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NYC Department of Buildings Reviews

Updated Aug 6, 2019

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NYC Department of Buildings CEO Rick D. Chandler
Rick D. Chandler
5 Ratings
  1. "Great job!"

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    Former Employee - Intern 

    I worked at NYC Department of Buildings part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked closely with all of the employees

    Cons

    No pay was given during it

    NYC Department of Buildings2019-08-06
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Construction Safety Compliance Inspector"

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at NYC Department of Buildings full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Enforce the public and worker's safety

    Cons

    Everything is fine, no cons

    NYC Department of Buildings2019-04-18
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    "Investigator"

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    Current Employee - Investigator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NYC Department of Buildings full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Barely a paycheck. A job on your resume.

    Cons

    If you took the civil service test DO NOT take this job. Go to another agency. They will place you in hell. They lie to you in the interview about the work. They can’t get good people and play games to lure you in. You are an investigator and they “bait and switch” you into doing inspector level work in the field on an investigator salary. They tell you that you will be in the office and then demand you go in the... field. Assignments are changed at a moments notice. Supervisors who are not a lawyers and never been to law school will have you violating the law on violations. Hostile work environment filled with favoritism, racism, patronage, and bias against people with disabilities. The supervisors are hand picked idiots. Supervison is weak and narcissist fear mongers that changes thier mind every 5 min. Supervison uses probation and power to have others say, and do what they are too scared to tell you to your face. Management uses Upper management as thier personal police to oppress you. There are no “SOPs” and you are a child that is suppose to “do as your told.” Those are the exact words. Supervison will be some younger favorite that will lie on you and set you up because they are close to Management. Supervision hiring is given a younger person with little or no experience. Supervison will have you walking up a 70 story construction tower in your suit as supervison refuses to pay for uniforms. The supervisors have inappropriate relationships in the office. People sleep on the job and it’s overlooked. They don’t follow the agency employee handbook. Don’t take the Investigator job here, I am warning you.

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    Advice to Management

    Transfer people and break up clicks and hook ups. Drug test everyone. Terminate unit heads and alcoholics. Stop lying. Stop playing games. Put “Discipline” type units in another part of the city far away from friendly influence and favoritism. Audit and oversee provisional hiring, promotions, patronage, nepotism, favoritism, sick policy 3 step program, FMLA and disabilities policies. Do it before a federal agency... does.

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    NYC Department of Buildings2019-02-18
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Inspector (Construction)"

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    Current Employee - Inspector in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NYC Department of Buildings full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As an inspector you will learn a great deal about the building codes. If you’re in a construction safety unit, out in the field you will see a great deal of crazy third-world construction techniques that will leave you in awe. The amount of knowledge you gain from just visiting so many different sites everyday will open many doors if you choose to go into the private sector. You work 4 days, 1 day is is office all... day to complete paper work.

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    Cons

    Not every inspector gets a work vehicle. So if it rains, snows, 100 degrees or 10 degrees, you’re on foot. Now imagine the inconvenience of writing violations, struggling with the paperwork and carrying your gear in these conditions. A multi-billion dollar agency who cannot afford a few more Prius’ is quite sad. Computers are constantly being taken to IT. Field paperwork is EXCESSIVE. Management expects... efficient work with inefficient tools. As inspectors we literally assess an entire site within minutes. We review engineering drawings, site safety plans, observe the safety and structural conditions of the site, determine if all work is in compliance in walkthroughs on multiple high and low rises daily...for a lousy salary of 61,800$ There are no yearly raises, while the desk jockeys do receive one. We wear uniforms but don’t have any of the uniformed agency perks. OT is capped, you’re lucky if you get 5 hours a week approved.

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    Advice to Management

    Advice to management...be leaders, grow a pair, stand up to the higher ups and stand up for the inspectors instead of being ‘yes men’ Listen to our concerns, pay us more and inspectors won’t leave the agency within 3 years.

    NYC Department of Buildings2019-01-05
  5. "College Aide"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NYC Department of Buildings part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Management is good. Coworkers are cooperative and supervisors are very helpful. Work environment is good so it is easy and fearless to learn new things from the coworkers as well as supervisors.

    Cons

    The only drawback that I can say that is handling the customers. It is very difficult because they want immediate action after filing a complaint. Sometimes it is not possible for the inspectors. So they starts screaming with the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit more people and organize their job duty properly.

    NYC Department of Buildings2018-10-05
  6. "Electrical Inspector"

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    Current Employee - Inspector in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NYC Department of Buildings full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    huge benefits with company car

    Cons

    amount of inspection per day 10-12

    NYC Department of Buildings2018-08-03
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Inspector (Construction)"

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    Current Employee - Inspector in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NYC Department of Buildings full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to protect the city from unsafe buildings. You get to see a lot of interesting things you'd never seen if you still worked in the trades. It's a good job for a longtime tradesperson who's too old to work on the tools, but not yet young enough to retire - a second career. The health insurance is AWESOME and there's a defined benefit pension - if you're union and you're getting a pension from your first job,... you will now get to have two pensions, and that is just NICE!

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    Cons

    You're in a law enforcement job, but you don't have a gun or arrest authority - you'll spend a lot of time dealing with idiots and scofflaws...and you're all on your own in the field, by yourself with no hope of backup if stuff gets real. The money is not good - only $61,000 a year. If you're non union, it'll be a step up. If you were union but worked out of the hall, you're making what you'd make in a mediocre... year...but it's steady - in a good year, you'd make more in the field. If you were a company guy who worked every day - HUGE PAY CUT. Also if you're still young enough to be on your tools - stay in the field for a few years - don't come here unless you're at least 40 and ready for a slower pace and not having to lift stuff anymore

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    Advice to Management

    RAISE THE PAY - a union foreman makes $100,000 a year - and even the sanitation workers (who have nowhere near the skill level of inspectors) make $80,000 a year Inspector starting salary should be $80,000 and if you stick around for 5 years, $100,000. The benefits and pension are awesome, so no changes needed there Also make sure the inspectors have what they need to do the job - an adequate number of... vehicles and laptops and software that don't constantly require IT assistance Also, the local 211 contract says that there was at one time an apprenticeship program for the inspector title - bring that back - get apprentices or young journeypeople from the trades, and train them from the ground up to be inspectors - we could use some of their youthful energy on the job Also, we are law enforcement - TREAT US AS SUCH - we should have at least as much legal protection as the cops do if we get assaulted in the field (hell, even sanitation workers and subway conductors have that status...we should to) It's a great job and the inspectors I work with are an awesome crew - pay us more and give us the tools we need to do the job properly and all will be well

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    NYC Department of Buildings2018-03-23
  8. "College Aide"

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    Former Employee - College Aide in New York, NY

    I worked at NYC Department of Buildings part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible around student hours You can meet nice people Decent pay for a student (above minimum wage)

    Cons

    Very dysfunctional Managers only care about themselves

    NYC Department of Buildings2018-03-20
  9. "Assistant Civil Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NYC Department of Buildings full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly people, and easy schedule

    Cons

    Salary not so great, and not actual design work

    NYC Department of Buildings2018-02-20
  10. "Plan Examiner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NYC Department of Buildings full-time

    Pros

    Learn lots of building code knowledge.

    Cons

    This is a high stress position

    NYC Department of Buildings2017-10-22
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