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Updated March 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits and low hour commitment for a salary job (in 9 reviews)

  • The pay was good, the hours were even better (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • No guarantee for a full-time job after (in 3 reviews)

  • Government bureaucracy definitely a factor, as things do not progress as quickly as one would expect with private sector background (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago part-time

    Pros

    Easy work to accomplish. Not much you can do to get fired

    Cons

    too slow pace of work and takes too long to get promoted


  2. "Law clerk"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Chicago full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get the opportunity for everyday courtroom experience.

    Cons

    Low paying, high volume court calls. Poor training. Superiors dump all of their work on you. Very little room for advancement.


  3. "Government Work"

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    Former Employee - Assistant to the Alderman in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant to the Alderman in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and low hour commitment for a salary job

    Cons

    Low pay and lack of upward mobility


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  5. "PoliceMan"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Chicago full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is the only reason I stayed.

    Cons

    Everything else. That's why I picked no stars. The truth is hard to swallow.

    Advice to Management

    Bring a pitch fork. You're going to need it for where you are going to end up.


  6. "Systems Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Chicago full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked there for 36 years.

    Cons

    I left happy with a pension.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Lifeguard"

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The pay was good, the hours were even better. A lot of fun college students. You meet a lot of interesting people in the park dstrict

    Cons

    Lot of idiots in the park district. So many managers are power hungry and very unprofessional. I never had a good captain working for the park district.


  8. "Discouraging Atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Chicago full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of really good people trying really hard and doing good work. I enjoy most of the people around me and the work we do. I like that we ultimately are doing something good for the city, not just making money for shareholders somewhere.

    Cons

    Things are almost intentionally set up to be as inefficient as possible and to make employees' lives harder for no good reason. Take everything residents/taxpayers/voters (which includes us, of course) think is wrong with government, multiply it by 10, and make it your everyday work life.

    The union/management bickering and needless enforcement of rules instead of being reasonable and flexible hurts everyone. Neither side is definitively right or wrong. It is more of a cycle that needs to be broken by both sides.

    Almost everything at the highest levels is done to win the next election or divide up spoils of the last one.

    Advice to Management

    Look to the private sector. Much of what is done there does not apply to our mission but much does. Especially where it comes to such infrastructural things as purchasing, financial management, HR, and so on, if it is not a private-sector best practice and there is no government-specific reason it needs to exist, scrap it. Be willing to start at a blank slate (much like the concept of zero-based budgeting) and justify every single rule or policy that adds drag or restricts freedom of action. By the way, if that means no pension going forward, fine. It just cannot be running government like a business only when it comes to taking from employees. It has to be an overall approach.

    Empower your department heads. They are the equivalent of vice presidents or even CEOs of subsidiaries in the private sector. So, let them run their organizations the way people in those sorts of positions in the private sector can and then hold them responsible for the results.


  9. "Employment Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good people to work for.

    Cons

    a lot of red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Find more ways for cross-sector collaboration


  10. "Law"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits. Great working conditions and great bosses. The insurance package is good. Overall transportation avenues to and from the job is wonderful.

    Cons

    Working for a big time city can be strenuous at times but knowing that you have great benefits and a chance for promotion through your work makes things better.


  11. "Epidemiologist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chicago (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a great place to work

    Cons

    I have no cons at this time

    Advice to Management

    None at this time



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