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Updated April 8, 2015
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Edwin M. Lee
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Pros
  • The benefits are great, camaraderie between co-workers (in 4 reviews)

  • Stability of work, and good benefits (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Strong unions and civil service protections limit performance management (in 5 reviews)

  • government breeds mediocrity, low compensation compared to other cities, super high cost of living, uninspired management (in 2 reviews)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at City and County of San Francisco

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

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work. Best legal defense team that money can't buy.

    Cons

    The only con was parking.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good fight.

  2. Great people and benefits.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at City and County of San Francisco

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

    Pros

    Very good work/life balance. Competitive pay.

    Cons

    Very slow pace sometimes - common for a government entity.

  3. Program manager

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    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

    I worked at City and County of San Francisco full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package -- excellent healthcare

    Cons

    Slow and bureaucratic to get things approved etc

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  5. Working for the City and County of SF has been highly disappointing

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    Current Employee - Stationary Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Stationary Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at City and County of San Francisco full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Little to no supervision. People see advancement as justification to do less. Therefore you will never be held accountable for anything because there are no procedures or policies that are dictated to staff other than political correctness training. You can break anything and get it replaced as much as you like because they do not have training or procedures for any of the equipment. Coming from the outside recently, I am shocked that the city works on the basic principle of avoidance. Run it until it breaks mentality. Absolutely no PM's are performed in my group and Superintendent has built a wall between management and staff so he can paint a rosy picture to senior management while his buildings are falling apart. That's great if you want to come in for a nap and get dumber by the day.

    Cons

    After coming in motivated to help and show my value, I have learned that my value is relatively useless here because they already have a couple guys with more seniority here that will get any opportunity for advancement regardless of how under qualified they are because they don't rock the boat. I've seen budget items that don't even exist anymore but they keep approving them because it's easier than updating the budget and risking losing these monies. The City goes out of it's way to show fair hiring practices while continuing to skirt the process to promote their cronies. It's sickening to see the public's money wasted on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    It's odd to see a staff that wants direction. General Managers WAKE UP! Your Superintendent is failing you. He's promoting unqualified people to keep the deficiencies in the dark. Implement a NEAR MISS program. Provide some equipment operation procedures and policies that can be provided to people who operate equipment so you know it's being done properly. Senior managers are entirely in the dark. Fire Safety Systems are not managed properly putting thousands of people at risk daily. Multi million dollar processes are handed over to people on a promise. No training, no procedures, no accountability.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City and County of San Francisco

    Pros

    I was able to get a wide view of the City and an understanding of many City departments in a short period of time. The work varied form day-to-day and allowed for creativity in approaching each case.

    Cons

    There are not many promotive opportunities in my unit and politics play a large role.

    Advice to Management

    -

  7. Full time Contracted employes says provide all employees within your system equal pay for equal work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City and County of San Francisco full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Better pay than most non profits

    Cons

    The Department of Health within the City and County often contracts employees through other agencies. This means that while you may be paid more than if you are working in a non profit, you can often have a Master's degree and still make less than a City and County receptionist who has a high school degree. You will also be paid less, and have fewer benefits that a city employee with a similar job/education/background. This creates an "us vs them" environment.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees when there are issues with management who are, all too often,, just biding their time until retirement

  8. great city to work for and live in.

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    Former Employee - Reacreation Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Reacreation Leader in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at City and County of San Francisco part-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Awsome coworkers, and the great feeling of helping my community.

    Cons

    There is little opertunity to move up within the municipal work force.

  9. Adhocracy, which way is the wind blowing today

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    Current Employee - Clean Up Woman in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clean Up Woman in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at City and County of San Francisco full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great WORKERS, to work with, we make the wheels go round and the pistons go up and down. We clean the streets and balance the budget.

    Cons

    POLITICS!. A bunch of promoters. No career advancement, not many women in management or an oppotunity to advance. Upper management is the "errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect the bill"...your tax dollar.

    Advice to Management

    PLEASE MERIT BASED TESTING! The interviews need to be fair and balance with real subject matter experts, people who actualy do the work. No no no on Neopotism and favoritism.

  10. Diverse community with competitive salary

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City and County of San Francisco

    Pros

    Good salary with good benefits

    Cons

    Far from home and job is very political

  11. As a construction management intern I en

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    Former Employee - Student Trainee I in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Student Trainee I in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at City and County of San Francisco full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The office culture was excellent, the work environment was less stressful than that of private firms that I have worked for.

    Cons

    As an intern, I was unable to obtain a parking permit, however I was required to continuously drive and park throughout the city, which at times was a hassle.

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