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City of San Diego Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
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  1.  

    Good opportunities for students in college

    Current Employee - Management Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Management Intern in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at City of San Diego part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Laid back environment. Nice people to work with. This position is appropriate for students who are looking to gain some work experience and get paid while finishing off their education.

    Cons

    Not much to learn after a certain point. Training is limited to what's offered internally and after taking the majority of classes being offered, there is not much more to look forward to.

  2.  

    Opportunities to gain experience in many different fields, but pay, management are inadequate.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The City performs functions in many different career fields. It offers opportunities to try various jobs in different departments (e.g., public safety, public works, financial). For Civil Service protected positions, employees can only be fired for cause and retain "property rights" to their position.

    Cons

    The Mayor (or CEO) changes at least every 8 years so the focus and goals of the City changes too. This causes a ripple effect down to the departments. Pay is significantly lower than the private sector and has been cut by 6% for the last 6-8 years while the cost of benefits rise. Retirement was once a significant perk but the rules have changed for new hires. Management makes promises to employees but has little follow-through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit to development of all employees throughout the organization not just top management or "cash rich" enterprise departments. Ensure that all management receive performance goals and reviews at least annually. Pay employees what they are worth in the private sector.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Interning at the City

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

    I have been working at City of San Diego

    Pros

    The best part of working here is the freedom you are given. You are allowed to learn at your own pace.

    Cons

    Its government, it can slow and bureaucratic.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Was a great place to work at one time, but they keep taking money and retirement back.

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    Former Employee - Management in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Management in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Job security if you do your job we'll.

    Cons

    Work hard for little pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quite bringing politics in play with employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Overall good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Meaningful work benefitting the community, low stress, flexible schedules, great benefits if you were hired before they eliminated the pension. Co-workers and supervisors are good to great depending on Division, very low worker turnover.

    Cons

    It can take a long time to get anything done due to the large bureaucracy and amount of approval required. Outdated software. Dealing with angry citizens. Pay is competitive but based solely on number of years worked. No cost of living increases in many years. Unless you are promoted, you will hit the salary cap after 4 years in a position. Can easily be pigeonholed into doing the same thing for many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure work is distributed evenly among employees. Allow rotations to different sections and cross training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Exceptional Therapeutic recreation program

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern TR
    Former Employee - Intern TR

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

    Pros

    Very diverse program for all types of clients needs. Co-workers are great, very helpful, teamwork environment. I was exposed to so many different situations and allowed be to grow professionally.

    Cons

    As an intern, I received a very small stipend. They should consider a larger stipend to match what other internships offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great People, Excellent Work/Life Balance, and Very Smart Colleagues

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deputy in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Deputy in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent location in downtown San Diego. A great updated library to conduct legal research, Very friendly staff, managers, and attorneys. Everyone is always willing to help eachother, and everyone respects eachother regardless of title. One major distinction from private sector jobs: Staff runs the show around here. No constant pressure, but certainly reminders from management to take your breaks and take vacations so you stay fresh and don't burn-out. Very knowledgeable work teams with colleagues hailing from Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, SDSU, USD, Columbia, and NYU. You are always free to speak your mind without any worry, and your performance is truly evaluated objectively. There is also a party for everything! Babyshowers, Birthdays, Promotions, Potlucks every week, Quarterly performance Recognitions and rewards, flexible leave time. If you have kids, you always get to attend all of their school events without ever worrying about being gone from work, you can telecommute from home if you have repair appointments at home, if you get a cold you don't feel bad about being gone, and nobody makes you feel guilty. In fact, if you even resemble any sickness people just say, Go home! If you take time off, you don't return to work with a back log, unless you failed to delegate prior to your departure. Work past 5pm....What?!?! Never!!! It can wait till tomorrow.

    Cons

    Resistance to change; Unions Rule everything; The public dictates your assignments; Seniority prohibits promotion for hard work, and instead the worst employees might end up being your boss due to tenure; bad employees that are protected by Civil Service Commission may sabotage you and lie - although everyone knows who these people are - and those people are well aware nobody likes them. Mostly everyone is nice but there are some egotists that are rude and condescending - bright side is those egotists are isolated and have no friends in the office - not to worry about them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give out more discretionary leave time. Pursue cost of living increases. Allow employees to attend special conferences and training. Fire the lazy people - we know who they are so do they. Almost forgot, office is racially imbalanced but this changes with administration - right now its republican, which obviously explains the current imbalance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Fun excellent

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of San Diego

    Pros

    Working with the kids brought me joy

    Cons

    The hours where not so good

  10.  

    Excellent place to learn the basics in the professional environment with city projects.

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    Former Employee - Student Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Student Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at City of San Diego as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The workplace culture in each division is different. Most of my experience was with Field Engineering.

    There is always something to do, so you will always be busy so long you ask for work. Student Engineer and Intern work is not very difficult, but it is very heavy on the paper-pushing; however, you will learn a lot.
    Getting to go out in the field to inspect sites was the best; you get to see construction process first-handedly!
    Training is very prominent and continuous for those who are willing to attend long training sessions (yes, you still get paid for them).
    Time off (as intern/student) is the most flexible out of all companies you go to. However, you still need to try to complete your 20 hour work week when you're part time (they really do need you there), and 40hr work week during break from school (winter break & summer break).
    I feel extremely thankful to have worked here during the majority of my student years.
    Great people too!

    Cons

    Too much paper-pushing at times, not enough field time. (Again, for Field Division, not Downtown desk work).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Referring to the Cons: Please try to let students go out in the field more; hands-on experiences are where this previous employer learned the most!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great people, interesting projects

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Interesting projects

    Cons

    Many areas that need to be fixed
    Culture is very resistant to change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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