Gardener (Former Employee) – North Shore, Auckland – 17 February 2017
Typical day at work involved starting the day by weeding or doing the rubbish for the residents. Hand manicuring the gardens were usually done in the morning because there was no excessive sound allowed. I would then move on to mowing the lawns or using other gardening machinery such as a weed eater around the property. If there were big events being held for the residents, I would help setting that up or provide support. For example, I spent the entire day cooking food for big parties. I learned practical gardening skills and how to use all machinery relating to gardening.
Their roster was flexible, it provided me enough time to focus on my studies. Great team players, we supported each other to get the job done. Most staff were flexible to swap shifts if required urgently.
At first everyone was nice - they are really clicky groups and unable to let just anyone in - over time things changed and I saw people just disappear they called it "Getting them off the bus" and they were also called Red Socks. If you don't fit in or agree with changes then you are out.