Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

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Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Reviews

Updated January 4, 2015
Updated January 4, 2015
23 Reviews
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23 Reviews
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Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission General Manager Jerry N. Johnson
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  1.  

    i think Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission the best in sanitary

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, CA

    I have been working at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    i think it will transfer me to another place of information about this field and focus to get this job

    Cons

    getting information is my challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i don`t have the experience to advice the management but i have the ability to get advice from them because i want to get experiences

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Afraid to change old ways

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

    Pros

    Benefits are very good and is not the most fast paced industry.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get anything done. Everything moves very slow. Processes are antiquated and management has been there for ages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so power hungry. Be more accepting of change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Very Stressful Work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

    Pros

    Pay is above the average but you will pay for the pay

    Cons

    ressful nerve racking. set in the 1960 leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Horrible place. Worked there as a contractor.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Laurel, MD

    I worked at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to new technology thanks to a hefty IT budget that allows them to purchase the latest and greatest.

    Cons

    You are only as good as your last mistake. IT department dysfunctional at every level due to upper management incompetence. Worst place I've ever worked by far during my 18 years in this line of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WAKE UP. Read the other reviews on this site and heed the advice!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work if you go with the flow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Laurel, MD

    I have been working at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The technology is being updated so it's a good time to be here and learn lots of new things

    Cons

    Contract employees don't get any raises like the merit employees do. No work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to provide more work-life balance. Test out a work at home plan.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    You will only move up If Management likes you

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Accountant in Laurel, MD

    I worked at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good benefits and holidays

    Cons

    absolutely horrible management , some are racist,others are would harass and discriminate against you, majority are friends with upper management so they get away with anything , they will lie cheat and do anything to tear you apart

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please get rid of all supervisors and managers that have been there for 10 yrs or more hire new onee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    More stressful than it needs to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission full-time

    Pros

    More holidays than most and decent benefits. Amenities in headquarters building include day care center, fitness center, credit union and cafeteria.

    Cons

    Difficult to get things done with all the bureaucracy. Hiring to fill vacancies can take many months. Interviews are all panel interviews with inflexible process - panels can only ask fixed, pre-determined set of questions. Purchasing routine supplies and services is incredibly slow - lead times to get paperwork through purchasing group can take 3-6 months. Many employees have never worked anywhere else and only know one way to do things. Work loads across different groups vary widely. Some groups are incredibly busy and stressed out trying to make up for inadequate staffing or poor upper management planning and communication. Some groups complain about not having enough to do to keep busy and the poor support they get from the overtasked groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT department needs better internal communication. Fix purchasing process sooner rather than later. The paperwork delays in the purchasing process are having major negative impacts on other departments abilities to do their jobs and meet their goals. Get rid of cumbersome, ineffictive performance assessment process. There's no consistency in scoring across departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great co-workers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Staff in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Administrative Staff in Laurel, MD

    I have been working at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, co-workers (a sense of family), free-parking, on-site gym and daycare and credit union at headquarter building. Depending on your manager, work/life balance is great.

    Cons

    The continuing practice of pitting management against those who report to them, creating an "us" against "them" environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take heed to what your employees are telling you in the survey. Help your senior management team become better managers by sending them to executive level training and conferences to learn the soft skills necessary to effectively lead a team.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company, Average to below average management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Contractor in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - IT Contractor in Laurel, MD

    I have been working at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    WSSC is a good company to work for overall -- building, gym, childcare etc if your a permanent employee.

    Cons

    If you are a temp or contractor there are hug double standards and your treated like a step child. (beaware) The management worked there way from the bottom to the top, so don't expect them to know as much as actually professionals in the field. Many aren't to bright.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micro-manage contractors less and let the experts do their job to help move the company forward. Get some better vendors for your contracts so you can retain good workers. Staff meetings work!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Get what you can from the experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission as a contractor

    Pros

    It looks good on your resume. The majority of people are interesting and friendly. Upper management is a pleasure to work for.

    Cons

    The work environment can be quite cut throat and you're left wondering why. The phrase - "A lot of chiefs and too few Indians," would be appropriate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management: Please ensure that middle-management gets the training they need.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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