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City of Toronto Reviews

Updated July 14, 2018
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  • "Hard to move around divisions if you are looking to change or get promoted from within" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Everything is based on seniority, so no matter how much or how hard you work, you don't advance unless you put in the number of years" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Project Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Toronto (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depends if the project assigned is to your interests.

    Cons

    Hard to find assistance you can count on. Need work/life balance. Need flexible hours.

    Advice to Management

    Need work/life balance. Need flexible hours.


  2. "Great job for students!"

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard &Amp; Swim Instructor
    Former Employee - Lifeguard &Amp; Swim Instructor
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Best job for students. Pay for Swim instructor was just over 15$/hr depending on the district. Lots of fun people from diverse backrounds. Nice to spend time outside in the sun and earn money for it.

    Cons

    Not much career chance in Aquatics. After a few years with seniority you can pick shifts, but not much else. Some supervisors are too strict and ruin the experience. Some pools water is too cold and make instructing for many hours difficult because you have to be in the water with all the lower levels

    Advice to Management

    Improve organization of the staff trainings to reduce the volume. Budget money needs to be allocated more evenly for maintenance in neglected facilities, not just for visible areas.

  3. "Client Service Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Toronto full-time

    Pros

    Helping others who are in need of. Making a difference.

    Cons

    Management sometimes has difficulty making a decision as they are afraid of going against their peers. When dealing with homelessness there is no black and white, but empathy that should result in a lot of grey area supporting shelter population.

    Advice to Management

    Interact more with clients and less time with your peers.


  4. "Lifeguard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Toronto part-time

    Pros

    Fun, meaningful great job really

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  5. "Great place, friendly, and understanding"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Lifeguard/Swim Instructor
    Former Employee - Lifeguard/Swim Instructor
    Recommends

    I worked at City of Toronto full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The coordinators are generally nice and very understanding. Once you're in with the City of Toronto, it's very easy to move around and try out different positions (if qualified).

    Cons

    The Supervisor's that I had was very rude, and generally fairly demanding. However, this does not seem to be the norm. Pay was sometimes wrong, and had to check every paystub to ensure I was getting compensated correctly.


  6. "Great Part time job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Toronto part-time

    Pros

    great flexibilty with schedule
    great work environment

    Cons

    Lots of training sessions every session


  7. "Skate Instructor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Skate Patrol in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Skate Patrol in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Toronto part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to get a job with
    Looks great on a resume
    Great employee benefits and salary
    You can keep moving on with the city of Toronto and apply for a higher position

    Cons

    In the field and location I was in, the management was very disorganized and seems to be the case for many City of Toronto locations.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t be so grumpy
    Hire mire workers
    Don’t force me to work a shift I didnt sign up for because you’re low on employees

  8. "swim instructor withe the City of Toronto"

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    Current Employee - Swim Instructor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Swim Instructor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    -can be 16yo
    -on demand
    -cool if you like it :)
    -hard to be fired

    Cons

    -hard work, pass courses to work, pass re-certifications to still work, do training sessions seasonally, annually
    -only $3 above the min salary
    -no benefits

    Advice to Management

    pay us better - this way you won't have a shortage as in Summer 2018


  9. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefit package tax payers money.

    Cons

    Upper management deceptive and no true inclusion of minorities all upper management is middle class white.

    Advice to Management

    the City preaches what it does not practice with it's own employees. You ste just talk but no action.


  10. "Finance jobs"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Toronto full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, many smart employees, and opportunities, great location, job security

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, behind in IT initiatives, not very progressive, some Divisions have a toxic environment, no real HR support

    Advice to Management

    Management needs a lot more training on how to manage people. Allow more flex hours and telecommuting. Develop succession plans and allow for better movement across the org


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