Interesting organisation and enjoyable. Would have loved to stay and progress there but as I did not pass my Class C driving licence had to leave even though the organisation did not really want me to drive Heavy Goods vehicle?
Relief Early Years Practitioner (Former Employee) – Aberdeenshire – 3 April 2018
Working with Aberdeenshire came with great benefits and wages. It was good hours, especially for anyone with children, to work within a nursery and have all the school holidays. Overall a pleasant company to work for if you are keen for a career in a nursery environment.
Mechanic (Former Employee) – Mintlaw – 8 February 2018
working for the council was like going back in time but in a good way where everything could be fixed and would be fixed the worst part was working on the refuse trucks and on the equipment in the skips
There is a horrible attitude in the Aberdeenshire council especially in the waste section. Where there is far to many people not willing to work but willing to claim a wage I think it is wrong and that attitude is from the mangers rite the way down to the street sweepers
You get a decent wage decent breaks and a 4 day week
Social Care Worker (Current Employee) – South Aberdeenshire – 18 November 2017
Client work rewarding , job not as in job description. Management take it for granted that you are a pawn to be managed how they want. Line manager very good. Colleges supportive. Payslips not transparent , you never quite know if overtime is correctly calculated .
Usually have use of a company vehicle, good training
Expected to work over time with no choice or notice
Relief Cleaner (Current Employee) – Aberdeenshire – 1 October 2017
I am a relief worker and so can choose when I work. My line manager is great and works well around when I am available. I sometimes cover the same places but it is nice to have the variation of working elsewhere and with different people.
Spent seven years working hard for the council which would ultimately see me fired on capability grounds while waiting for back surgery. Its not what you know but who, in terms of advancement and job duties. Management would fail to look competent at solving the most basic problems. Any criticism of colleagues or management will see you blacklisted.
It would be a nice place if some of the managers weren't so arrogant.
It is a nice place to work, but it is not secure at all. You may get the feeling that the management and the HR are in a conspiracy against the non-management staff. The rules and the HR policies in place do not give a chance to the average low hierarchy worker to defend him/herself. Therefore you may get a permanent contract and you may think that you will get pensioned as an Aberdeenshire council employee, but do not rely on it - after the next in role "tighten the belt" initiative and you may be out... but they may employ new managers or increase the pay rate of the existing management at the same time because that has nothing to do with the tighten the belt. Another negative site effect of working for the council is that it attracts many climbers. Individuals that couldn't survive themselves as independent businessmen find it easy to climb up in the intercompany hierarchy. Be prepared that any of the climbers may step on your toes, shoulders or even on your head on their way to the top of the hierarchy But if you climb up to any (even the lowest) manager level you are much safer. The only you need to show is enthusiasm and initiative whenever the next in role "tighten the belt" initiative takes place. You need to produce one after another agenda and to find a mentor higher in the hierarchy.
On another hand, you may be lucky to have a line manager that know and love his job and support his staff, but that is rear (but not impossible). If you get that chance you may have a long, relaxedmore... and satisfying career.
In general, it is a nice place to work for Aberdeenshire if you are one of the luckiest.less
Facilities Assistant (Former Employee) – Aberdeen, Aberdeen City – 22 June 2017
Horrible place to work as always understaffed. Management was awful and had very poor communication. Training was also poor as i was basically told just go look for things to do without actually having been show properly.