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They knew I was a co-op student and I was there to learn, but they still treated me like I was an integral part of their workforce. This allowed me to really get the hands-on experience I was looking for from the work-term.
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No room for advancement

Unless you know someone, are apart of the boys club or brown nose your way in there, there is no your going to get full time. There are people there that have worked for them for 10+ years and have not got full time.On top of all that they pay on the lower end for municipal work. There's no benefits package, and they expect you to work the full duration of your contract without any days off. They make us pay Union dues every paycheck but the union doesn't do anything for us. They think they're doing you a huge favour by employing you (yes I understand jobs can be hard to comeby these days) but in reality they would crumble without any of their temp workers.The equipment is dated, they keep so many old trucks instead of retiring them and getting new ones, they use farming equipment for plowing the sidewalks. Maybe if they stop handing out 150k+ jobs like candy and invest it back into their workforce it wouldn't be so bad. I was there for 5+ years and it has just gone steadily down hill every time I went back.It's probably really easy to get in there now, since they lose all of their good workers one way or another. My suggestion is use it as an avenue for something better, or what I would really suggestion is look elsewhere entirely.


Can be lax at times, can work unsupervised


Pay, no benefits, uniun will not help temporary workers, management hasn't got a clue.
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Leadership can't decide on a direction

Life at the City of Vaughan is a revolving door. Senior leadership keeps changing - if not the actual people, then the ones who stay change their minds and instructions all the time. It makes working there feel chaotic, unprofessional, and if you're not part of the "in" crowd, you'll get thrown under the bus in a heartbeat.It's too bad. Some people and departments try really hard to do good work, but senior leadership always manages to ruin everything. There's a huge gap between how great Vaughan could be, versus how it actually is.


Pay is higher than average


Staff turnover, poor management, you're either in club or you're nobody
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A rewarding job with excellent management.

I have been very pleased to work with excellent coworkers and managers. The job is also challenging but very rewarding. I plan to continue working here for the rest of my career.
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Great work to get started in the field

I had a great time here, it was a fun job where I could meet people and learn about the profession of fitness and exercise. I liked this job and the work, my only complaint is that they should have had online group meetings as I missed a mandatory meeting on the weekend due to sleeping in and a long commute, so I lost the job.


Fun, can work out (though frowned upon), great experience, wide variety of tasks, independence and accountability, great coworkers and management


Political nonsense, and inflexible policy.
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Great Opportunities

Once you’re employed with the City, you’ll have countless opportunities to move throughout the department and even into other departments. You can apply internally to other jobs. Compensation is excellent and you’ll meet a lot of really great people. Can be tricky to get in, but keep an eye out.


Great people, excellent compensation, lots of opportunities.
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Great staff members and fun environment to work

I was a fitness counselor, personal trainer and group fitness instructor and enjoyed working in all areas. The members at the gym make it such a pleasant experience.
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Poor experience

They only hire family members or people they are really good friends with. Which I understand a private company doing But Not a city. There is never full time job opportunities.
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Only good for full time employment

If your hired as full time employee, as almost every city jobs are, you do bare minimum and get paid maximum. If you are part time or contract worker, city will pay minimum and try hardest to save money and take advantage of you.


Good life/work balance


You will easily find private employer who will pay double your rate.
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Productive and Enjoyable

As a lifeguard, I monitored pool-related activities closely throughout shifts and identified any safety issues. Directed swimmers out of the pool in hazardous conditions and assisted patrons when necessary. Also as a swimming instructor Planned and effectively organized class time for maximum practice, through weekly lesson plans. Taught important swimming and water skills. Ensured the safety of students by maintaining constant watch and enforcing pool rules. Learned the ins and outs of the pool, certain procedures pertaining to closing and opening of the pool. Co-workers were helpful and were effective at communicating. Enforcing rules and dealing with patrons was the hardest part of this job. The most enjoyable part of this job is the community. Management was relaxed and attentive to any situations happening.
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Great Management

The city of Vaughan provides excellent training and orientation for their employees. They have yearly meetings to check-in with their program providers. Their recreation and facilities management team are great at following up with concerns and resolve problems in a timeline manner.
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Slow paced, minimal supervision

If you like laid back work environment. This is the place to be. Code reviews were non existent. Most "Developers" didn't know what they were doing. Easy job with high pay.
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Productive and fun workplace

I was given the opportunity to work within my community and gain experience working with children. I got to work with a group of great coworkers that I have built strong relationships with.
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Volatile place, jobs don't last long

Too much politics. No proper review process or attempts to assist you. Swimming with sharks. Somewhat cult like. The building is nice and convenient to have a fitness facility there.
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Well organized company

great people to work with and very competitive. always have to be on time for when you are scheduled to umpire baseball game in order to do meeting with coaches
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Great Salary

This company pays very well, but they need to start promoting from within if they want to keep their high performing staff. Lots of younger people leave.
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Nice working environment

Good leadership and staff. Strong IT leadership and team oriented environment. Would recommend for anyone considering a move to public role. Good location.
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A fun workplace to work at and you will always need to communicate with others if you are new.

A typical day at work is just giving I do swimming, thus I have to give lessons and also guard swims most of the time I have learned how to manage my time, as well as be flexible. With that, I've learned how to communicate well with others making me more confident in my talk. Safety is the main priority when with students and be aware of all things that are happening and most importantly have to be knowledgeable. Every person there are nice and respectful and the hardest part of the job is giving good detail to kids when teaching. The most enjoyable part of the job is actually trying to teach kids as it can be a challenge and that is very enjoyable.
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great place to work but no opportunity for permanent full time position

After several years of contract work, I felt it was time to move on and seek a permanent full time position for future growth and development. I enjoyed working with the Parks department and was able to learn some great skills which I believe will assist me in obtaining future job opportunities.
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Great Team Experience

Working with the transportation team at City of Vaughan was a great experience. Everyone was cordial and friendly. The management was very honest about what they could do to help and what might be outside of their power. I learned so much, technical wise, while working there and would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a nice, relaxing but engaging place to work
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Stable seasonal employ, good staff and friendly environment

Stable seasonal employ, good staff and friendly environment. Boss is unexceptional but not terrible, daily organization and structure is good. The job is not particularly engaging, however.
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