City of San José Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Pros
  • I would say good work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Great place to work out of college (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Is subject to budget cuts by the city which can jeopardize your employment (in 5 reviews)

  • pay cuts in recent years including increases to pension, health and retirement (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great people, great organization

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exciting projects in a collaborative environment. Flexibility in balancing work/life. Amazing, smart co-workers who are passionate about what they do for the community.

    Cons

    Not enough resources but steadily improving since the recession.


  2. Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José

    Pros

    great way to start your Future.

    Cons

    Dosent have the best pay rate for their employees.


  3. Good experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of diversity in jobs throughout city. If you get into the right group it can be fast paced with energetic people. Room for advancement, tons of training.

    Cons

    Many groups are slow moving. Lots of employees who don't like their jobs but stay for retirement...very hard to get people to change with new environment. Need to be adaptable in political environment but many employees don't bother.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage strong management and accountability. More collaboration between departments at all levels.


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  5. Opportunity if you're willing to work for it

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Depending on your department, there are a lot of opportunities for advancement. You can literally do anything in the city if you work hard and are competent.

    Cons

    Difficult to get rid of negative/bad employees. Citizens tend to have a negative attitude towards the workforce due to the prop B issue.


  6. You can make a difference

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    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunities, especially for people early in their careers, to get their hands on real projects and responsibilities that affect quality of life for a big city.

    Cons

    Red tape that comes with large organizations

    Advice to Management

    Break down silos, both vertical and horizontal.


  7. Used to be better, now not so much.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at City of San José (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Because of all the vacancies, there is room to advance if you can put up with the atmosphere.

    Cons

    The brain drain is actually a little bit frightening. There are very few left with appropriate levels of experience.


  8. Good Place to Work and Learn

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Training Programs. Nice Working Atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not a lot of potential for improving designing skills

    Advice to Management

    Improve paying scale.


  9. Excellent Values & Culture

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great people working under poor leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    A place for people who want to retire on the job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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