City Center Parking

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City Center Parking Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    since it was sold to Impark was not fun to work for anymore.

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    Current Employee - Bookkeeper in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Bookkeeper in Portland, OR

    I have been working at City Center Parking full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Before being sold was like family worked there. But after being sold people like to throw other people under the bus.

    Cons

    never knew with the company if you had a job from day to day. They have what is called Impark culture which to me did not work in Portland. Some people thought other people were stupid but when brought up to management it was handled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People that have worked for a time should be offered jobs before going to and outside source.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    absolutely horrendous management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at City Center Parking full-time

    Pros

    there's a lot of down time. uhhh it's really easy to take days off and leave early if you have to, mainly because the management does not care at all

    Cons

    the supervisors absolutely do not care at all about the employees. there is zero respect for the amount of unexpected maintenance work the bottom-tier employees end up doing, and the majority of my time and the time of my peers was spent picking up after the screw-ups of the middle and upper management and navigating the petty intra-management disputes between the supervisors. power struggles between supervisors interfered with scheduling, equipment maintenance, and employee instruction. several times there were shifts just entirely not filled due to supervisors arguing with one another as to who was in charge of scheduling employees for weekends, which resulted in zero disciplinary action for the supervisors and a total sh*tshow to be dealt with by the bottom-tier employees. i didn't know a single person who worked full-time there who didn't work 10-20 hours of overtime a week because the part-time employees weren't scheduled properly or equipment that was supposed to get fixed by supervisors had to be macgyvered into partial operation. i have such horror stories about inadequate temperatures, broken chairs/lightbulbs, abysmal and misleading disability accomodations, etc, etc, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    honestly just radically restructure the entire bureaucracy you got going on there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Do not accept a position with this company it will not last for long

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    Former Employee - Monthly Customer Service in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Monthly Customer Service in Portland, OR

    I worked at City Center Parking full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free parking, medical, dental,

    Cons

    Company was recently bought out by a Canadian company which has chosen to update and automate most of the local positions . As they update they lay off staff with positions they move up to Canada to handle. If you get a position with this company please be aware your position my be temporary or replaced by or corporate automation. This includes office staff, lot attendants, daily parking, and enforcement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is a huge problem with this company. In most cases,you find out what is going on though co workers before you department head tells you anything. In addition, because of the tension created because staff is worried they will lose their jobs no one is willing to speak up or fight for their department which creates mangers who are to worried about losing their own jobs and not looking out for their staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Demoralizing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at City Center Parking full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The offices are located in downtown Portland and free parking is provided to some employees. Al Niknabard is a great manager and treats his staff well.

    Cons

    Abusive executive management, poor medical benefits, minimum number of holidays. This is a family business and executive management blatantly shows favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people as you expect to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Toxic Culture

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    Current Employee - Office Staff Member in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Office Staff Member in Portland, OR

    I have been working at City Center Parking full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great location downtown and some positions in the office provide free parking. Job security - - the city will always need parking lots and garages.

    Cons

    C level execs disrespectful and condescending to office staff. Unfortunately, this tone of management is in place all the way down the line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company was purchased in Jan. 2013. Hopefully, things will change for the better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Company only focused on profit

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    Former Employee - Valet in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Valet in Portland, OR

    I worked at City Center Parking full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent opportunity for hours. Good employees. Good to work with. Many locations for permanent work and covered many special events for temporary work for parking assistants and valet.

    Cons

    Uncertain hours, even for an employee with 2 years working for the company. Managers seemed uninterested in their employees. Never sure how many hours you would get in one day.

  8.  

    Great job for a college student or autodidact

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    Current Employee - Parking Attendant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Parking Attendant in Portland, OR

    I have been working at City Center Parking

    Pros

    So long as you pay attention to what's going on around you, it's okay to study on the job. You might be able to get in at least a couple of hours of reading between customers. If you take a night shift, you'll get even more time than that. It's a really easy job, so long as you make sure the customers are aware of the rates BEFORE they enter the garage. Many of your coworkers will be interesting people from different countries; if you take the time to get to know them, you'll hear all sorts of interesting stories.

    Cons

    Attendants don't get a great deal of respect from the public; there is a social stigma against parking attendants. No opportunity for advancement unless you become a supervisor, but supervisors are worked to the bone. Being promoted from attendant to supervisor just isn't worth the trouble. If your relief calls in sick on a weekend shift, you might have a to train a brand new employee how to operate your booth over the course of an hour (and that employee may have a tenuous grasp of English.) Every lot has different keys on the register, so that you have to learn the register for each lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cross-train attendants between lots. Have each attendant work at least two different facilities so that there is less need to train on the fly and the pool of relief for each lot is doubled.

  9.  

    It's who you know

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at City Center Parking

    Pros

    President and Vice President were pretty easy to work with, and they are very easygoing about taking time off when needed. Compensation and benefits were very fair. And micromanagement was not an issue. Was always treated with respect.

    Cons

    Training was virtually nill and direct supervisor was ill-equipped for training and lacked patience. The atmosphere is very "cliquey" and unwelcoming. I don't know how long you have to work there to make friends, but it most of the employees are quite uninterested in "newbies."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No quarrels with the President or Vice President. My direct supervisor, however, is not well suited for management. Her interpersonal skills are very poor, and she has no business being in charge of employees. It took me 6 months to realize it wasn't me, just her personality!

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    It's alright.

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    Current Employee - Valet in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Valet in Portland, OR

    I have been working at City Center Parking

    Pros

    Spending time outside.
    Spending time waiting/chilling.
    During the summer, the tips are better.

    Cons

    If you work at the Nines, expect to run a lot.
    Tips are shiit.
    They don't really give a shiit about the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since you chose a further away parking lot for the Nines, we now have to run harder, and since more valets now need to be staffed, we make less tips ($1-3/hr). This means we now have to work more for less. You should compensate by increasing our wages, which can come from the money you saved switching lots. But you won't because you don't give a shiit about your valets.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    pay good, but leads nowhere

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    Former Employee - Valet in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Valet in Portland, OR

    I worked at City Center Parking

    Pros

    can make quick money, you get what you give to the job, they have many location so there is sure to be some place near you

    Cons

    the best money is made when you wish you were out with friends, there is no room for advancement at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you need to have more trust in you employees and treat them with respect. the company turnover is high for a reason.. not the employees, its the employer

    Doesn't Recommend

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