City of Richmond Virginia

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City of Richmond Virginia Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
23 Reviews

2.6
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    Trying. There are times where projects go well and matters are tended to professionaly And other times, less so.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fairly good benefits, good wellness programs, and some hardworking employees.

    Cons

    Employee morale is low and many people aren't putting their best foot forward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was the worst job I have ever had

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    Current Employee - Custodial Supervisor  in  South Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Custodial Supervisor in South Richmond, VA

    Pros

    The pay is good that's all

    Cons

    They believe employees over management, they make up lies to fire you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the mangers needs management there selves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    My job

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    Current Employee - Speech Pathologist  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Speech Pathologist in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    The District has a lot of good people working here. They are Beth talented and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Too much of the "good old buddy" hiring practice going on. Qualified people are overlooked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at some of the people you already have in the system who are qualified to perform leadership jobs and stop brining in fm from other places who know nothing about the District and no real love for RPS other than the opportunity for a new job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Know What You Are Getting Into

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

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance
    Very little Office Politics - If you do your job well, you will be noticed. Not about how much your manager likes you. You advance by applying to higher positions when they come open. The HR policy is strict enough to where a group of people must give a VALID reason to not hire you. Kudos to HR.
    A decent amount of turnover - Now if you are a go-getter, this is a pro instead of a con. Because of the turnover, you can go from the bottom to the top faster than most places.
    You can get into a lot of different areas if you want. If you want experience this is the place.

    Cons

    Leadership and culture changes with every administration - If the administration is bad, you will have to deal with it for awhile.
    Benefits could be better.
    Raises depend on a lot of surplus money - This is public government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within more.
    Hire people that have desire and motivation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Poor example of government employeement

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    Current Employee - Lab Technologist  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Lab Technologist in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    Understanding of family events and flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    No raises, even if you have consistent high evaluations. Raises are given to favorites, not those whom actually earn them. Insurance is extremely expensive; you could get your own for less money. If you are dedicated with a strong work ethic, you will simply get used.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the TRUE meaning of DIVERSITY and VALUE of all of your employees, regardless of ethnicity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Bad habit of hiring higher level managers that don't have the needed skill set

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work with the community and give back. People are friendly for the most part.

    Cons

    Those of us that know what they are doing get overloaded with the work. The proper staff structure to handle all the work really isn't in place and it is nearly impossible to get rid of those who are not performing even remotely adequately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Produce more. Understand the metrics within the financial statements and where our weak areas are so that you can understand what needs to be addressed.

  8.  

    Not the place you want to be if you are looking to advance in your career.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    No pros at this time.

    Cons

    Career advancement is obsolete.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Employee center customer service and good benefits and fair wages

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trades Superintendent  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Trades Superintendent in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    Employee Longevity, and work cultuer

    Cons

    Employee Parking is restricted, and management changes sometimes every two years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seeking to trust your employees more with their work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Watch Your Back

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - City Economist  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - City Economist in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    As they are desperate for talent, they will overpay on initial salary. However, raises are rare and when they do occur, they are small.

    Cons

    Political environment. You work at the whim of the CAO, or Deputy CAO. It is adversarial with the City Council. There is a scandal to be dealt with every few weeks.
    Insurance, retirement, etc are very meager now. If you are a long time employee, it was very generous, but this has been scaled back now due to budget problems.
    Easily the least professional, least ambitious coworkers I have ever been associated with. There are a few good folks there, but most of them are lifers who have no desire or hope of making things better for the citizens.
    The most talented people all figure this out and usual leave for greener pastures. If not, they are often driven out for disagreeing with upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the smart people you have working for you. Treat City Council and the counties as partners rather than enemies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Introduction Into Public Sector Employment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    Working with people who passionate about they do and genuinely care about the population they serve.

    Cons

    "Old school" mentalities that are not objective when making promotion decisions, aversion to change, slow professional growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees who have advice on how to improve processes. A lot of times the people who are on the front lines working directly with customers have the best ideas for improving the workplace because of their interactions with citizens.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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