Poor management, bully culture
Assessor/Trainer (Former Employee) – Colchester/Clacton on Sea – 19 June 2017
There was a lack of support from certain managers within the setting, and there was a horrible atmosphere in the whole department. There were a handful of people who made the effort to make you feel welcome, however this was ruined by the handful who seemed to go out of their way to make you feel excluded.
Everyone appeared to be treated differently (for example, some had to work in the office, however some were free to work at home, different mileage rates of pay even though its the same job role)
All of the above could be forgivable, if it wasn't for the fact that nothing was confidential, and everyone seemed to know all of your personal business which was discussed with management in strict confidence.
There was a bully-culture where friends of particular management were allowed to treat others disrespectfully without fear of any repercussions. Complaints and grievances were swept under the carpet.
I tried very hard to enjoy my time at Colchester Institute, and there are a few people who I have stayed in contact with, however management need a long hard look at themselves! Staff should never feel uncomfortable or ostracised
Handy U-Pay Chilli system, abundance of resources, lovely library
Micro-managing, very low staff morale, not enough parking