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Skokie Park District Reviews

Updated June 2, 2017
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  1. "Customer Service Rep."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Nice employees
    - Customers are very nice and most of the time respectful
    - Get to work good hours
    - Friendly environment

    Cons

    I do not have any cons.


  2. "Poor Administration"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Skokie Park District part-time

    Pros

    Seasonal work that allowed you to work with some fantastic kids. Fun to go on field trips, play with kids, and some of the staff were amazing to be around. I have made some friends with staff while working there.

    Cons

    Many in administration are unqualified to do their jobs. Some in high level management do not have the qualifications to be there. Many are extremely poor at managing staff (micromanaging, creating inefficient work flow, etc.). This leads to a toxic environment where staff are angry with managers and administration. Admin and management also create a highly political environment. Many in management are downright rude and mean.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that you hurt the park district employees with petty micromanagement. Employees do not want to come to work when you create and oversee a hostile work environment.

    If you're in the business of working with kids, which park districts are, it would help if management didn't create this pressure filled toxic environment. This gets passed on to kids, and it is not healthy for anyone.

  3. "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Skokie Park District (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, great location if you live in Skokie

    Cons

    very few hours, really no room for advancement


  4. "X-Camp Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Day Camp Counselor in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Day Camp Counselor in Skokie, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Skokie Park District part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy going at camp location, Fun and exciting for counselors, lots of cool trips and field trips. Kids usually enjoy being at camp.

    Cons

    Strictly seasonal/part-time work. Sometimes dealing with unorganized bus companies. Mostly a positive experience overall. Caring for kids can be tough but it can be rewarding

    Advice to Management

    Keep camps funded well and keep doing what you're doing. The kids enjoy camp when there are a lot of options.


  5. "Great place for new workforce entrees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Skokie Park District part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I started at the pool in 2008 and was promoted to Manager by 2012. Great work environment, steady hours, and easy yet very informative training. As long as you take your job seriously, you will almost always have a position next summer. In the off season, I would often work at the ice rink at Weber Park. SPD is a great place to work, everyone is friendly and helpful and wants to see you happy and excel at your position.

    Cons

    Hardly room for "growth", however- I was only working seasonal jobs and didn't expect much of a career afterwards.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Training is great, and everyone is so kind. I never once would fear coming into work because of management. Great place to choose as your first job.


  6. "Day Camp Counselor - seasonal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working with the Skokie Park Distract, I encountered many great staff working there. They were all very caring and friendly

    Cons

    I cannot recall any cons bring a camp counselor at the Skokie Park Distract


  7. Helpful (1)

    "The park district in general does not have a great culture and does not care much about their employees' well-being."

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    Former Employee - Park Monitor in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Park Monitor in Skokie, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Skokie Park District part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work part-time while still in school.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities and politics within the workplace

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect and don't play favorites with employees that have connections with upper management. Horrible business practice but that's the workplace politics you have to deal with .

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Seasonal Recreation Leader"

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    Former Employee - Recreation Leader in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Recreation Leader in Skokie, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Enjoyed coaching and motivating young campers during the summer sports session. Detail oriented director who was always prepared and promoted safe play. Overall the camp was awesome due to the field trips and the resources we offered to our campers! Would definitely return next summer!

    Cons

    Low pay. Parents who were at times very rude to counselors

    Advice to Management

    If you want quality staff the pay needs to compete with the likes of the Chicago Park District.


  9. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Horticulture Crew Member in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Horticulture Crew Member in Skokie, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Learned many new skills to use in my own life pertaining to gardening, etc.

    Cons

    No cons of working here


  10. "Customer Service Rep"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Skokie, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Skokie Park District part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Easy tasks
    - Flexible hours
    - Nice supervisors

    Cons

    - Lots of dead time


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