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City and County of San Francisco Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
61 Reviews
3.5
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  1.  

    Excellent Human Resources
    Department!

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

    I worked at City and County of San Francisco as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good experience/exposure working with a City department.

    Cons

    Correspondence regarding training with supervisors was not consistent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Valuable BUT no recognition of hard work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City and County of San Francisco as a contractor

    Pros

    The group of professionals I worked with directly were awesome people.

    Cons

    Too authoritative, bureaucracy was too overwhelming, don't care about employees really. I am glad I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the stick out of your bum.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's great if you like to watch your back every second

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City and County of San Francisco

    Pros

    Come work for the most two-faced people I've ever met out of all organizations I've worked for!

    Cons

    If you have documentation and witnesses of being bullied, guess what, not only will no one do anything, but management will join in!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best place I had work in a while

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    Former Employee - Student Design Trainee II  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Student Design Trainee II in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Team work, great environment, a chance to learn in different aspect of your career, best compensation for interns in the market

    Cons

    The City not always has positions available in the area that you are working on so after 6 great months of contract/work, you will have to move on and find a new job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more positions for interns who gave their heart and soul to their projects

    Recommends
  6.  

    Conservative and politicized bureaucracy managing a city of innovative people.

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

    I worked at City and County of San Francisco full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    For those interested in making government work, San Francisco has potential to be a great place for innovation in local government practice because the city is uncommonly rich and the culture of the people supports progressive causes and risk-taking. Great compensation and benefits. City government has ample resources to try new things.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is heavily politicized. Advancement in management is earned primarily by doing the bidding of the mayor's administration. Current city administration risk-averse and obstructs or even penalized efforts at innovation. Agencies fragmented and silo-ed. Strong unions and civil service protections limit performance management. IT systems not up to par with contemporaries. High levels of waste and patronage. Parochial and often ignores emerging best practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give risk takers more space and support for innovation. Hold employees accountable for the lack of performance. Stop patronage handouts to connected but ineffective community based organizations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok if your wiling to play the waiting game and or chess

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City and County of San Francisco

    Pros

    The benefits are great, camaraderie between co-workers

    Cons

    Too much red tape to progress, stagnant hiring policies and procedures, unnecessary wait times for promotions and or interviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eventually the baby boomer generation will phase out of this organization and the benefits will not be enough to make millennials stay. Consider infusing some work/life/balance practices.

  8.  

    Overall enlightening

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City and County of San Francisco as a contractor

    Pros

    They offer interesting jobs and good opportunities. Leadership was okay, depending on who you are working with.

    Cons

    Other employees may not be as qualified, leading you to pick up slack. Environment was okay though.

  9.  

    Variety of internships available

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at City and County of San Francisco as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I've interned with several SF government organizations, including the DPW and the police. All offered great avenues after a few months, including paid internship opportunities and excellent recommendations.

    Cons

    Very little ability to turn internship experience into a permanent position (on account of civil service rules). Pay is strangely allocated and often shoehorned into the corner of the budget. Had to pay my own payroll taxes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of the internship application processes coming out of the Mayor's office are really byzantine affairs, although they don't offer unique experience or pay. Stop that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Progressive Employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City and County of San Francisco as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good for the city.

    Cons

    Mostly Temporary Positions and competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good pay if you don't mind endless bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Psychiatric Social Worker  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Psychiatric Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at City and County of San Francisco full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Very good pay
    Strong Unions
    Flexible schedules

    Cons

    Departments heads have differing levels of competency
    A lot of bureaucracy--delays your ability to complete work in a timely manner

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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