City of Houston
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Updated Apr 13, 2014

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44% Approve of the CEO

City of Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker

Annise D. Parker

(32 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Typically good work life balance depending on the particular manager or group that you work for"
    in 5 reviews
  • "great benefits, options to relocate do not affect career progression negatively"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Office politics drive most decision making regarding personnel"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Unrewarding, Low Pay, Stagnant job, no training, no raises or bonuses"
    in 4 reviews
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Administrative for IAH

Administrative Specialist (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at City of Houston full-time for more than 10 years

ProsBenefits if you are looking for that. If you are close to the IAH management team it will be pleasurable for you.

ConsBullying, harassment, prejudice, unfair practices. Management is very disorganized and favors some employees over others. Would not recommend IAH as a place of employment for anyone. No recognition to those who deserve it.

Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize those who deserve it. Stop being unfair.

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

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Not a great place if you're a progressive person.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at City of Houston

ProsFlexibility, "job security", easy to move up if the right people like you.

ConsNepotism, Poor Benefits, Low Pay, No "authentic" community engagement. Rude executive team. Ghetto administration.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more qualified people and utilize you're worker that are qualified with years of experience. Stop playing favoritism. This is a work place not a dictatorship.

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

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Health Department (WIC)

Customer Service Clerk (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at City of Houston full-time

ProsNone to speak of really.

ConsPoor leadership
micro management
No actionable plan to increase client participation
No marketing/advertising so they allow for walk-ins everyday therefore just targeting low hanging fruit.
Very poor communication
Low morale
NO room for advancement

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a plan and communicate it to employees so everyone can be on the same page and push for more technology to streamline process.

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

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Not up to national standards

Human Resources (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at City of Houston full-time for more than 8 years

ProsIt's a job and that's is all it is.

ConsPay, politics, and good old boy system

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

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Overly political - driven by incompetents with very large egos.

Assistant Director (Current Employee)

I have been working at City of Houston

ProsReasonable benefit package
Flexible working hours

ConsLeaders politically appointed
Managers do not walk their talk
Overly complex processes and procedures

Advice to Senior ManagementSay what you mean and be honest regarding your policies.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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At first it seemed as if there would be promotional opportunities available but that was not the case.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at City of Houston

ProsThe manager immediate above me was excellent in working with my schedule; however, there were few opportunities for growth.

ConsThere was not enough communication from upper management to employees. The pay was below average.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate with staff instead of letting staff know through other channels about what will happen.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Hostile work environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at City of Houston full-time for more than a year

ProsCoworkers, pay and benefits, vacation and holidays

ConsDrama, bullying, gossip, overt and covert nepotism, unfairness, pettiness, extremely stressful, low morale, incompetent management, lack of character and integrity across the board

Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate your core group. Those are the workers that make your organization successful. They're loyal, devoted, and grind every day with little or no complaint, regardless of their own personal circumstances. They are an asset to your organization, no matter how hard your managers/supervisors/nepotist employees try and make them believe otherwise. I've seen a lot of great people leave because of that. It's a shame, really. This organization really has the potential to be listed as one of the greatest places in the country to work, but the rampant cruelty, unnecessarily competitive atmosphere, hyper-stressful and unsupportive environment makes the organization hostile.

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

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When all the employees are friends or family, you will fail.

Analyst (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at City of Houston full-time for more than a year

ProsLocation, job security after the one year probation period.

ConsNepotism. Ghetto administration. How embarrassing. Coworkers are all out to get you, there is no team spirit whatsoever.

Advice to Senior ManagementFire everyone, including yourselves, and start over.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Go work for the county

Community Outreach (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at City of Houston full-time for more than a year

ProsGood benefits but you have to wait 6 months. No overt time.

ConsVery political. Advancement is based on brown-nosing and who your know politically. The benefits are weaker than working for the county.

Advice to Senior ManagementPush for perks like tuition reimbursement.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Don't Do it

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at City of Houston

ProsFlexibility. Vacation. Holidays, PTO and Donated Sick Leave

ConsIt is no longer easy to promote. If you are a favorite you will go far. We hardly ever get pay raises, and when you do it's only 3 to 4%. The health benefits are not what they use to be, I pay more money out-of-pocket as well as high insurance premiums. There is a lot of unfairness. I mean a lot.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive everyone an equal opportunity.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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