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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administrative Clerk

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Houston

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administrative for IAH

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at City of Houston full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Bullying, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Recognize those who deserve it. Stop being unfair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Houston

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Health Department (WIC)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Clerk in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Clerk in Houston, TX

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time

    Pros

    None to speak of really.

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not up to national standards

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Pay, politics, and good old boy system

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at City of Houston

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with staff instead of letting staff know through other channels about what will happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overly political - driven by incompetents with very large egos.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director
    Current Employee - Assistant Director

    I have been working at City of Houston

    Pros

    Reasonable benefit package
    Flexible working hours

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say what you mean and be honest regarding your policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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