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- Career Opportunities
I worked at Los Angeles full-time (more than 5 years)Pros
-You can gain exposure to many different disciplines and fields. You could be working at the Housing Department for a few years, then transfer to the Police Department, then get promoted to a position at the Zoo, then transfer to Rec and Parks, or one of 20+ other departments.
-Generous compensation for most positions
-Exceptionally generous benefits (see cons)
-Prior to the recession, professional development opportunities were plentiful. I received advanced training in MS Access and Excel, HTML, Dreamweaver, and all sorts of soft skills. I attended regional and national conferences. All of that ended around 2009.Cons
-Employees did not pay a dime toward health benefits. That made me very uncomfortable because the taxpayer was footing that bill. And that is not a luxury that most workers enjoy. Any efforts to raise the issue with union representation were frowned upon. I appreciated being part of a union, but believed we should be footing at least 25-50% of the bill.
-If you are a civil service exempt employee or you work for an elected official, there is no such thing as guaranteed employment. If your boss terms out or doesn't get re-elected, then you are on your own unless they 'protect' you.
-Attitudes of employees who 'clockwatchers' or are 'phoning in their perfomance' can be disheartening.
-Very hard to get a non entry-level job with the City without knowing anyone.RecommendsPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 12+ months – interviewed at Los Angeles.Interview Details
Civil service test and interview. Followed by dept interviews. And that's about all it takes. Making me put in 50 words to describe a very straightforward process is ridiculous.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsNo negotiationAccepted Offer
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