- Baton Rouge Parks and Recreation (BREC)15.Dec 2015
Within the Golf Department, the working atmosphere is often tainted with the arrogance and general mistrust the upper management has toward the employees and low level supervisors.
Support from management
I worked in the Golf Department, where employees are not involved in the decision making process despite the shared knowledge many of the workers have.
My fellow employees were often generous and thoughtful in helping each other succeed. However, within the Golf Department the upper management are not seen as team players, but rather as dictators.
Freedom to work independently
Within the Golf Department, the lower supervisory level employees can contribute their ideas and opinions and can sometimes choose the work they are most interested in.
Within the Golf Department, meetings are frequent but are typically only orders from the upper management and rarely include information about the victories or successes of the department.
Minorities within the Golf Department are treated pretty well, at least as far as I have noticed.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Older/knowledgeable employees are appreciated at a lower lever, but are often overlooked and disregarded by upper management.
The Golf Department at BREC does not offer training, development opportunities, or promotions. During my time at BREC promotions were scarce and positions were normally filled by outside applicants,rather than from within.
Overall compensation for your work
Within the Golf Department, wages were not appropriate for my particular field. Highly qualified people were desired, but entry level pay was all that was offered.
Office / Work Environment
The Golf Department has pretty poor working conditions. Machines such as mowers, powered sand rakes, etc., are severely out of date. Also, the upper management does not inspire employees to preform well. Threats and intimidation is used instead, causing undue stress for the lower level supervisors and of course their subordinates.
The Golf Department at BREC does generally stay aware of the social responsibilities in the community.
Vacation time is often difficult to take due to the Golf Department being under staffed. Each employee's expectations are also so high employees are afraid of taking time off and getting behind.
The Golf Department's image has increased over my time at BREC, due to employees taking pride in their work and trying to help patrons when possible. These ethics are inspired by lower management.
Within the Golf Department the upper management recently brought in an outside research firm to investigate the financial strength of the golf courses. This firm determined that is would be monetarily better to let a contracting company attend the courses maintenance. I would say there is a moderate risk to being laid off.
Most facilities due offer things such as handicap ramps, handicap golf carts, etc. to help those with handicaps.
The Golf Department offers limited safety training, but the lower level supervisors are pretty strict on safety and keep a close eye on employees they know to be accident prone.
Within the Golf Department, the lower level supervisors are generally very appreciative and give the employees a since of accomplishment.
Inclusive / Diverse
Opinions are generally not accepted by the lowest level workers, despite their direct connection with patrons and the golf courses. However, lower management does have a small voice and can sometimes voice their subordinates opinions for them.
Suggestions for improvement
- More competitive wages, more training, and higher from within more often.
What I like about the company
BREC's retirement benefits are outstanding. Employer contributions are around 30% of the employees wage, and BREC only expects the employee to contribute 10% of their earned wage.
What I dislike about the company
My biggest concern, and reason for resigning, was wage. I am a ASE certified mechanic, but was being paid as a entry level mechanic, barely more than an oil changer. I requested, under numerous circumstances, to be paid more fairly but was always rebuffed, despite the proof I offered.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyBaton Rouge Parks and Recreation (BREC)
- CityBaton Rouge
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2015