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  1. "City of Thunder Bay"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thunder Bay, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thunder Bay, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Thunder Bay, Ontario full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Generally care about their employees. Good life work balance. Though future political pressure to limit tax hikes by cutting services may be around the corner.

    Cons

    Some might consider the location of this city as a CON as it is somewhat isolated in terms of drivability. But is it a beautiful part of the world surrounded by nature. Flights in and out are abundant and relatively inexpensive.


  2. "Playgrounds Leader"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at City of Thunder Bay, Ontario as a contractor

    Pros

    Great summer job for students.
    Get to work with a lot of great people.
    Get paid to play dodgeball, and other activites

    Cons

    Dealing with mass amounts of children all day can get tiring.

  3. "Room to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at City of Thunder Bay, Ontario full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow in education and professional skills. A lot of retirements means a lot of opportunity to move within the organization.

    Cons

    Political derailment of projects (from Council).

    Advice to Management

    Keep fostering employee growth through education.


  4. "Corporate Culture was Great, Employees were Bitter"

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

    Pros

    -Enjoyment of the hands on experience
    -Meeting new tourists from all over the world

    Cons

    -Other employees were pretentious
    -Employees are not welcoming

    Advice to Management

    Make sure communication is consistent within the firm. By having management having one expectation of the employees and not following up within the organization.


  5. "Working at the canada games complex"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Great work atmosphere, really friendly co-workers

    -inservices weekly where you ameliorate your life saving skills

    -Co-workers are all students

    -Looks great on a resume

    -Going to work is always fun

    -Schedules are sent by email which saves time.

    -Easy to pick up shifts.

    -Co-workers almost always show up for their shifts so your never left short staff

    -You get to practise your first aid frequently.

    Cons

    -Promotions are given based on years of experience not ability. Most pool controls slack off and do not do there job well but still manage to become lifeguards after they pass their required courses. To become a head guard you mainly just need to work there for a while.

    -Employees slack. A lot. No one gets the off duty jobs done, everyone just sits around and talks.

    -A lot of miscommunication within management: often employes concerns are not dealt with correctly.

    -Often too many staff

    -Pay is low in comparison to other pools around Ontario

    -Lack of organization

    -You're expected to show up 15 min early to your shifts.

    -Guarding or sitting at the water slide for long periods of time can feel long.

    -Often emergency situations.

    -Raises are only given once a year no matter when you were hired.

    Advice to Management

    Work and hanging out should be different things. There should not be so many guards sitting around when work needs to be done. Lead by example.

    Promotions should be given only once the employees can do there own jobs first.
     discipline staff for being lazy.

    The off-duty job isn't being done because it doesn't count for anything. Make a system where you must actually work hard as a pool control to become lifeguard and must maintain a strong work ethic in order to keep your job.

    You shouldn't be able to do the bare minimum requirements and still get yearly raises.

    It's ability and not age that makes good staff.

    Discipline staff for being lazy at work, it's wasting taxpayers money.

    If you can't attract more patrons to the pool, lower the amount of lifeguards. During family swim there are usually four employees sitting in the guard office on break which is a little excessive.