City of Toronto
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Updated Mar 20, 2014

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3.5 53 reviews

                             

17% Approve of the CEO

City of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Rob Ford

(12 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Multi-culture, equal-right, equal-opportunities, work/life balance is good"
    in 6 reviews
  • "It was a very laid back environment that did not put too much pressure on its workers, which allowed them to relax and do their work"
    in 4 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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Good summer job for students!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at City of Toronto

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)

I have been working at City of Toronto as a contractor for more than a year

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)

I worked at City of Toronto part-time for more than a year

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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Family atmosphere. Great place to work.

Manager (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at City of Toronto as a contractor for more than 10 years

ProsGood training provided. Friendly people. Low stress.

ConsNot well-paid. Poor opportunities for advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is doing the best they can with what they're given. Better communication would help us to support their efforts.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I really enjoy my job and the work that I do

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at City of Toronto part-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat benefits and pay for the position

ConsHard to move around within the organization

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good employer with advancement

Facilities Supervisor (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at City of Toronto full-time for more than 10 years

ProsStarted as an entry level staff (janitor) advanded to Fanilities Analyst and then Facilities Supervisor. Good interdepartmental communications
Public Services was extremely important

Consincrease in bureaucracy slowing down service to clients

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior Managagers to understand their managagement best practices input since they are the frontline staff

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Place for Stability and Worklife Balance

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

I have been working at City of Toronto full-time for more than a year

Pros- Work life balance
- Competitive Salary
- Stability

Cons- Difficult to move up
- Politics

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

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Decent part time job, but not for long term

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

I have been working at City of Toronto part-time for more than 5 years

Pros- easy job
- young work environment
- down time to do other work
- if you have a great supervisor, it makes your job awesome

Cons- union environment
- the union doesn't do anything for you, and part of your pay goes to pay mandatory union dues
- many of the workers are lazy
- the younger staff aren't doing their jobs properly
- City is cheap, will not give this position a full-time job to save on benefits, even though full-time work hours are available

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more human. Senior management doesn't care about staff, or understand what is going on. They need to be there to support them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Friendly place to work each day

Technician (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at City of Toronto full-time for more than 3 years

ProsOpportunities are great for advancement

ConsLots of politics played out

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Pay and Benefits but Terrible Work Experience and Work Culture

Summer Trainee Technical (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at City of Toronto as an intern for less than a year

ProsThe pay is very good, generally more than what is offered for the same position in the private industry. The benefits are also really good and very comprehensive, including pension, maternity leave, sick leave, and regular health insurance coverage.

ConsVery low morale among employees in many different departments. There are tensions between managers and unionized employees. Workers generally do not nearly enough work to do on a given day to keep them busy and feel valued. The work experience gained from working here is not valued in the private industry.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop outsourcing work to private companies when you have unionized workers internally who are capable of doing the work. It's a total waste of money to outsoucre the majority of the work to private companies when you still have workers with you who have been specifically hired to do that very work. The unionized workers are not going anywhere, you have to work with 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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