City of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
58 Reviews

3.1
58 Reviews
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City of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits including pension (in 4 reviews)

  • There's great people, and you know that you're work will make an impact on someone else's life (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Civil service system incapable of rewarding the people who produce the best results (in 2 reviews)

  • No pay raises for City employees in the past 4 years (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good entry position.

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    Former Employee - Work Study Intern  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Work Study Intern in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Good for those who are interested in actual laboratory work. Safe and well-equipped environment. Lots of opportunities to learn if you put yourself out there.

    Cons

    Hard to advance as lower-paying positions have many over-qualified individuals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    A very interesting, anthropological experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Feeling like you are contributing to the public good, bettering the City. Work-life balance - many people work the minimally required 37.5 hours per week.

    Cons

    Depending on the personalities involved the City can feel very hierarchical, bureaucratic, stuck in its ways, risk averse. Also people get stuck in the same job for many years, so unless you are promoted to, or actively seek, a new position, there is no career development.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to work, with wonderful people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Philadelphia

    Pros

    There's great people, and you know that you're work will make an impact on someone else's life. Accessible location, and once again great people

    Cons

    Slow processes, bureaucratic systems, not easy to communicate and share info yet, not always jobs with the ability to move up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The sky's the limit.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Often tasks arose that weren't in your job description, and these were opportunities for growth. I gained skills I never thought possible as a result.

    Cons

    Entrenched long term employees resistant to change often created a hostile work atmosphere. There's also a culture of antiquated ideas about women and minorities in some quarters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to learn from long term employees and get their buy in. Then let them know you agenda and stick to it. Too often new management automatically treated existing employees as impediments. that is a mistake.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    My experience with the city was very pleasant

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    Former Employee - Crew Worker  in  Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Crew Worker in Phila, PA

    I worked at City of Philadelphia full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    being and having a stable job.

    Cons

    some of the challenges are always being on time and working hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be a little easy on the new employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Title registration aide .1

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Philadelphia

    Pros

    No stress, lots of vacation, sick and administrative leave days. Pension plan a big plus. 11 paid holidays a year.

    Cons

    Little opportunity for promotion within department. Pay is relatively low for skill set required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is great and caring in this department. Pay needs a bit of a bump, still on 2009 contract pay. After that is fixed we will be a ok.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Free money

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Philadelphia

    Pros

    If you like being paid for doing nothing

    Cons

    Trying to stay awake for 8 hrs while sitting around doing nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should make sure you know what your employees are doing every day

  9.  

    Very rewarding job, learned a lot!

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    Former Employee - Organizational Management  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Organizational Management in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits and well balanced job.

    Cons

    Not enough vacation time or sick time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honor individuals with degrees

  10.  

    Very uplifting and rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Executive Management  in  Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Executive Management in Phila, PA

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

    Pros

    You get the opportunity for personal growth and development. You meet a wealth of people from different backgrounds and experiences. Adn it is a great career that offers long term fianacial security.

    Cons

    You can get locked into a longterm job that doesn't offer upward mobility, or your immediate upline decides to make a career out of the position you need for the next step up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although management can't offer finalcial perks other than a paycheck, managers should keep in mind the constant need for staff encouragement, development, and training. A little praise or thank you's can get a lot more than not. Also,If you are to hold an employee accountable, it is your responsibility as mangement to make sure employees have the compentcy level to fulfill the job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very posiive

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Phila, PA

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

    Pros

    I was an intern and got valuable experience. It helped me afterward getting a job having the experinence on my resume

    Cons

    It was an unpaid internship so towards the the end of the 6 months during winter it's hard to stay motivated

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