City of Houston
3.1 of 5 78 reviews
www.houstontx.gov Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

City of Houston Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.1 78 reviews

                             

42% Approve of the CEO

City of Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker

Annise D. Parker

(36 ratings)

45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
78 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Typically good work life balance depending on the particular manager or group that you work for"
    in 6 reviews
  • "great benefits, options to relocate do not affect career progression negatively"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Extremely low pay, very political, no unity across the city"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Office politics drive most decision making regarding personnel"
    in 5 reviews
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    My tenure was productive, educational and rewarding.

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsThe City of Houston provides excellent training, company values, benefits, parking incentives and competitive pay.

    ConsAdministrative and/or office personnel are not recognized in a timely manner when it comes to promotions within the company. As a result, they are relocated or passed over to fill vacancies and not rewarded.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffice staff members are the right hand to upper management. They work selfishly to accommodate management and are expected to maintain daily operations of the office. Without us, the office would not run as smoothly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    My experience at the City of Houston has been a rollercoaster ride since day one.

    Financial Analyst IV (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsGood benefits, promotions if you work hard and accept challenges, great people.

    ConsCommunication is terrible, no one takes accountability, everyone is always comparing salaries and job duties.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider giving incentives like education reimbursement, stop wasteful spending and increase training.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Welder/Simi Skilled Laborer (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benifits and 401k along with working with all kinds of people..

    ConsLow pay grade. Very hard to move up in the company.

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Money matters NOT the Employee

    Senior Sideloader (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsThe people and benefits are great worth coming to work ea day.

    ConsThe hours stress, and lack of concern and respect for employees make you just want to resign and find work elsewhere ! They forget that you are a citizen of the City of Houston as well as an employee.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    hmmm not much to say

    Wic (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    Prosbenefits is a pro only benefits

    Conspeople that they hire and have in charge

    Advice to Senior Managementget new management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAll the holidays off
    balance work/life
    Employees are hard-workers.

    ConsI worked for the City of Houston as an Intern for a month, then I was asked to come onboard as a contract worker promising a guarantee employment after I graduated from college.
    The City of Houston is known for a steady job and benefits. Well, the benefits are no longer what they used to be. " Steady employment, " means there is no room for growth unless you are one of the "favorite upper-management employees." Try applying for a job with the City and see if you'll receive a call, or email back, even if you have applied 15 times ! City of Houston works on the " good 'ole boy system. " Even if you are qualified your application will never get to the hire manager before COH employees relatives. If you are one of the lucky ones to land a job with City, please learn as much as you can and RUN !

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop with the office politics
    If you see an individual that is a hard-worker, and eager to learn promote that person
    Stop hiring relatives
    Look at everyone application without bias intent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits are great especially the sick time and tuition reimbursment

    Conspay, very little chance to advance, supervision needs work

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Its an okay place to work

    Accountant (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsPeople are great to work with, paid holidays, good work-life balance, no weekends (depending on the department), can bringing children to work.

    ConsExtremely low pay, very political, no unity across the city.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay employees a salary that is comparable with education and experience.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A learning and growth experience

    Anonymous (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsThe benefits; the work schedule; the community involvement; colleagues; good work life balance; some managers allow you some flexibility to implement projects that will support the community

    ConsSalary; little opportunity for growth; some areas afraid of growth or change; no bonuses; departments seem to work independently

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport your staff and consider bonuses outside of merit raises for extra effort

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    Good place to grow

    Senior Auditor (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsInterdepartmental promotions are encoraged, so there's an opportunity to delevop new skills and of course increase your pay. You'll vest in the pension plan after 5 yrs of working there. The health benefits are decent. Union demands across the board pay raises for employees periodically. Typically good work life balance depending on the particular manager or group that you work for.

    ConsDepartments operate independently so there's a lack of team efforts as a whole. Office politics drive most decision making regarding personnel. Merit increases are extremely rare.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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