Virginia Beach Reviews

Updated July 20, 2014
Updated July 20, 2014
11 Reviews
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11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - legal docket clerk I  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - legal docket clerk I in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Beach full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to learn & grow in your career. Opportunities to move into other positions once you get your foot in the door. Depending on the department you are in there's space for promotions.

    Cons

    No real raises & when you do get one it off sets something so it's not really an actual raise. You have to wait for the "old timers" to decide they want to retire before you can move up & depending on budget issues they might not bother to fill the spot & just spread the work out to those left.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not worth it

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    Former Employee - Police  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Police in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Virginia Beach full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place to train and get experience before finding a place that values employees.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying attention or you will continue to lose experienced employees. Give employees a livable wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Physically demanding with little recognition or positive outcome from hard work

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    Former Employee - Temp Worker  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Temp Worker in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Virginia Beach as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Temp workers and some permanent workers were friendly
    It was nice to converse with people while working at the Oceanfront

    Cons

    Supervisors never noticed the work done by temp workers and constantly added restrictions to what they could do during the day
    Permanent workers spied on temp workers and would make false accusations against the temp employees
    Very hard to become a permanent worker and the currently permanent workers make sure of that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on improving temp employee happiness and help them increase desire to work
    Do not create so many restrictions
    Come directly to temp employees instead of only really communicating with permanent workers,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Budget Cuts are Ruining Good Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Beach full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I like the Comradery at office. It's hard to get fired, which is good for employees but bad for management. They offer health insurance to part-time workers. Retirement is good. Location is good for family.

    Cons

    Health insurance costs; layoff possibilities each year; not much diversity; promotions difficult within same department; moving to another position is hard if you made the wrong people angry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Virginia Beach is a pretty good place to work

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    Current Employee - Case Worker  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Case Worker in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Beach

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule and great benefits, great people to work with, great retirement pacakge and lots of time off

    Cons

    Typical government issues with pay scales and management. Longer term employees not movited. Virginia Beach is a very overcrowded city, the traffic is just horrible and all the case managers have really big caseloads. But, generally the people in Va. Beach are good people to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue educating yourself and not get burnt out. Do not take the job just to get more pay before you retire, but take uppermanagement position because you want to lead people.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    CVB get creative and share the knowledge

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    Former Employee - Housing Specialist  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Housing Specialist in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Virginia Beach

    Pros

    Benefits package, low stress environment and good fellow employees.

    Cons

    Lack of value for creative or new solutions. Very much a "government mentality"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pass on the knowledge before you retire! 2009 will see 10% of the CVB members eligible to retire and many of them will take the package talking a lot of knowledge with them.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    City of Virginia Beach

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    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Virginia Beach

    Pros

    The benefits and flexible time off can't be beat. Also, extreme job security, tuition assistance. The drive to work is small. The atmosphere is usually laid-back. You can do very little work, if that is your goal. Low health care costs. Flexible spending accounts. Safe work environment.

    Cons

    Very little room to advance, racism and sexism. Chosen people are fed the best answers prior to the interview, to make sure they receive the job. Chosen people also receive informal training, prior to someone retiring. Moral is very low, due to the favoritism shown, and a continual errosion of benefits and pay. Small raises, increased retirement health care premium contribution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the sexism.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Virginia Beach Public Libraries are not perfect, but they can be a great place to work if you love working in libraries.

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    Current Employee - Librarian  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Librarian in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Beach

    Pros

    The public library system in Virginia Beach is a great place to work in most instances. Because it is a midsized consolidated library system, composed of a central library and nearly a dozen other smaller community and specialty agencies, work environments and job experiences can vary widely. I have personally worked at several of the system's agencies and have a good overall feel for the nature of the system because of those experiences. By and large, those experiences have been overwhelmingly positive, and I feel as though I have greatly benefited from my time working in the system. Some of the best aspects of my place of employment are the ability and encouragement to continually learn new skills (or hone old ones) through a wide variety of training and development resources. Also, the collaborative working environment that exists in most of the workplaces throughout the system is a major plus. I really enjoy the ability to speak freely about my ideas and offer suggestions for process improvements that will help us to provide better services to our customers. And of course, one of my favorite aspects of the profession is the wonderful people I get to meet and interact with as part of my job. Public service jobs are probably not for everyone, but for those who enjoy those interactions, this is a great place to get that experience.

    Cons

    At times there can be a bit of a disconnect between senior management's perception of reality and the actual conditions within the various agencies throughout the system. On the other hand the flip side of this could potentially be true as well (that employees do not fully understand all of the factors that influence decisions made by senior management). Because we are a governmental agency, we are constantly subject to fluctuations in the political climate and this can be sometimes be seen as a limiting factor. Finally, inconsistencies in policies and treatment of employees can also rear its ugly head from time to time. On a positive note, this is something that employees feel empowered to point out when it occurs, so the climate that supports these types of inconsistencies is usually limited to a small number of individuals and is usually corrected by others in the organization who are vigilant about such behavior. One last comment in this are might be that there can sometimes be too many fingers in some of the organizations pies... this is to say that the reliance on creating unwieldy teams and committees to tackle work that could be more efficiently done by individuals or even smaller groups can lead to environments that are less productive than they might otherwise be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time "in the trenches". Take a day or two out of what I'm sure is a very busy schedule to live a few days in the shoes of the agencies that you are making decisions for. Listen to the advice of those on the front lines of the customer service desks and take those sentiments to heart when contimplating policies that will impact those employees. When you are made aware of inequities in the way that some individuals are treated within the system, take action rather than letting those situations fester.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Virginia Beach, mediocre.

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    Current Employee - Master Police Officer  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Master Police Officer in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Beach

    Pros

    The atmosphere is nice and there are fine businesses here.

    Cons

    The city spends entirely too much money on projects and not enough on employee benefits or retention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees more

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working for Virginia Beach is OK.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Beach

    Pros

    Job security. My title is in high demand.

    Cons

    They don't reconize that in our area of work the direct care staff is what help pays their salary.

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