Regional Municipality of Waterloo
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www.region.waterloo.on.ca Kitchener, Canada 500 to 999 Employees

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Regional Municipality of Waterloo Regional Chair Ken Seiling

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    Top rate municipality, but lagging in compensation

    Management/Management Support (Current Employee)
    Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsDynamic, dedicated, well educated peers. Excellent training and management programs. Stimulating, complex work. Rewarding to help build and sustain meaningful change.

    Cons-You're probably going to have to work short contracts with continual extensions for years, potentially. Few people are hired full time permanent right off the bat. Low job security is stressful.

    -The compensation is lower at the RoW compared with private sector or other municipalities. You have to really want to work locally or be happy with the potential stability and total compensation of public sector.

    -The public sector can be a challenge. I can't even count how many times I've heard derisive comments about "wasting the tax payers' dollars" and other crap. We are paid less than the private sector and tolerate this because we are passionate about the community. Working in the private sector means you'll take far less crap from friends/peers/general public about compensation, training, benefits and the like.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be paralyzed by council epicycles; this upcoming election cycle means a virtual budget freeze, meaning attrition rates that threaten the effective operation of the Regional Municipality.

    Your compensation should match other municipalities. If I'm going to take crap from the public about being an over-paid public servant, I'd prefer to at least be over-paid; since I'm going to be yelled at either way...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall great place to work, relaxed atmosphere, good benefits, however slow pace/moving like most public jobs

    Social Marketer (Former Employee)
    Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsFlexible schedule, competitive pay, relaxed atmosphere

    ConsLack of performance measurement, and in some cases accountability

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Environment is work friendly

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    Prosflexibility and sharing, easy access to supervisor

    Constoo less scope to get hire from outside

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    Great opportunity as a student in co-op

    Student Transit Planner (Former Employee)
    Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    ProsAwesome work experience in the planning department. Full time employees are open to the inexperience of a student in university and offer challenging tasks appropriate to the competency level of the student. Great and interesting projects to work on. Would be a good employer for a career. Pay is very competitive.

    ConsThe unity among co-op students is low. Very sectional and there's not much meshing of other sections.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep hiring students. They are the future and can only benefited from your mentorship.

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    Depends which department you work in and who's your boss...

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    ProsCan be an excellent place to work if you have a reasonable supervisor and co-workers.

    ConsIt's the people that can make or break or work, not all departments are created equal.

    Advice to Senior Managementstop micro managing, stop favouring, be reasonable, don't make assumptions, perceptions can be wrong.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

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

    ProsYou can work hard and really own a project. It is very easy to talk to people at different levels and in different groups to find the help and information you need.

    ConsIts frustrating because people who are really lazy don't get in trouble... EVER! And then people who do no work still have to be consulted. Am I a little bitter? Maybee. But cmon.... lazy people who get nothing done .... rage.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood job guys. Management works really hard and knows lots about all their operations. Crack the whip a little more?

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    Good place for a long career!

    Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    ProsBenefits are excellent - some of the best going.
    Work hour flexibility with adequate time off when required.
    Tools to do the job are often provided, but they could do better embracing new technologies, especially in Waterloo Region.
    Compensation has been improving lately to be closer to that of similar municipalities.
    Good programs for employee health and wellness - including access to employee gyms with excellent equipment for cheaper than a commercial gym.
    OMERS retirement pension.
    Lots and lots of training.
    Good job security.

    ConsSometimes takes a lot of time to get things through the system and get them accomplished.
    Sometimes seems staff at main office treated better than those offsite.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more feedback to employees.

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