Los Angeles Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
55 Reviews
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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa
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Pros
  • Friendly and culturally diverse work environment (in 7 reviews)

  • The position is well paying, there are good benefits, and the there is a low work load (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to apply for higher positions if you want to work in a specific one (in 2 reviews)

  • Too many lazy employees who would do just the minimum to keep their job (in 2 reviews)

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    Recreation Assistant

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    Current Employee - Recreation Assistant in Van Nuys, CA
    Current Employee - Recreation Assistant in Van Nuys, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If your looking for a part time job the pay is decent. The people are generally good - Management is hit and miss...

    Cons

    This is a part time position that will never lead to more then 1040 hour per year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Professional mobility

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Planning Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Planning Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Planning staff has a wide array of projects, issues and disciplines in which to operate within. High degree of continuing professional education and gainful hands on experience from GIS, economic analysis, housing, transportation, code development, opportunity for professionalism

    Cons

    Professional testing leading to career advancement is competitive and standard by governmental requirements. However, the selection process with regards to appointment is obfuscated by subjective metrics inherent to an established 'old boy network'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    department should be more reflective of the populace it serves

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A seasonal job with fluctuating workflow, with a lot of overtime required closer to Election Day.

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    Former Employee - Senior Election Clerk in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Election Clerk in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Depending on the team you work for, there is usually a sense of comradery. You can get pretty close with coworkers, since you work long hours with your team. This is a good first or second job to have if you are an as-needed employee.

    Cons

    A division between teams can occur, slowing down productivity and/or the harmony in the office. Many as-needed staff don't feel fairly treated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    I was an I.T. intern there

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    Former Employee - I T Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - I T Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some of your coworkers will be awesome and helpful. They give you more jobs than just data entry. They were very flexible on what days I came in.

    Cons

    Some of the managers are incredibly distracted and do not like to work. One of them actually checked his stocks all day and chatted with his family from home.

    Recommends
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    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Environmental Engineering Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineering Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Downtown LA. Decent pay and benefits, but each year entails more cutbacks.

    Cons

    Too many outside consultants, a waste of money; work could be done in house. Waiting for an opening in the DWP. Furloughs and no pay raise in years with rising outside costs = pay cut. Riordan pension plan would be a disaster for the City and its workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate leaders early in their career. Cut out expensive consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Friendly people, not much learning experience - intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are friendly at the face. Work load is light. Working environment is good. suppliers are generous.

    Cons

    Little learning experience - interns are the king of photocopier and scanner. Other than preparing handout for meeting, there is nothing much needed for an intern. Feels like a waste of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have better structured internship, or rather, there is no need to have graduate students to do copying work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job security... sort of...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles

    Pros

    Great pension, medical/dental benefits provided for part-time employees. Friendly and culturally diverse work environment. Networking and interaction with employees of many levels with in a company.

    Cons

    Some times the only way to get promoted or to advance was solely based on who you knew. Too many lazy employees who would do just the minimum to keep their job. Some times there is an "every-man-for-himself" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to become more engaged with employees and actually get know who they are on a professional and personal level.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Government work in a shrinking economy

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles

    Pros

    Good pension and good benefits

    Cons

    No career growth and more work with fewer staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Well paid but depends on which council member you work for

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    Current Employee - Press Deputy for City Council Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Press Deputy for City Council Member in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles

    Pros

    Working for City Council can be exciting especially if you have a great boss. I loved my team and learned a lot.

    Cons

    People take themselves really seriously and think they are running the world when in reality very little gets done. It requires a lot of initiative to move things forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The budget situation is a mess but I'm hardly the first to say this but it does make work in LA unstable.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Highly political

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles

    Pros

    Opportunity to get involved in great, interesting projects.

    Cons

    The budget crisis, furloughs, and constant change in leadership and personnel undermines the recognition of your deliverables.

    Approves of CEO

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