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  • Urban Planner for the City of San Diego

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee


    Many opportunities to move around and work on different projects (from mini park to new football stadium); great work/life balance; at times, great role models, leadership. City is trying.


    Low pay, compensation; bureaucratic; opportunities to advance is slow (hiring process, and many life timers so openings are irregular); tuition reimbursement very low

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    Junior Planner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
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    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at City of San Diego (San Diego, CA) in May 2015.


    You have to first apply to get on the list for the position. When a position opens, they then pull applicants from the eligibility list for an interview. I believe I had been on the eligibility list for over a year before getting an interview. They send out an email to people on the eligibility list to submit their resume and cover letter, then they email to set up an interview. They give you the list of interview questions 15 minutes before the interview, which is very helpful. Overall the interview process was decent. Not too difficult but not too easy. Pretty straight to the point. It took about three weeks to hear back. They also scheduled a follow-up appointment to give interview feedback which is extremely helpful to know how well you did and what you need to improve on.

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Headquarters San Diego, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1850
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
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A hot spot for tourists, the City of San Diego offers more than just warm weather and beautiful beaches. The second-largest city in California (with a population of more than 1.3 million), San Diego, known as Telecom Valley, is also one of the centers in the US for technological manufacturing. Its council members each represent one of its eight districts. Founded in 1769, the city operates through some 50 programs and departments, including environmental services, homeland security, parks and recreation, and the commission for arts and culture. The City of San Diego, which ... More

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