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do you like it? when does it suck?
what are the pros/cons in your opinion?
jus wondrin kthanxbye
it's an ambitionless wasteland, which is both a good and bad thing.
Drowned in Sound featured quite prominently during my exit interview!
It was a bit of a stop-gap whilst I waited for my proper job to start.
Though I got called up on internet use once. It's pretty humiliating
don't get promotions though, you mostly have to apply for better jobs along with everyone else.
rampant consumerism and many years of demonising of the public sector means (a) you'll likely never meet anyone who has any real belief in public service beyond a payday and (b) you'll be subject to a baffling wall of quasi-corporate nonsense and constantly fear for your job as career politicians use the public sector as a tennis ball for their own ends.
however you can doss pretty easily innit woah.
I could do a week's work in a day if I worked from 9-5 in the way I'm expected to for the wage they pay me. Obviously I stretch it out so as not to do myself out of a job.
The worst part for me is that I pretty much hate every one of my colleagues. Working in an office for "The Man" is pretty much the pinnacle of their existence. Its depressing.
Oh... and there are always snacks. ALWAYS!
CAKE! COOKIES! DOUGHNUTS! ALL! THE! TIME!
Bizarrely enough, I work with more than a few salad dodgers.
If we want tea we have to pay for it ourselves. Hell, If we want washing up liquid to wash up cups after the tea we have to pay for it ourselves.
I think the cups were provided, though.
I really like it. The training and promotion opportunities are at least 570 million times better than the NHS where I was before and where I work (Islington council) has a good atmosphere to it.
My department also seems unusually efficient/hard-working for the public sector though I've no idea if that applies across the Council.
The big con is your future employment being at the whim of whoever wins the next election.
what guntrip said is partly the same as my experience:
- the money is bad
- leave is good
- depending on the department you might meet people who actually care about their jobs, but they're usually working 70 hour weeks for no extra money
- the thing about quasi-corporate nonsense is spot-on
- you may or may not be able to doss. if you're not able to, you're guaranteed to be sat next to someone who seems to be paid to do nothing all day. or you might be the one who's paid to do nothing all day, which isn't as good as it sounds as you won't necessarily have internet access and there's only so many times you can read the metro cover-to-cover in one day.
- if you're below a certain level in the hierarchy the management assume you're an idiot so whatever you need to do, you have to get someone higher up to sign a form for it
- quite a lot of the people working there really shouldn't have jobs at all
- it's near-impossible to get sacked
- we had some really stupid sickness policy so if you're off sick 3 times within a year you get a letter in the post telling you off, even if it was just a day each time, and every time you're off sick you have to have an interview with your manager about it
and they used to put adverts for local Indian take-aways in my pay slip. That always annoyed me.
If so - don't. You will infuriate yourself to death. Local government is the last refuge of a scoundrel...
Also - councils will be the people most affected by local government cuts so... job security over the next few years will be dreadful.
i don't think that would necessarily apply to the department i'd be in...
I'm cooking meals on wheels!
Pros - Nicest group of people I've ever worked with, everyone here seems happy, keep getting offered tea & coffee.
Cons - I can't really ask to be paid for my overtime because the budget is so tight, my role will probably be axed after the election.
i could hack it because it was too frustrating trying to do anything....However people who seem to not care about that/ can handle the frustration thrive
great pay for what u do, flexi hours, pension + good chance of large redundancy money
con: u drift way out of touch with any private sector skill set cos it so behind and all u do is have meetings an fill in forms. Also chance of any one cool working there is small.