What are the city’s “hours?”

10/2/2008:

With the exception of the police and fire personnel in Hoboken, who have fairly set-in-stone shifts – does anyone know what the rest of the city employee’s hours are?

One Hoboken411 reader needed help with something during normal business hours – and didn’t get any response.

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Hello? Is anyone home?

“I’ve called the Dept of Environmental services around 4:45pm to schedule a pickup for a metal appliance I want to get rid of.

No one picked up the phone despite me calling three times in 5 minutes. This isn’t the only time I’ve tried to call them towards the end of the day; I can only call people places after the market closes so calling before 4pm is difficult. Do you have the “hours of operation” listed on your site somewhere? Because it’s nowhere on the city’s crappy site and I want to know if/when someone will work there. Most businesses are open from 9 to 5 but who knows what this crazy government does.

I’m tempted to just dump this thing anywhere random, since the city won’t answer their phones during normal hours.”

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34 Comments on "What are the city’s “hours?”"


UrbanRose
Member
UrbanRose
7 years 11 months ago

How can we get a copy of a city worker’s manual? Policy/Procedure? I would like to read through it for laffs.

UrbanRose
Member
UrbanRose
7 years 11 months ago

[quote comment=”110035″]I left work early once to pick up some documents at City Hall. I wasn’t able to leave as early as I’d hoped, and traffic coming home to Hoboken was more awful than usual. Nevertheless, I was able to make it to City Hall by 3:45pm only to find the place deserted. I was able to find one lone secretary (putting on her coat) who was unable to help me. What a waste of time.

True story: when Roberts first took office, he installed a number of new directors. One director, new to city hall, thought that the best way to meet the city employees would be to have them come to her office on a Friday to pick up their paychecks, making introductions as they came in.

After the employees had all stopped by, she still had a pile of paychecks left unclaimed. Assuming that the workers might have been on vacation or otherwise unavailable, she kept them until next payday, when again they were not picked up, along with the new paychecks. She expressed her concern to one of the longtime secretaries, who asked that she give her the checks so that she could “take care of them.”

Well, the new director didn’t go for it, and instead went to payroll and had the non-existent employees removed from the rolls.

She didn’t last very long at city hall.[/quote]

Who was the poor sole?

estevens
Member
7 years 11 months ago

I left work early once to pick up some documents at City Hall. I wasn’t able to leave as early as I’d hoped, and traffic coming home to Hoboken was more awful than usual. Nevertheless, I was able to make it to City Hall by 3:45pm only to find the place deserted. I was able to find one lone secretary (putting on her coat) who was unable to help me. What a waste of time.

True story: when Roberts first took office, he installed a number of new directors. One director, new to city hall, thought that the best way to meet the city employees would be to have them come to her office on a Friday to pick up their paychecks, making introductions as they came in.

After the employees had all stopped by, she still had a pile of paychecks left unclaimed. Assuming that the workers might have been on vacation or otherwise unavailable, she kept them until next payday, when again they were not picked up, along with the new paychecks. She expressed her concern to one of the longtime secretaries, who asked that she give her the checks so that she could “take care of them.”

Well, the new director didn’t go for it, and instead went to payroll and had the non-existent employees removed from the rolls.

She didn’t last very long at city hall.

UrbanRose
Member
UrbanRose
7 years 11 months ago
First and foremost, these employees are CITY EMPLOYEES : IE: PUBLIC SERVENTS correct? Their hours are 9-4? With an hour lunch to boot? Is this true? So let me get this straight, and 411 you hit the nail on the head.. 9-4 (half the time 9:20- 3:50, hour “or so” lunch, cigarette breaks (should be banned or 100 feet from building), BS breaks, who has a second job and doing it from their primary (being city hall) and let’s not forget the “wandering employee”. Who is monitoring their accrual sheets? Please lie to me if you have to and say these employees punch in and out on a time clock. Half of these employees are not there I know Monday through Friday. Do they use their sick, vacation, personal time? Are they “put in” as a full days work with ALL this time left over? I ran in to a fellow 2 weeks ago who was in a rush to go to a seminar? Are we are paying for city employees to go to seminars? Please Ms. Mason if you read this board look into EVERY SINGLE employees time sheets and accruals. I guarantee you if you start a couple of employees will sing like canary’s telling you who is NEVER there and gets paid for a full day. I urge any council member to have someone monitor this. Guaranteed some money saved on no show employees with 100’s of hours in the bank so when they retire us city… Read more »
truth1
Member
truth1
7 years 11 months ago

The hours must be productive. We should all ‘watch-dog’ that the newly appointed Fiscal Control Office who has far reaching powers under state law does exactly that. I believe that she will. When she reviews the inept management practices of this city she will do that and much more. Almost $400,000 spent last year on gasoline and diesel fuel. From a private vender who is not part of a consolidated program that is practiced in other cities including those in Hudson County. Surely, a new policy will odered on the use of city vehicles. Only a select few (for emergency response) should be allowed to take the car home. All other vehicles parked in the city garage and take when needed. Also, free up the parking around city hall for the public’s business use at city hall. It is surely a shame that our administration has to be ordered (I hope that are) to implement such common sense management principles. No wonder we are in the financial shape that we are in!
How about the hours use of cell phones…This is another area the state will look into. 🙄 🙄

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