City of Palo Alto, CA

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City of Palo Alto, CA Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great experience, Great people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Palo Alto, CA full-time

    Pros

    Great learning experience for those seeking a career in the legal field. The attorneys allow you the perfect balance between autonomy and supervision, while still allowing you to develop your legal skills. The attorneys in the Office of the City Attorney are wonderful to work with and very helpful. Highly recommend working here.

    Cons

    No cons. Standard government environment.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Broad learning experience, positive overall

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    I got surveying experience, AutoCAD experience, applying for grants, doing an engineer's estimate, design experience with standards and specs, and even creating a project schedule with MS project,

    Cons

    The downside was the lack of work for an intern, I felt bored sometimes

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    City of Palo Alto--

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Palo Alto, CA full-time

    Pros

    Some very hard working and smart people here

    Cons

    Nasty politics. Dishonest managers. High-school style "pets." Surpising racist remarks from a very senior manager. All of this is tolerated.

    Unless you're in the union or have been there 20 years (many people fit both categories), benefits are poor. So are salaries. For those in the 20+ bracket, salaries are offset by rich benefits and retirement (including health care). Not the case for most others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good city manager needs to shake up his direct reports for positive change.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    My experience with the City of Palo Alto has been extremely positive.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, top notch colleagues

    Cons

    Heavy workload; Council demands are great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Toxic work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at City of Palo Alto, CA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are generous for some jobs.

    Cons

    Harassment is approved and perpetuated by management.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    I enjoyed it.

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    Former Employee - Police Officer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at City of Palo Alto, CA full-time

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed working for the City of Palo Alto. The people were awesome and I made a lot of great friends.

    Cons

    The traffic in the surrounding area can be horrible and its next to impossible to afford rent or a mortgage in the city. Most people live in the East Bay or South Bay then commute. I've heard the Department has been going downhill. A lot of people are jumping ship for other departments.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard/Swim Instructor in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Lifeguard/Swim Instructor in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at City of Palo Alto, CA part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was a lifeguard and swim instructors for every Summer from 2003-2008. Great pay, fun people, flexible hours, and great customer service experience.

    Cons

    Didn't give me any career experience for what I wanted to do but it's a great summer job for high school/college students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Police Lieutenant in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Police Lieutenant in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at City of Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Community of highly demanding. The press is all over anything that the city is doing. City is curently doing cost downs and downsizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
  10.  

    It's a clique dominated by least common denominator IQ

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    Former Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at City of Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Progressive, highly educated community to serve.

    Cons

    80 hour work weeks. Cliquish management complete with teachers' pets. Dishonest & unethical leadership AT THE TOP. Lots of litigation. Poor treatment of employees. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up the favoritism. Respect expertise and ethics. If you want professional staff, treat them like professionals. Listen to what they say. Tell the truth. Especially don't lie about not listening to gossip, prevarication and one-sided stories from staff. You said you didn't do that: it's clear that you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Exceptional benefits, but things get done slowly here

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at City of Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Generous benefits- 9/80 work schedule, pension benefits

    Vacation of three to five weeks for management and professionals

    Very fair compensation

    Co-workers are very respectful of each other

    Cons

    Political decisions aren't always rational

    Late night public meetings- 11 p.m. is not the ideal time to be making critical decisions when everyone is tired

    Lots of meetings; takes a long time to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make decisions haphazardly or for the sake of political convenience.

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