New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2020

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3.7
77%
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New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP (no image)
Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP
64 Ratings
Pros
  • "Pay was great, opportunity for overtime, good benefits(in 11 reviews)

  • "Good pay, health benefits, stay in shape(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "If working outdoor pool, you will suffer from heat(in 8 reviews)

  • "Long hours if in management position( often not compensated)(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing cohort of coworkers and management to help you grow. Great place to help members of the public stay healthy and fit.

    Cons

    Upper level positions are very limited and only open up when there is a retirement, etc.

  2. "on the job"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time

    Pros

    great learning experience and amazing coworkers

    Cons

    are not given the liberty to make your own decisions with regards to projects


  3. "I like working for the parks department it kept me busy and helped me stay outta trouble but trouble can find a way."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - City Park Worker 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The growth you can achieve is amazing

    Cons

    They not interested in your work ethic only the character you bring to the public and work place.

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  4. "Good pay"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay for the work

    Cons

    none that I can think of

  5. "Parks"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    City benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    Management and employees can be the downside

  6. "Parks"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - POP Worker in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I really enjoy the job we clean up green streets and help out with cleaning up parks playgrounds

    Cons

    There’s nothing bad I can say about the job I really do enjoy it very much

  7. "If you want to feel like a bottom feeder then this is for you"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Landscape Architect in Flushing, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You work in trailers, you work in a park

    Cons

    You work in trailers, your designs end up not your designs, all projects look the same, red tape is really red sheets

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  8. "Overall enjoyable place"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Monuments Conservation Technician 
    Recommends

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Get to work outside, service-oriented

    Cons

    Slow-moving bureaucracy, very hierarchical

  9. "Beautiful Atmosphere"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time

    Pros

    Staff is friendly and knowledgeable to the task in hand

    Cons

    few run ins with staff and management that needs to learn how to be more professional on the job site.

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  10. "Parks department personal opinion explained"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Seasonal Parks Worker in Brooklyn, NY
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    •Keeps you on your feet and active •Gives positive energy to want to move foward to bigger things •Makes you feel

    Cons

    •Doesn’t do too much lifting but lots of body work I’f you have any body complications •Most duties are timed

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