KENT COUNTY COUNCIL Employee Reviews

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really nice people
ASSISTANT SITE MANAGER (Current Employee) –  Kent16 May 2018
After working along side kent county council for many years it has been a real pleasure to work for them, as clients they are second to none and they reallly nice people
Pros
nice people
Cons
none
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Great flexibility, but a frustrating culture
Project Officer (Current Employee) –  Maidstone, Kent22 March 2018
Pros:

- Great flexibility, in terms of working patterns and working at home
- Colleagues who are friendly, helpful, team players and have a strong belief in what they are doing

Negatives:

- Advancement can be slow, with some favoured over others
- Salaries often do not reflect responsibility, disparity between roles across the organisation
- Individuals often overstretched
- Good management of poor performance is non-existent
- Significant blame culture and tendency to be risk-averse
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Productive Workplace
Assessor (Former Employee) –  Dover, Kent6 March 2018
Only worked as a short term contract, but I thoroughly enjoyed working here, fellow work colleagues were great to work with, and really committed to their work, great team work.
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Very good place to work
Case Officer (Former Employee) –  St Peters House Broadstairs12 February 2018
I worked at Broadstairs Social Services. The team were second to none, very supportive and helpful. KCC is an excellent place to work to feel supported and to further your career.
Cons
demanding work
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great management
Case Manager (Current Employee) –  Ashford, Kent9 February 2018
lots of opportunity for progression
Good management
Adapts to changes in society
Good working conditions
Flexible approach to working
Good staff morale
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Good work life balance
Application Support Analyst (Current Employee) –  Maidstone28 January 2018
Like all local governments Kent County Council are undergoing budget cuts which means restructuring of many departments. It also means they cannot offer a competitive salary compared to the private sector or provide the job security they once could. Gone are the days you worked for the council for twenty plus years!

Pay scale is not consistent across departments or the council as whole so someone on £21k in one department might be expected take on more responsibilities than elsewhere in the council

Some departments within KCC treat their staff better than others so it is difficult to review the council as a whole
Pros
Very accommodating of work life balance, most departments offer flexi hours. Flexible working is encouraged (ie working from home), the usual council pension
Cons
Salary isn't competitive, most departments do not invest in their staff with training, pay scale is inconsistent across departments
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Flexible Good team
Network Engineer, User Support (Former Employee) –  Maidstone, Kent26 January 2018
Providing LAN support to SHQ 4 sites. Visit sites all over Kent, installing Network equipment, Helping user with IT issues. Network duty providing 1st line Network (LAN & WAN) support. Contact cabling supplier requesting and schedule work as and when required.
Pros
Flex time
Cons
None
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Good Working Environment
Customer Service Adviser (Former Employee) –  Maidstone, Kent1 January 2018
The work involved taking called from a wide variety of people with different enquiries and services which could be resolved on the phone straight away or a call back was required with updated information or transferring the call to another department if further discussions were required. The atmosphere within the call centre was good with a friendly attitude, good humour, etc with clear management levels if problems needed to be resolved.
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fun workplace
ADMINISTRATOR (Former Employee) –  London20 December 2017
very good stepping stone for my first office job, it created a new job role and love for office work for me. The staff and working environment here was amazing and taught me a lot to work in a constantly busy environment.
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busy office
Finance Assistant (Former Employee) –  West Malling, Kent2 December 2017
busy office, answering telephone queries to why invoices not being paid, chase suppliers to provide correct invoices in a certain timescale, check invoices are correct
Pros
free staff parking
Cons
awful place to get to
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Slack management
Administration Officer (Former Employee) –  United Kingdom6 November 2017
Not enough help from management with regards to training and health and safety, that was left up to regular members of staff .
Too much chatting, loud laughing and time wasting from other teams local to my own making it difficult to learn and concentrate on the role.
Friday team building quiz went on for a long time, temp workers are not permitted to participate.
Repetitive work with very little variation.
Temp staff are NOT allowed to use the company multi story parking area.
There are no hard parts to this job but I advise taking notes for purpose of procedures that need to be remembered and followed.
Pros
Not regimental, very friendly staff, pleasant offices.
Cons
Some managers do not take their role seriously enough which can reflect on the staff.
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Generic Call Centre Position
Customer Service Advisor / Call Centre (Former Employee) –  Maidstone, Kent20 October 2017
This job was a stepping stone between jobs. The office and staff were lovely and the hours suited me well. It was a nice place to work until i found something more long term.
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Rewarding
Catering Assistant (Current Employee) –  Eynsford, Kent3 October 2017
I have been working with these guys for like 3 whole years so it can't be that bad if I stayed that long. Co-workers were cool and managers were fine.
Pros
50% off lunch
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Productive workplace
Legal Secretary (Former Employee) –  Maidstone, Kent21 September 2017
Friendly environment. Promotion within company if you work hard. Competitive salary. Work/life balance is good. Flexible working hours. Management listen to concerns.
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Poor management and inequality!
social worker newly qualified (Former Employee) –  Kent7 September 2017
I was working for KCC as a newly qualified social worker, however the lack of support gained as a student in comparison to what is promised does not match at all, different team managers, first team manager completely ignored the numerous of occasions requested to complete my documents, leaving me with a delayed ASYE and incomplete.

Team manager left without being honest about the lack of support given, very poor practice.

I was disgusted by the lack of employees from an ethnic background and the way those which were treated in the office environment. Bullying does exist, i was a witness to this and other colleagues receiving it, not a comfortable environment for long term work. I have worked in several office environments and have thankfully never experienced this type of treatment before.

Being a Social Worker should be about the employee feeling safe enough in the workplace to reflect and learn, as it is a difficult job, it is unfortunate Kent County Council did not give this "promised" experience.
Pros
Flexible working, car allowance.
Cons
Long hours, lack of support, lack of training opportunities, various changes no stability.
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Easy going,
Accountancy Assistant (Former Employee) –  Maidstone, Kent6 September 2017
(finance division) Relaxed work place, respectable facilities and benefits. There is lots of opportunity for development available - but this has to be well justified as the council are always looking to make cuts.
Restructuring happens often which leads to potential advancement but also job cutting.
Generally everyone, management including are very friendly.
Average age of staff is very high and most employees are long time serving.
Pros
Flexi time
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Excelled
Apprentice (Former Employee) –  Kent22 August 2017
Amazing company.to work for loved every minute of my apprenticeship couldn't have asked for better people and company to have worked for would defi9work for them again
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each and every day was unique
Support Worker (Former Employee) –  Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells, Kent16 August 2017
As written in the previous Kent County Council job title review, as both jobs contained the same aspects of promoting well being and care for the residents, my duties did not change from each job.
Pros
working within the comunity
Cons
lack of funding
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Brllliant company
sales consultant (Former Employee) –  Kent, Sussex14 August 2017
The time I worked here was fantastic.
was an average salary, with a company car, but the people I worked with were great.
The customer market I was in, was very enjoyable.
Pros
job satisfaction
Cons
I got made redundant
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supportive work colleagues
Early Help Worker (Current Employee) –  Gravesend, Kent9 August 2017
A fun place to work when you have experience and supportive managers. This encourages you to not only do your best but give your very best to achieving the best outcomes for young people. This gives you a sense of achievement and personal fulfilment that you are making a difference in the life of young people.

KCC sometimes promote people into management role who do not have the experience and are not sent on management training. This affects the team effectiveness as they do not have managing people skills. Managers with poor management style, lack of understanding of group dynamics in a change organisation culture, poor communication causing unnecessary stress for staff members.
Pros
relevant training given to front-line staff
Cons
expected to work long hours.
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