City of Durham, North Carolina

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City of Durham, North Carolina Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Ok

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    Former Employee - Park Ranger  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Park Ranger in Durham, NC

    I worked at City of Durham, North Carolina full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The best part of working is know that you have a job and can expect a paycheck

    Cons

    work you to death pay is terrible the area isnt that great

  2.  

    Office of Economic and Workforce Development

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at City of Durham, North Carolina as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good mission serving the people. .Management encourages independence. a few good co-workers.

    Cons

    Slow movement,disgruntled and undermining staff.. Disorganized management. No HR support in department or from HR department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not a great place to work

    Former Employee - Civil Engineer  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Durham, NC

    I worked at City of Durham, North Carolina full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Typical 8 to 5 job

    Cons

    No proper training, everything is delayed bit too much, supervisor is impossible to please

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please address the above cons.

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  5.  

    Politically motivated leadership

    Former Employee - Facilities Maintenance Supervisor  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Facilities Maintenance Supervisor in Durham, NC

    I worked at City of Durham, North Carolina full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    High murder rate and crime is climbing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Exciting job, but requires someone who can deal with the extremes hardships in life

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    Former Employee - Communications Officer  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Communications Officer in Durham, NC

    I worked at City of Durham, North Carolina full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Job Security for the most part. Benefits are great if you are single (heath benes are free or very low monthly cost) Variety of different scheduling options as long as you don't minds working regular weekends and holidays. 401k vested from Day 1

    Cons

    Requesting time off (dept specific to 911), health benefits (if you have a family) Lack of employee recognition for good work, quick to be critical of anything negative. lack of reasonable understanding of special circumstances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regular raises are needed for the employees. Better health benefits for families (i.e. lower deductibles without raising monthly premiums) Cover more procedures than 80% + deductible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Incompetent and/or Dishonest managers in too many departments

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at City of Durham, North Carolina full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Many good co-workers, but employees could accomplish more if incompetent managers did not stifle them or took appropriate timely action. There are some departments and divisions with good managers, which are good places to work. For people who thrive on helping others, there are many opportunities in many jobs to do this.

    Cons

    It takes much too long to replace key positions, sometimes 2-3 years. Too many managers are vindictive, unfair and show favoritism. The turnover rate for Department Directors has generally been high for too long. A common comment about too many employees: “He or she is dumb as dirt”. Employees often question why incompetent people are promoted. They suggest sycophancy, usually, but in some cases, wonder if the promoted persons are blackmailing their managers. It is not efficient to train your manager, but this appears to be sometimes expected by Senior Management. Racial issues are a troubling undercurrent (52% of the City employees are black) with both white and black persons complaining about unfairness in hiring, promotions, and treatment of employees based on race.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to high employee turnover. This is usually a red flag of a problem with the departmental managers and supervisors. When many employees complain in the anonymous bi-annual survey or in their annual 360 review about the same manager or director, pay attention and take appropriate action. Do like Donald Trump and “fire” the “project manager” instead of staff. Many of these managers are toxic and will do anything, however, dishonest to keep their jobs, usually first by blaming and firing their staff. Get rid of them, hire honest and competent managers, and expect employee higher productivity and satisfaction. Spend more time effectively training Directors about fairness and ethics, and other “City” values. Realize that many problems were created by former Directors and Managers instead of blaming current employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer Intern  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer Intern in Durham, NC

    I have been working at City of Durham, North Carolina as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    So far, none !
    I am glad that I have a job, but, I hate going to work everyday.

    Cons

    Bad management, mean boss.
    Too much expectation and too little help from boss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please treat people like people and not like machines

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Talk the talk, but don't walk the walk

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at City of Durham, North Carolina full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good coworkers
    Easy commute if you live in Durham
    Strong vision communicated by city manager office

    Cons

    Lousy pay, reclassification of positions is arbitrary.
    Understaffed.
    Weak leadership at director level in some departments
    High stress environment
    Fairness and ethics issues
    Overly political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If lower executives and middle management would follow through senior executive vision, things will turn around, CMO vision is not trickling down to the front lines. Need to clean house at executive level in several departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Pros and Cons of City of Durham Engineering Employment

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Durham, NC

    I have been working at City of Durham, North Carolina

    Pros

    Very understanding of time off requirements and flexible scheduling. Good benefits packages and people, culture, and environment is superior to any other place I have worked.

    Cons

    Nearly everything that was a quick decision in the private sector takes a panel and/or chain of command decision making here due to government policies and procedures. A promotion for which you qualify might take up to a year to process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Red tape makes it difficult for employees to receive promotions for which they meet the requirements. Little chance for career growth.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    hey

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I have been working at City of Durham, North Carolina

    Pros

    well the thing about this and let me use a cliche, you get what you put in, and im doing okay with this. you just have to have patience

    Cons

    well im not to sure if any benefits are given out so i'm lost in this area. would be nice though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think if you dont have benefits you should start giving some please, also be a little more generous

    No opinion of CEO

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