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San Mateo County Reviews

Updated January 5, 2015
Updated January 5, 2015
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great benefits and salary

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

    I have been working at San Mateo County

    Pros

    The salaries are enough to prove a decent living in the Peninsula. Benefits and employee perks such as transportation subsidy are great and help a lot.

    Cons

    Limited opprtunites to move up in the organization. Old timers bring the morale and quality of work down and prevent innovative thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a true management fellowship program that will help younger employees enter management tracks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall ok, not great. Lot's of politics and top down approach instead of listening to front line staff.

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

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, good pension and time off policies

    Cons

    Not enough time/resources spent in the development of staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your staff -not only your other managers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Phenomenal place to work, great employees, horrible union. You must like the outdoors and be in good physical shape.

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

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time

    Pros

    Working outside in nature, the pay is good, retirement is good, benefits are good. Leadership at my level is good. They are smart people with good common sense.

    Cons

    cleaning bathrooms can be nasty, work is physically demanding. Lots of public interaction and opinions vary so it's not always good interactions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend more time in the field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    San Mateo County Elections Div.

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Election Technician/Warehouse in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Election Technician/Warehouse in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at San Mateo County (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    very little pressure; great place to work if you don't require supervision; plenty of different tasks to work on so you never get bored

    Cons

    It's only seasonal and they are moving towards all mail ballot voting within 5-6 years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great Benefits, poor morale

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Department in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Department in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The County Manager's office is really striving to make the County a better place to work. The benefits are good, and the retirement is great. Training is available and highly encouraged.

    Cons

    The office I work in is in a para-military style organization. There is a lot of focus on discipline and towing the line, hence people are afraid to do anything creative or outside of the box. Enthusiasm is dampened by the fear of doing something wrong or being perceived as non-compliant. There is a general attitude of "that's the way we've always done it here."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The values and mission are there -- but management doesn't act congruently. Compassion is one of our stated values, yet Senior Managers do not practice or demonstrate compassion. Integrity is another value, but not all Senior Managers embody this value, and there are a few who lack any integrity. Bullying in all forms should be discouraged and stopped immediately.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to learn the basics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Deputy Coroner in San Mateo, CA
    Current Intern - Deputy Coroner in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at San Mateo County as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good case load for learning

    Cons

    Poor management. Understaffed. On-Call hours every night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your subordinates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Disastrous leadership in Human Services Agency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Social Worker in Belmont, CA
    Current Employee - Social Worker in Belmont, CA

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Public service, if you want to help families, vets, kids, then a county job is a good way to reach a lot of people.

    Cons

    Under the most recent director, HSA has slipped from being one of the best to one of the worst. Insiders (family members, sycophants) are promoted above people who are focused on doing their work. Panel interviews are used to undermine civil service procedures and advance applicants who have neither the work history, education nor background.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many managers were hired by the outgoing director, so, like her, they don't have degrees or experience in their field, so I guess they should fire themselves or each other, and get some really good consultants, preferably people with experience. Most of the directors at HSA have zero experience in their fields.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Constant changing culture, some for the better, some for the worst.

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

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, stable work

    Cons

    Low staffing causing others to become overworked, unfavorable working conditions. Very high stress environment.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Civil Service Interview

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

    I have been working at San Mateo County as a contractor

    Pros

    The mini orientation in before the interview is very informative. Fair interview process. You get a response whether you get the position or not. Everyone is friendly in the Office

    Cons

    You have to be on the eligibility list in order to get a full time job. Many people stay with the county for a long time so it takes a while to promote.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Construction Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Project Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Construction Project Manager in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time

    Pros

    As a construction manager, you don't have jobs outside of the County.

    Cons

    This is government work and things don't get done too timely.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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