Operations Supervisor (Former Employee) – London – 5 July 2018
Poor Inner London Salary, little chance of advancement or progress through the "pay-scale", management confused at the local level and estranged at the upper level, would not consider returning. The Annualised hours are also atrociously run, meaning more confusion.
Typical day would involve starting work at 9 am in the morning, attending progress meetings, eating lunch with colleagues etc. I leant about inland waterways in the South-East of England. I got training for SAP, Environment Appraisal, GIS MyMaps etc. I was under the supervision of Principal Engineer. Management was very efficient and effective. The hardest part of the job was to stay longer in the office to meet certain deadlines which was very tiring and stressful. The most enjoyable part of the job was to go on the site visits (i.e canals) and attending Engineering Team Meetings which was used to be scheduled in very nice venues such as Anderton Boatlift.
foundraiser (Former Employee) – central london – 7 November 2017
I liked working here. Our job was to convince people to support financially, on a monthly basis, CRT in order to clean and maintain the canals in the UK. I meet so many beautiful people and have good conversations . I improved my english and also learned a lot about types of birds and plants that live and grow in the canal surroundings.
Friendly colleagues, interesting work and clients. Management culture not so good.
N/a (Current Employee) – Gloucester, Gloucestershire – 29 October 2017
Typical day incuded working with Canal River Trust (CRT) colleagues and volunteers dealing with members of the public. Most of my colleagues & volunteers were really nice interesting people who were good to work with. The job was interesting given the industrial and cultural heritage of the waterways and how this has been developed, and continues to be developed into the environmental and leisure usage today. In these respects CRT was a stimulating organisation to work for. However I regret for me the management above direct supervisors left a lot to be desired. Rarely seen, uncommunicative regards leadership and prone to micro manage when they were with you. There is still (a reducing) culture of bullying from some, not all of the managers. Listening without actually listening, a lack of action or even a proper acknowledgment of issues. The management initertia often leads to some staff not bothering to report issues up the chain as the management response is all too predictable. The constant churn of seasonal staff added to some of the issues, lack of experience and training puts them in positions where they are left between a 'rock and a hard place.' Add to this poor pay and variances in pay within similar roles it is not hard to see why some good and capable people leave CRT. This could be a really good place to work, but where I worked is beset by a poor management culture.that is at best unsupportive at worst bullying. I do not think this is endemic across CRT but it is part of its culture.
Interesting work, nice people to work with and you get to work next to the water
Poor induction, lack of formal training and a culture that does not empower employees.
In-house Paid Fundraiser (Current Employee) – London – 9 May 2017
Having worked as a fundraiser for Canal & River Trust for the past 2 years - I have enjoyed being part of the charity and the people I have worked with over the time I have been here. The charity is communicative and friendly and it is a good cause therefore a great charity to work for.
Media Assistant (Former Employee) – Manchester – 11 March 2017
It is clear everyone who works for the Canal and Rivers Trust and primarily the Oldknows project has a passion for what they are doing. Through assisting them I gained knowledge on how to promote a smaller exhibition to the local area.
Fundraiser (Former Employee) – North West – 5 December 2016
- Work scheduling can easily fit around most students schedules - Surprisingly high pay, however this is depending on weather in the fundraising role - Although is difficult without having something nearby to point to the work the trust actually does
Principal Engineer (Former Employee) – Northwest England – 27 June 2016
The Trust is working had to move from a public authority to a public facing service lead charity. Many old and out of date cultural practices exist. In a few years the team will develop in to an awesome team. For now they will remain talented individuals. Middle management improvements are required.