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    City planning jobs in Alexandria, VA

    Dear folks:

    I'm interested in anyone's thoughts regarding the Urban Planner positions that show up from time to time at the City of Alexandria website. If anyone has some thoughts or suggestions, please feel free to send me a PM.

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    Quote Originally posted by Peter Bratt View post
    I'm interested in anyone's thoughts regarding the Urban Planner positions that show up from time to time at the City of Alexandria website. If anyone has some thoughts or suggestions, please feel free to send me a PM....
    Are they the east coast equivalent of Ypsi Twp, Livingston County, city of Novi, Farmington Hills, and Ottawa/Allegan County? (I once kept score on the SE Mich ones; they ran a new ad literally every six months.)

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    Ah....yeah.....

    We've....er.....I've talked about Alexandria's job listings before.....but I'm too lazy to link you to that thread...... I've been keeping an eye on their adds for years now......must have seen 200 or so by now......not kidding either.......
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    I interviewed in the DC area recently and asked about the jobs in Alexandria, that was during the meaningless chit-chat after. They said that Alexandria is exceedingly political and that accounts for the high turn over rate.
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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    I interviewed in the DC area recently and asked about the jobs in Alexandria, that was during the meaningless chit-chat after. They said that Alexandria is exceedingly political and that accounts for the high turn over rate.
    I wonder if they fire a lot of people, mostly resignations though.

    Yeah, I always wondered what the story was with that place. Could be bad news
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    I have a couple of coworkers who used to work there and say don't touch it with your life. I interviewed there a few years ago when I was hunting jobs in the area and something was very...off. No office cube land chatter, no jokes very stiff and a heavy dont look folks in the eye feeling. Come to find out turn over is very high and from what my coworkers say UGLY

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    Alexandria has a Planetizen award-winning Web site, too. Wonder why the situation is so ugly there; some have mentioned politics, but of what kind?

    Another employer in the area that advertises quite a bit is the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission.

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    Peter, you could get the same experience (not necessarily work experience) right there in the 734.

    I forgot Pittsfield Twp. Revolving door there, too.

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    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    Peter, you could get the same experience (not necessarily work experience) right there in the 734.

    I forgot Pittsfield Twp. Revolving door there, too.
    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    Are they the east coast equivalent of Ypsi Twp, Livingston County, city of Novi, Farmington Hills, and Ottawa/Allegan County? (I once kept score on the SE Mich ones; they ran a new ad literally every six months.)
    The municipalities you've mentioned are often considered "stepping stone" communities, where planners are able to get the experience they need in order to move onto bigger and better things. It doesn't necessarily mean that the planning atmosphere is something to be avoided. Perhaps they just need to pay their entry-level positions more money, so they don't jump at the first job which pays more.

    In the past, I've interviewed with 2 of these communities and found nothing "peculiar" during the interview process.

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    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    The municipalities you've mentioned are often considered "stepping stone" communities, where planners are able to get the experience they need in order to move onto bigger and better things. It doesn't necessarily mean that the planning atmosphere is something to be avoided. Perhaps they just need to pay their entry-level positions more money, so they don't jump at the first job which pays more.

    In the past, I've interviewed with 2 of these communities and found nothing "peculiar" during the interview process.
    As a former resident of several of the listed jurisdictions, and former applicant as well, I meant them no disparagement. It's just that in the Detroit newspapers, Michigan APA, and apa.org websites, these same places run the same ads again and again and again.

    I think I saw the one city listed in last week's Freep. Not entry-level.

    And since moving west, I've heard some of the back-story on the two counties mentioned. (I keep a computer file with all my applications, and if I sort by the position name or the locale, it's almost exactly twice a year.)

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    I also often see ads from the City of Aurora, IL. Anyone know what's up with them, a place that I'd think would be a primo job for a planner?

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    Quote Originally posted by mgk920 View post
    I also often see ads from the City of Aurora, IL. Anyone know what's up with them, a place that I'd think would be a primo job for a planner?

    Mike
    Aurora, as in Wayne's World? Seemed like a pretty excellent place. What was the name of that donut shop again?

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    Thanks

    Thanks for all the helpful information folks. I'm sorry that the department might not have that great of a reputation. Long-term I think that I would be interested in a city like Alexandria-first-ring suburb, mix of housing, pretty-racially diverse, etc. I'll keep on looking.

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    Bumping a very old thread: they're at it again. This isn't the only wave of advertised vacancies I've seen from Alexandria since this thread was first started.

    Other Alexandria threads:

    Things that make you go hmmmmm

    Salary question

    Alexandria, Virginia advertised again?
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    Yeah......

    I think it would be great if three, currently out of work Cyburbians got all three of those jobs
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    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    I forgot Pittsfield Twp. Revolving door there, too.
    Pittsfield Township used to be horrible. It was like "Planner of the Month Club". Novi, which you also brought up, is almost as bad.
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