    Advice to Management

    Good caretakers/site managers never stay long in this post because the pay does not reflect workload and responsibilities.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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