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City of Vancouver Employee Reviews

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Labourer, Gardener's Helper, Gardener. (Former Employee), Vancouver, BCDecember 4, 2014
Depending on the job, and the people one got to work with, it could be enjoyable, but often times one had to work with people who didn't care about the quality of their work, or how hard they worked, so it could also be a frustrating job because this. That, and having to work under the direction of a top-heavy management that was often ineffective on – more... basic levels of operation. – less
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good job security and great work environment
operations laborer (Current Employee), Vancouver, BCSeptember 17, 2013
Pros: job stability
Cons: job advancement
equipment guide giving hand signals while backhoe is digging. Assigning duties and different tasks to co-workers job site safety and truck driving when i am needed. most enjoyable part is the crew of guys all great people and we work as a tem
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dealing with public researching information
Clerk II (Former Employee), Vancouver, BCDecember 25, 2012
Pros: love dealing with books
Cons: cannot think of a negative
Librarians and co-workers very knowledgeable and helpful.
Enjoyed working with books but the hardest part was seeing
the inapproprate handling of books by the public
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municipal employer
Heavy Duty Mechanic (Former Employee), Vancouver, BCDecember 8, 2012
Pros: job security
repair and maintanance of municipal fleet. work enviroment .
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Rapidly declining corporate culture
Performance Analyst (Former Employee), Vancouver, WASeptember 15, 2014
Pros: excellent vacation benefits
Cons: typically not a good envirionment for creative ambitious people
In some departments there is a toxic corporate environment that is very uncomfortable for line staff, and begins with senior management. Staff development is limited to technical and "feel good" training, but ongoing support and development is virtually non-existent in most departments.

Some managers are focused on maintaining status quo and are not – more... interested in creative solutions despite the need for change. Others are very open to collaboration and change. Be sure you know which is which by asking smart questions during interviews. – less
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Abundance of Knowledge gained through AmeriCorps internship at City of Vancouver
Events & Volunteer Coordinator VetsWork AmeriCorps (Former Employee), Vancouver, WAAugust 26, 2014
I learned as much as they could teach me at my internship working along two hard working supervisors.
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Great Longevity
Payroll Analyst (Former Employee), Vancouver, WAJuly 10, 2014
Enjoyed working with the other employees. Made some long term friendships.
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Interesting and well structured enviroment
Receptionist/Customer Service (Former Employee), Vancouver, WASeptember 25, 2012
Pros: interesting, ability to use my skills and qualifications.
Cons: short term contract.
A very fun job with learning values, and public contact. The City of Vancouver offers many oppurtunities to learn about the city I work in and what is happening in local government.
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Strong and well run public works programs in water and wastewater areas
Civil Engineer (Water/Wastewater & Source Control) (Former Employee), Vancouver, WAJuly 5, 2012
Pros: generous benefits, and mostly the work experience working in a larger program
Cons: i would have enjoyed a chance to work in the construction area before leaving
I learned everything about water and sewer utilities, the review of proposed development, setting up 6 yr capital improvement programs, compliance reports (water and NPDES wastewater), designing pipeline projects for the water system, coordinating on project teams for utility impprovements during regional transportation projects, engineering design – more... and pipeline construction inspection practices. I enjoyed the co-workers at all parts of the city and learned an incredible breadth and depth about all parts of the utility through my work on project planning and proj; management teams – less
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Great for teens looking for a job.
Lifeguard (Former Employee), Vancouver, WAMarch 14, 2012
Pros: can swimm laps for free
Cons: more for teens kind of job
I loved working as a lifeguard for the City Of Vancouver. They are very professional and safety is a big must with them. The people are so helpful and will work around your home/school life.
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Great potential - Good employees - Toxic Leadership
Manager (Former Employee), City HallDecember 14, 2011
Pros: work purpose, dedicated staff, work/life balance.
Cons: management by fear, no accountability, bullies flourish
The work is rewarding; the staff would like to make a difference. In all departments, folks who should never lead people continue to create a toxic work environment. Two women run the show and they hire their friends. Results do not matter; who is your friend does.

May 24, 2012

So True, Find Empolyment else where you will thanks me. The place is in need of a good cleaning and a full time maintenance person Like they had when the opened

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Fun place to work to have fun in the water
Vancouver, WA (Former Employee), Slide AttendentNovember 4, 2011
Pros: employees can use the pool free
Cons: humid on hot days
A neat environment with nice people. People love to swim and they can anytime in this fun setting with shallow toddlers pool, deep end and water slide.