For me, working for the Department of Water and Power was a wonderful, albeit trying at times, experience. Could not be a better bunch of people to work with or for. Upper management was questionable at best with organizational decisions, but the environment itself worked very well for me.
Typical day was hectic as there were always numerous incoming – more... telephone calls, filing to be done, correspondence to be prepared, information to be located. This made the day go by very quickly most of the time.
The most enjoyable part of the job for me was the people I worked with. The hardest part of the job was understanding and dealing with upper management's decisions and actions taken. – less
Fast paced office environment. Requires the ability to multi-task.
Principal Clerk Police Levels I- III (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – September 18, 2014
Pros: developed excellent rapport with co-workers and supervisors. learned to be a team player.
Cons: continuous hiring freezes, extremely difficult to replace staff, and large work loads with reduced staff.
A typical day at work would start with resetting security passwords for those returning from vacation or staff that would simply forget their login passwords. I would check all telephone messages and respond to them. Check supplies to ensure all office supplies were in stock and not running low. I would check the incoming work tray to ensure priority – more... reports were being processed in a timely manner. If there was no staff available I would process the priority reports. Afterwards I would check sign-in sheets and enter the previous day attendance records. When needed I would assist in answering incoming telephonic requests for help and information on how to obtain copies of reports. I was liaison to outside law enforcement entities as well as liaison to supply division and sister stations. I spent my entire career attending workshops on supervision, management, leadership, and effective communication skills offered through the Cities resource programs and classes. – less
A place when the growth of the youth is in your hands
Recreation Assistant (Current Employee), Los Angeles, CA – September 1, 2014
Pros: being a role model, field trips and working with a family
Cons: gets really hot sometimes
Walking into the center where the kids are happy to see you because they know your there to provide them with developmental and fun filled activities. They know that you'll be there when they get hurt as well as when they need someone to talk to. The most important part is leading youth in the right direction. The hardest part is going home at the end – more... of the day . – less
Admissions Park Attendant II (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – July 13, 2014
Pros: free access to the zoo
Cons: working conditions, short breaks, no access to clean, cold water on hot days, no break room.
Very busy work place when it comes to the time of the season where it picked up. Cultural visitors and interactive responsibilities. Interesting people to work with from different places and varies ages. the hardest part of the job was not being able to multiply myself to help the visitors more. The most enjoyable part of the job was putting smiles – more... on peoples faces. Learning a few things each day from either the visitors or coworkers. – less
Fast paced work environment; flexibility important.
Clerk Typist (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – July 10, 2014
Pros: enjoyed talking to people on the phone and enjoyed people i worked with.
Cons: it took 3 hours travel time to get (to and fro). job too far from home.
The City of Los Angeles - Bureau of Sanitation. I would interface with the public by phone taking requests to start service; to receive containers; to pickup and replace broken containers; to investigate containers overfilled; or containers missed on pickup, besides handling walk-in's for container pickup. I interfaced with drivers by dispatch to check – more... locations, truck breakdowns, injuries, and accidents; printed out and distributed requests for drivers. Other requests taken are special collections for bulky item pick up of furniture, appliances; metal; wood, and yard trimmings. I scheduled hearings for truck drivers Accidents and Injuries for disciplinary actions. I filled out forms and kept records of both Accidents and Injuries of drivers, and maintained reports on both. I did data entry of 6541 dump slips at the end of each day on the SCRMIS system. After completing all entries, a print out needed to be done and each was checked for balance, corrections made and a new printout made, and distributed for each supervisor and one set for the District Manager. – less
Recreation Assistant (Current Employee), Granada Hills, CA – July 6, 2014
Pros: fun work environment
Cons: 1040 hours per year
A typical day consists of varying jobs. I work both in the office and out on the grounds with our Summer Camp. I collect and process payments - manage spreadsheets and go over data to know when and how many people are in the camp at all times. Supervise counselors and staff. Hardest part of this job would be dealing with all ages from small children – more... ages 3 and up and adults and seniors too. I enjoy the challenges of this job and all the varying aspects. – less
Complies with work instructions and is observant of Division rules including safety and his crew.
Worker II (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – June 18, 2014
Always busy in the field. I learned to be a good crew leader. Managed my crew in rules and safety. I got along with my co-workers and complete the work on schedule. The hardest part of my job is setting up the cones and directing the traffic. The most enjoyable part of the job is knowing that no-one get hurt and job was done in a safe manner.
HR Coordinator/Site Administrator (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – May 28, 2014
Pros: professional, growth, great experience
Cons: furlough days required by government
The City of Inglewood is where it all began for me career wise. Here I was able to gain career direction. I loved this position as I was able to gain skill by being not only employed but mentored by some of the most successful attorney's in the Los Angeles County.
Project Engineer Internship (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – May 20, 2014
Pros: lenient hours
Cons: fast paced work schedule leaves little time for learning
Most of the job is typical desk work. The project was amazing and expansive. Employers and bosses are very understanding that it is a learning experience. They ensured that they did what ever possible to enjoy your field of work. Even as an unpaid intern my mentors pitched in for an end of internship pay bonus. Left me with great networking afterwards.
Opportunity to better help others better their lives
Youth Squad Supervisor (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – March 4, 2014
I believe motivation is a key to surviving on a typical day at work. I have learned that in order to fulfill my potentials, I must not settle for 'just good enough'. In order to have a stress working environment, management and co-workers must work together as a team. The hardest part of a job is working with co-workers who do not want to be there and – more... are non-motivated on the job. The most enjoyable part of the job is turning those non-motivated workers into positive motivated workers. – less
SPA II (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – February 26, 2014
Pros: have free lunches, met new people and gain knowledge
Cons: lunch whenerver possible, variable schedule and deal with angry costumers.
As an Assistance Manager people expect from you a lot. Your basically in charge of every detail at work. I've learned a lot out of this job. How to run a store from counting drawers, inventory, run shifts and process all information into the computer. I learned how to work with my co-workers, how to grid costumers., learned that costumers are always – more... right and give what they asked for. The hardest part of the job is try to have everybody happy and pleased with what they asked you for. Cover areas that you don't have replacement and give 100% on everything. And the most enjoyable part is getting to know a lot of people and all the knowledge you gain from the job you're doing. – less
Los Angeles Police Department, Police Officer II (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – February 12, 2014
Pros: variety in daily duties
Everyday was a new experience. I learned alot as a new police officer. I learned so many things from working on the streets of Los Angeles. I am grateful for all the lessons I learned. I loved my co-worked and was an integral part of a wonderful organization. LAPD will forever be a valuable part of who I am. My work ethic and morale character are engrained – more... by my training and experience. The hardest part of being a police officer is the criminal element in which you deal with however it is the best job in the world. – less