I worked for DCC on a fixed term contract. I started work in the Adult services department whilst the organisation was going through a restructure.
The department was very short staffed and I had to 'hit the ground running'! Colleagues were lovely but everyone was too stressed and unable to provide me with the nurturing environment I needed to learn my role in. So I have not applied for a permanent position.
Residentiial child care worker (Former Employee) – Weymouth, ENG – December 16, 2015
I would class my time with Dorset County Council as one of the worst experiences of my considerably long employment history. They do not abide by their own employee policies, they have an hierarchy of management that are unaccountable to any accepted employment standards. They disregard any view not consistent with their sycophantic relationships and as a new employee they will take considerable pleasure in informing you of nothing and watching you fail.
Have worked for them in mid 90's and it was good until a H & S incident. I received no support so I left. BUT, this is about jobs advertised by councils...
a Lollipop crossing patrol job 11.67 hrs per week.
11.67 hrs!!! Are they joking?
Where does this figure come from? I mean come on, This is so tight fisted! Is it that bad, you can't round up to 3/4 of an hour? Dumming down jobs means you normally end up with employees with low moral. Its one job I won't be applying for! Its fine for those at the top on the big money and the modern way of public services, getting it wrong on too many occasions, costing the public more! One day (maybe) councils will get a grip, instead of hide away in their warm protective cocoons!
Councils getting it right 80% of the time
Councils getting it wrong 20% of the time = MASSIVE WASTE!
The administrative team that I was with were welcoming, approachable, fun but exceedingly professional. I have never worked with a more cohesive and friendly team. It was a pleasure to work there and only a shame that I could not stay.
Treats Toy and Resource Library Assistant (Former Employee) – Dorset – April 14, 2015
Day to day running of warehouse and shop. Organisation of deliveries and reservations. Maintenance of toys and equipment. Dealing with telephone and email correspondence. Assisting the general public during opening hours. Keeping and updating computer records, invoicing and cashing up. Arranging and delivering safe at home equipment and special needs equipment. Ordering and purchasing of new equipment and arranging its availability. As the only full time member of staff, independent thinking, decision making essential and working as a team to ensure smooth and efficient running of the service.
Financial Assessment Assistant (Former Employee) – Dorchester, ENG – January 4, 2015
As long as you were prepared to work hard and be part of the team then there were benefits in the form of flexi time and shorter working hours which made up for the poor salary and insecurity due to short contracts. I would definitely return if the job was right and for a long period.
Trainee Ranger (Former Employee) – Bournemouth, ENG – December 28, 2014
I began an apprenticeship in land based studies, this included: heathland management, bridle way/rights of way up keep, tree care, wildlife habitat management. I really enjoyed the wildlife based parts of this job, getting up close to nature. The work was hard and very hands on and in ALL weather. The job placement also came with 1 day a week release to Kingston Mauward College. This is where I studied for my qualification in land based studies and also gained qualifications in manual handling, health and safety, first aid at work and brush-cutter/strimmer certificate. I greatly loved my time as a ranger and was very sad to leave. I unfortunately had to leave due to a family bereavement.
Receptionist (Former Employee) – Blandford Children's Center – December 16, 2014
working for dorset county council at the Blandford Children's Center was a great place to work with freindly people wanting to help you in anyway. I was the receptionist for three months, whilst I was there I cared for the nursery booking system, and other admin duties.
really friendly place to work, with good rate of pay
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Poole, ENG – June 27, 2014
I enjoyed being part of a successful team and I felt that my administrative contribution to their social services expertise was appreciated by my colleagues. My contract was initially for one month only but was continually extended to cover a period of nine months in total. A typical day would be to answer all initial telephone enquiries, to update a bespoke AIS software package regarding new patients to Poole Hospital who were referred to Social Services, to manage all mail in/out correspondence, to scan and photocopy documents on a daily basis, to manage the destruction of classified waste on a daily basis, and to provide any administrative service that my colleagues and managers requested of me. I learned the complex AIS software package. I also learned how difficult and demanding my colleagues roles were. I was managed by an Administration Manager and a Team Leader Manager. I always went out of my way to meet their administrative needs in a prompt ad effective manner. All tasks were completed to their satisfaction. My co-workers were polite, professional and a pleasure to work for. Because I worked temporary hours (27 hours per week) the hardest part of my job was to leave the office knowing that my colleagues would still be there until 5 pm or even later. The most enjoyable part of the job was to learn new skills within a uniquely different administrative environment, and to help my colleagues in any way that I could.
Graphic designer/Artist/Animator (Former Employee) – dorset – October 21, 2013
This was a simple programme that i was asked to produce for DCC for a care group, that for some reason indeeds website has picked up on as an actual job for me to have to review, hmmm. Okay then, This was programme that needed to be put together very quickly, without a solid brief and with only over the phone instructions. I had to make it easily accessable for the people reading it, remembering that they had learning dissabillities that needed to be addressed. It had to look fun and carry with it a sense of glam.
I enjoyed putting it together, as i do most of my work. Though i didn't enjoy the lack of communication throughout the project, as it meant that a simple project was turned into a bit of a nightmare. Meaning it needed to be redone a few times.