SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT Employee Reviews

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Wide range of job assignments directed over a very large infastructure.
Crane/Dragline Operator (Former Employee) –  Saint Cloud, FLNovember 26, 2016
On a day to day basis there would be multiple projects or maintenance operations in progress. I found changes in assignments were a common occurrence due to prioritization given to the most urgent need. Over the 35 years I worked there there was always a backlog of things that could be done and even should be done. Often our work had a ever present risk of damage to equipment, vehicles and District assets. A very careful and methodical approach to any given task was important. A tightening budget had a way of making the work process tense at times.
Pros
good pay and benefits
Cons
growing negitive public preception
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the good people left
Scientist (Former Employee) –  West Palm Beach, FLJuly 14, 2016
Play politics. Leave your morals at home. Put your head down. Look the other way. New motto. HR is incompetent. Management is worse. No advancement. Low salaries. Benefits cut. Run while you can!
Pros
facilities, some employees
Cons
practically everything
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Organization Decimated by Management
Engineer (Current Employee) –  West Palm Beach, FLSeptember 24, 2016
Used to be a great place to work. Now management looks for ways to criticize and diminish employees and cut tools used to do our jobs. Coworkers are great but everyone is demoralized. Looking for other opportunities. No chance for advancement and no pay increases in years. Sad what has been done to a once world class organization as so much talent and experience has been driven away.
Pros
It's a job, coworkers
Cons
Management's attitude and treatment of employees
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Fun and exciting place to work
Electronics Tech 3 (Current Employee) –  Okeechobbee, FLJuly 5, 2015
On a typical day working the the SCADA Maintenance unit, you work out in the remote areas of Florida that makes work enjoyable. Pay is not the best out there, but work stress is low.
Pros
Outdoors, woods, everglades
Cons
No regular raises, government job.
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The best job that I have ever had
Professional Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Miami, FLOctober 29, 2013
This was a great place to work. Yes, it has internal politics like any other place, but it had a noble mission and most of the people were great. In retrospect, I wished that I had been older and more experienced and I would have never left. If you can get a job here, keep it!!
Pros
Great staff, benefits were great
Cons
pay is not as a high
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Changing for the worse
Regulatory (Former Employee) –  West Palm Beach, floridaNovember 19, 2012
SFWMD had a culture that valued it's employees. Compensation and benefits were fantastic since they employeed highly motivated staff.

Within the past year or two it is my understanding that moral has deminished and staff is not as united as times past.
Pros
benefits
Cons
new leadership created low moral
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Best Days are in the Past
HR Professional (Former Employee) –  West Palm Beach, FLMay 8, 2014
Politics overwhelmed every work day with the science and technology taking a back seat.
Pros
Benefits and co-workers, working in beautiful S FL
Cons
Executive managment, HR and compensation
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Removed growth possibilities
Regulatory Permit staff (Current Employee) –  Fort Myers, FLFebruary 8, 2016
During the first few years with the District, there were numerous opportunities for both growth and advancement. These possibilities have disappeared, along with any chance of advancement.
Pros
Good people on staff
Cons
no growth
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Goverment Job
Maintenance Planner/Scheduler (Current Employee) –  West Palm Beach, FLJuly 11, 2013
I plan and schedule the daily work for the trade support group at the West Palm Beach feild station.
Pros
4 day work week
Cons
No pay raises in 6 years.
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Secure Employment
Senior Fleet Technicia (Former Employee) –  Naples, FLOctober 17, 2015
State operated facility maintaining water control structures for flood prevention. Equipment maintenance and repair.
Pros
Job Security = Necessary tools are provided.
Cons
Hot and dirty work conditions. Mandatory participation during severe weather events.
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Very technical environment
Senior HR Professional- Training (Former Employee) –  West Palm Beach, FLJuly 10, 2014
Great place to learn about water management and environmental conservation. Working with engineers, scientist, project managers, information technology experts enhances your own knowledge.
Pros
Many opportunities to learn about the environment
Cons
Reserved comments
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Wonderful Place to work
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Okeechobee, FLMay 6, 2013
Performed a wide variety of clerical and secretarial duties, as well as operational support. Acted as office receptionist; answering telephones, making reservations and appointments, and assisting the public with inquiries and provided them with information whenever possible.

Enjoyed the job as well as the people I worked with.
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SFWMD is ione of the more sought after jobs in our area.
Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Clewiston, FLFebruary 16, 2014
Working at the SFWMD is like joining a family. Everyone is friend and outgoing. They go the extra mile to ensure new employees adjust to the SFWMD way of life.
Pros
The people and the mission!
Cons
Working during and after hurricanes.
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Unique opportunity contributing to critical mission
Satellite Office Director and Lead Planner (Former Employee) –  West Palm Beach, FLNovember 13, 2012
Service to diverse publics.
Balancing environment, economy, flood control, water supply and water quality is herculean feat.
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Engineering work.
LEAD ENGINEER (Current Employee) –  West Palm Beach, FLSeptember 27, 2014
Engineering work in the field and at the office.
Some regulation.
Public presentations.
lots of meetings
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Hard work
Fence repair (Former Employee) –  Okeechobee, FLJune 2, 2012
A typical day at work was: Hiking into the swamp,riding air boats on Lake Okeechobee.
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