a beautiful, busy, and fun place to work
Custodian/Janitor (Former Employee) – Kennett Square, PA – April 3, 2014
A wide variety of tasks and responsibilities made for a busy day, but working with some great people in this beautiful place made every day pass quickly.
My particular position required constant maintenance of the perimeter of the property as well as the interior grounds in all weather conditions. This included cleaning and sanitizing the outlying restrooms, collecting trash and recycling from the workshops and offices inside the Gardens, and periodic stripping and re-waxing floors in specific areas. Preparation for special events was also part of the job, and included setting up for concerts, holiday displays, and seasonal events such as fireworks shows and the month-long Christmas display.
The Longwood Gardens management is very proactive and receptive of input from the staff. Meetings were scheduled and announced well in advance to the specified date, which made it easier to complete my tasks during the time around the event.
My co-workers are all team oriented, and while each one has specific responsibilities, everyone is willing to help one another complete the more demanding requirements.
The hardest part was usually the extended working hours for the events mentioned above. The typical workday is ten hours, but it was sometimes necessary to stay much later. The counter-balance to that was the caliber and quality of all other other employees in each of the other departments. Everyone was exceedingly knowledgeable in their specialty fields and happy with their lives and their work. That made for a very positive and energized environment.
regular three-day weekends, a beautiful workplace
I can recall no "cons" worth mentioning.