Halifax Regional Municipality Employee Reviews
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Working at HRM was very dynamic, as we got the opportunities to take on term jobs, and explore other departments. I worked in finance, procurement, Roads and public services.
Lowest paid lifeguards in Canada making barely over minimum wage for a job that required taking special courses that cost a lot of money to attend. Heavily biased on what shifts people get to work and do not receive any benefits for working there.
Some departments seem to be better than others as far as a work life balance goes. Different rules for different people. Not all, but some management don’t really have time to have meetings or articulate what they actually need. There are some “lifers” that seem to get preferential treatment but don’t really know how to do their job or treat people. If one can get past the screening for an interview for a term position that’s only one part of the battle, the next part is getting the permanent position, which again you have to interview for and there are no points for you if you have been doing the job for sometime already, it’s just a free for all again in the process and you better make sure you ace that interview. Compensation is very good, wages and benefits package are fantastic.
Poor management who ignore safety concerns. Lack of advancement within your department. HRM is struggling with cutting cost and providing its services.
Good staff, busy workplace but compensation is excellent. Difficult for some to advance unfortunately and was reason for leaving. Fast-paced workplace and most staff work well as a team.
Respectful employer, good benefits
No real advancement
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Working for HRM I enjoy working with business units to improve service delivery to the African Nova Scotian Communities while understanding that building relationships is essential to how community understands HRM. I also enjoy working on projects that are internal and external to HRM. An example of a internal/external project is the Diverse Voices for Change project. Diverse Voices for change is a Federation of Canadian Municipalities initiative to increase the number of women from diverse communities who are actively informed by, and engaged in, local government decision-making. Through this initiative FCM has chosen the municipalities of Halifax, Montreal, Edmonton, Ottawa and Sioux supporting elected officials to engage with urban Indigenous, racialized, and under-represented immigrant women in creating a more inclusive municipal decision-making system.
A terrific job that enables you to serve your community. The most enjoyable part of the job are the people that you meet and work with. The hardest part was the public criticism, long hours that affect your family.
multiple tasking, fast paced environment.
poor work/life balance.
A typical work day could be busy or slow all depending on the day of the week. What I've learned from working their is some good everyday skills i will be using in everyday work sites/placements. IE. organization,handling cash, customer service, when to clean during down time and so much more. The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting new people and bonding and still keeping in touch with the people i worked with, in return made the days go by faster since everyone got a long.
The city is an interesting place to work, with a few too many characters. I was fortunate to work with the Parks and recreation division as a seasonal student laborer. My responsibilities included working outdoors, maintaining the upkeep of a city park. Pretty chill, this was a great job for university students, good pay rate and consistent hours. However I found one summer to be enough as the routine becomes quite mundane and the senior workers are on the salty side of life.
-working with children/youth and their families -how to handle personal situations involving families -community oriented atmosphere -hardest part of the job is being unable to give people the supports they need -Best part of the job is helping people reach what they thought were unattainable goals and helping mold youth and children for the future.
Typical day, working with management staff, union staff members, council, contractors and the public every day, typing correspondence, computer inputting on spreadsheets, outlook e mails, answering multi phone lines, setting up files and updating, working with employee payroll, tracking invoices with outside contractors, photo copying, scanning, shredding, answering electronic e mails, ordering office supplies for 3 busy departments when needed, researching on outstanding work to be done with HRM. Workplace hectic, multi tasking, fellow employees were just as busy, we all helped out when required, enjoying working with co workers.
Waiting on outside contractors to fix outstanding repair calls
Loving this work environment and direct management. Very encouraging and engaging. I have already been invited to take part in children's programming training.
Manage my personal life along with work hours.
Not enough hours. I am just hired as part time (15 hrs bw