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City of Houston Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
83 Reviews
3.2
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City of Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker
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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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13 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    My experience at the city is not good at all

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinic Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Clinic Assistant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I cant see it now

    Cons

    If you dont know any management you can not move or promote

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Adventurist experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Houston

    Pros

    One of the best things about working here is the work experience. Learning to work in a busy environment,fast past office a variety of different languages.

    Cons

    Being able to adapt to different cultures and having to maintain a balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would learn to appreciate the people that work under me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    When all the employees are friends or family, you will fail.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location, job security after the one year probation period.

    Cons

    Nepotism. Ghetto administration. How embarrassing. Coworkers are all out to get you, there is no team spirit whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everyone, including yourselves, and start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hostile work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers, pay and benefits, vacation and holidays

    Cons

    Drama, bullying, gossip, overt and covert nepotism, unfairness, pettiness, extremely stressful, low morale, incompetent management, lack of character and integrity across the board

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your core group. Those are the workers that make your organization successful. They're loyal, devoted, and grind every day with little or no complaint, regardless of their own personal circumstances. They are an asset to your organization, no matter how hard your managers/supervisors/nepotist employees try and make them believe otherwise. I've seen a lot of great people leave because of that. It's a shame, really. This organization really has the potential to be listed as one of the greatest places in the country to work, but the rampant cruelty, unnecessarily competitive atmosphere, hyper-stressful and unsupportive environment makes the organization hostile.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Go work for the county

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Outreach  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Community Outreach in Houston, TX

    I worked at City of Houston full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits but you have to wait 6 months. No overt time.

    Cons

    Very political. Advancement is based on brown-nosing and who your know politically. The benefits are weaker than working for the county.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push for perks like tuition reimbursement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    negative

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Director  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Clinical Director in Houston, TX

    I worked at City of Houston

    Pros

    great benefits, options to relocate do not affect career progression negatively

    Cons

    some horrid locations and jobs, inability to get rid of bad performers

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok if you are ready to retire

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at City of Houston

    Pros

    Slow work pace
    Pleasant co workers

    Cons

    My Manager
    Slow work pace
    No challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    360 review of Manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    The place to be if you want job security, but have no interest in actually doing anything productive.

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    • 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

    Job security is a definite advantage

    Cons

    You are surrounded by people who are not the sharpest knives in the drawer. This will bring your motivation down in no time. It seems like most people there are interested in keeping their jobs rather than performing them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way and let new people in to shake up the entire organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    City of Houston: Mixed bag of dead ends.

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    Former Employee - Council Aide  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Council Aide in Houston, TX

    I worked at City of Houston

    Pros

    I worked in the City Council Mayor's office. the number of people you meet and interact with is pretty decent. However that's the only plus. the career advancement, and opportunities to network and form bonds with other staff are limited as are career options.

    Cons

    long hours, low pay, incompetent management sometimes (depending on which department and council office), bureaucracy of bloated city government. Also because they are usually small offices/departments, the resources are limited in what you can do. Most offices that have openings, have openings for a reason....think about it. High turnover is typical however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a leadership training class for starters. Then rethink the method of communication and channels necessary to get everyone on the team strategy plan.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Don't Do it

    • 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. Vacation. Holidays, PTO and Donated Sick Leave

    Cons

    It is no longer easy to promote. If you are a favorite you will go far. We hardly ever get pay raises, and when you do it's only 3 to 4%. The health benefits are not what they use to be, I pay more money out-of-pocket as well as high insurance premiums. There is a lot of unfairness. I mean a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give everyone an equal opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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