New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

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New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
60 Reviews
3.8
60 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • outdoors,beautifying public space,great staff, good benefits and good salary (in 3 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule for the lifeguard training program, relaxed work environment, good pay compared to jobs with similar hours (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Main office is in Flushing, Queens (in 2 reviews)

  • At times the heat was unbeareable (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    One of the best times of my work history.

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    Current Employee - Ground Keeper/Seasonal Maintenance in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - Ground Keeper/Seasonal Maintenance in Staten Island, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    you are taught a lot at this job

    Cons

    working out side in the winter was not fun at all

  2.  

    Urban Park Service doesn't have a clear directive in providing for a safe and secure environment.

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    Current Employee - Urban Park Ranger
    Current Employee - Urban Park Ranger

    I have been working at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    As a Urban Park Ranger I work with a lot of good people with great ideas and work ethic . Working for the Law Enforcement division the salary is far from great, but it is adequate as a starter position. Most Officers migrate to higher paying positions within the department, or leave the Agency completely for greener pastures.

    Cons

    The lack of proper funding, training and management may leave a lot of Officers wondering if NYPD will take over patrolling parks due to inadequate pay rate and staffing . There are not enough of us to make a difference. Patrols should 24/7 in all boroughs, not just a few well funded parks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow Civil Service regulations we are not indentured servants . Invest in more officers better training and salary. Clearly define goals and encourage greater interaction with the public to insure trust. Our new Commissioner Mitchell Silver appears to be on the right track. He is a breath of fresh air something our Park system was lacking..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Clerical/and data entry in recwear /created memberships

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    Current Employee - Clerical Aide in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - Clerical Aide in Staten Island, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    customer services ,helps members for shapups ,assist member and support .

    Cons

    new experience ,more academic for customer services ,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i need more support and provide me permenent job be side seasonal .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was a great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It was a great experience

    Cons

    It was a great experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It was a great experience

    Recommends
  6.  

    Csa

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    Former Employee - CSA in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - CSA in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay easy work short days

    Cons

    You dont always have the right equipment and some of the people are nasty at the mansion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some people that want to work in the office at the mansion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    very bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

    Pros

    fun to work outside, not very difficult job

    Cons

    felt like keeping a log book was emphasized more than actually doing something useful. terrible uniforms for the summer.

  8.  

    Great fit for those hard working, athletic, ambitious

    Former Employee - Staff in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Staff in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many many positions that are closely related with 10% salary bump, so easy to move off. "Senior" staff who work the recreation centers are able in a low-pressure easy going environment.

    Cons

    One decision has to flow through so many people...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating parks & recs as an employment shelter

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    this was a great experience

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    Former Employee - Pep Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Pep Officer in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    the hours were great along with travel time

    Cons

    some of the children were just great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get more organized in daily activities

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Great customer service experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - JTP in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - JTP in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for career growth and benefits

    Cons

    Much room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of training programs to grow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best reasons to pursue an internship position here is the opportunity to network, dabble in many different divisions, take on a large amount of projects, assume responsibility, improve upon presentation skills, and get to know New York City and its Parks. Transportation costs are paid for.

    Cons

    Work-life balance could be better if commute is long. Stayed late most days of the week. Unpaid Internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could be more organized when it comes to its application, interview, and notification process.

    Recommends

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