Field Inspector (Current Employee) – Dearborn, MI – February 19, 2018
Almost no room for career advancement. The work place has a severe case of nepotism. The people in charge, i.e Mayor, Chief of Staff, and Department Directors have lost touch of how to improve the city work place. The city has a very high turn out rate.
How ever I had great co-workers that I could count on. Most people got along and there was always a helping hand if you needed it.
Security Officer (Current Employee) – Dearborn, MI – October 22, 2017
Trying to create an improved culture in the library in order to serve the needs of all of the patrons. There are many challenges especially from middle school and high school students who view the library as a social gathering place and some create disturbances for patrons who need a quiet environment to conduct their work.
Opportunity to serve people who appreciate what you are trying to do for them.
Patrons who cause problems for other patrons and staff.
Very fun workplace for high school and college students.
Lifeguard (Former Employee) – Dearborn, MI – September 19, 2017
Typically the longest shifts were 4-5 hours. However, there was a lack of Lifeguards so more than likely management asked employees to work worked doubles often. I Learned a lot from this job! I was certified in CPR/First aid and CPR/AED. Also, i was trained on how to teach swim class Lessons and was taught about management. the workplace is great, typically everyone I worked with was my age or 4 years older. most enjoyable part was the events that the city hosted for employees, like the staff and patron swim competitions between pools in the city.
City Clerk (Former Employee) – Dearborn, MI – June 2, 2017
Amazing place to work. Great employees and employers. Hard workers, determined, the bosses are helpful, straight to the point and motivating. The day flies and it feels like you just got there sometimes. Easily one of the best places I have worked at.
Life Guard- indoor/outdoor (Former Employee) – Dearborn, MI – May 10, 2017
it was very strict and uptight about rules. the pay was very low, despite the expense of getting the lifeguard certification. i learned nothing. the management in the pool department is run by teenagers who have no experience with management. the workplace culture was fair. the hardest part of the job was missing school for mandatory meetings, and the most enjoyable part were the coworkers.
Department Technician/General Accountant (Former Employee) – Dearborn, MI – January 15, 2016
One of the best places to work because of the employees, business owners and residents. A great place to learn the in's and out's of local government policies, such as zoning ordinances and building codes. The only difficulty was having to deal with the political red tape, so to speak. But I looked forward to greeting the residents and business owners and becoming acquainted with them over the years.
finance (Former Employee) – Dearborn, MI – November 25, 2015
I can't speak for every department at the City, but I can tell you that working for Finance is not a pleasant experience. The atmosphere is tense, the expectations are high and the bosses are - to be kind - not easy to work for. As an outsider, I always wondered why this department had such extremely high turnover. Now, I know why. If you're considering applying for a job in this department, understand the compensation is going to be poor (even by government standards), management does not have your back and will treat you like a child while shoving a ridiculous workload on your desk. Also, do not plan on deviating from an 8 - 5 schedule or a noon - 1 lunch period because, most likely, the world as we know it would collapse if you did. In short, stay away, far, far away.
Nice office, a few decent people
Low pay, lack of flexibility, hostile work environment
Lifeguard (Former Employee) – Dearborn, MI – April 7, 2015
When you first start, it is a little fun learning about the pool and your duties. But generally most of the employees didn't want to work, and if you had an emergency without someone to cover you, you would get written up or punished otherwise. This is an easy job, with a great start pay. However, you were not compensated for doing a good job, even though your pay could or should be increased (by the year, if I'm not mistaken). A typical day at work would be standing or sitting for 80% of your shift, using your outside voice to get people's attention if they weren't following pool rules. Generally you prevent drownings or accidents. But if you had to get in the water for someone, it wasn't really that big of a deal. It was usually a child who had lost their footing in the water and their parent was not around to help. That's where you come in. The management, because it was run by the city, was terrible. You would get in trouble for little things and have to suffer the consequences. The fan to regulate the indoor pool's temperature and breathable air was BROKEN for YEARS and not fixed. This caused a lot of lifeguards to get "lifeguard lung" and you could walk away from the job or suffer through it. There was no good way out. You never actually see your boss, and when you do, it's not because he's happy to see you. It's usually because someone is in trouble. I learned leadership skills, obviously first aid and CPR, and lots of creative ways to entertain children and keep them safe. As a lifeguard, there was a chance to make more money per hour teaching swim lessons to childrenmore... and adults. The hardest part of the job was the micromanagement and the lack of compensation or even recognition for a job well done, no initiative, etc. Best part was the above minimum wage pay and ease of the job.less
Easy job, good pay.
lack of compensation, micromanagement, terrible co-workers.
Building Attendant (Former Employee) – Recreation Center – March 23, 2015
The boss was unreasonable, disrespectful, and had poor communication skills. When I was first hired employees from other departments were encouraging me to find another job asap. Cleaning is never a pleasant job but it's doable when the environment isn't as hostile as this. I only stayed here for a short while before I got sick of being screamed at by my boss.
Building Supervisor (Former Employee) – Dearborn, MI – January 31, 2015
I would recommend this position to anyone looking for a solid part-time position... unless Chester is still managing. The facility itself was great and there was always something to do. The combined fitness center, gym, pool, and theater make this position extremely dynamic and you learn a little about everything.
Again, my forewarning is regarding the over-bearing enforcement officer of a boss. Best of luck!
Stagehand/Box Office Part-time (Former Employee) – Dearborn, MI – September 28, 2014
Working for the City of Dearborn was an enjoyable place to work, I worked with a lot of great people. Worked varied from day to day, could have been working at the ticket window to loading in a show. I learned several things about working in a theater.