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Terrible place to work
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  UtilitiesNovember 10, 2018
Horrible place to work. The trainer and lead is horrible is rude and only teaches you what she wants. Then if your not fast enough for their team they will let you go. Even if you say something they are not willing to work with you.The worst experience I ever had .
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Great organization
Human Resources Analyst (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAOctober 17, 2018
City of Vancouver is a great place to work. They offer great benefit package, health benefits and of course retirement benefits. Along with working with a wide range of professionals.
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IT department is a joke and there is no advancement
IT Worker (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, WAOctober 19, 2018
The mangers would rather ignore issues with staff than deal with them until HR has to get involved. If you can wait 20 years until someone retires you might get a chance at advancement. Most of the technology is older with major advancements to technology only coming every 3-5 years. Requirements for on-call rotations is ridiculous. Most of the staff is very unfriendly and introverted there are a couple exceptions.

City wants to change its working culture but in reality they do not.
Pros
Generous vacation time and good health benefits
Cons
Pay is below the market and there is no advancement
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Busy but rewarding
Recreation Staff (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAFebruary 19, 2018
As far as a children's seasonal camp goes, it is a decent work environment for off seasons for high school and college students. The management of the camp was great, and it helps build leadership skills.
Pros
Fun to work with kids
Cons
No breaks
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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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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 policy area and loved the work
Sustainability Coordinator City of Vancouver (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAMay 11, 2016
New mayor did not embrace the importance of sustainable practices and was a global warming denier. Great location, worked with all departments, reported to the mayor.
Pros
Stable, good supportive infrastructure
Cons
New Mayor did not assign importance to the policy area
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Temporary Maintenance Worker (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, WADecember 1, 2016
Great temporary job. The crew I work with are a great group that care about my success.I have learned a great deal about public utilities. I would recommend it to anyone looking for work.
Pros
Great Crew
Cons
none
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Great place to work!
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAOctober 15, 2016
Good hours, nice co-workers, fun work environment. Excellent Center Director. Variety in job duties. Good health care benefits.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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