City of New Haven, CT Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Police Officer

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    Current Employee - Police Officer in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Police Officer in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at City of New Haven, CT (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    A busy, fast paced environment for a police officer. You will learn a great deal in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    Lower salaries compared to surrounding departments. An administration that isn't always supportive of its department members.


  2. Weekend Thing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of New Haven, CT

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good Pay Short Time Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Not a lot of hours Needed more Days


  3. Management Struggles with Labor Unions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of New Haven, CT full-time

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

    Pros

    As much overtime as your heart desires, you can literally get rich here if you put in the hours. Time off requests are generally granted.

    Cons

    No parking, draconian leadership styles, forced overtime, and the labor unions basically dictate department policy. People on FMLA take advantage consistently and the city doesn't investigate.


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  5. Excellent review

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Always BE Yourself the World IS Full of Positive and Rejectipn
    Former Employee - Always BE Yourself the World IS Full of Positive and Rejectipn

    I worked at City of New Haven, CT

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great job great school I worked part time at k to 8 as a building assistant Went to classes to get my certification As a security guard .

    Cons

    Got hurt on the job have been denied workers comp . No paycheck for a year Going to lose everything. Went to job retrain so I could go into a different field But still waiting surgery

    Advice to Management

    Always easy to get along with others . Problem solver very organized love people. When I was a manager always open door policy. If I did not how to do something ask. And I also loved to train others.


  6. A mixed bag for an intern

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    Current Intern - Intern in New Haven, CT
    Current Intern - Intern in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at City of New Haven, CT as an intern (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The city is understaffed and there's definitely opportunity to do important work, but you have to be very diligent in seeking it out. I worked in two departments--in the first I was responsible for very real, tangible project and it was good to see that project implemented. The City also tends to be very flexible with student interns. My bosses understood if I needed to change my schedule at the last minute. A big plus is the union hours (35 hours per week with lunch). This means that most workers come in from 10-5 or 9-4 which leads to a relaxed environment. They also pay all interns which is hard to find these days.

    Cons

    Leadership really depends on the department--in the first department where I worked, the department head and my supervisor were helpful and accessible, if very busy. The second department I worked in was a mess--very little direction, little supervision, no substantial work given. I wondered what they were paying me for. In general, I think the city has a staff culture problem. No one was passionate about what they did--the dominant feeling is that people were simply there to collect a paycheck. This is true also for the interns. Occasionally, they will hire students who really care about government and their projects, but for the most part interns do menial tasks. Unless you push your boss to give you substantial projects, you won't get any. This may be a good place to work as a high schooler (they do hire high school interns), but as a college student interested in local government, I was not satisfied.

    Advice to Management

    Work on culture. Hire young people with fresh attitudes and perspectives. Be sure to set clear goals with employees and interns and follow up with these goals--some of the projects I unearthed hadn't been touched in five years.


  7. PSAP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of New Haven, CT full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Plenty of Overtime always avaliable

    Cons

    Can be ordered to stay for overtime with very littlenotice Poor management


  8. It was great while it lasted...

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    Current Employee - Student Library Aide in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Student Library Aide in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at City of New Haven, CT part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I got to work with some of the nicest people. Most patrons are nice. Valuable experience.

    Cons

    No upward mobility, low paying job. Too many homeless patrons, technology is extremely outdated. You have to pay for parking even though you work for the city.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the staff, consult all full time and part time staff when making major policy changes, Upgrade to todays technology, stop using stamps to checkout books. The library is stuck in the past, not thinking about the future.


  9. No retirement benefits for hundreds of employees.

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    Former Employee - Architect/Project Manager (School Construction) in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Architect/Project Manager (School Construction) in New Haven, CT

    I worked at City of New Haven, CT full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    A well-educated, diverse workforce and committed, dedicated colleagues.

    Cons

    Hundreds of full-time unionized employees have no retirement benefits (no pension and no match). State and federal grants pay to fund benefits that are not provided to the workers. Surplus grant funds are then used to fatten the City General Fund, keeping the mill rate artificially low (48% lower than Hartford). Decisions about who is covered by the pension plan are sometimes arbitrary. Some employees are misclassified as Special Fund employees and are denied retirement benefits, even though their positions are funded in the General Fund budget. The City reimburses itself for General Fund payroll through municipal bonds, and then treats the affected employees as if they were funded by grants. The unions collude with the City on these decisions, to the detriment of the workers. There are no career paths, no promotions, and no training or professional development. There are no employee performance reviews, and performance is not rewarded. If you speak out to correct injustice, you risk layoff.

    Advice to Management

    Provide good jobs with good benefits and opportunities for advancement. Provide the benefits that the grants pay you to provide. Perform an ethical self-assessment.


  10. Lifeguard for the city of new haven

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of New Haven, CT part-time

    Pros

    no pros for this position

    Cons

    management is not really good

    Advice to Management

    none



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