“Overall a great organization and a good learning experience, with opportunities for personal and professional growth. ”
- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I have been working at SW Florida Water Management District full-time (More than 10 years)
The people and the mission are fantastic. Base compensation is average for public sector, low as compared to private sector, but offset by the fact that for most jobs there is not a lot of travel away from home. If you are family and community oriented and value your "off time," most jobs at the District will allow you to achieve good work-life balance. Many (but not all) managers allow at least some flexibility in work hours and locations (depending on job requirements) - if this is important to you, you should inquire during the interview stage. Base benefits are still excellent (health, time off, etc.), even though they have been reduced somewhat over the past couple of years. Tuition assistance is a nice plus. The work environment is enjoyable, with employee safety and health a high priority.
Big organizational changes over the past few years, reductions in staff and budget, changes in leadership direction, etc. have been a significant challenge both for staff and for management. This has created a high level of stress for staff who remain after the reductions. Although I believe management truly does want to achieve positive change, often decisions made seem to run contrary to stated goals and lead to employee distrust. Environment is highly influenced politically by external sources. This can lead to perceived micromanagement at times. Salaries and benefits are constrained partially because of budget limitations and partially because of outside influences, not necessarily because of management preference or intent. Professional advancement can be great for some jobs (scientific/engineering), but is far more limited for others (administration and support functions). Sometimes internal policies are inconsistently applied from manager to manager. Access to training has been more limited in recent years because of budget constraints, decisions on training (especially external) are more highly driven by need and budget limitations.
Advice to Management
Make decisions and take actions that align with what you say - you sometimes send a message that you do not intend. Behave like a consolidated and supportive leadership team - staff know when there are fractures and dissent within the ranks of management and it causes discomfort. Recognize that staff are hard working and dedicated and show them the trust and appreciation they deserve. Let them do their jobs and they will happily be held accountable for doing them well. Spend more time making direct contact with the staff at all levels to build trust - if they get to you know you personally and believe you want to know them, it will make it easier to build a trust environment. Make a special and concerted effort to openly and frequently show staff in all operational areas that they are part of the team and that their work is valued - management tends to focus on certain areas and pay little attention to others. Delegate, show trust and the great District staff will take you where you want to go.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at SW Florida Water Management District (Brooksville, FL).
The hiring process at the Southwest Florida Water Management District was pretty normal time wise. The interview was pretty tough technically but the questions were fair. Every question that was asked was very pertinent to the job function. They were straight forward and to the point which made it easier for me. Each of the personnel in the room introduced themselves, gave their position title and a brief explanation why they were in the room. A week later I received and offer letter which I accepted.
- I believe the most difficult question was on Border Gateway protocol (BGP). It outside of the job description but I think they wanted to know if I knew anything about it. 1 Answer
It was very simple, the offer was for more than I expected and I accepted.
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