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fun job
Outdoor rink coordinator (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON11 May 2018
this job was a lot of fun as it was pretty much just make sure the ice is clean and safe then, you get to play hockey and get paid. overall very fun job.
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Decent job while under 30
Counsellor Special Needs (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON10 May 2018
working for the City of Ottawa provides steady employment with some basic benefits. Internal Job postings allow for movement to other positions. The salary is low, even at the top end and there are only so many higher up positions.
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Lots of policies
Lifeguard/Swim Instructor (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON3 May 2018
I worked programs with the city such as soccer,hockey and other activities. I was then offered a job at a pool. My first 3 months were good then my boss went crazy and started over demanding. I do not recommend working more than 2 shifts a week.
Pros
Money
Cons
Very tiring
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great for students
Customer Service Representative I (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON3 May 2018
This is a great job if you are a student as they are very flexible with hours. You can choose not to work set hours for several months and stay on the replacement staff list. However, shifts are set for different sessions. This also gives you the opportunity to have different positions within the City of Ottawa.
Pros
very flexible, great for students
Cons
not enough hours, can't leave location on breaks
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excellent place to work
pension and benefits officer (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON1 May 2018
Work environment is pleasant and provides good opportunities for advancement. The work culture is very dynamic and collaboration between all departments is great.
Pros
Great career opportunities
Cons
Subject to Council decisions which may impact job security
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Very rewarding and fun job!
Program Leader/Instructor (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON30 April 2018
If you love working with children and have a fun and dynamic personality, this is the job for you! Work with kids of all ages and teach them various skills through play!
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Productive and rewarding place to work
Lifeguard and Aquatics Instructor (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON29 April 2018
The city of Ottawa was a great work environment to work in. Supervisors are friendly but firm and help ensure everything is going smoothly. Decent place to work.
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Great place to work back in the day
Maintenance/Grounds Crew (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON25 April 2018
Was one of my again favourite places to work great staff back in the day, sure had certain clicks but over all got along with everyone and had my on clicks as well. Lost touch with most of the people sometimes bump into a few but its been years I hope all is well with all of the staff from 2001 to 2003.
Pros
n/a
Cons
n/a
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Solid, unionized opportunity for lifeguards looking for a stable job.
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON22 April 2018
Unionized work, hours based on seniority, subsidized training. Great framework for lifeguards looking to be in it for the long run. Excellent facilities and teams.
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Fun place to work
Lifeguard (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON18 April 2018
With tones of other staff to help you out with any difficulty, and the ability to request hours at your own choice. The city of Ottawa is a great place to work.
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Great Summer job
Animal Control Officer (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON31 March 2018
Great Summer job, enjoyed the experience, great training, staff was good to work with. Had contract extended into the fall and their recommendation helped get me a job with the Ottawa Humane Society over the winter!
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Fun workplace
Skating Instructor (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON23 March 2018
Great place to work. Co-workers are friendly and very easy to work with. The most enjoyable part of the job is working with kids. I learned how to take control of some situations.
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Poor management
Transportation (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON19 March 2018
Poor management leading to poor workplace culture.
Male-centric management, self-obsessed.
Catastrophically risk adverse.
Technology adverse - IT group won't allow for any customization nor use of any non-standard software.
Pros
HR payroll always provided a correct paycheck - on-time.
Cons
Non-unionized staff have short life spans, easily dismissed.
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Great benefits and pay
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON16 March 2018
Great pay and benefits. Terrible management. Helps if you know someone to get you in permanent, Not what you know its all about who you know. Great co workers
Pros
pays well
Cons
management is awful
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Fun workplace
Program Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON10 March 2018
Always looked forward to coming into work and was always around fun people. Advancement was always available if wanted, co-workers showed the same work ethic.
Pros
Fun
Cons
Long hours
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Safe workplace, poor management
CSR - Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON7 March 2018
As it is with the City of Ottawa, it makes it very hard to get fired or lose your position. The job itself is fairly easy but includes a lot of memory and knowledge.

The management keeps switching as they get promoted and get replaced which makes it very hard to get along with them. Some seem unorganized and can sometimes affect your job.

With the city of Ottawa, you need to be bilingual which could be a con for some.
Pros
Safe workplace
Cons
Poor management
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Positive and friendly environment
Recreational Leader (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON5 March 2018
An extremely rewarding job as youre always with children. Great employes, a very positive work place with extremely understading bosses. They're always there to assist you with anything
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Interesting
Legal Assistant (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON29 January 2018
I worked in two departments. The first was great... interesting work, great people to work with, overall environment was friendly and not stressful at all. Second department I worked in was a great place to work but management would never give you a straight answer when it came to becoming a permanent employee
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Management made you play a guessing game to whether you had a job or not at the end of the week
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Chill environment
Supply Teacher (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON29 January 2018
Management was good

Pay was good

Environment was laid-back & fun

Employees were great to work with & friendly

Good work/life balance

Part-time & Full-time employment
Pros
Good pay, good environment
Cons
No benefits
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Productive workplace
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON28 January 2018
I love working for the City of Ottawa. I learned to get along with coworkers, dealing with customers, and I grew as a person. I learned that customers are always right and to respect their wishes.
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