Reliable, supportive employer; often chaotic work environment.
Hampshire County Council are a welcoming employer who do their best to accommodate all of the requirements of their employees. As a result, the working environment is not as stressful as it perhaps ought to be given the budgetary pressure the council is under and the understaffing of various departments. Job titles are approximate, and I ended up doing a different job from the position I initially thought I was interviewing for. I interviewed for a permanent position, was offered a 1 year contract, was told I would be made permanent and then extended for another year. This typifies the confusion and differing priorities at various levels of management. In IT this manifests as a relentless anthusiasm for projects without a corresponding ability to follow through fully on delivery, documentation and maintenance. I have been moved to a new department once and to new managers twice since joining, and each time unnecessary difficulties and confusions have arisen due to poor support from HR. Nonetheless I feel fully supported by my direct managers, and I feel that they are making the best of a difficult job.