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Updated Jul 18, 2014

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3.6 60 reviews

20% Approve of the CEO

City of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Rob Ford

(15 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Multi-culture, equal-right, equal-opportunities, work/life balance is good (in 6 reviews)

  • Good benefits and good work environment (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to move around within the organization (in 3 reviews)

  • moving up is horrible and no career advancement (in 3 reviews)

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    Excellent job for University Students

    Lifeguard & Swim Instructor (Current Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsGreat shift's, most managers are excellent, great job that teaches leadership skills, and an engaging work environment

    ConsSometimes had to deal with negative patrons, however nothing out of the ordinary

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure employees are engaged during training's

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A pleasant organization to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Friendly staff, good pay, minimal supervision
    - A sense of internal satisfaction serving the public, knowing you work under the government.
    - Work and life balance are achieved.

    Cons- Takes a very long process for any request/approvals to go through
    - Takes a long time to observe change

    Advice to Senior ManagementI be appreciated if upper management takes the time to check up on us as employees at least once every week. Also, keep being updated with every employee.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The I&T Division at the City of Toronto stands out for being extra dysfunctional in a dysfunctional city

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe new CIO has great people skills and wants to fix things. People in the I&T Division at the City are very passionate. Work/live balance is good. Benefits are good.

    ConsDeveloper/technical positions are unionized, so promotions are based on seniority not merit. If you're a technical person, you can see why this makes no sense.

    There is no career planning or succession planning or development opportunities. Hope to work for a boss who is about to retire because that's the only way to get ahead. The CIO has been brought in to "fix" the Division so all the big hires are now external. This is good in a way because existing management is all project managers, not people managers, but bad if you're not existing management but want to be.

    Because it's government, there is no performance management. You do a good job or a bad job, it doesn't really matter. Senior management does not take performance management seriously at all - the "big" bonuses are based on political discussions.

    There is a disconnect between senior management and front line staff. Directors never talk to anyone but managers and no one wants to hear the truth, everything needs to be massaged to make sure that I&T looks good.

    The I&T Division seems incapable of completing a large IT project on time and on budget (despite being filled with project managers). The bureaucracy and in-fighting is stifling. But no one takes responsibility - there is always someone else to blame.

    You don't get to be on the cutting edge - big government is never leading the way on things. Lots of supporting stuff, not a lot of building cool new stuff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPurge the management ranks. Identify your top talent, but don't trust existing management to identify it because they wouldn't recognize it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to wrok

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and good work environment

    ConsMay take some time to move up within departments

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- little supervision, free to work at own pace

    Cons- down periods get boring

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Seasonal Job

    Handy Worker (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsGood benefits, decent pay, annual renewal of job

    Conslack of professionalism from some staff and management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great place to learn and get experience with kids

    Camp Coordinator (Current Employee) Scarborough, ON (Canada)

    Prosyou can choose who you would like to work with. People are friendly and helpful.

    Conshourly pay to low, have to travel to a new place every 2 weeks

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good summer job for students!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat work environment, really laid back, good opportunities and stepping stone for students

    ConsHard to get a permanent job after the summer contract is over!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent place to work, flexible and accomodating.

    Senior Financial Planning Analyst (Current Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsVery good manager, looks for results and doesn't micromanage.Great project to work on. Its has a very good work life balance and with the amount of vacation available and opportunity to bank for extra hours worked is a huge bonus.

    ConsChange is very hard to get through. Takes a long process for approvals. Training approvals and offering to learn new things takes a while so mostly is out of pocket expenses with limited incentive from HR and Division Budget.

    Advice to Senior ManagementApprovals and training approvals should be done quickly

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Regardless of job description, mostly PR

    Lifeguard & Swim Instructor (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsA multicultural, diverse workforce
    An accepting and open minded community
    Can be a fun place to work and be professional when needed

    ConsI can't think of many, it's a good place for work and benefits
    If you want to move up, that could be difficult since advancement is measured by hours spent with the city

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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