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New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Reviews

Updated January 14, 2018
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Pros
  • Good life-work balance; Access to all Recreation Centers in the city for free; Good benefits, including employee discounts and transportation benefits (in 8 reviews)

  • great pay structure, great core mission (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • there are no cons to working for New York City Parks all employees enjoy a great benefit package, and also travel (in 6 reviews)

  • The weather long hours early rising (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great summer job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy job you basically sit there all day
    Great pay
    the lifeguards are unionized so you get benefits
    Guaranteed a job every summer as long as you pass the lifeguard test

    Cons

    Boring most of the time
    Have to work 6 days a week
    Not guaranteed the day off Of your choosing


  2. "JTP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It felt good to be able to give back to the community by keeping public parks clean .

    Cons

    It was heart breaking having to pick up dead animals and seeing all the homeless families live in those conditions

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example .

  3. "Takein it slow but short"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I would say great team work. Nice kind harted people. And very organize work

    Cons

    I would say some work I was given as far as cleaning up racoon poop was not somthin I was excited to do at all but it got done


  4. "Lifeguard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lifeguards receive a raise for the first three years of employment.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to grow.


  5. "Maintenance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Picking trash and clean parks

    Advice to Management

    Great job


  6. "Recreational Supervisor Fitness Instructor"

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    Former Employee - New York City Parks and Recreation, Recreational Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - New York City Parks and Recreation, Recreational Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with exceptional co-workers that allow creation of project to be shared and come to light to be exceptional events and working enviornment

    Cons

    overlap positions so coverage is always available with overtime


  7. "Fun Summer Job"

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    Former Employee - Chief Lifeguard in West Laurens, NY
    Former Employee - Chief Lifeguard in West Laurens, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun summer job for people in college.

    Cons

    None observed, maybe some scheduling conflicts

    Advice to Management

    Waste less paper, used about a hundred trees in one summer

  8. "Garbage man"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Got to be outdoors all day

    Cons

    went home smelling like trash


  9. "Pop worker"

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

    I have been working at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team work good benefits

    Cons

    Some days its ok some days its not


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Entry-level Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockaway Beach, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockaway Beach, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Regualr hours and a great networking oppportunity for someone just out of college and pursuing a career in Park Mgmt, Admin, Ranger, or Wildlife fields. You will get good experience at the govt level and be able to build a solid job description on your resume. There also seemed to be a lot of room for growth and moving up within P&R for career invested folks.

    Cons

    -Entry-level pay is nowhere near enough for literally being forced to live within the 5 boroughs!
    -Also a lot of local taxes and union fees automatically taken out of your check on top of state and federal.
    -Many catty employees that do not have P&R's best in mind. They care more about their own agenda and giving people a hard time. This is especially noticeable within the Maintenance unit.


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