Development Lead (Former Employee) – EAST Cornwall – 15 March 2018
Relevant and free training to be accessed whilst in employment. Behind other counties with regards to Early Intervention services so lacking support for universal families. Good use of management across the county to lead and push forward new projects. Imbedded culture of working in Cornwall is that often people do not move around often due to isolation and being so rural. I have an excellent staff team that I currently work with who all show commitment to caring for the best outcomes for children and families.
Good pension/ benefits
RE structure every 2 years, losing focus on early intervention
Lead Auditor (Current Employee) – Truro – 7 February 2018
The Council is subject to challenges with the reduction in funding but there are still opportunities providing you are forward looking and flexible. I would say that there is not a typical day in work and with the pace of change in the Council you need to be prepared to change with it.
Day to day it's OK, but needs to rethink its strategy towards staff
Project Manager/Analyst (Current Employee) – Truro – 15 January 2018
Day to day, Cornwall Council is a great place to work. There is a good approach to the work/life balance with flexible working around core hours, home working etc all allowed (although this varies depending on the requirements of teams and the approach of individual line managers).
The atmosphere is quite laid-back and not too corporate and there is support for employees that need it around health issues etc.
However - and I realise the Council is very strapped for cash so this is a difficult issue - as an organisation they will struggle to attract and retain the best employees if they don't start paying decent salaries. Their pay offers, compared against similar roles in Health or the charitable sector are laughable and their recruitment strategy seems based entirely on the idea that 'it's Cornwall, and you won't get a better offer anytime soon'
Never mind half-hearted intranet campaigns about supporting mental health. If you want to show your employees that you value and support them, pay them a decent salary and invest in retaining them.
Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) – Cornwall – 22 November 2017
A Teaching Assistants work can be very rewarding and certainly varied. You will never stop learning, whether it be from the children themselves, courses or colleagues as there will always be something new to learn from Safeguarding to Polices and Procedures, bullying to the latest way we must speak to the children!
Working with a good team
There will be very bad days muddled up with the good ones!
Business and Administration Apprentice (Current Employee) – Truro – 20 November 2017
Cornwall Council is a great employer that looks after it's employees. It offers training and development training along with a lot of employee benefits; you have flexi time which helps you to work around your home life which is great for people who like start early and equally great for people who like to start late, its especially good for those with children as you can work around your family.
Finance Administrator (Former Employee) – St. Austell, Cornwall – 31 May 2017
I worked within Family Services based in St Austell as a Finance administrator for the local Children Centers. I also covered reception duties for the Children's Centers in St Austell, Newquay and St Columb as and when required for sickness/holiday cover.
Case Co (Former Employee) – SW Cornwall – 15 May 2017
Constantly being restructured - very unsettling. Management support hit & miss, can be very good or very poor. Colleagues are very supportive and a strong culture of mutual support amongst workers exists.