City of Houston Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
83 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, very close to the tunnels (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely low pay, very political, no unity across the city (in 6 reviews)

  • Office politics drive most decision making regarding personnel (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Police Officer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Police Officer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Police Officer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Feel good about the work you do. Able to assist citizens in need. Ability to move around to different jobs frequently.

    Cons

    Shift work and hours are difficult on a family life depending on the assignment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the lower ranks. They have a lot of great things to add.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A good place for recent graduates

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time

    Pros

    Good benefit, friendly work environment

    Cons

    Need to navigate the political environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more educational benetifs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Location, job security after the one year probation period.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everyone, including yourselves, and start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hostile work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Coworkers, pay and benefits, vacation and holidays

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It's a safe job, with some (not much) chance of advancement.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Chemist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The benefits are good: 11 paid holidays each year, good medical benefits, etc.

    Cons

    There's not much room for advancement, and there's lots of disorganization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider other opinions before making decisions, and reorganize the city.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome people to be around

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    Former Employee - Community Relations Specialist  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Community Relations Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at City of Houston part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, very close to the tunnels

    Cons

    Some people ignore the fact that you have a college education

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Friendly atmosphere but working pace is a little bit slow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Houston as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly supervisor and co-workers. Workload is moderate.

    Cons

    Working pace is a little bit slow and there is limited opportunity to improve professional competence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Airport Operations Asst. - Houston Airport System/City of Houston

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Airport Operations Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Airport Operations Assistant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with
    Good Pay
    Flexible Hours
    Overtime for Full Time
    Security Clearance(s)
    Awesome Benefits
    Requires Creativity

    Cons

    Work Outside
    Work in All Weather Conditions
    Lengthy employment process
    Must deal with irate passengers and their guest
    Work in Environmentally/Air Hazardous Areas (Terminal E/D international Arrivals)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out and help more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Houston

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Go work for the county

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Outreach  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Community Outreach in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push for perks like tuition reimbursement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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