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City of San José Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
Updated February 15, 2015
33 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I would say good work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Great place to work, modern environment (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The department was rather backlogged when I was there (they were playing catch-up after losing some personnel during budget cuts) (in 5 reviews)

  • Working for Mayor Chuck Reed, raises are based on years of service, not performance (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent Values & Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pool Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Pool Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at City of San José part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Directly help and effect the community.

    Cons

    Career opportunities aren't as highly available as at larger companies. Sometimes slightly under compensated for the amount of work needed to be completed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people working under poor leadership

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

    I have been working at City of San José full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of room for career growth within the city, but not for the right reasons. Every smart and talented person is leaving to work elsewhere and that creates a lot of opportunity. The people that do work here are great and the work-life balance is on par with any other city job.

    Cons

    As many people may know, the City cut the salary of every employee by 10% a few years back. Right now San Jose is ranked last in the bay area for compensation. Every one who is "in the know" is aware that you go to San Jose for experience and then leave for better compensation. With a new mayor coming in and pro-union management being forced out, it does not seem likely that San Jose will be competitive in the near future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    A place for people who want to retire on the job

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

    I have been working at City of San José

    Pros

    There are lots of holidays and days off. Many departments to transfer to

    Cons

    Too many lazy people spending their days on social media, personal calls and personal business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to layoff half of the staff and actually make people work. Too many people with very little to do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    not the best experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José

    Pros

    benefits and pay are higher than non profits

    Cons

    inconsiderate of employees and not open about lay offs

  6.  

    I really enjoy working in this department, it's a lot of fun.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José part-time

    Pros

    Children love to have fun and co-workers are awesome.

    Cons

    There is a lot of planning you have to do and sometimes children get picked up really late and that is something you have no control of. You are also limited to about 1,040 hours a year so once you max out you're out of a job until it starts over again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Cashier, open new accounts, provide customer service.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Library Clerk in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Library Clerk in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at City of San José part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay with benefits even as a part time employee. Great if you are in college.

    Cons

    Lays offs are done frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    glad to not be there

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at City of San José full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great people at the City

    Cons

    poor leadership from management team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit hiring your buddies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I love working for the city!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Page in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Page in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at City of San José part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    All of my co-workers are a joy to work with and I have always felt welcomed.

    Cons

    There are time when the budget can be slim and the hours are not always the best. But overall a great experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management as always been nothing but fair and easy to talk to. If there is ever any problem in the workplace or with a coworker the issue is handled promptly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good organization in decline as budgets force pay reductions and staff depart.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Strong leadership, clear goals, very efficient workforces

    Cons

    Budget considerations drive the organization. Slow but continued decline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To maintain the effectiveness of smaller teams, delegate authority - trust your staff.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Stuck in the past

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

    I have been working at City of San José full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - For me, my job is a unique position in a small, specialized field. This is the only reason I'm still here.

    Cons

    - Pensions? Who pays pensions any more? What an antiquated concept.
    - Employee compensation seems to be the last priority for city spending. I don't understand how they manage to retain ANY employees.
    - Despite my job's specialized requirements, I have a generic city job title, which means I'm subject to seniority/bumping. I've had 2 layoff notices (later rescinded) in three years. Has HR even heard of "morale"?
    - Many departments are full of "lifers" putting in minimal effort until their pension kicks in. Again, terrible for morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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