City of Abbotsford
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3.6 out of 5 stars.
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Only problem was pay, lowest among the surrounding cities. Work can be tiring as you might be teaching lessons for hours on end. Guarding shifts are boring af
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Seasonal work

Good seasonal work. Covid messed things up for new hires. Definitely liked working there. The pay rate for the responsibilities is very very fair. I recommend
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  • Fair pay for job
  • Ability to meet personal goals

Love the work/life balance and have an awesome manager

In my role it's hard to find good work/life balance but very happy to have found a company that values this. They also have room to growth and learn which I enjoy. Different than I expected when working for a City but in a good way!


Pension, Remote Work, Flexibility


Fast Paced, Changes
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Good Temporary work

Worked here for the summer in a temporary role. Really enjoyed my time here. If you enjoy working outdoors and getting to see all parts of the city this is a good Place to work.
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Job security

Can be a great place to work depending on your reporting manager and department. Policies can be rigid and company is slow to innovate and change. Not a lot of flexibility.Benefits and time off make up for it.
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22 year decline in morale

The City of Abbotsford was a bright, progressive, decent place to work... but over the years nepotism, draconian practices, and punitive measures crept in. More and more staff disappeared for the slightest of reasons, and were replaced by favor to friends and relatives of Council and senior staff. HR went through several iterations, further destabilizing the atmosphere.


Flex time, fitness passes in exchange for OT, as an option. Lunch and learns.


Sponsored education must be linked to job you have, instead of your future goals as it used to be, exempt staff work excessive hours and are pressured against their conscience to demean subordinates.
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it was fun

one day a week me and my class worked around the length of the school day we would get paid 35 dollars a day the work was easy if the job site was deemed unsafe we would go work some where else
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Productive and fun workplace environment

Thoroughly enjoy working for Abbotsford's recreation centers. Everyone is so friendly and always provide assistance when needed. I would absolutely recommend working here.
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Awful place to work

Horrible managers, horrible environment, not paid enough. Treated like garbage. So glad I left and found the same job but in a different municipality and am getting treated so much better!
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Friendly coworkers.

The staff genuinely care for each other. Friendly environment and flexible hours for employees in school. Be careful not to get caught up in workplace politics.
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fast working in sales

a typical day in sales is starting your day and help customers as best as you can Most enjoyable part in your job is when the customer leaves your place sadisfied and you work as a team with your coworkers
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customer service and customer care is top of mind. Respectful workplace.

I worked for the City of Abbotsford in a variety of positions, I was always encouraged to learn new skills. I worked full time and there was never a dull moment. I worked in Recreation and the most difficult part was difficult customers. The most enjoyable part was seeing children excel in what ever activity they were participating in.
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Not a very great employer

Not a well ran organization. So many levels of management that do not communicate well with the workers on he front line. Lacking the meaning of a TEAM.
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A fun and enjoyable work environment

The people who work here are very friendly. They are flexible with their shifts and people are willing to cover. Supervisors are friendly, approachable people.
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this was a simple work environment, giving you the opportunity for a flexible schedule and exposure to children if you are interested in any sort of child care routes for a future career
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Good work for students

I worked for the pool, it's a great job if you're in school or if you want some extra hours and have another job. It isn't that great if you do it full time as advancement and management isn't as optimized as other city pools (from what I know at-least). Overall, the pay is good and it's pretty chill as long as you show up and are decent.


Relaxed culture


Management/supervision not optimized
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It was fun landscaping, cutting trees and such.

I landscaped with my school, once a week. I learned a lot of things. We cut the trees, cleaned the parks, raked the leaves. it was a great experience.
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Very different.

Hive minded mentality. My supervisor was a pretty good guy. Thanks Lukas. Low expectations of work ethic. If you can just show up, and eat lunch, you are going to do well. Trade work is very limited.


Super easy work.


Not very rewarding, and zero challenges and learning.
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Great company to work for.

Developed a lot of skills in the parks department using various power equipment and tools. Hard labour but very rewarding. Would recommend city of abbotsford to work for.
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Casual, fun workplace

Good place to work especially during high school and university. I would highly recommend lifeguarding for Abbotsford as a temporary job, however there is little to no room for advancement.
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Respective fun environment easy-going

Doing everything from Landscaping, tree planting, ground keeping, heavy vehicle operating, removal of shrubbery and debris such as garbage and Landscaping occasionally rebuild fencing


Paid lunches, paid fuel, paid travel time, by the hour you're always making money when you're on the road.


Bad weather conditions sometimes
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Based on 34 reviews

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3.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.3 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.8 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.9 out of 5 stars for Management
3.2 out of 5 stars for Culture

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