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Brisbane City Council Reviews

Updated 25 March 2019
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  • "Fantastic Work life balance and exposure to very interesting policy and political realities of government" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Flex time, long service leave, superannuation and leave loading on annual leave" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Coummication Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Brisbane
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brisbane City Council full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flex time, Good people, safety Job, Good culture. help to each other. Care to each other.

    Cons

    It is very Good. NO Cons.

    Advice to Management

    Oral and Talking communication is very important


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, however workload is heavy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brisbane City Council full-time

    Pros

    Great team environment with some very dedicated staff.
    Organisation is dedicated to leadership development and investing in staff.

    Cons

    Workload expectations can sometime be unrealistic.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Progessive government organisation but can be slower to get things done"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brisbane City Council part-time

    Pros

    Great work/like balance
    Flex time, and a 7.25 standard working day
    Free gym and gym classes onsite
    Friendly, supportive environment

    Cons

    Slower decision-making
    Several levels of approval required to get things moving or changed


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Pro's and Con's"

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    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Brisbane
    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Brisbane
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Brisbane City Council full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some great teams and people but you need to be lucky to be in those teams. Pay above average.

    Cons

    Bullying not dealt with. Policies and procedures only followed when it suits. No job security even if they say so.

    Advice to Management

    Have a good look at the high turn over of staff in some areas and ask yourself why. Look after your hard working dedicated long term staff.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Pros and Cons of BCC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flex time, long service leave, superannuation and leave loading on annual leave.

    Cons

    Not honouring leave without pay under the enterprise bargaining agreement.

    Advice to Management

    Importance of looking after hard working staff.


  6. "Relief Officer"

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    Former Employee - Relief Officer in Brisbane
    Former Employee - Relief Officer in Brisbane
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Brisbane City Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, great customers who help
    Variety
    Less micro management than admin teams, more autonomy, less stifling :-)

    Cons

    Non existent preparation or training for assignment, just left to figure the job out which can be an added stress.

    Advice to Management

    Get decent, talented Team Leaders who have required skills to train staff.
    Less shoulder taps for friends and family in BSQ, allow more opportunities for others to apply - level the playing field please.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Call Centre Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High salary for the industry

    Cons

    Their management strategy mainly consists of fear and bullying. And god help you if you or your child are unwell. Several people in my time got sent to see the council medical officer to determine if the carers leave they took for their kids was fraudulent.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff with basic dignity?

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Policy Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brisbane City Council full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic Work life balance and exposure to very interesting policy and political realities of government. The pay is excellent relative to the level of expectation and responsibility.

    Cons

    The work could occasionally feel very repetitive and low value. Also there were periods were there was not a significant amount of engaging work.

    Advice to Management

    Give junior employees more ability to do interesting and engaging work with implications of the broader city.


  9. "Graduate Civil Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer in Brisbane
    Current Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brisbane City Council full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Good, Flexible Hours
    - Free gym
    - Lots of opportunities for transfers

    Cons

    - A little old fashioned. Lack of turnover means aging employees and out of date work processes.
    - Bureaucratic.
    - Ideas for improvements are ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage longer service employees to work in unfamiliar areas of the council. Be more open to innovation, digitize processes and stop using so much paper.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Brisbane
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brisbane City Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working for local government in Brisbane has exposed me to the most complex organisation I have had a chance to work for. With 7,600 employees and seven divisions, one gets a chance to interact with many folks from different walks of life and professional backgrounds. I have had the opportunity to practice business analysis and improve my acumen on both organisational change management and technical change and transition fronts.

    Cons

    The organisational environment of Council allows for little risk appetite and the practices are conservative rather than avant garde. Technologies are adopted rather than trail-blazed; there is little experimentation and if things are not broken, they are often not subject to improvement initiatives. That said, it is a good place to learn how things in a steady environment work. It may be challenging to work with an aging and change averse workforce, but that also allows one to understand techniques for building rapport and gaining alliances.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great policies for supporting your workforce; this is a great place to start and great for growing one's career as an IT professional.