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New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP
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Pros
  • We learned a lot about the trees and planting (in 6 reviews)

  • Good pay if you're livinf pay to pay (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Unfortunately its a seasonal position, only 6 months (in 5 reviews)

  • Some challenges are outside weather conditions and constantly being on your feet at the most, but not too bad (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Park worker"

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    Former Employee - Security Guar# in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Security Guar# in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gain alot of experience in Maintenance,
    Meet alot of important people, enjoy beautiful outdoors and great money.

    Cons

    Working in all types of weather


  2. "Only the sane survives"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Park Worker in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Seasonal Park Worker in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    You're not stuck indoors all day.

    Cons

    You're always being hounded by management. Constantly sitting on your shoulder barking a million orders at once.


  3. "Maintenance Worker"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Worker in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Maintenance Worker in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked at the Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center for 6 months and loved it! Everyday was always different. I enjoyed meeting new people and running into old friends. My supervisor there was great to work with. The paid is decent. I miss working there.

    Cons

    Unfortunately its a seasonal position, only 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Offer your good workers permanent positions


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  5. "Nepotism and favoritism."

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Worker in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Maintenance Worker in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and working outdoors. Seeing the city. Being close to nature. Reliable paycheck and medical benefits. 401k and pension sick day and vacation days

    Cons

    Almost impossible to move up unless your friend or family member works here. Overtime only given to favorites and family members. Parks has horrible track record of being sued. Training is non existent. Parks has a training center but it is a joke and does not help anyone in there business career

    Advice to Management

    Hire independent 3rd party personnel to give interviews and hiring.


  6. "Project Development Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Project Development Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Development Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a city job. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Rampant nepotism. Mountains of red tape and bad communication, but that's just city government

    Advice to Management

    Spend time getting to know and working with all of your immediate staff. Ask them about their goals and give them training to help them achieve it/and or fix weaknesses in their development. Additionally, being that all forms of government has inequality issues, be proactive in reaching out to minorities and females within the organization to help them grow and excel, particularly those with advanced degrees or those who express interest in pursuing educational opportunities or advancement within the agency. Have HR track retention of minorities and women.


  7. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Cpw in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Cpw in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very relax working atmosphere
    Good Benefit

    Cons

    It's very cold working outdoor in winter time


  8. "Seasonal Grounds Keeper"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Maintenance Worker in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Seasonal Maintenance Worker in New York, 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

    Great opportunity for people with lack of any skills and or experience and plenty of room for growth

    Cons

    There were no downsides about working for NYC Parks and Recreation wish I had an opportunity to go back


  9. "JTP"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its a really cool job you get to learn a lot of new things and can possibly move up to a better position.

    Cons

    Too much drama and too many unprofessional workers and supervisors. Your information is not confidential when they issue your paycheck and they talk behind your back and tell your business to other workers. Some supervisors will try to make you work in the hottest heat ever it can be 110 degrees in the summer and they will still make you work in the sun. Some sites are good and some are not.

    Advice to Management

    This should be a permanent job for all positions once hired and there should be people who are more professional working for this company.


  10. "Senior Landscape Architect"

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    Current Employee - Senior Landscape Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Landscape Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great projects, good people

    Cons

    Red tape and bureaucracy


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Landscape Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Landscape Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and hours. In house capital projects. Great place to learn the ropes after school

    Cons

    Beaurocratic nonsense. Teams can lack communication. Lots of people genuinely love their job and the work they do but there are also plenty of your classic city employee, too comfortable, low achieving, lazy workers too.


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