City of Portland (Oregon)

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City of Portland (Oregon) Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
20 Reviews
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20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great City, Great Employer Overall

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at City of Portland (Oregon) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Depending on what bureau or City office you land in, the vast majority of people love their jobs and are supportive and patient while the "newbie" learns the (often tangled!) ropes. There are also frequent opportunities for training and advancement which are announced on a regular basis.

    Cons

    It can be frustrating trying to work with and understand the processes that just don't make sense. You often get the answer "That's the way we've always done it." when you question these cumbersome and inefficient procedures. Get used to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask your employees for suggestions and encourage honest feedback (anonymous is fine). Furthermore, ADDRESS THE THINGS THAT AREN'T WORKING OR MAKE NO SENSE. Or at least delegate SOMEBODY to do it!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed bag for contract workers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Analyst in Portland, OR

    I have been working at City of Portland (Oregon) as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some staff and supervisors are great at their jobs and are genuinely sweet people. Outside of the bureaucratic structures that lock in a lot of behavioral constraints the City is full of folks who are well-meaning and personable. Generally this is a pleasant place to work.

    Cons

    The majority of City employees are unionized, but in the tight economy some bureaus have been hemorrhaging staff in order to balance their budgets. This leaves a lot of ongoing program and urgent programs unstaffed. To patch this, the City is bringing in contract workers - un-unionized and un-benefited. This creates a weird two-tiered class system within the staff. It's pretty uncomfortable to work here in a contract capacity, doing the same skilled tasks that were previously done by a unionized employee, and working with (and sometimes covering for) people who do have those benefits, while not having access to any of the resources or benefits that come with the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Steady work

    • 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 Portland (Oregon) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Got to really screw up to get fired.

    Cons

    Low salaries for senior technical people, you top out soon. Benefits are now 'average' compared to industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Force HR to review to top scales or you will keep loosing the real contributors.

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a good place to work

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

    I have been working at City of Portland (Oregon) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay and decent work conditions. Lots of emphasis on working safely, even if it takes a bit longer. Plenty of paid time off, awesome health insurance and paid holidays.

    Cons

    Seniority rules there, thus employees with more time in have less incentive to pull their own weight. Log time employee's complain a lot about benefits, compensation and co-workers that got promoted. Many long time employee's do not understand that benefits like health insurance are not free or cheap, think that a cost of living adjustment is a given right, so with other words a lot of complainers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not always promoted from within, this fosters a culture of cronyism. Supervisors favor their former coworkers even if they are not the most qualified. It is good to bring in fresh ideas from people that have not always worked in the public sector.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Consultant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Consultant in Portland, OR

    I worked at City of Portland (Oregon) as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great staff to work with. All are genuinely committed to the best possible solution for their individual or group project. Extremely well read group.

    Cons

    Time from concept to final project completion can be drawn out. Sometimes too much input is taken which can also slow down a project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always have your employees backs and they continue to make you look good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great summer job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Seasonal in Portland, OR

    I worked at City of Portland (Oregon) part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great benefits, great people, lots of opportunites

    Cons

    I have no negative comments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The city that really does work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Government Affairs in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Government Affairs in Portland, OR

    I worked at City of Portland (Oregon) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - ability to work with some of the smartest, most committed thought leaders on a wide range of policy leaders.
    - As far as public sector salaries go, pretty decent.
    - Compared to other public entities, particularly those outside of Oregon, this city government works amazingly well.

    Cons

    - Bureaucracy, its bad. Not as bad as elsewhere, but still bad.
    - Small town thinking from political establishment, no strong vision at the moment.
    - Career advancement is spotty; at times there is mobility, but in some positions, people tend to stay forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the most part, keep doing what your doing and hire the smartest people you can.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Portland (Oregon)

    Pros

    Organized, Great Communication Systems, Great Training

    Cons

    Disconnect between employees and senior management

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work place with great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Portland, OR

    I worked at City of Portland (Oregon) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good employer with great benefits. Great workplace with lots of friendly people.

    Cons

    Slow hiring process and termination process

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    City of Portland Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IS Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - IS Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Decent Salary, Job Satisfaction

    Cons

    Limited Growth opportunities, Other challenges similar to Public Sector

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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