Lousy management... you never know who you can trust
Maintenance Services Paraprofessional Intern (Former Employee) – Cuyahoga Heights, OH – October 4, 2018
Started as an intern. Initially had a good rapport with my manager. Was optimistic about my future, and looked forward to moving upward in the company. But then the problems started. For the first 4 months, I was barely given any work to do. Started becoming bored to tears, sitting there idle in a room with no windows for the majority of 40 hours per week. Any work that I was given to do was breadcrumbs. My manager and supervisors were not making sure that my job description was fulfilled, and formal training came my way too little too late. Expectations and deadlines were rarely made clear. Communication was often vague and insufficient.
I applied for another internship at NEORSD for which I was a much better fit, was interviewed internally via phone and in person, but was then rejected in favor of 3 external candidates. During my phone interview, I told HR that the other new interns and I all felt that we weren't being given enough work to do. But I defended my manager and even praised her efforts. They said they'd resolve the issue and that my name would be kept confidential. Needless to say, my manager figured out it was me and started treating me differently from that point onward. Communication and meetings became less regular, she became skeptical of me, started becoming snappy and passive-aggressive, and downright hostile toward the end. Openly criticized me for daring to apply for other internal jobs without telling her first. (What?) I made a suggestion for how to improve the efficiency of my own job and she was cynical about it.
My two other supervisors gotmore... me written up by falsely accusing me. One of them lied about me regularly. My first incident hearing was a total mockery of justice, as I wasn't even given enough time or access to records to recall events from 11 days prior. My side of the story wasn't believed, and thus the false accusations stuck.
A guy from another department started grooming me for a full-time job, and told me point-blank that he was grooming me for it. I shadowed his department regularly, he promised me an interview, and then broke his promise at the last minute after leading me on for over 3 months.
I got written up a second time for making a minor human error at a District gas pump. It was my first time getting gas there.
At the end of 6 months, I was laid off without warning, after just recently getting married. They told me 15 minutes before the end of the day. (My internship was supposed to last 12 months with the possibility of renewal.) They told me it was "needs-based" and had nothing to do with my job performance. Mhm. My predecessor had been in my position for 16 months and left on his own terms. Shortly after I got laid off, they posted not one, but TWO new internships that are nearly identical to what my job was in terms of task responsibilities. "Needs-based decision."
I think it's pretty obvious that my manager got rid of me out of retaliation, even though I treated her with the utmost respect and friendliness the whole time. Another fellow intern resigned of his own free will because he couldn't stand being treated disrespectfully by her. My boss left me with a 6-month review in which she made sure all my "mistakes" were noted, so now I have no chance of getting hired back in the future.
The District wastes a lot of taxpayer money, doesn't know how to train people and delegate work, and puts bullies and incompetent people in charge. I was horribly mistreated and will not be coming back. Stay away from Maintenance Services especially.less
Maintenance Intern (Former Employee) – Cuyahoga Heights, OH – January 28, 2018
I was a maintenance intern for a summer. I learned a few handy things like weed whacking and making sure I was early to being on time. The job essentially was being an underpaid janitor who sometimes got to go weed whack the landscape.
Good Neighbor Ambassador Program (Current Employee) – Cleveland, OH 44115 – October 30, 2017
A typical day at work was we would go to all of the local projects around Cleveland where the construction was being done, and we will pick up trash and cut different areas of grass. There will be days where we take tours of the different NEORSD plants so that way we can see what jobs we want to apply for. But while in the program, we also went to school for Career Advancement and also Crucial Conversations. The classes lasted 2 months, and it helped me with rebuilding my resume and applying for another job. The hardest part of the job was the schooling, but i got through it and the most enjoyable part of the job was when we was out in the neighborhoods and the people that was around us was really nice and we made a difference in the community.
To afraid to say (Current Employee) – Cleveland, OH – May 12, 2017
NEORSD is the poster child for waste, they waste money by the thousands . There are a few completely incompetent people in key positions that are driving this organization into the ground. If you make a monthly check payable to these people you are getting hosed. The turnover rate is skyrocketing and no one cares, makes it easier to hire family and friends with no qualifications, that's why all the capable people leave, and allowing for the huge misuse of money.
Specialist (Current Employee) – Cleveland, OH – January 10, 2017
Working at the NEORSD has taught me a lot about communication and how to develop people skills. Many people view safety as a burden across the nation but if you have the right people skills, you can explain that it is a benefit to the workers and the company you work out. The NEORSD taught me how to develop these skills with the management involved. They are willing to work with you and help you success. The hardest part of the job is to implement changes in the organization. You have to implement changes into this organization in a way that it will not effect the process of the work. That is a difficult challenge to master.
B-Stem Intern (Former Employee) – Cuyahoga Heights, OH – January 8, 2017
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District was a great place to work. The people that I worked with and for treated me very well. We were able to accomplish a lot during my internship at the Southerly plant. I would gladly work for them again and would positively advocate this organization to anyone who is thinking about applying for a job with them.
Productive and supportive work environment with opportunities for career growth.
Good Neighbor Ambassador- March- Current (Current Employee) – Cleveland, Ohio – June 16, 2015
The North East Ohio Regional Sewer District has a productive and supportive environment. The are plenty of company events to attend and network amongst each other. There are also opportunities and encouragement to further your career.
Relaxed work environment and a great work experience for a young engineer
Engineering and Construction Co-op (Former Employee) – Cleveland, OH – March 18, 2015
As an intern, I mostly did the daily reports for the current construction projects at the wastewater plant I was at for the summer. The construction supervisors are all very knowledgeable and come from different backgrounds, including engineering, inspecting, and building maintenance. I worked mostly with the senior construction supervisors and had very little contact with other interns, unlike other interns that worked in other departments. The hardest part of the job was understanding some of the work that was being done because I didn't have any previous experience or exposure to construction on such a large scale. However, the best part of the job was to be able to walk outside around the plants and talk to employees and contractors about how the plant functions.
Large intern program, hire interns for full time positions, ability to move from department to department
Half hour lunch, small office environment, no vacations for interns
High paying jobs, if you're family, but NEORSD customers are going broke
Electrician (Current Employee) – Westerly location – January 4, 2014
The Union protects its own. The Union will make sure that you get paid well for the work you do. However, nepotism is rampant. No skills required. If you have a relative working for Cuyahoga County or the City of Cleveland, there is a job for you at the NEORSD. Even the corrupt members of Jimmy Dimora's office are now working at the Sewer District.