City of Toronto Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Pros
  • 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 (in 6 reviews)

  • Great work environment, really laid back, good opportunities and stepping stone for students (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Hard to move around within the organization (in 4 reviews)

  • full-time work hours are available (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great job for students!

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard &Amp; Swim Instructor
    Former Employee - Lifeguard &Amp; Swim Instructor
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Best job for students. Pay for Swim instructor was just over 15$/hr depending on the district. Lots of fun people from diverse backrounds. Nice to spend time outside in the sun and earn money for it.

    Cons

    Not much career chance in Aquatics. After a few years with seniority you can pick shifts, but not much else. Some supervisors are too strict and ruin the experience. Some pools water is too cold and make instructing for many hours difficult because you have to be in the water with all the lower levels

    Advice to Management

    Improve organization of the staff trainings to reduce the volume. Budget money needs to be allocated more evenly for maintenance in neglected facilities, not just for visible areas.


  2. Policy Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very slow and bureaucratic with some good people. Still manage to do a lot of positives for City. The union has positives and negatives.

    Cons

    Sometimes too much red tape, things move too slow. Sometimes a lot of admin work.

    Advice to Management

    Empower staff more. C


  3. caseworker

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Toronto full-time

    Pros

    outstanding employer with a variety of opportunities.

    Cons

    media projects negative image of city employees.


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  5. Great pay and benefits, terrible working environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of Toronto full-time

    Pros

    The City is a very interesting place to work, pay rate and benefits are excellent, and job security is better than anywhere else

    Cons

    Toxic workplace, too many incompetent people in management positions, lots of cliquishness, lots of bullying, nepotism and corruption. Very difficult to get promoted because of the politics and management's refusal to properly evaluate how productive employees really are. No mentorship in most departments but lots of favouritism.

    Advice to Management

    Management at the upper level, ie City Manager's office, should do more to oversee what is happening in work locations. There are many managers who are great, but a significant number do not know anything about employee relations, how to keep good employees, and how to manage the workplace environment. Managers not adhering to City policy or Collective Agreement, cynical and dysfunctional workplace environment not up to policy standards


  6. Wading Pool Attendant/Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of Toronto part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friends, great wages, clean facilities

    Cons

    Seniority, staff can be hard to reach


  7. Solid Employer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits, hours, friendly staff. Good environment.

    Cons

    Very formal, social / culture not like private companies.


  8. Facility in-charge

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facility In Charge in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Facility In Charge in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of Toronto part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Huge organization with many different opportunities for lateral mobility. Once you are an employee it is very easy to move into different entry level part-time roles.

    Cons

    Upward mobility can be very difficult. Strict adherence to union guidelines with respect to seniority. It's size makes it very slow adapting to new and innovative processes.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more input from part time staff. Jobs ca. Arbitration and salary decisions are made with mainly fulltime staff in mind when there is an exhaustive number of part-time staff.


  9. Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at City of Toronto (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The city of Toronto is located right in downtown Toronto, which makes it very convenient. It has very good benefits and there is very good job security.

    Cons

    slow paced at times, and promotions work on number of years of service, not always on merrit. If you start young, you can get ahead really quick.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to say - some aspects of city environment are great, however, some other aspects should be run more like a corporations.


  10. Good people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere depending on your division and location.

    Cons

    Lots of paperwork and red tape to get things done. Have to apply for promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to streamline processes, get rid of intermediaries.


  11. Project coordinator at the City of Toronto

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Doing good for youth I'm a city that requires a lot of community support in its surrounding areas.

    Cons

    Often over worked and answer underpaid. Very little time to relax as your moving from place to place throughout the city.



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