HORTICULTURALIST (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 22 November 2018
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
Building and Field Maintenance (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 1 November 2018
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
Road Operations (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 21 August 2018
Worked here for a while in the Road Operations Department, if you are a Technologist BEWARE, management is a "joke", favoritism, insecurity, tons of work and more and more, because nobody wants to take responsibility for nothing. Big time "Gravy Train" with a large amount of the budget going to the drain in very stupid un-necessary expenses. You will not see a raise because the Union is "fixed", the place is dirty and old, all the technology is very old and your office will be a table in a hallway "Literally". Stay away from here, a very poor city, rent is expensive and the roads are a disaster. Many "under the Table deals" with big budgets cuts for Road Painting, as a matter of fact, the contracts are fixed between friends. Very toxic environment. Stay away from this.
Lifeguard/Swim Instructor (Current Employee) – Barrie, ON – 30 June 2018
Management's terrible. Definitely, A LOT of favouritism and is hard to move up the ladder. There are also a lot of Employment Standards violations. No Benefits, however other departments are treated better and given more pay and benefits. Management needs to step-up.
No Benefits, No Recognition, No Support, No Respect
Dance Teacher (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 15 April 2018
Working for the city teaching dance was the best job I have had. I was able to work with kids of all ages teaching them something I love to do. The hourly wage was amazing, however I did not get many hours due to school.
Coop Student (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 27 December 2017
The City of Barrie was an excellent employer. They trusted me as a coop student to complete various tasks. They gave me the ability to learn more about the city that I live in. Great place to work. All employees were very nice and welcoming.
Fast paced environment with large responsibility, accuracy was pertinent in my positiom
Committee and Print Services Supervisor (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 27 September 2017
I very much enjoyed my employment at the City of Barrie. My typical day included Agenda preparation, minute taking, acting as commissioner of Oaths, supervising 13 Committees and 8 employees, preparing and giving performance reviews, supporting members of Council, supervising, Council Secretariat and Print and Mail Room.
I worked extended hours on a regular basis and attended after hour meetings.
The amount of knowledge I learned through my position is insurmountable. Learning was the favourite component of my position. I enjoyed research and assisting other staff and members of the public.
Youth Programmer (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 26 September 2017
Front line team is amazing . Not a lot of room for growth and development . Hardest part of the job was the lack of support from management . Most enjoyable part of the job was working with the community and satisfying their needs to the best of my ability
Co-op (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 18 June 2017
A typical day at work is busy and yet if feels like the air is filled with arsenic and some one just died. People kid of keep to them selves except when there is a contract involved or you need something from an employee. At least the management is concerned about your health. The hard part of the job is making sure you have work and your not bored to death. There was no enjoyable part in the job.
Lifeguard/Swim Instructor (Current Employee) – Barrie, ON – 25 April 2017
I very much enjoy working with the City of Barrie. The work is engaging and rewarding and I feel appreciated as an employee. If anything, there are days when I would prefer a longer shift as opposed to a two hour shift, but overall, I am very happy working here.
Roads, Parks & Fleets (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 7 February 2017
Everyday was a bit different since I was working out within the community. Loved everyone I worked with and the experience I gained from the job. Just wish I could have stayed longer. It is a very hard job to get into. Seems every mother/daughter who worked their gets a job for their friends & family so very little outsiders are considered, which is a shame.
Happy co-workers. Great experience. Good benefits and compensation for work load.
Management could be a little... funny. They do not hire fairly.
Pool Installer / Labourer (Current Employee) – Downing Crescent, Barrie ON – 4 November 2014
Arrive to the rink and start working on our pre-game checklist. Check the arena stands for garbage or defects, make sure the level of cleanliness in the washrooms are at an appropriate standard, check all garbage around the rink and remove any that were full and exchange with a new bag. Sweep the floors after every intermission and after the game. The management I have worked under has definitely set the bar for it's employees. Very approachable and will not hesitate to clarify any directions they've given us. After working there for 10 years I think the hardest part of the job was finding new things to learn. My most enjoyable part of the job were working in that kind of hockey environment where not only did i see hockey at a higher level, but also saw the operation side of things at an bigger scale venue.
Lifeguard/Swim Instructor (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 22 October 2014
A typical day including preparing lesson plans, teaching and being in the pool for up to three hours at a time and if the shift including guarding then we would watch over an area of the pool in 20 minute rotations. In the off-rotation time we would have to clean up around the pool deck. I learned how to function in high-stress situations and how to deal with patrons in any mood. I also learned how to be professional with my boss. My co-workers were extremely fun and helpful in any situation. The hardest part of the job was guarding the pools when they were very crowded. The most enjoyable part of the job was helping children succeed and watching them enjoy themselves in the water.