Well-trained, engaged people who are passionate about great customer service.
We were founded in 1890 with a simple ethos: to improve people’s lives. That ethos has never changed, and delivering great service is still right at the top of our priorities. Our customers are so important to us – and we want them to feel that way. We work hard to ensure that every customer has a great experience with Guinness. For us, that’s all about being easy and convenient to deal with, and reliable and respectful in the way that we talk to people and provide our services. We’re wholeheartedly committed to doing what we say we’ll do, keeping people informed, responding quickly and resolving any problems.
We’ve recently changed our structure to place a sharper focus on great customer experience. At the heart of this are well-trained, engaged people who are committed to our vision and genuinely passionate about helping customers. Collaboration, compliance and customer satisfaction underpin everything we do here.
“We believe that the most important thing that we can do for our customers is to be reliable and consistent, and do things on time and to a high standard, every day.”
Executive Director of Customer Services
What we do
Delivering Great Customer Service is a big commitment so we make sure we have the right people in the right roles to make that happen. Click on the images below to find out more about the teams that make up our Housing & Customer Services directorates
Responsive and informative, our customer contact centres handle a wide range of queries. Their work covers income management, customer data assurance and processing, and is right at the heart of our customer service promise.
The Customer Accounts team reduce and collect rent arrears and help prevent further debt. They deal with accounts relating to current and former customers. The team can also help by referring customers to advice and information to ensure they are able to pay their rent and not fall behind. They manage all general account and credit management enquiries.
This team work to bring all of our customer data and feedback together and cross-reference it to provide clear and meaningful information for our operational teams. The team also design our services to deliver the excellent customer experience our customers expect.
People working in our customer liaison teams take on a variety of roles across estate services, tenancy management, tenancy sustainment, voids, allocations and lettings, anti-social behaviour and tenancy investigations.
Working in Housing and Customer Services at Guinness
Our Housing and Customer Services team are extremely important to our success. Working closely with our customers on a day to day basis, they deliver frontline services that support our customers, shape the customer experience and best represent our business and what we’re here to do.
Whether you’re working in our Contact centre, Customer Support, Estates, Customer Liaison, Customer Experience or Tenancy Enforcement teams, you’ll be liaising directly with our customers to deliver services that make a very real difference to their lives.
We recognise that our ability to deliver great customer service relies on the dedication of our people, so we create a culture where you’ll flourish, with opportunities to progress your career, competitive salaries, pension, flexible working opportunities, qualifications support and staff recognition awards.
If you want a job where you’re not only proud of what you do, but proud of who you work for and what we’re here for, then we recommend you consider joining us. You can find a list of our current opportunities here.
What we offer
We offer a career that really makes a difference, with the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications and the chance to develop your career. We want our people to enjoy what they do, to have a real sense of achievement, and feel rewarded. We are proud to have a workforce that lives our values and who are highly engaged.
We want our people to enjoy what they do and to feel rewarded.
Competitive pay and allowances
We’re committed to attracting and retaining the best people. Each year, we review our salaries to make sure that they remain competitive and that we’re paying you fairly.
Competitive healthcare benefits
We offer great, competitive health and wellbeing benefits. Membership to our private healthcare scheme will enable you to claim back money towards your everyday dental, optical and healthcare treatments (up to a certain amount per year). We also offer eye care vouchers and VDU glasses.
We’ll help you save for your retirement through our workplace pension schemes. We have a defined benefit scheme and a defined contribution scheme. To help you get the most out of your total reward package, we also provide a pension salary sacrifice arrangement that enables you to take advantage of National Insurance Contributions (NICs) savings while maintaining your pension scheme benefits.
We offer flexible working opportunities to all of our employees. During employment, these can be discussed with line managers and will be considered fairly and in keeping with business needs.
Annual leave and time off
Employees receive 25 days annual leave per year, plus bank holidays. If you work part time, this will be calculated on a pro rata basis and you also have the option to buy an additional 5 days.
Maternity, paternity and adoption leave
As a new parent or adoptive parent, you’ll be eligible for leave in line with statutory entitlements. Should you qualify for it, you may also receive enhanced pay over and above the statutory amounts.
Other types of leave
We understand that there are times when you’ll need other types of leave to help with life events, and we’ll always try our best to accommodate this.
We have a lifestyle benefits scheme, pulling together a range of special offers and great deals. You can make some great savings on everyday shopping, from fashion and electronics to travel, leisure and days out.
'Give As You Earn Scheme'
With our ‘Give As You Earn Scheme’, you can donate to any UK-registered charity through your salary. This is an optional benefit and all donations given in this way are tax efficient, so the charity will receive your donation and the tax you would have paid on this amount.
Employee Assistance Programme
We care about the people who work here and all of our employees benefit from access to our Employee Assistance Programme. This is a fully confidential service, run by an external organisation of highly experienced professionals. The services they offer include face-to-face counselling, a stress helpline and tax, fitness and childcare advice. This programme is in place to help our people deal with any personal problems they might have.
How we support you
Investing in our people and supporting them to grow
From the word go, you’ll be supported and given the skills and knowledge you need to be confident and effective in your role. New employees complete a structured induction programme and mandatory training programmes including Great Service at Guinness, Equality and Diversity and e-learning; you’ll learn about everything from our systems and policies through to the practical skills needed to maintain and develop our properties and estates.
Ongoing learning and development
Great training makes for great success and we offer a wide variety of courses each year to make sure that our employees are equipped with the right skills and knowledge to do their jobs well. Some are mandatory for everyone and some are job specific. We run these courses in the ways that best suit people’s needs. So as well as face-to-face training, we offer hundreds of courses via e-learning and workbooks. We also welcome requests for training courses that aren’t included in our current offering.
We support our people to complete approved professional qualifications in order to enhance their skills and future career prospects. In addition to this, you can claim for one subscription to a professional body per year when this is required for your job role.
Aspire personal learning scheme
Aspire personal learning is a scheme that supports our employees to learn something new. What you choose to learn doesn’t have to be work-related but it should encourage learning in the wider context. It could be anything from bricklaying to dancing lessons, or from learning another language to learning to fly! You can claim up to £100 every financial year and you’re eligible if you have been an employee of The Guinness Partnership for more than six months and have passed your probation.
We take pride in thanking our people for their hard work and we have a number of initiatives in place to reward people, celebrating the achievements of individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond the normal requirements of the job.
We are committed to listening and acting upon employee feedback, ensuring that we all have the opportunity to create a Great Place to Work; each year we run employee surveys to ensure everyone has the chance to tell us what we do well and where we could improve. And our staff forum gives all our people a voice in the business decisions that may affect them.