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Fun Place to Lifeguard
Water Safety Instructor (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WADecember 3, 2015
Loved working here as a lifeguard! Really fun environment. Loved all the management. Not much room for advancement, high turnover with employees but really great first job!
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I loved it there, perfect first job.
Gym Superviser (Former Employee) –  Firstenburg Community CenterOctober 19, 2015
I loved working with the parks and recreation of Vancouver, WA. I worked there through high school and the management was amazing, very flexible with scheduling and will work around your schedule. Excellent experience!
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Fun Rockclimbing with kids
Rock climbing instructor (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, WAOctober 4, 2015
Awesome place to work. Taught children how to rockclimb. Co workers were good. Management was great. Hardest part of the job was talking in front of big groups.
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Excellent workplace
Urban Planner I (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAApril 30, 2015
People understand their tasks and the organization.
Excellent management.
Strong leadership.
Work hours are typical but flexible.
Co-workers are professional and positive.
Wonderful atmosphere.
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Lifeguard
Head-guard (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, WAJanuary 11, 2015
Manage the entrance to the locker room/pool entrance on your. When on deck keep a close eye on patrons in the water. Clean up locker rooms, deck and pool office.

You learn basic-advanced leadership skills, CPR, AED and ILTP rescue Procedures.

Hardest part is being able to walk for hours on end.

the most enjoyable part is the team and patrons.
Pros
free access to the pool for exercise
Cons
only 30 min breaks every 6 hours
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Great place to work
Camp counselor (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAJanuary 4, 2015
This was a great fun environment to work in, friendly and caring people and good food. It was a good working experience and I built a lot of different skills, like counting money, and talking with people.
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Rapidly declining corporate culture
Performance Analyst (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WASeptember 15, 2014
In some departments there is a toxic corporate environment that is very uncomfortable for line staff, and begins with senior management. Staff development is limited to technical and "feel good" training, but ongoing support and development is virtually non-existent in most departments.

Some managers are focused on maintaining status quo and are not interested in creative solutions despite the need for change. Others are very open to collaboration and change. Be sure you know which is which by asking smart questions during interviews.
Pros
excellent vacation benefits
Cons
typically not a good envirionment for creative ambitious people
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Abundance of Knowledge gained through AmeriCorps internship at City of Vancouver
Events & Volunteer Coordinator VetsWork AmeriCorps (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAAugust 26, 2014
I learned as much as they could teach me at my internship working along two hard working supervisors.
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Great Longevity
Payroll Analyst (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAJuly 10, 2014
Enjoyed working with the other employees. Made some long term friendships.
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Interesting and well structured enviroment
Receptionist/Customer Service (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WASeptember 25, 2012
A very fun job with learning values, and public contact. The City of Vancouver offers many oppurtunities to learn about the city I work in and what is happening in local government.
Pros
interesting, ability to use my skills and qualifications.
Cons
short term contract.
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Strong and well run public works programs in water and wastewater areas
Civil Engineer (Water/Wastewater & Source Control) (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAJuly 5, 2012
I learned everything about water and sewer utilities, the review of proposed development, setting up 6 yr capital improvement programs, compliance reports (water and NPDES wastewater), designing pipeline projects for the water system, coordinating on project teams for utility impprovements during regional transportation projects, engineering design and pipeline construction inspection practices. I enjoyed the co-workers at all parts of the city and learned an incredible breadth and depth about all parts of the utility through my work on project planning and proj; management teams
Pros
generous benefits, and mostly the work experience working in a larger program
Cons
i would have enjoyed a chance to work in the construction area before leaving
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Great for teens looking for a job.
Lifeguard (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAMarch 14, 2012
I loved working as a lifeguard for the City Of Vancouver. They are very professional and safety is a big must with them. The people are so helpful and will work around your home/school life.
Pros
can swimm laps for free
Cons
more for teens kind of job
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Great potential - Good employees - Toxic Leadership
Manager (Former Employee) –  City HallDecember 14, 2011
The work is rewarding; the staff would like to make a difference. In all departments, folks who should never lead people continue to create a toxic work environment. Two women run the show and they hire their friends. Results do not matter; who is your friend does.
Pros
work purpose, dedicated staff, work/life balance.
Cons
management by fear, no accountability, bullies flourish
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Fun place to work to have fun in the water
Vancouver, WA (Former Employee) –  Slide AttendentNovember 4, 2011
A neat environment with nice people. People love to swim and they can anytime in this fun setting with shallow toddlers pool, deep end and water slide.
Pros
employees can use the pool free
Cons
humid on hot days
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