Electrician Improver (Former Employee) – Lymington – 6 January 2018
NFDC took a chance on me and out me through an apprenticeship which i really struggled to get, due to being a woman!! I had fantastic management team whom I would work for again. There's a general staff unhappiness but I think it's just moaning for mornings sake. Its a reliable and constant role, not much opportunity to push career ahead but for me it helped me no end.
Neighbourhood and Tenancy management Assistant (Former Employee) – Lyndhurst – 4 April 2017
local government spending cuts have led to restructures, management changes and staff redeployment, this is set to continue for at least the remainder of the current parliament. The council are likely to redeploy rather than give involuntary redundancy because there are a number of different roles you can do. Flexi-time is great, there is lots of parking on site. The council can be difficult to work for if you have worked in the private sector previously because the council enjoy doing pointless tasks over and over again like collecting documentation from tenants across several different departments. Policies are subjective and different members of staff can interpret them differently which can lead to problems. Management not always supportive of staff, join Unison if you work for them
NFDC used to be an excellent Local Authority to work for however recent major structural reviews have caused major upset for staff. Efficiency Savings have seen the loss of many experienced members of staff and services have been amalgamated. It is now a very different organisation to what it was. The people made NFDC an excellent place to work. IT systems are poor compared to other organisations. Remote working is hampered by the lack of IT tools to enable this to work effectively. The most enjoyable part of the job is the people and the hardest part of the job is the distance between Senior Management and front line Officers.
Electrician (Current Employee) – New Forest – 28 September 2016
A good team of workers who are willing to help each other to get the job finished on time. Other members of the work force are always forthcoming with additional information about particular jobs or accessibility to equipment.
Building Surveyor (Former Employee) – New Forest – 29 July 2016
Although on a temporary contract (that lasted 2 years) this was without doubt one of the happiest places I have ever worked. The staff were on the whole very welcoming and the mangement were helpful and encouraging.
Travelling across the New Forest everyday, as part of my job, added to the job satisfaction and I cannot think of any part of the job that was difficult. The work was challenging and and involved me learning many new skills but my line manager steered me through the difficulties.
Location and staff
The job wasn't permanent or I would still be there.
My working day involved planning around the Decommissioning of former Sheltered Housing Schemes and the future of the councils stock in relation to the provision of Extra Care. I was responsible for many services throughout my time at NFDC including: Community Alarms, Floating Support Service, Sheltered Housing Service, Rent & Arrears Recovery Service, Customer Services, Estate Management and Resident Involvement. I was at one time responsible for in excess of 35 members of staff including their Managers. The hardest part of the job was dealing with negativity from tenants when decisions did not go their way. The most important part of the job was the occasional thank you from tenants or the involved tenants when their views were incorporated into Policy.
The location of the office was situated in a beautiful part of the country.
Great for meeting people from all different backgrounds
Private Hire Driver (Former Employee) – all over uk – 8 October 2013
Whilst doing this job you never really knew what the day would bring, from picking up/dropping off somebody at the airport or cruise ship & hearing about adventures they have had or about to embark upon to picking up people from the shops & chatting about the day they have had.
You learn how to communicate with all kinds of people and it pays to be a good listener.
The hardest part of the job was the long unsociable hours, sometimes working till late in the evening very early starts sometimes seven days a week.
On occasions you would pick people up who could be in a distressed situation and needed to be somewhere urgently & after delivering them safely to their destination could be very rewarding