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City of Evanston Illinois Reviews

Updated December 30, 2016
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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. "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


  3. "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.


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  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "Leadership by fear creates morale problems; especially for older workers who are targeted by directors for replacement."

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    Former Employee - Senior Management in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at City of Evanston Illinois full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Proximity to the City of Chicago, and the socio- economic diversity of the community.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency and high turn over with leadership sends mixed messages to staff. There is a clear pattern of older staff being replaced with younger workers.

    Advice to Management

    Smile, greet, and make eye contact with staff regardless of rank when passing in a hallway. Create a culture of "we are all in this together" and immediately stop the practice of blatantly valuing young staff over more exp. workers.


  8. "wonderful people,parents, supervisors, and scholstaff, and children are very sweet, and respectful."

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    Current Employee - Recreation Assistant With Children 2-10 Yrs Old in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Recreation Assistant With Children 2-10 Yrs Old in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at City of Evanston Illinois part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    See above! Ditto,ditto,ditto!!!! Everyone is very meow, and thats' a good thing!

    Cons

    Bad weather,only, and stupid drivers

    Advice to Management

    How about providing warm gloves?


  9. "Great job for a teen/young adult."

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    Former Employee - City of Evanston Lifeguard in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - City of Evanston Lifeguard in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at City of Evanston Illinois part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for a younger person in the workforce, and working on the lakefront teaches a number of valuable life lessons. CPR and Lifeguarding certifications are thorough and useful for other seasons when beaches are closed

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy (to be expected) and need to work on 4th of July on lakefront. Can be socially exclusive. Only a seasonal job (May/June-September).


  10. "Cool part time city job"

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Employeee in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Seasonal Employeee in Evanston, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Hours, people, job environment and staff.

    Cons

    The winter weather is brutal.


  11. "The work atmosphere is laid back, you definitely can wield a degree of autonomy, but beware of all of the gossip."

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant in Evanston, IL

    Pros

    - The work is manageable.
    - "Projects" are easy.
    - ample time to finish your work.

    Cons

    - some of the workers there over-amplify the difficulty of the job.
    - the pay is horrible ($10/hr)
    - don't count on being promoted unless you learn a skill.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make things more stressful than they really are. Rather than spending time over-complicating and verbalizing work problems, you should instead get the job done.


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