Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Reviews

Updated 22 Feb 2021

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4 Ratings
  1. "Brilliant Opportunity"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - National Management Trainee in Kingston upon Thames, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This two-year graduate scheme, run by the Local Government Association, is a great opportunity to commence your career in public sector and local government. It's a two year programme across four different placements with a department of your choosing. Managers so far have been extremely supportive and there is plenty of opportunity to be able to work closely with senior colleagues. Also one of the friendliest environments I have worked in.

    Cons

    It's a shame that there is no guarantee of a job (or that the scheme doesn't lead into a full time position at a higher level) after the two year contract, as talent is not retained, and usually lost to other areas such as the Civil Service, public sector consultancies etc...

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  2. "Little room for development"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Advisor in Kingston upon Thames, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    In middle of town, some lovely people there

    Cons

    Little development, stuck in their ways


  3. "General Overview"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - English and ESOL Tutor in Kingston upon Thames, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very good communications and teamwork. Realistic expectations and good work/life balance. Willingness to train staff and to listen to new ideas.

    Cons

    Local Authorities are under enormous pressure now and the future for many jobs is uncertain.

  4. "Hard culture"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Services Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible working and town centre

    Cons

    Culture and senior management hard

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  5. "Overall positive"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are friendly and the majority want to make a difference to their residents .

    Cons

    Who your manager is can have a massive impact on your time there - reporting issues can be challenging.

  6. "Residential Care Office"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chessington, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Reliable and professional Pension perks were fantastic

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  7. "ICT Engineer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    ICT Engineer 

    I worked at Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good team around me. Good management.

    Cons

    Staff shortages. lack of funding

  8. Helpful (2)

    "The ethos is good but progress is slow and management expertise lacking"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames part-time

    Pros

    People are nice, friendly and generally keen to do the right thing for residents. Some People who work in local government don't know what streets really is! Loads of people come in late and leave early or take "working from home" days unchecked Not necessarily a pro, but gives a work life balance!

    Cons

    The Council lacks direction. Management is weak and leadership isn't evident. Pay is low , but you know that when you go into local government.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good work-life balance"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working; All the benefits of working for local government in the UK, including local government pension; Progressing with project management methods;

    Cons

    Uninspired leadership; Misguided organisational restructuring; obscure criteria for promotions; although there are committees where representatives of staff can discuss their concerns with directors, the outcomes are not always very clear or effective.

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  10. "Excellent people, great culture"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames full-time

    Pros

    Great location, excellent culture and some real talent employed across many departments. Some inspirational leadership and a supportive, innovative board.

    Cons

    Speed of change can be frustratingly slow, sometimes too much talk and no action! Not everyone is forward thinking.

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