Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) – London, ON – 3 February 2014
On a typical day of work I would log in samples of wastewater samples from various stages in the treatment process. I would then perform analysis for suspended solids, total solids, volatile solids, pH and alkalinity on the days samples. The lab was very well managed and had a great work environment. While I mostly worked alone there were always other co-workers there to assist me if I needed help with something. I was also able to assist them with their workloads performing other types of analysis. The most difficult part of the job was time management. It took a lot of experience to figure out the timing of the different analysis and determine the order to do them in so as to maximize the time. The most enjoyable part of the job was working in the atmosphere in the lab. It was always a friendly atmosphere but it was professional at the same time.
Building Attendant (Current Employee) – City of London, ON – 11 September 2017
Typical day at Work includes, changing garbages, moving hockey nets, helping the general public. I have learned a lot about working for the city, ect, how to interact with the public in a positive manner, how to properly do the job at hand. My supervisor is a huge part in my growth with the city. Hardest part of the job has to be dealing with all the 'bad' parents. the most enjoyable part is talking with the operator on duty, and just getting to know each other.
Facility Program Supervisor (Current Employee) – London, ON – 27 August 2017
Before I get to my concerns, I just want to say that my direct management has been tremendous. I can't say the same for other departments that I deal with, but I'll get into that.
Working for the City has been an eye-opening experience. There is a complete lack of communication between departments, making the simplest tasks the most daunting and frustrating experiences. The politics are overwhelming and sour what could be a positive working environment.
I've learned that as a casual employee for the City of London, that I'm basically dirt. Even as someone who is in an insignificant position, I still have to manage entire buildings. Yet, when something goes wrong in one of those buildings, it's always due to a lack of communication between departments. Then I get to hear the criticism, nothing is ever done to rectify the horrendous communication breakdowns, and we're left at square one when something else goes awry.
I'm constantly being told about internal job postings in order to get ahead with the company. Unfortunately, the City loves its nepotism, and you will constantly hear of people getting jobs because of the people they know. I know that's a reality in a lot of places, but it's unfortunately quite present in this corporation. I've seen it. A lot of it.
My experience has been frustrating to say the least. I still enjoy the people I work with, but that's as far as it goes. I can't stand the lack of communication, the lack of pay, and the lack of respect. I can't move on soon enough.
IT Manager (Former Employee) – IYT – 15 August 2017
Very slow moving if you come from private sector. Got more done during Union strike as Manager. Good Managers. Upper Managers are focused on Project management and hold project managers in higher regarding than the people holding the expertise. Very focused on job review and metrics to track when most companies are removing the performance review. City of London pays 20 k below other Cities for managers in IT Hardest part of the job. Dealing with entitled union staff. Most enjoyable part of the job...Leaving at end of day.
City is really run by two people. HR is very anti benefit
nursing (Former Employee) – Dearness – 1 August 2017
I would never recommend this LTC facility to work at. Worst management I have worked under. Most staff try to provide the best resident care they can but it is a fear based job culture, no management support and the management constantly contradicts itself. Management also does not take the time to know the residents and I have been present when they have spoken in an unprofessional manner about the residents as well. The facility itself is clean and the surroundings are beautiful. If the city cleaned up the management team and listened to staff input the residents would be the ones to benefit the most from this as the Dearness employees would be much happier and enjoy coming to work.
Most staff are friendly and try to provide good care
Camp Counsellor (Former Employee) – London, ON – 14 June 2017
I worked as a camp counsellor floater for a summer and enjoyed my experience however I did feel like just a fill in whenever I got to a shift. I wasn't treated with the same respect because I was temporary but I still enjoyed the kids and working outside. The management at higher levels was good and there was always a good on site manager as well. Everyone was a hard worker and got to work 20 minutes early. Rewarding but tiring job.
Business Analyst (Contract) (Former Employee) – London, ON – 10 February 2017
Great management, environment and motivation. Management teal always motivates to learn and gives more. A lot of courses were free for the employees "lunch and learn", so I was always learning about something.
Camp Counselor (Current Employee) – London, ON – 2 December 2016
As a Camp Counsler you have to make sure the environment is fun and enjoyable. Working with my colleagues I have learned how to take time to sort out hard situations. the hardest part of the job is telling kids that they can't do something, seeing that they can't join in on the fun is the hardest. The most enjoyable thing about my job is all of if. The smiles on the kids faces in the morning and the smiles when they leave. The parents feedback on how we do as leaders. Making a difference in a child's life. That's the most enjoyable thing about my job
Caseworker (Former Employee) – London, ON – 7 January 2016
While employed with the City of London from 2000 to 2015, I gained numerous skills from on-the-job training and courses. As well, the benefits received were excellent. I worked with many knowledgeable staff and made life-long friendships. I am grateful to have been an employee with this corporation.
There is a proactive social committee that plans and organizes several staff events throughout the year.
Operation Coordinator (Current Employee) – London, ON – 2 December 2015
Supportive management team like no other. There are employee development classes for those wishing to continue their studies. There are employees that look for community perks to share with the team for example organizing bus trips to baseball games, suite purchases at Budweiser Gardens for concerts and plays - then sell reasonably priced tickets to employees.
Reduced admissions at other attractions.
The bureaucratic organization structure makes it slow to react to market change.
Construction Crew Member (Former Employee) – London, ON – 14 October 2015
Never have I worked somewhere where I didn't fit in because I was working too hard. In my first week they told me to slow down my work pace around once a day. Seniority is how you rank among other employees hard work will get you nowhere.. or at least where i was employed.
Fun and rewarding workplace with children aged 4 - 12.
Full Time Camp Counselor (Former Employee) – London, ON – 12 March 2015
A typical day working with the City of London would include facilitating and participating in games and activities with children at the camp organized by age groups. Working at the City of London, you must learn and use strategies to compromise, understand and communicate well with children and co-workers of all ages. Management took place with a direct supervisor for every day camp site, and a higher up supervisor for the two sections of the city (east and west). The hardest part of the job would have been dealing with tough situations with the children, whether it be a home issue that has been identified or a behavioral problem that needs to be addressed immediately. The most enjoyable part of the job would be working with co-workers and the kids all summer, getting to know them all well and having a great time.
Personal Support Worker (Former Employee) – London, ON – 10 August 2014
- Long, but fun and interesting - How to be more patient and understanding - Great management - My co-workers were all kind, outgoing people. All great with kids. - Long hours - Working with the children