Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

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Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
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  1.  

    A wonderful work experience

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director  in  Bowie, MD
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Bowie, MD

    I have been working at Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Well this job i began working when i in high school. i loved to come to work and play with hundreds of kids. providing a place.

    Cons

    The only problem with this program was having to deal with the weather and the pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved woking for MNCPPC

  2.  

    Lifeguard

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

    I worked at Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission full-time

    Pros

    Depending on when you come into the organization you can make a lot of money in a summer. Really good job for teenagers to work in a team environment.

    Cons

    Depending on which facility you work at you could either have a really good director or a really poor one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more organized and treat the employees that have been loyal with respect and make sure they are appropriately compensated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    This is a part time job not a career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

    Pros

    You will meet a diverse work force with many skilled people. Each facility is it's own family and the work environment is laid back. Pay is good if your in high school or college.

    Cons

    Facility directors want the commitment of a full time employee but only pay part time wages. Hours are limited to 37 per week. The amount of unnecessary meetings is rediculous. People are given titles with no clear defined roles and authority is abused often. Ignorance is rewarded with more responsibility and favoritism is the norm. Uneducated people are placed in positions they are not capable of performing effectively and they constantly rise to their level of Incompetence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop putting drunks and weed heads in positions of authority or leadership. Address the individuals who fail to perform at the required standard of performance individually instead of calling for meetings.

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  5.  

    Enjoyed it

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

    I worked at Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There were many. I was a front-line employee, even though I was management. As a facility director, I loved interacting with the community and helping the kids. There are so many events and benefits available to the people of Prince George's County that aren't available anywhere else, especially not for free...

    Cons

    As it is with many places, changing infrastructure or the culture in and of itself to adhere to best practices and the constant changes in technology can be difficult. Here it seemed near impossible. On one hand, you are charged with making sure money is not ill-spent, on the other, contracts make it so you HAVE to use X vendor for services, even though you can find that same service from company Y for 1/2 the price, and upper management isn't enthused about allowing that change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people who interact with your constituents. You NEED to hear what they have to say.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    It's good, if you can get in

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

    I worked at Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Job Security - Those who can get career employment, tend to stay for a long time.
    Wellness programs for career staff. Meaningful work - programs offered for the community are head and shoulders above the breadth and depth of what other local governments offer in terms of recreation, cultural, and natural resources.

    Cons

    HR practices can be confusing, some vacancies are filled immediately, others take years or are not filled at all, and it can create the impression of "favored" programs, departments, divisions, etc. The culture is slow to change, and is mired in the Way Things Have Always Been Done - and the lack of transparency in decision making, especially in hiring/promoting/firing makes it difficult to trust leadership. The feeling that, due to HR business practices, it is easier to keep someone on solely because it is too hard to be able to rehire for vacated positions (in some departments) is pervasive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and promote talent; communicate practices openly. Apply resources, both human and otherwise, equally across departments, divisions, and programs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Fitness Associate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fitness Associate  in  Landover, MD
    Former Employee - Fitness Associate in Landover, MD

    I worked at Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great opprotunity to meet people and network.

    Cons

    Working as a ftiness associate, the job itself is repetitive and sometiome mundane.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Decent lifeguard wages : 9.30/hr

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lifeguard  in  College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in College Park, MD

    I worked at Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    MUCH better salary than lifeguard wages in private sector pools in the area.

    Cons

    You have to struggle and negotiate if you want at least 37 hrs a week.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    A smart growth stepping stone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Planning Technician  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Principal Planning Technician in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work in a jurisdiction with a strong commitment to smart growth policy and long-range planning. Provides solid compensation, good hours and benefits.

    Cons

    Relatively inflexible bureaucracy, entrenched career employees with low turnover, and periodic fluctuations in leadership.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Have had a positive experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facility Manager  in  Bladensburg, MD
    Current Employee - Facility Manager in Bladensburg, MD

    I have been working at Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I have generally had a good experience working with the Commission for the 25 years I've been there. Management is organized, functional and on top of things. It's a good place to work and it provides great recreational services to the residents of Prince George's county.

    Cons

    There may be employees that you aren't able to get along with. I think a more rigorous employment process needs to take place before a person is employed with M-NCPPC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reform the employment process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    A variety of opportunities, cultures and environments in one agency.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager On Duty  in  East Riverdale, MD
    Current Employee - Manager On Duty in East Riverdale, MD

    I have been working at Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Generally, this is an agency that cares about the well-being of its employees. Sometimes the lumbering bureaucracy can detract from this great organizational culture.

    Cons

    Slow deliberative decision-making and a reluctance to delegate authority can be maddening. this has gotten worse since leadership positions have become appointed -- especially in Prince George's County. The Central Administrative Services departments are notorious for being self-centered -- as opposed to delivering quality and timely services to citizens and staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit progressive service-leaders into key positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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This is my greenhouse at work. The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. (Photo thanks to Flickr user mpshadow2003 All rights reserved.)
Hiawatha & Development Application Notice, At The National Park Seminary (Forest Glen, MD) (Photo thanks to Flickr user takomabibelot, available under by v2.0)

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