Administrative Assistant III (Current Employee), Lorton, VA – September 15, 2014
Pros: time and entry is self managed, co-workers are friendly, awards are given, training classes are offered.
Cons: management does not always communicate well
A typical day at work consists of receiving and sending mail to the proper branch managers. Procure items using the Agency's P-cards verifying receipts with invoices. Create simply spreadsheets for the three agency's to keep filing records. Obtain signature from branch managers and reconcile financial documents. The hardest part of the job is receiving – more... all backups for transactions. The most enjoyable part of the job is the satisfaction of getting work done daily and seeing numbers match invoices. Also interacting with co-workers who take pride in their job. I have learned how to be a better communicate in a professional work environment and to value all opinions and ideas of others. Management is friendly but lacking in management skills as far as training new hires, communicating projects, and following up on projects. I enjoy the work environment at Fairfax however opportunities for advancement are very competitive. – less
Rec 1 & Therapeutic Rec Leader (Former Employee), Fairfax, VA – August 1, 2014
Pros: great experience with children or people with special needs; friendly working environment
Cons: staff members could sometimes be immature, leading to clique-like groups. participant's tantrums potentially harmful to staff and participants.
In the Therapeutic Rec Services (later became Neighborhood and Community Services), the working environment was dedicated to the stimulation and advancement of the participants that we were charged with caring for. Summer programs were hectic and fast paces, but the friendly working environment made for a supportive group of coworkers that helped each – more... other out in bad situations. Daily activities and events were planned on a weekly basis by the Rec 2 (later became "TR Leader"), and plans were carried out and led by staff members (Rec 1s and 2s). Any problems arising from a participant's behavioral or other issues needed to be handled delicately and quickly by staff members, because a participant's tantrums could potentially harm themselves, other participants, and/or staff members. The Quality Assurance and the Rec 3 would develop a plan to ensure the issues were taken care of. These issues would occur occasionally due to the behaviors of some participants, but would usually be handled appropriately to keep issues from disrupting or harming the other participants.
The hardest aspect of the job comes from staff members. Since most of the staff were between the ages of 16 and 30, drama would sometimes cause discomfort between staff members. I do not mean to say that any staff members were emotionally damaged by cruel psychological "attacks," but that the immaturity of staff members and interactions taking place outside of work usually lead to uncomfortable working conditions. However, in my experience, staff members had to rely on each other, and almost always put any awkwardness behind them to achieve the goal of providing a fun and safe place for participants to socialize in. – less
Productive workplace with supportive managers and feeling of teamwork.
Administrative Officer III (Current Employee), Fairfax, VA – March 12, 2014
I get to my workplace 5 to 10 minutes before 8am so I can greet everyone at the office and do a quick review of what I have to do during the day. I've learned how to process applications for seniors and disabled people so I can help them get relief on taxes. My supervisors support and help me with all my tasks, specially new ones. My co-workers are – more... around my age so we talk about things alike and they are very helpful when I have a question about anything I don't know how to manage. The hardest part of the job is to make sure our visitors understand our policies, since sometimes they have trouble hearing or getting the message. The most enjoyable part of the job is to look back at the work you do one day and be proud of it, knowing that you counted with the help of a lot teammates. – less
It was a great learning tool and stepping stone into working for a form of government rather its local, state or federal.
Scan Technician (Former Employee), Penino Building – March 10, 2014
My typical day at work was reviewing and scanning case files for the social workers. I learned the various types of documentation that came with the Family Services and Social Services Department. The management was very good, I had a great relationship with my co-workers and supervisors, and they were very helpful when I needed them. The hardest part – more... of the job was the numerous amount of files and the tedious amount at times and its very repetitive. The most enjoyable part to me would just be the overall experience I took from everything. – less
Its a good entity to work for if you're looking to retire
Manager and Team Lead (Current Employee), Fairfax, Virginia – December 10, 2013
. My typical day at work is busy and productive . I have learned a lot about providing exceptional customer service and also managing the activities and time . Management is great . The team that I work with is hard working and productive and they are all great team players
Highly trained, very professional personnel. Close knit group on my shift, like family. Enjoyed every minute at work. Very lucky captain knew me and requested I be assigned to his station in Annandale, which was very busy. Immensely rewarding to arrive on the scene of an emergency and know what to do to help people through their crisis. Also very satisfying – more... to be employed by one of the most prestigious fire departments in the nation. Most difficult part of the job was fire suppression training. – less
Executive Assistant (Current Employee), Fairfax, VA – June 23, 2013
Pros: pleasant, professional work environment
Cons: class bridging
A typical work day is fun, yet productive. A very diverse work environment with strong yet flexible management. Co-workers are wonderful, knowledgeable, and helpful people. The hardest part of the job is sometimes adjusting to the constant procedure changes. The most enjoyable part of the job is the interaction with co-workers and management, also the – more... staff recognition, and appreciation functions. – less
Family Support Worker (Former Employee), Alexandria, VA – June 18, 2013
My typical day as a Parent Educator was to provide information to parents in the area of parenting skills along with the use of hands on strategies such as child play and age appropriate toys to enhance gross, social, and motor skills as means of preparing the child for school readiness. My co-works and I worked as team players in addition to brainstorming – more... ideas to best meet the needs of the family. The most enjoyable part of my job was seeing results during each visit and the hardest part of the job was seeing the family exit the program once they were no longer eligible to receive services. – less
Basic computer work and data entry (Former Employee), Springfield, VA – June 11, 2013
• Assisted customers and tourist visiting the park • Basic computer work and data entry • Clerical work within the Park office • Operating tour boat and acting as a guide to tourist through the Park • Worked with Microsoft Office application Word and Excel spreadsheet