City of Grand Rapids

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Updated June 12, 2015
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  1. Parks and Recreation Summer Worker

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - GR Parks Summer Worker in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Contractor - GR Parks Summer Worker in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at City of Grand Rapids as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lax work environment, Great hours, Competitive pay, Fun, engaging work, Ability to connect with community, Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds, Close-knit working environment.

    Cons

    There is obvious friction between full-time year-round workers and the summer help. There is a union-based organizational structure that creates too many redundancies which leads to infighting among the managers.

    Advice to Management

    Create a more centralized organizational system. High number of redundancies, workers can escape scrutiny and fall through the cracks.


  2. Police dept

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Grand Rapids full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    sense of family , great place to work

    Cons

    Keep getting nickeled and dined in health care. Keep getting screwed over on pension and paying more toward contributions


  3. It's not how you perform, it's who you know that might get you promoted.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Grand Rapids full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation is good. Health insurance plan is good. If you like mediocrity this is the place for you. Most employees are dedicated to providing good customer service. Union environment for protection. Starting to look for external candidates for positions. Upper echelon will retire someday within the next 10 years.

    Cons

    Old school management style (or lack of management expertise) focusing on time-clock rather than treating people as professionals. Take away most of benefits, with nothing in return. Employees are beaten down, thus the lack of motivation to perform. It's just a matter of time before you realize your efforts are not appreciated. Structure and culture leave a lot to be desired as it's an environment of "need to know basis, and you don't need to know". Inept people making a lot money and management is afraid to fire them. Hierarchy, top management clique. Transparency is minimal.

    Advice to Management

    Top management is "protected" and middle management has been gutted. No accountability for top management. Why? Employees know all this, which makes the environment all that much less pleasant. Start practicing what you preach: i.e., lean culture Worry more about the millions you spend/waste on large projects and not just slashing salaries/compensation for your financial success.


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  5. Mixed, some great, some terrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT&S in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - IT&S in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at City of Grand Rapids full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity to make improvements. A lof of experience doing various things. Many nice people to work with. Really nice city Benefits are ok

    Cons

    A lot of opportunity to make improvements = A lot bad systems that need to be fixed. A lof of experience doing various things = resource constrained to the max Union doesn't help, keeps deadbeats around. The lower salary used to be made up for by exceptional, low cost benefits. That is no longer the case. Benefits are still good, but they cost a lot more. There is an inverse premium for KSA's. The higher you are, the premium for salary goes into the negatives. When you are a rank and file, the pay is phenomenal for what you do (this does not apply to all jobs, and a fair number of the workers really work hard). Move up, and get screwed in pay.

    Advice to Management

    You'll never compete with the market by maintaining your compensation model. Run it like a business or it wil turn into detroit and flint, of course you can keep raising taxes too. Read High Velocity Edge....


  6. Could be worse

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Grand Rapids

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Cultural city, things to do, good food. City has ice rink in winter, park in summer, minor league hockey and minor league baseball.

    Cons

    Lack of leaderdship, with flawed views of what is important. Has too many tax free zones that c ould be taxed to improve city's finacial standing.


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    My work review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at City of Grand Rapids full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I have enjoyed my job tuition reimbursment good working environment training

    Cons

    keep chipping away at benefits not replacing thise that had left thier jobs more work


  8. Great Pay, Great Benefits, Crap environment.

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at City of Grand Rapids

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great pay right off the bat. Fantastic benefits and a contract that is fairly protective of your job once you pass probation. Plus one of the few defined contribution pensions left.

    Cons

    Rigid hierarchy with a great deal of emphasis given to "seniority". Plus, affirmative action is still an unspoken guiding force in hiring and promotion decisions. Creativity and an open mind are two traits that are firmly crushed when you dare to display them. Lots of working around egos.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the people who need firing, don't just pawn them off on other departments. Learn to have your managers make "management decisions" instead of making sweeping rules pronouncements that eliminate any managerial discretion.


  9. Only some of the people, do most of the work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Grand Rapids

    Pros

    Pay scale is beneficial to new or entry level employees. Paid days off on Government Holidays, such as President's Day.

    Cons

    Watching people that shouldn't be holding onto jobs due to performance and other things, and fresh capable people being let go even though they are actually doing more work.

    Advice to Management

    Look, really look at who in the departments are really doing what. Ask yourself and see which employees are performing and which employees are stepping on someone else and actually not performing, but only making others look bad to make themselves appear more valuable.



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