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    City Continues to Allow Labor to Stifle cost-reducing Innovations

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    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at City of San José full-time (more than 8 years)


    "Defined benefit" retirement program improves retention
    Promotional process is competitive and fair, reducing disfunctional behaviors found in less performance-based promotional process
    Salary schedule is competitive with private sector to ensure qualified applicant pools


    Labor has, in some instances, oppressed or thwarted innovation through political channels or by sabotage;
    Public Safety Departments rely too heavily on sworn staff, who are also members of labor union, to perform middle management functions. The reliance on sworn middle managers in administrative functions reduces innovative solutions development and implementation when propose solutions are contary to union interests.

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    Obtain outside review of effectiveness of current administrative functions. City Manager Office needs to re-engage labor and employees to develop long-term solutions which support and reward innovation.

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Updated Aug 3, 2014
Updated Aug 3, 2014

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    Environmental Services Environmental Inspector I/II Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
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    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at City of San José in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    This was for a screening interview in July 2014. The department does these interviews periodically. From the process, they hire a few people that they need immediately, and then put other acceptable candidates on a list for hires that they need during the year. The format of the interview is with three ESD employees sit on one side of a long conference table, and you sit on the other. There is a notebook with a list of 8 or 9 questions in front of you. The employees take turns asking the questions.

    This was a difficult interview for me with difficult behavioral interview questions, many of which were based on supplemental questions that I had provided written answers for as part of the initial application. I expected that the first question would be something along the lines of "Tell us about yourself" or "Tell us why you would be good for this job". But instead, they skipped that question, and jumped to the following questions (these are the ones that I can remember.):

    1. "Tell us about your storm water sampling and best management practices experience."
    2. "You have arrived at a facility, and the representative has refused to let you in for a visit. What do you do?"
    3. "You are supposed to go to inspect a facility in the afternoon, but that morning you cannot find any information about the facility in the file. What do you do?"
    4. "Tell us about your experience dealing with people from all walks of life."
    5. "Do you have anything else you would like to add?"

    I was thrown by the first couple of questions and never really recovered, but it was a great learning experience. It was clear to me that they wanted to see how you deal with difficult circumstances, because they expect their inspectors to find themselves in such experiences.

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Headquarters San José, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1846
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
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