City of Oakland, CA Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Great time here

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at City of Oakland, CA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, nice staff, good cause

    Cons

    politics between departments can be a bit distracting


  2. Intern Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at City of Oakland, CA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really great people
    Nice building! City Hall is beautiful
    Mostly positive experience

    Cons

    Dealing with government bureaucracy-only negative


  3. Highly stresses and did not have much authority to make changes but aquatics management is supportive

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Oakland, CA part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are great and working in aquatics department is great site culture collaborative

    Cons

    Constant staffing and equipment shortages

    Advice to Management

    Please get more city support to advertises job openings and offer additional trainings


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  5. Bureaucracy Nightmare

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Oakland, CA full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to work because of the quality of people who work here and because of the residents. You gotta love the variety and personality. There is potential to do great things in this City and most of the employees want to do just that.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is a nightmare. If the citizens think it is impossible for them to get anything done, they should walk a mile in the employee's shoes. We work months and sometimes a year just to get contracts completed. It also doesn't help that we know we aren't paid as much as our counterparts at smaller cities. We lost a huge part of our income during the economic downturn which puts us further behind financially and we have no hope to recover. Poor morale does not help employees do a great job.

    Advice to Management

    Someone who is in charge needs to champion a more efficient and streamlined government process that is easy for staff to navigate so we can focus our energy on helping the residents we're supposed to serve. You need to embrace something called Process Improvement within the administration of this government and stick to it until it is done. It also doesn't help that we can't keep a City Administrator long enough to accomplish much. Find ways to help employees who have lost income. Look for creative ways to get us into housing and to help us obtain the things we need at lower cost through collective purchasing.


  6. Great opportunity to grow within the organization.

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    Former Employee - Office Manager/Executive Administrative Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Office Manager/Executive Administrative Assistant in Oakland, CA

    I worked at City of Oakland, CA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being a part of this organization's mission to serve the community; was very meaningful.

    Cons

    Due to recession organization closed.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  7. Great Company

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

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Met lots of people. One of my best job experiences!

    Cons

    Supervisors pigeon holed you into positions so that once you were doing something it was hard to transition to another type of job.


  8. I Chaerge of working with commercial development projects

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at City of Oakland, CA

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, residents are great and the City has enormous potential for quality of life and other amenities.

    Cons

    Old boys club mentality,not ready to make startegic changes to benefit at macro level. Politics, favoritism and not enough concensus among top managers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on sustainable projects that will benefit the City and not individuals.


  9. Oakland is just ok

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Oakland, CA

    I worked at City of Oakland, CA

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and convenient location located just above the 12th St BART station.

    Cons

    There is a lack of knowledge sharing and willingness to change within the HR and Admin departments. I can't say how the others operate, but this was a serious issue in these two departments.

    Advice to Management

    There are way too many people being paid to do very little work. Especially in the HR and Admin departments.


  10. Content, but could be happier

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

    I have been working at City of Oakland, CA

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Doing work for the public good. Flexible work arrangements available.

    Cons

    Lack of resources, lack of mentorship

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  11. Welcome to Oaktown!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PPT Library Aide in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - PPT Library Aide in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at City of Oakland, CA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits even for part-time staff as well as better job security than non-civil service.

    Cons

    Civil service system convoluted; tends to reward longevity versus performance; very very difficult to get promotions. Despite union, many concessions made due to constant city budget issues.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the ivory tower occasionally; visit the branches and see what happens in the trenches. Library management has absolutely no clue as to the working conditions faced by workers. Security is non-existent in many branches; as the economy worsens, staff are faced with more and more "challenging" patrons on a daily basis.



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