Houseworker: fairly easygoing workplace with kind but firm management
Housekeeping (Former Employee) – Victoria, BC – 10 October 2017
- the management is very friendly and receptive to suggestions on how to improve the workplace.
- the workplace culture is generally supportive; workers and management often look out for one another.
- the work can be physically demanding, but work hours are a bit shorter than the usual 9-5s so it helps balance that aspect out.
- micromanagement is slim; generally you were given a series of tasks for the day and if you followed your list, managers put faith in you and didn't come to micromanage you.
- the wage: hourly was barely above minimum wage, which I suppose could be expected of a summer job. This is somewhat mitigated by shift differentials on the weekend, but only marginally so. The pay definitely could be better because...
- the messes you dealt with: granted, our job did not include cleaning washrooms but was limited to the bedding aspect of the residences. HOWEVER, because we dealt with bedding we were sometimes (but not often) exposed to blood, urine, fecal matter and other 'pleasant' things. I feel dealing with these kinds of materials warrants even just a slightly higher wage than what is currently given.
Reasonable work hours, good management
Mediocre pay to deal with some frankly disgusting stuff