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Wiltshire Council Reviews

Updated 11 January 2018
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Pros
  • Able to work from home fairly regularly, without which I wouldn't be able to work so far from home (in 11 reviews)

  • Also, they really embrace flexible working (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • wages can be below private sector, no bonuses (in 2 reviews)

  • Service restructures seem sadly to be necessary in times of austerity, but do impact on staff morale and job security (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Brilliant place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Council Officer
    Current Employee - Council Officer

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

    Pros

    Innovative culture, modern open plan offices. Clear vision from leadership. Lots of opportunities for career management

    Cons

    Government cuts means constant need to find ways to save money

    Wiltshire Council Response

    12 Jan 2018 – Resource Advisor

    The financial challenges for local government experience can be a challenge, and it's great to hear you enjoy working at Wiltshire Council, the culture and the environment, thank you for your review!... More


  2. "A truly modern, flexible, and rewarding working environment."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trowbridge, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trowbridge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to work from home fairly regularly, without which I wouldn't be able to work so far from home. The provided technology makes this quite easy, you can easily include someone working from home in a meeting being held at County Hall.

    There is enough movement in the workforce to make progression possible with lots of internal opportunities available. There's a lot of work being done to try to get staff involved with making it a better place to work. Anyone with ideas can easily raise them through an intranet-based, visible portal.

    Most importantly, I got to work with a huge variety of people all of whom were absolutely committed to making a positive difference to peoples lives despite this being made harder and harder to do every year. Some people's determination is quite inspiring and this made staying motivated quite easy.

    Cons

    Falling budgets make things quite tense as the financial year is coming to a close, but most carry on as normal - keep calm and carry on and all that jazz...


  3. "Felt like an orange squashed by a heavy dirty boot"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty locations thousands of loyal tax payers make the job easy

    Cons

    Hierarchical top-heavy imperial minded time wasting systems that use considerable effort

    Advice to Management

    Go work on the shop floor for a day

    Wiltshire Council Response

    12 Jan 2018 – Resource Advisor

    I’m sorry you hear you didn’t enjoy your experience of working at the council, while providing so many essential services, alongside the financial challenges local government face, there are... More


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  5. "Great Organisation"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trowbridge, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trowbridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong leadership
    Clear direction
    Invest in employees

    Cons

    Parking can be an issue

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing

    Wiltshire Council Response

    10 Nov 2017 – Strategic HR Manager

    Thanks so much for your positive review of working here and to hear that you're feeling and experiencing the great culture within the council.

    Parking is always a contentious issue for an... More


  6. "Mediocre at best."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fitness Consultant in Salisbury, England
    Former Employee - Fitness Consultant in Salisbury, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wiltshire Council full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and 10% additional unsociable hours bonus for Sunday’s and after 8pm. Also good benefits scheme through Wiltshire Rewards.

    Cons

    Everyone is dispensable and employees are not valued. Regardless of length of service or ability to do your job. Not good for morale!

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and reward them for doing their jobs well.

    Wiltshire Council Response

    20 Nov 2017 – Resource Advisor

    Thank you for writing your review, I'm glad you benefited from things like Wiltshire Rewards, and am sorry to hear you feel people are not valued enough, we are currently working with our employee... More


  7. "Excellent place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wiltshire Council full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities for learning and development. Flexible working is a big plus, being able to start and finish at different times, love it. Supportive managers who are there to provide guidance and support, frequent 1-2-1s also track progress. The trust that managers have for their staff is great, from my first day I felt apart of the team. County Hall itself is a nice building to work in, being a lover of food, the atrium offers quite the selection.

    Cons

    Cuts to the budget, although not really Wiltshire Council's fault here.

    Hot desks at times can be a little bit annoying.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

    Wiltshire Council Response

    15 Sep 2017 – Strategic HR Manager

    Thanks very much for a really positive review! Great to hear that you have such a good experience of some of the key employee benefits we have to offer, And really important to hear that you feel... More


  8. "Good employer but progression is limited"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Planner in Trowbridge, England
    Former Employee - Assistant Planner in Trowbridge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Pay
    Good Benefits
    Good working Hours

    Cons

    Lack of progression
    Internal Politics
    Hot Desk system

    Advice to Management

    Spot potential in people who work hard and reward them with career progression

    Wiltshire Council Response

    21 Aug 2017 – Resource Advisor

    Thank you for writing a review of your experience at Wiltshire Council, it's great to hear that you enjoyed the salary, benefits and working hours. We have a number of initiatives in place to help... More


  9. "Flexible"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trowbridge, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trowbridge, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wiltshire Council part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My manager really understand the level of balance needed between home and work and has helped me to settle back into work with complete ease.

    Cons

    not any at the moment

    Wiltshire Council Response

    27 Jul 2017 – Strategic HR Manager

    Hi - thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's great to hear that you've had a good experience and excellent support from your manager to help you come back to work. Our flexible working... More


  10. "Current Employee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Wiltshire Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Council is very good with it's flexible working packages and allows you to work from home if needed. The staff generally strive to do their best as a lot of them are Wiltshire residents themselves and so see an effect of their work.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the Council does tend to underpay its staff in relation to similar jobs outside of the organisation.

    Advice to Management

    Keep striving to understand how things are going to change in the future and try to plan for any changes to society/the way people work that may be on the horizon. Especially keep looking at the technological side of things.


  11. "Fast paced and fun"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Trowbridge, England
    Current Employee - Marketing in Trowbridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wiltshire council is really innovative, extremely fast paced and give you plenty of opportunity to put yourself forward to get involved with new initiatives. The work life balance is fantastic, I work from home for a couple of days a week (depending on my diary), which is great when I’m working on projects and want to avoid the open plan office. The best thing for me is getting to work with talented and motivated people in a great working environment.

    Cons

    Funding cuts for local Government don’t make things easy, but if you’re up for a challenge it can still be rewarding.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on being innovative and keep empowering people to do their best.

    Wiltshire Council Response

    21 Jul 2017 – Resource Advisor

    I'm glad you enjoy working at Wiltshire Council so much, and thank you for taking the time to let us know the pros and cons!


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