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Plumbing Inspector (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 19, 2018
The dob was a toxic environment from the start,management is upside down, overworked and underpaid. Hardest part of the job is the politics,and a lot of favoritism if you have a brain and you know what you’re doing. The supervisors chief and assistant chief shunned you away because they feel that you are going to rock the boat. No one wants to grow here they just want to get their pension, also the workers that are being hired are not qualified they do not know what they are looking at, it’s a scary place I pray no accident happens.
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No pros
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Toxic work place, micromanage, underpaid
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Phone Calls
Supervisor / Principal Associated Level (Former Employee) –  New York, NYApril 9, 2018
You quickly learn how much of a challenge and how seemingly impossible it is to please the residence of New York City. It is rewarding to see personal growth in dealing with hard questions.
Pros
Weekends Off
Cons
Not many employees to assit with calls
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productive and fun workplace
Mail Room Coordinator (Former Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 28, 2018
*getting the job done
*traveling every week about 2x
*organize workflow
*get along with co-worker
*working as a team to become team player
*assit with customers
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awesome
Staff Analyst II / Project Analyst (Current Employee) –  New York, NY 10007February 7, 2018
Greet place to get your people skills together. Great place to learn all of New York City rules, regulations, policy and procedures regarding the Construction business
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Liked most of my coworkers
Clerical Assistant (Former Employee) –  Queens, NYJanuary 18, 2018
The customers were rude and for people that called themselves “professional” often in my view, came up short. Customers were always asking the same question numerous times. Paperwork to process was almost always incomplete. Ignoring office hours and coming in after closing and insisting their work has to be done. Management for the most part were enablers by providing incorrect information to make the customers happy. I could not believe what some managers and borough commissioners did not know. Several staff members were forced to leave because their egos made them think they could what they wanted and were above the law.
Pros
Short commute. Enjoyed my coworkers. Benefits.
Cons
Bad management. Incompetent people given positions of authority.
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Relaxing and Fun Place to work
Assistant Plan Examiner (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 10, 2018
A very inclusive and supportive culture where junior and senior managers are always readily accessible. There is collaboration on all aspects of the job and continuous training in all aspects of the work.
Pros
3 weeks sick leave
Cons
Low salary
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Great coworkers
Community Associate (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 10, 2018
A typical was always busy but fun. I learned a lot about NYC building codes which included the procedures required to do any construction. Diffusing difficult situations with customers were the hardest part of the job. The most enjoyable part of the job was my coworkers and the position itself. The work was challenging but fun; I had opportunities to learn many things.
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Clerk (Current Employee) –  New York, NYNovember 6, 2017
The hardest part of the job is dealing with rude customers. At times there is no room for improvement. It's who you know, not what you know that will cause you to move up. You have to be in good grace with many people to climb the corporate ladder.
Pros
Benefits and paid time off
Cons
Barely any room for advancement/improvement
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politics & no design
Personnel Clerk (Current Employee) –  280 Broadway, New YorkOctober 27, 2017
a lot of politics, no design, bureaucracy, meetings, not enthusiastic environment, good vacation and payrolls, code considerations, management is non-experienced and weak
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Benefits
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politics, bureaucracy
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Productive work place
Housekeeper, Maid (Former Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 18, 2017
I enjoyed working with others. As far as helping those whom cant help them self with feeding them self, cleaning(light house work)maybe running a few errands.
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good management
Accounting Assistant (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 24, 2017
I had a work-study program from my school. it was an internship. it is very professional place to work. everyone is friendly and wiling to help you. very good benefits. they are willing to teach you new stuff.
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Opportunity for growth
Clerical Associate (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJune 28, 2017
Great agency to work for with amazing people.. Donyou work and you can strive in this company.. I get to work in the office and work in the field and network
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Its a great work day
Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner, (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJune 11, 2017
Working along side the Citys top professional I provide administrative assistant. Emergency Response, Excavation and Technical Affairs are all units I presently serve. Our inspectors and Management all have amazing attitudes and are positive team leaders.
Pros
Great communication, Team work, Great management
Cons
lousy pay, benefits
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one of the best places ive ever worked
College Aide (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMay 18, 2017
This job worked very well with my schedule and the staff was absolutely superb i loved every moment that i spent working there even though at times the work got plenty but the staff was great.
Pros
great staff/ management
Cons
short break
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Educational internship
Intern (Former Employee) –  New York, NYApril 12, 2017
As an intern, the DoB has a lot to offer to students. engineers are very hands on and like to get interns involved in job site visits as well as writing reports
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an excellent place to work, and gain a lot of training
Assistant Chief Inspector NYCDOB (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMarch 10, 2017
as already steated, an excellent place to get professional training, hands on expertise, supervisory and management skill. A tough working environment but worth the effort.
Pros
excellent medical package
Cons
once in while, fatal on the job, accidents.
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Safe and Comfortable
IAD Senior Investigator (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMarch 9, 2017
Working for the city has been very rewarding. I was fortunate enough to work with many great people and learn a lot of new skills that will translate into my next phase of my career.
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Fast Pace Environment
Court Representative (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMarch 3, 2017
Typical Work Day is fast pace which makes the day go by faster.
A hearing representative can do 20-30 cases per day.

Hardest part of the day is finishing a case within 20 minutes. The best part of the day is when you do not have to adjourn any cases.
Pros
Meeting different people
Cons
Lunch breaks are 30 minutes rarely can take them
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Clerical Associate (Current Employee) –  Queens, NYDecember 22, 2015
Staff feels like a big family and everyone will surely remind you of a member of your family. Lenient managers, very accommodating provided you complete work, follow rules and regulation, and reflect excellent customer service
Pros
Healthcare, Hour Lunch, Paid Leave/ Vacation
Cons
Terribly understaffed in the clerical/customer service units, many high paid non customer service staff with similar titles, frequent changes made by staff who don't work directly with customers needs.
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Nice place to work if you watch your back and go by the book
New York City plumbing inspector (Former Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 1, 2015
It is a nice place to work once you understand the political system. If an inspector does not approve something one particular ethnical group and all political campaign contributors go to political appointees and get all requests approved, the building’s department laws do not apply to them. Inspectors have to watch their backs all the time and go by the book with all the people they meet at job sites. And, one more thing, inspectors should never forget that politicians will always blame the inspector whenever something goes wrong.
Pros
Medical insurance and pension after 10 years
Cons
you can lose your pension and even go to jail for accepting a cup of coffee, a cigarette or a $5 dollar gratuity
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