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Terrible place to work for adults
Naperville Park District Staff (Former Employee) –  Naperville, ILDecember 21, 2018
If you are a kid, this is a great place to work because your whole life is ahead of you and you will shortly finish school and go somewhere else.

If you are an adult, this is a terrible place to work. Find someplace else. Middle management has no idea what they are doing. The pay is very low for the tasks, knowledge, and experience you are expected to provide. Your more experienced co-workers will ride you constantly, even after you have a few years under your belt. The managers let the more experienced co-workers get away with murder, but heaven help you if you make a tiny error.

Lets say that you start off at $9 an hour. They give 25 cent raises after a year. But new folks they hire? They'll pay $10 an hour. It'll take you four years before you start making what the new person is making, even though you've had a few years of experience and they have zero experience.

Want more time to work? Good luck, maybe you'll get 15-20 hours but they aren't giving full time to anyone except high end managers. Don't buy their promises of promotion, it will never happen.

Management is proud that they have not paid any unemployment compensation claim - because they make people they don't like so miserable that they quit. In fact, they work with a company that teaches them how to do this. In one department not one of their new hires lasted more than 2 years.

The work environment is toxic. Your co-workers will lie about you to get you in trouble and to get rid of you.

The most enjoyable part of the job is interacting with the visitors and guests.

The most difficult part
  more... of the job is dealing with your sullen and angry co-workers.

You've been warned. Don't work here.
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Pros
Flexible hours
Cons
Terrible management. No benefits.
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Loved the kids
Camp Councilor (Former Employee) –  Naperville, ILAugust 7, 2018
The children at camp were the only reason why I worked there, they are joyful and engaging... our personalities meshed well. I would only go back if they offered me room for advancement.
Pros
Kids, fun atmosphere with children
Cons
Poor compensation, management, snobby atmosphere
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Preschool Program
Preschool staff (Former Employee) –  NPDJuly 9, 2018
The preschool program is run like a dictatorship. The two women in charge are awful, inconsistent and constantly contradicting each other. You take the blame for their lack of communication and get written up with threats of being fired or they retaliate and make your life miserable until you have no choice but to quit. The teacher turnover is terrible. Teachers are literally brought to tears. Upper administration has been informed for years but it continues to happen. Unfortunately, it is not about kids and family and learning at all, as it should be.
Pros
Teachers and families are always wonderful to get to know.
Cons
Not run as a happy, nurturing environment.
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Ok place until you find anything better
Customer Service Associate, Community Relations (Current Employee) –  Naperville, ILOctober 6, 2017
Low pay, almost no chance of advancement, getting more hours is virtually impossible. People with no skills will be hired in higher positions than you from outside, instead of allowing for promotion from within. Annual review was 2 months late, and a laughable 25 cents an hour. Making suggestions to management often results in retaliation.

Fellow co-workers like to give you hard time and sabotage you so that you have little chance for advancement. Full time employees will force you into doing all the work while they sit back and do nothing or very little.

They want you to make decisions, and then slam you for making decisions. You can't win.

"Full-Time" is 30 hours.
Pros
Nice customers and visitors
Cons
Management, Co-workers, policies, pay
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It's a job but not some place to call home
Park Maintenance Worker (Former Employee) –  Naperville ILJune 14, 2017
The culture at the Naperville Park District is friendly if you're not concerned with putting down roots. It is a place that practices a sort of dysfunctional though controlled chaos.

My manager in particular was a nice guy. He was really caring and genuinely concerned for your well being.

The upper Management was a little on the Micro-Management scheme of things. Much time is spent catering to upper-mangements whims while also trying to maintain some as semblance of a normal work day.

It is not a toxic workplace. Just a little politically challenging. There are some good people there who have been through the wringer over the years.

The key to success there is flexibility.
Pros
Light on pressure
Cons
Hard to get a full time gig there
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Beautiful Parks and Atmosphere, but needed Improvement
Park Specialist I (Former Employee) –  Naperville, ILMarch 2, 2015
Great place to Work, except Employees have constantly witnessed issues that SERIOUSLY NEED to be addressed, involving Management of the Central Division. These issues involve Harassment and Safety, and include an Unprofessional and Insecure Atmosphere. The Conditions in this specific Division are Horrific and Unfair! Employees who work very hard, are treated unfair vs. the Employees who constantly do nothing and waste Tax Payers Dollars, and are rewarded by the Central Division Manager. This specific Manager, unlike the others, in other Divisions, sits on their butt and wastes valuable time and does not listen to the reputable Employees, about issues that need to be Addressed.
This Manager disappears for hours, without informing Employees. This Manager sets Employees up for Failure, if they are not liked by him. This Manager knowingly sends Employees out in the Field, Operating Unsafe Equipment and doesn't provide additional Help for Employees Operating Equipment that needs more than one Employee.
Pros
Great Environment, Great Employees who take Pride their Jobs
Cons
Harrassment and Unfair Management only in the "Central Division"
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