City of San José

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City of San José Reviews

Updated July 20, 2014
Updated July 20, 2014
49 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at City of San José full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The City of San Jose has great employees and their benefits are pretty great, too. There was a nice family atmosphere in the area in which worked.

    Cons

    Politics gets in the way too much, and it was disheartening to see so many really great people loose their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand up for the people who work under you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Learned a lot, but very negative culture

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at City of San José as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Worked directly with very intelligent leaders
    Very fair compensation
    Flexible hours as an intern

    Cons

    Poor office culture, senior management did not do a lot to raise it

  3.  

    My overall experience is positive, for the most part. I have no personal axe to grind.

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    Former Employee - Marketing, Communications and Public Outreach Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing, Communications and Public Outreach Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The majority are very hard working staff
    Many departments are family friendly
    Some departments will allow a minimal amount of work from home option
    Medical benefits are good
    Personal growth is dependent upon the individual

    Cons

    -Staff works hard, too many people have left so the work has tripled and salaries are not commensurate.
    -The current Mayor, Chuck Reed has single-handedly demotivated the entire staff. The culture has fallen substantially from where it used to be and people are leaving because they no longer trust key decision makers. The City has lost really good staff, people who have valuable, historical knowledge.
    -The Office of Employee Relations has a terrible reputation for intimidation and handling situations very poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ALL key executives, from the Mayor's office to the City Manager's office to Directors and middle management need training, especially in how to handle conflict, how to manage more effectively

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Pretty good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of San José

    Pros

    Relatively high pay for public sector, potential to change positions with internal hires/transfers, flexible work schedules and start times, good for work-life balance, no overtime (unless that is a regular part of your position)

    Cons

    High turnover, many layers of management, benefits rapidly decreasing. Like many public sector jobs right now, there is a mix of newer to government work employees and quite a few employees just waiting until retirement.

  6.  

    Fascinating and exciting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Analyst  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I worked at City of San José full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There are several highly motivated and intelligent managers and senior managers who appreciate the effort put forth from their employees. If you are fortunate enough to land a permanent position with the City, you will be set for life.

    Cons

    You need to be able to work around slackers - if you are highly motivated and self-driven it can be very discouraging working with people who have forgotten for whom they work, i.e. the public.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to start keeping documentation on employees who do not perform their jobs with competence. A lot of time is wasted on non-business chatting; pay attention to your employees' work output - if they know their manager is looking over their work, they should get the message. Good luck!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    not the best experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José

    Pros

    benefits and pay are higher than non profits

    Cons

    inconsiderate of employees and not open about lay offs

  8.  

    I really enjoy working in this department, it's a lot of fun.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José part-time

    Pros

    Children love to have fun and co-workers are awesome.

    Cons

    There is a lot of planning you have to do and sometimes children get picked up really late and that is something you have no control of. You are also limited to about 1,040 hours a year so once you max out you're out of a job until it starts over again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Cashier, open new accounts, provide customer service.

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    Current Employee - Library Clerk  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Library Clerk in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at City of San José part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great pay with benefits even as a part time employee. Great if you are in college.

    Cons

    Lays offs are done frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at City of San José as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with a diverse group of people.

    Cons

    The recent pay cuts for city employees.

    Recommends
  11.  

    glad to not be there

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at City of San José full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    great people at the City

    Cons

    poor leadership from management team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit hiring your buddies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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