City of Minneapolis Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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  1. Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Minneapolis (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work balance, good benefits, good pay. Cutting edge city. Talented workforce due to past pay difference. Been losing ground w/pay caps.

    Cons

    People doing good work get lost in a political environment that recognizes sycophants and people who play victim for budgets.

    Advice to Management

    Set direction and do more to empower staff solutions and recognize staff who do the work.


  2. The quality of the work environment varies widely depending on the building. The political environment is liberal.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Public Heath Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Public Heath Planner in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at City of Minneapolis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Job security, working downtown in a vibrant urban setting, good benefits, competitive salary compared to same grade jobs at higher levels of government.

    Cons

    Lacks diversity in city leadership, little opportunity for advancement, union environment provides security without rewarding continuous improvement and innovation, old non-renovated working environment, flexibility in work schedule and location is lacking,

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees to find professional mentors and/or coaches.


  3. Accounting Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at City of Minneapolis full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    A great place to coast if you keep your head down and meet minimum expectations. Individuals who try to rise above or affect change are squashed by the people perched at the top of their silos. No one ever gets fired even when they don't do a thing.

    Cons

    Doesn't recognize internal talent, promote from within or offer any sort of incentives for going the extra mile. Top performers only move up the payscales as fast as those who do nothing...and once at the top, there's nowhere to go. There is no reward for working hard.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of your entrenched workers who've been there for a decade or more are simply looking for more ways to "reward longevity" rather than rewarding performance. Implement real 360 interviews with evaluators outside of your department (customers) and see what type of results you get.


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  5. Professional

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Minneapolis

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Gives you a paycheck, and I need 5 words to submit this? There's no other pro.

    Cons

    The departments within the City are all inclusive people. They do not promote growth, and when there is something wrong, they try to kick employees out the door before a union can appeal. Leadership hiring is based on who you know, not what you know. This leaves management to be bias and favor certain department heads. Technology is old, and processes are old-- advance with technology and stop trying to "save" money by spending more on old wasted technology.

    Advice to Management

    Change your leaders in certain departments. Audit the integrity of these department heads, they are ruining the organization.


  6. Political with vendors running the show

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Minneapolis

    Pros

    There wasnt except co workers

    Cons

    Leadership was not running the show for the people

    Advice to Management

    Learn the work the people are accomplishing.


  7. Government wasted

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at City of Minneapolis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance, technology and a paycheck.

    Cons

    No team work. Leadership, to inlude architect level are incompetent. Leadership takes no stand to improve environment. Status quo is the goal. Favortism and politics run rampant. Only place in country you can get paid to watch movies. Management lets team members manage. Unethical treatment of employees who are sub par or rather, politically unpopular. If you are ill for an extended period, don't! Managers will call asking you to come back to work when you are still in the hospital bed. Or they will warn you that people will think you are faking.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the company already.


  8. Poorly managed department

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at City of Minneapolis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is good & health insurance benefits are pretty good. Work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    Ineffective management Politics Always behind on technology Resistance to change Ineffective managers waiting out retirement or promoted due to personal relationships do not correctly identify root cause issues and consequently construct workaround a rather than address under performers. This is demoralizing to staff.

    Advice to Management

    Document poor performers, do not promote those who cannot do there current job.


  9. Excellent Employer. Treats employees well.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at City of Minneapolis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Treat you well, employee empowerment.

    Cons

    Pay and technology lags, and training is first thing sacrificed in tight budget years.


  10. City IT is a great place to work, if you don't care about productivity

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at City of Minneapolis full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    New technology Work Life. Hours. Flexibility. Some training is available.

    Cons

    No Cooperation. No Standards. Too many projects and too many over lapping due dates. Teams do not work together and too often they blame others for their issue. Consultants allowed to do as they please regardless of the FT complaints. Too many workers are playing games or watching movies while others do the work; with no recognition! Un-ethical treatment to workers. If they do not like you, they will wait until your last couple weeks of probation and then terminate you without warning. In this case, probation is one year. Recognition given only to the team members with seniority. It doesn't matter how many positive comments were left for you from customers, they will never make it to your review. Management doesn't listen. Etc..

    Advice to Management

    Start listening and showing some recognition to those who are actually there to work.


  11. Budget cuts mean more staff cuts

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Minneapolis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits and retirement plan.

    Cons

    Union environment maintains poor performers. Budget cuts will very likely make morale even lower. Upper management not motivated to create new ideas especially in CPED department. More focused on what looks good to politicians and the press. Work flow processes not too efficient.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff and create more team work. Many managers need to learn how to positively motivate employees. HR poor in resolving conflicts between managers and staff.



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