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City of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
67 Reviews
3.0
67 Reviews
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City of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance - many people work the minimally required 37 (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits make the city a good place to work (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Trying to stay awake for 8 hrs while sitting around doing nothing (in 2 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a Bad Place to Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at City of Philadelphia as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Supervisor cared about my success and wanted me to get the most out of the internship
    - Employees went out of their way to ensure the experience was enjoyable
    - Kind employees who were easy to talk to

    Cons

    - No work was planned for me as an intern
    - Stuck doing some simple, tedious tasks (but what intern isn't stuck doing that)
    - Generally, the intern work was boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not easy to give responsibilities to a 3-month intern. I learned how to work in a real-world environment and was able to earn valuable tools moving forward in my career

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    It's a job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Philadelphia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Security, pension paid time off, holidays.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic paperwork, tediousness, treated childlike even though they promote 'professionalism'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Easy going atmosphere.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Auditor in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at City of Philadelphia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits make the city a good place to work. Room for growth and advancement as well. Training prepares you for the position you will hold. Work/life balance is awesome. Become knowledgeable about many different city agencies.

    Cons

    The con is the requirement to live in the city of Philadelphia. And as any goverment position has old ideas and lacks innovative policy and procedures. The compensation could be better, not competitive at all.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    This is a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Philadelphia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment with little stress. Working for the city gives you a great work life balance. Decent pay if you're in the right positions. Good benefits such as vacation and sick time and a pension. For the most part you work with people that enjoy what they do.

    Cons

    Individuals can get away with doing very little work. Needs more mentoring and training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make people more accountable for their actions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    They turned us into light bulb changers, that job was for the unskilled.

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    Former Employee - Industrial Electrician II
    Former Employee - Industrial Electrician II

    I worked at City of Philadelphia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Security of employment and a lot of extra comp. days to take off.

    Cons

    Dealing with the electricians in the shop, most were there forever and think they know it all. They really make new employees feel unwanted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to pay attention to how some of these guys work, or NOT work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    I enjoy working for the city although I only worked seasonal.

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    Current Employee - Recreation Site Instructor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Recreation Site Instructor in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at City of Philadelphia part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good hours, good pay, and room for growth.

    Cons

    The way some things work doesn't make much sense, but that is to be expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have any advice to the management due to a lack of interaction with them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent place to learn law enforcement, meet great people and continue to grow.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Phila, PA

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

    Pros

    The dedicated men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department made a career go by with great pride, a strong sense of duty and a good time.

    Cons

    The people in charge of of the Police Department are out of touch with their officers and don't appreciate all of the sacrifice and hard work by their officers. They would rather punish an officer for a mistake, rather than make it a time to train, retrain or inform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give back to your officers what they give to you and the people of Philadelphia; nothing less and nothing more!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Hey It's Government

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Information Technology Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at City of Philadelphia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stakeholder in the welfare of the City.
    Ability to have a large impact by plucking the low lying fruit.
    Better to be the customer than the vendor.
    Everything seems to start over every eight years.

    Cons

    Entrenched attitudes of lifers vs. snarky newcomers who want to throw everything out and start over with no middle ground.
    Stodgy office culture including distrust of anyone who's not a consultant.
    New management isn't likely to effect real change as they're beholden to the same power brokers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wharton Fels Grads don't know everything, their brilliant seeming ideas may have already been tried and failed. Adversarial attitide toward civil servants isn't helping.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Poor Managment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Philadelphia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The medical benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    Poor management, very unprofessional, very frustrating if you care about your career, if you are the type of person who don't mind sitting around doing nothing then you will be fine. You are treated like you are in high school, you must get a note when going to the doctor, you may not want them to know the type of doctor you've visited...I worked in 3 different departments and the culture is the same -- poor management and lack of professionalism. If you have another choice go for that...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your management selection should be based on leadership skills and not on the fact that the person either took a civil service test or was selected based on the time spent in a particular department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A very interesting, anthropological experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Philadelphia full-time (more than an 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

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