The crews are good but management lacks in many ways. very poor low level management. upper management is good but not involved enough. lower management runs wild and drains morale of crews involved on day to day functions
Custodian (Current Employee) – Olathe, KS – September 25, 2016
I have been employed for a while with the city and I love the relaxed work atmosphere and the laid back approach of my immediate supervisor and I like the all on the same team approach the custodial department has.
Pay, Hours, supportive team members
poor admin.management, lack of team support from other depts.
City of Olathe (Current Employee) – Olathe, KS – September 25, 2016
It was great for the first couple years but after a new department supervisor took over it became a micromanaging nightmare . You get no support from your supervisor and you really don't get the support from the HR department. I was hoping I could stay with the city long enough to retire in a couple years but now I'm not sure that will happen.
Benefits, Shift hours
micromanagement, not adequately paid for experience.
Commissioner (Former Employee) – Olathe, KS – February 15, 2016
fostering an atmosphere of inclusion, by ensuring that all citizens have an equal opportunity and access to employment, housing, public accommodations regardless of color, disability, gender, race, orientation or socio-economic status.
Lifeguard (Former Employee) – Olathe, KS – November 12, 2015
Once you know what is going on, it is a pretty easy job. The problem with being a first year guard, and under 18, is that you get sent home first if there are no patrons. Also, you get payed less as a lifeguard than people who work in places like walmart, where you dont have to have a certification for.
Custodian (Current Employee) – Olathe,Ks – January 20, 2015
If I need anything management is on top of the issue, I work independently and ask for assistance if needed. I work alone so I do not have any coworkers I work with daily, except contact with my supervisor if I need assistance with something or need supplies.
Water Process Operator (Former Employee) – Olathe, KS – July 31, 2013
I was hired on as a Process Operator with no prior experience because of my technical abilities and aptitude to pick up quickly and contribute efficiently. Well after 6 months of employment, a partially torn knee ligament, and a car accident (none due to negligence) I only missed 1 and 1/2 days of work, so attendance was never an issue. I worked 40 hours in three days, Friday and Saturday 13.5 hrs. and Sunday 13 hrs. and did so being the only Operator most days. So this left my list of duties very long, a short list for example would be (2) plant checkouts (looking at every single gauge and instrument and documenting all the readings), washing up to (6) carbon based filters that filtered millions of gallon of h20 daily, sample collection from the source (Kansas river) and the numerous collection wells, then different water towers around the Olathe area, performing chemical analysis on all water samples (2) times per day as well, documenting all findings, plus weekly and monthly auxiliary duties and monthly and weekly computer training as well as studying information for Process Operator Certifications and this literally is just a very quick, short list and all of this was done for the hefty hourly wage of $13.67 or less than $30,000 a year. Not to mention working with this older man who was extremely lazy and very rude, never short on put downs or saying I needed to work faster. So anyways, what I'm getting to is that I was a good consistent worker and one morning as I was driving into work less than 1/4 mile from the plant I hit a deer, causing my car to veer and hit a telephonemore... pole as well, leaving me with a fairly bad concussion and bruising. Well, I subsequently suffered a seizure about a week later and was taken to the Veterans Hospital in KCMO, since I'm a vet as well. I wasn't found to have any drugs or alcohol in my system, they simply tied the seizure to the car wreck and after that I was given restrictions for 6 months from driving, climbing ladders, working around water unsupervised, basically most things my employment consisted of. So the City of Olathe instead of bringing a second operator on my shift as they had done in the past they simply fired me. So, not only was I fired for something that was totally out of my control, I also was denied Kansas State Unemployment Insurance because my VA Doctor filled my paperwork to the Dept. of Labor wrong, saying my return to work date was "Unknown" instead of simply stating I could return to work in any other occupation that didn't include my restrictions (which are numerous jobs). So, basically, I worked hard, had a non-fault accident and because they didn't want to speed up their hiring process for another operator or rotate other ones from other shifts (which there were ALWAYS volunteers for extra shifts aka Overtime, since the pay was so low) they simply fired me and fed me to the wolves.less
Enjoyed the work in general a mix of tech, chemistry, labor, etc
Pay, shift hours, lack of organizational direction from management especially as the superitendent was retiring
Human Resources Recruiter (Current Employee) – Olathe KS – March 5, 2013
A very busy place to work but it makes day moves very fast...I love that you stay busy all day so time goes by quickly. I love the diversity of the co-workers and the ability to meet new people everyday!
Police Officer (Former Employee) – City of Olathe – December 7, 2012
Good place to work if your SINGLE. Good pay, however with the economy there is a pay freeze with no raises for several years. Good insurance. Can be fun at times. BUT If you have a family you can expect a very high divorce rate, no family time during the holidays and weekends, several midnight shifts, a very long time before you get good days off and forced overtime. You can also count on alot of stress, constant micro managing from your supervisors, citizen complaints, politics affecting your decissions, monday quarterbacking from your co-workers and the trouble of balancing your personal life. I guess if you can handle it then go for it, but its not for everyone.
ok pay/benefits, independent work, being outside
balancing family/personal life, shift work and management
Productive and a great place to work with fun events for employees.
Revenue Clerk (Former Employee) – 100 W. Santa Fe – February 16, 2012
The City of Olathe was a great place to work when I was employed there. My boss and supervisor's were easy to talk to, and they had morning meetings that involved all of us. Plenty of opportunities to get involved in extra curricular activities to make a difference too. I became involved with C.E.R.T. that focused on improving communications within the city departments.