Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

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Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.8 16 reviews

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    Lifeguard

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDepending 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome more organized and treat the employees that have been loyal with respect and make sure they are appropriately compensated.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    This is a part time job not a career.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou 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.

    ConsFacility 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 Senior ManagementStop 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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    Enjoyed it

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere 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...

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's good, if you can get in

    (Former Employee)

    ProsJob 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fitness Associate

    Fitness Associate (Former Employee) Landover, MD

    ProsGreat opprotunity to meet people and network.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent lifeguard wages : 9.30/hr

    Lifeguard (Former Employee) College Park, MD

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A smart growth stepping stone

    Principal Planning Technician (Former Employee) Silver Spring, MD

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Have had a positive experience.

    Facility Manager (Current Employee) Bladensburg, MD

    ProsI 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementReform the employment process.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Manager On Duty (Current Employee) East Riverdale, MD

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

    ConsSlow 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 Senior ManagementRecruit progressive service-leaders into key positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great summer job for teenagers!

    Camp Counselor (Former Employee)

    ProsHad fun with the activities and options that were given to camp counselors!

    ConsThose hot summer days outside!

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

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