Poor managment and leadership
It is hard to say the company as a whole is a bad place to work. That would not be fair as I worked in services where the team works as good as the finest clock. Unfortunately, I end up in one of the worst services in terms of leadership and management. The new team leader has cero effective communication skills, cero honesty at work and a strong inclination for acting as dictatorship. More unfortunately is to be hit in the face that it is not the team leader, but that dictator sort of attitude comes form someone up the line, locality manger.
As a single mother, with no family closed by to help with childcare, I have to work around my kid needs and time. Flexible hours in the advertising website comes as a good incentive in my situation. Now, NO, they don't give you flexible hours for at least 12 moths after join the trust. They would give me shifts I could not possible work despite the fact I plead to be consider my personal circumstances. I have been therefore pushed into breaching my contract so they could dismiss me.
In my personal experience I have felt discriminated against as a woman and as a single parent.
What is definitely more disappointing is this situation has been overlooked at, and as a new employee I have not rights at all.
My recommendation, please do a good research before join Brandon Trust and the service you are intended to work. The biggest pro: the service users. Hard not to grow fond of them and other support workers with the same mind set, care attitude you have.