San Mateo County Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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  1. Puts the people is serving the public

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Various Positions Throughout the Organization in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Various Positions Throughout the Organization in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at San Mateo County

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    SMC is forward thinking in a lot aspects. As an organization they do many things right. They, promote (and in many places embody) responsive government; focus on serving the public in effective and efficient ways; strive to create a prosperous, safe, collaborative, healthy, safe and livable community; encourage Work-Life (blend/balance); and champion employee engagement, development, wellness and performance.

    Cons

    While the County may promote and believe in all of the above, many Departments are left to their own devices, and may not adopt all or many of the above. In addition, there are also challenges working in an environment where employees may be geographically and organizationally / departmentally disparate.


  2. patient services assistant

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

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent pay

    Cons

    Management is horrible. They promote staff according to favouritism. A regular employee can be more educated than a manager but don't move up because of politics.


  3. Registered Nurse

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Everything is up front with clear policies

    Cons

    No room for negotiations with pay and no recognition


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  5. Being a child welfare worker is inherently a difficult job, compounded by San Mateo Counties poor management

    Current Employee - Social Worker III in Belmont, CA
    Current Employee - Social Worker III in Belmont, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    benefits, salary, stability, predictability, technology

    Cons

    management, morale, lack of resources, lacking clinical track, culture


  6. Excellent benefits and professional development opportunities

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The County offers a healthy benefits package, flexible work schedules, and encourages and supports a hefty amount of professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    There is a clear delineation between line staff and management. Line staff feel that the organization is management-heavy; and management tends to meet and operate in somewhat of a silo, which leads to distrust among line staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging professional development, but make management and their meetings (i.e. meeting minutes, etc.) more transparent. This will lead to staff feeling more supported and equal.


  7. Great benefits and salary

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

    I have been working at San Mateo County

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, good pension and time off policies

    Cons

    Not enough time/resources spent in the development of staff

    Advice to Management

    listen to your staff -not only your other managers!


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

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

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    spend more time in the field.


  10. San Mateo County Elections Div.

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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


  11. Great Benefits, poor morale

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.



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