Programmer (Current Employee) – Norfolk, VA – June 21, 2018
There are good things and bad things for the city of Norfolk. I can say that the people in my department have a strong work ethic. A typical day at work requires planning, implementation and teamwork to get things done. People are friendly.
The downside involves the following: 1) Meritocracy is lacking from both a general and individual standpoint. For example, the IT department (and others) had millions of dollars taken from their budgets because the schools did not perform. In my opinion, political and union pressure counts for more than results from high performing departments. From an individual standpoint, hard work, extra hours and striving for high performance should be rewarded and given the primary consideration for promotions. 2) There is almost no money whatsoever for training. 3) If you are busy and getting things done, expect to get more put on you. Though, that is the way it is in many places. Though friendly, people are under a lot of pressure to accomplish objectives. Management can be both friendly and scrappy.
Having said the negatives, I do enjoy being busy accomplishing objectives. There is a lot of interesting and challenging work from a mental standpoint. Whether database, Web, or programming, there is plenty of work and not always much time to get it finished. It is a great place to really learn project management.
Friendly people. You will learn a lot, including how to be efficient.
Very tight regulation of time, have to record time to get coffee while knowing you will be working overtime
Lifeguard (Former Employee) – Norfolk, VA – May 20, 2018
I enjoyed working as a lifeguard while in school because it allowed me to have a flexible schedule all while still making good money. The atmosphere was always positive and enjoyed working with all my coworkers.
POLICE OFFICER (Former Employee) – Park Place, VA – June 21, 2017
Based on my experience as a police officer, the higher ups as the LT, Cpt, Chiefs. They know longer have your back and stand up for there men who are out there trying to make the city a better place. They want you to not be a police officer and arrest people. They want you to shake hands with everyone and, and just be visible but not preform your duties.
you are your own boss as a cop
the brass dosnt have your back. leave you out to dry.
Senior Account Technician (Former Employee) – City Hall – December 9, 2016
Often hostile, competitive and biased towards personal beliefs. Not a wonderful environment at my time of employment for working mothers. Teams change with every new upper management making it hard to grow a support system.
Sanitation worker (Former Employee) – parks and open space – March 1, 2016
I learned that even at a place such as a cemetery can be a fun work place and it's also quiet. not to mention it a nice place to sit and get your thought together on a lunch break. And the co-workers are very helpful when you need help with your job, and its peaceful
it's outside, no work in rain, very safe
seasonal job, when off you dont want to here the sound of any tools you work with
Telecommunication II (Former Employee) – EOC – July 27, 2015
Typical day in EmergencyTelecommunications, rotation shifts, high stress. Management needs to be more balanced out and the people who run the center should have knowledge of what is done on a minute to minute basis. Hardest part of the job is usually not knowing the outcome of a situation you are in constant fight or flight mode.
Police Officer (Current Employee) – Military Highway – April 14, 2013
Typical day at work entails helping others, solving problems and keeping the citizens of Norfolk safe. I have learned patience as well as problem solving and communication skills. I enjoy both my management and coworkers. The hardest parts of this job are some of the decisions that have to be made. The most enjoyable part of my job is being able to help others.
Equipment Operator II (Current Employee) – 2205 mckann ave – May 19, 2012
Get our assignment and get the tool we need to do our job.safety is a plus.Must have good teamwork and good communication.The hardest part of the day is a rainy day.The best part of the day is you did your best to help the community.