Lifeguard/ Swimming Instructor (Current Employee) – Surrey, BC – 6 October 2016
My typical work day is done by guarding the pool, working alongside co-workers to insure the safety of the general public. Serving the needs of the public and making sure to prevent injuries or any unsafe behaviour that may lead to an emergency. I've learned how to manage my emotions and how to handle every medical emergency that presents itself to me as a professional for the City of Surrey. Management could be better, they are not out on the pool deck nor do they understand the job of a lifeguard. Staff morale is not important to them. They are more concerned with scheduling (often over book and overlapping) and making a profit. Often they make mistakes with shift scheduling. They do not know how to treat staff with respect, we are given 1 day of a year, yet they do not inform us that we are given 9 family days. I know this from the grapevine, not from upper management. When I call in sick, I am expected to present a doctor's note, which is fine; however, the problem lies not within presenting, but how I am treated until I present a doctor's note. They basically think I am lying up until presentation. I find this rude and unfair, I do not disrespect the system, when I call in sick it is legitimate. I will get a doctor's note, but until that time I expect to be treated with decency, which I am not. Upper management doesn't consider us important, they have treated us like we are liars. This is the hardest part of the job, but I truly love serving the public and doing everything in my ability to keep the pool a safe and enjoyable place for all community members.
Supervisor (Current Employee) – Surrey, BC – 27 August 2016
As a long time employee, the last 2 years has seen many changes and not many for the good. Meetings after meetings, more and more courses and inside hiring to managers kids friends etc.. Jobs that used to get done in short order now take 5 times as long due to so many other people involved in many simple job decisions.
Leader (Current Employee) – Surrey, BC – 5 July 2016
working for the city is a fun and great learning place, it teaches you about the community and how to work independently and as part of a team. the management and co workers are great and are always willing to help and answer questions. the best part is the atmosphere at the workplace it is fun and lively and everyone is like a family.
volunteer (Former Employee) – Surrey-White Rock, BC – 8 January 2016
City of Surrey is a very fun place and you get to join in community services and meet new people. i enjoyed it because it allows you to have fun and join in activities and everyone sends awesome nice vibes
volunteering on day of Roots (Former Employee) – Surrey, BC – 7 December 2015
Really easy to become a volunteer and take part in festivals, events, fundraisers for the City of Surrey. Can also help out at the park, plants trees and flowers. Volunteers are provided with snacks while volunteering and breaks whenever you want. References are mailed to you which is a plus!
Volunteer Firefighter (Former Employee) – Surrey, BC – 28 October 2014
I had some great training. the experience was valuable. the experience is great but does not give any preference for Career Firefighter. In Fact if you volunteer you are expected to know more and are penalized by crew if you make mistakes.
General Laborer (Former Employee) – Surrey, BC – 18 July 2014
May 2001- Nov 2001 General Laborer, City of Surrey, Surrey. (Temporary ) • Employed within the Sewer & Public Works Depts. • Responsible for inspecting sewers, determining root cause and problem solving. • Traveled to various locations to determine areas of issue. • Utilized strong communication skills both with peers & interdepartmentally to ensure resolve was achieved. • Ensured all designated responsibilities were consistently achieved.