I have been working at Chicago full-time (More than 10 years)
Really unique place to work. The Jardine plant is a quiet place in the middle of crazy downtown with parking, green space, and access to lunch options. Most of the people are very friendly and are passionate about their jobs. They enjoy being public servants.
There are a few bad apples, as in any company, public or private. The hard part about public service is that it's really hard to get rid of those bad apples if they're in the union. And you're living under a microscope because most of the public and press believe City workers are crooks.
Advice to Management
You're headed in the right direction! Slowly getting rid of the bad apples. Now make your non-union supervisory titles commensurate with the union ones they supervise. Too often, the supervisors make less than their subordinates, even before overtime, because the union positions have increased over time while the non-unions have been frozen.
I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Chicago (Chicago, IL).
No interview taken. Was called in thinking interview will take place but instead I was made sign couple of legal formalities and background check and I got the internship. Background check took two weeks. Post background check, I got called into work at my chosen hours.
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