City of Barrie Employee Reviews
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Nobody matters unless you don’t question anything. Job security = keep your head down and shut your mouth! You will find co-workers asleep at their desk and because that person has had a work place injury everyone looks the other way. You end up doing their portion of the work.
Working for the City of Barrie has been absolutely amazing and I feel honoured that I have gotten to be a part of the community and watch it grow since I have joined. The management is always understanding and willing to help in any way the can.
mentally draining at times
A typical day at work included lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons, and occasionally performing first-aid. I Learned about customer service and first aid in this job. Management had some issues. Some supervisors overlooked un-tasteful behavior from employees that were their friends and not every employee in the same position was treated equally. The passive aggressive behavior and remarks made towards certain employees that were not as social or outgoing felt like a stereotypical high school movie. The hardest part of the job was the stress that came from difficult co-workers and management. The most enjoyable part of the job was working with customers.
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many projects at once including new business planning, staff training and hiring enjoyed work culture and social functions challenge to manage timelines under various constraints young management learned about ticketing systems and theatre industry
Even though I found that I thoroughly enjoyed my experience during my time at this camp, it was difficult to enjoy it during the end of the summer as I have many dear friends who also work for the City and they had difficulties when it came time for time management on the City's part. Although I am aware this was not MY experience, a friend of mine had to quit because they did not have enough time to focus on their own mental health, and when they needed to, the camp would not grant them time away when they had signed a contract for a certain amount of time. Their only choice was to quit. During the end of my time with them, I was granted a week off, which I decided to use during the last week of camp so I could have two weeks off, as the last week of summer was an optional working time, and I had opted out of it since I was moving away for school at the beginning of that week. After informing my boss that I would be unable to make it for the very last week, I received an angry call wondering why I was not there. I informed him that I had asked for the time off, and when he checked "again" he realized he was wrong and apologized. Their organization is less-than acceptable, and I do not plan on returning for fear of a decrease in their organization skills.
good experience, learned quite a bit to further my life skills, life-long friends and connections
unorganized, unprepared for camp weeks, terrible communication skills
The City of Barrie Horiculture department gives you a ton of experience and knowledge in turf related areas. Throughout my 3 seasons, I assisted in greenhouse operations, and plant propagation. I gained knowledge in irrigation systems including fixing leaks and testing of the system in the spring. I helped design and install floral displays, as well as the maintenance of floral beds including weeding, mulching, pruning, fertilizing and watering. This is a great place to gain valuable knowledge and experience with minimal to no experience. The management and workplace culture was great, and every day was fun.
Great work environment, lots to learn and experience
While working for the city of barrie, I was a student employee at the Barrie Sports Complex. Working outside taking care of the sports fields was a great way to spend the summer. The management was great to work with and always gave us everything we could have needed