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City of Houston Reviews

Updated May 25, 2014
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3.1 79 reviews

43% Approve of the CEO

City of Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker

Annise D. Parker

(37 ratings)

44% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Typically good work life balance depending on the particular manager or group that you work for(in 6 reviews)

  • Great benefits, very close to the tunnels(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely low pay, very political, no unity across the city(in 6 reviews)

  • Office politics drive most decision making regarding personnel(in 5 reviews)

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    Administrative Clerk

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAll the holidays off
    balance work/life
    Employees are hard-workers.

    ConsI worked for the City of Houston as an Intern for a month, then I was asked to come onboard as a contract worker promising a guarantee employment after I graduated from college.
    The City of Houston is known for a steady job and benefits. Well, the benefits are no longer what they used to be. " Steady employment, " means there is no room for growth unless you are one of the "favorite upper-management employees." Try applying for a job with the City and see if you'll receive a call, or email back, even if you have applied 15 times ! City of Houston works on the " good 'ole boy system. " Even if you are qualified your application will never get to the hire manager before COH employees relatives. If you are one of the lucky ones to land a job with City, please learn as much as you can and RUN !

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop with the office politics
    If you see an individual that is a hard-worker, and eager to learn promote that person
    Stop hiring relatives
    Look at everyone application without bias intent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Administrative for IAH

    Administrative Specialist (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsBenefits if you are looking for that. If you are close to the IAH management team it will be pleasurable for you.

    ConsBullying, harassment, prejudice, unfair practices. Management is very disorganized and favors some employees over others. Would not recommend IAH as a place of employment for anyone. No recognition to those who deserve it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize those who deserve it. Stop being unfair.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a great place if you're a progressive person.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexibility, "job security", easy to move up if the right people like you.

    ConsNepotism, Poor Benefits, Low Pay, No "authentic" community engagement. Rude executive team. Ghetto administration.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more qualified people and utilize you're worker that are qualified with years of experience. Stop playing favoritism. This is a work place not a dictatorship.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Health Department (WIC)

    Customer Service Clerk (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsNone to speak of really.

    ConsPoor leadership
    micro management
    No actionable plan to increase client participation
    No marketing/advertising so they allow for walk-ins everyday therefore just targeting low hanging fruit.
    Very poor communication
    Low morale
    NO room for advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a plan and communicate it to employees so everyone can be on the same page and push for more technology to streamline process.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not up to national standards

    Human Resources (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsIt's a job and that's is all it is.

    ConsPay, politics, and good old boy system

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    At first it seemed as if there would be promotional opportunities available but that was not the case.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsThe manager immediate above me was excellent in working with my schedule; however, there were few opportunities for growth.

    ConsThere was not enough communication from upper management to employees. The pay was below average.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate with staff instead of letting staff know through other channels about what will happen.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overly political - driven by incompetents with very large egos.

    Assistant Director (Current Employee)

    ProsReasonable benefit package
    Flexible working hours

    ConsLeaders politically appointed
    Managers do not walk their talk
    Overly complex processes and procedures

    Advice to Senior ManagementSay what you mean and be honest regarding your policies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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