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City of Evanston Illinois Reviews

Updated December 5, 2017
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  1. "911 Telecommunicator"

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    Current Employee - 911 Telecommunicator in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - 911 Telecommunicator in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, salary and bargaining unit

    Cons

    Only few opportunities for advancement


  2. "Office Manager"

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    Former Employee - Deputy City Clerk in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Deputy City Clerk in Evanston, IL

    I worked at City of Evanston Illinois full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The various residents and daily encounters. These encounters challenged me to become a more well rounded employee, able to handle any adversity thrown my way.

    Cons

    Communication between the employees and department heads was not always on point. I believe in a workplace such as the City of Evanston, communication is key to have the departments to communicate efficiently with one another. This way confusion between the departments is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Work with the employees, understand the daily functions of their day. This will give you a better understanding of your staff and what is needed to improve or what is done on a daily.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "So much potential but falls short"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of Evanston Illinois full-time

    Pros

    Some really great colleagues make the place bearable. Innovative programming makes the job intertesting and fun. Decent pay but not enough opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Zero work life balance, working 10-12 hour days plus always being on call is a good way to burn out. The worst part is the City Manager, he is truly a terrible, self-serving man with zero tact. He is very rude, picks out favorites and works really hard to push out anyone who doesn't agree with him.

    Advice to Management

    City Council- hire a new city manager!


  4. "Robert Crown"

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work! Fun work environment.

    Cons

    Not too many cons, sometimes it was disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure things are organized so that camp runs better


  5. "Experience Lifeguarding"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of Evanston Illinois full-time

    Pros

    Beach, Outside, Sun, Water, Exercise

    Cons

    Hot, Cold, Boring, Strict, Patrons


  6. "Service Desk Officer II"

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    Current Employee - Service Desk Officer II in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Service Desk Officer II in Downers Grove, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Evanston Illinois full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I could see the writing on the wall! The deck was most definitely stacked! Wasn't hired! However, this seems like a job I would of loved to have. I would've game more to the job than it would've been able to give me.

    Cons

    Went on a test here in which all you had to do was listen to the calls and make sound judgements based on what was heard. The problem was, this was in the summer time in an un air conditioned room with fans going in addition to the calls you had to hear over a speaker that wasn't at all acoustically sound for the size of the room. It was about 40 or so test takers so this wasn't a small crowd. So those who picked the correct seats would be able to hear the calls better and those unlucky ones would have to struggle through the test! I could not believe that an organization of this caliber would even give a test under such conditions. There weren't even head phones provided. I imagine the test was just a smoke screen to hire whomever the test taking brass wanted to have the job, because this was the worse testing conditions I had ever seen.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure the accommodations for all test given are in a controlled environment so that all applicants have a equal opportunity to hear and answer the questions appropriately. Or give a written test where your ability to deliver a sound testing environment is not a factor. It would have been much better to give the test on different days in a smaller room with smaller groups than in a room with no air, with fans blowing on the hottest day of the year! At least you have more accurate test scores in case your crony doesn't work out and you have to hire from the list for real.


  7. "Would be nice but too much politics"

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    Former Employee - Street Maintenance
    Former Employee - Street Maintenance
    Recommends

    Pros

    The work isn't too demanding. I worked part-time in the Streets & Sanitation Department. The work isn't that hard and the pay isn't bad especially if you have a CDL.

    Cons

    There is so much nepotism going on. It's more about who you know then what you can do. To stay long make sure you know the right people. It can also be a ver hostile work environment. Two supervisors almost fought in the middle of the street. There seems to be two different factions and it's hard not to pick sides.

  8. "Positive Review of City and Staff"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Urbana, IL

    Pros

    Great team to work with and wonderful support of upper management

    Cons

    None. My time was memorable.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Gate Attendant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of Evanston Illinois part-time

    Pros

    Pretty chill job, you really don't have to do anything but simple mental math, and be courteous to customers.

    Cons

    Often times very boring. A lot of people are angry that they have to pay to enter the beach. Pay is minimal.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  10. "Working at Robert Crown could be hectic from time to time, but my co-workers helped to make it enjoyable"

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of Evanston Illinois part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Spending time with a handful of really good kids, great co-workers

    Cons

    Having to deal with troublesome kids and their equally troublesome parents

    Advice to Management

    Get more organized, allow more leeway for camp counselors to interchange the children in their groups


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