City of San José Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Pros
  • I would say good work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Great place to work out of college (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Is subject to budget cuts by the city which can jeopardize your employment (in 5 reviews)

  • pay cuts in recent years including increases to pension, health and retirement (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great people, great organization

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exciting projects in a collaborative environment. Flexibility in balancing work/life. Amazing, smart co-workers who are passionate about what they do for the community.

    Cons

    Not enough resources but steadily improving since the recession.


  2. Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José

    Pros

    great way to start your Future.

    Cons

    Dosent have the best pay rate for their employees.


  3. Good experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of diversity in jobs throughout city. If you get into the right group it can be fast paced with energetic people. Room for advancement, tons of training.

    Cons

    Many groups are slow moving. Lots of employees who don't like their jobs but stay for retirement...very hard to get people to change with new environment. Need to be adaptable in political environment but many employees don't bother.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage strong management and accountability. More collaboration between departments at all levels.


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  5. Opportunity if you're willing to work for it

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Depending on your department, there are a lot of opportunities for advancement. You can literally do anything in the city if you work hard and are competent.

    Cons

    Difficult to get rid of negative/bad employees. Citizens tend to have a negative attitude towards the workforce due to the prop B issue.


  6. You can make a difference

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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunities, especially for people early in their careers, to get their hands on real projects and responsibilities that affect quality of life for a big city.

    Cons

    Red tape that comes with large organizations

    Advice to Management

    Break down silos, both vertical and horizontal.


  7. Police

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Police Officer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Police Officer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at City of San José full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Love the work miss it very much.

    Cons

    Politics with the city govt.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect.


  8. Used to be better, now not so much.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at City of San José (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Because of all the vacancies, there is room to advance if you can put up with the atmosphere.

    Cons

    The brain drain is actually a little bit frightening. There are very few left with appropriate levels of experience.


  9. Sell your soul

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of San José (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    No pros. I hated my time here.

    Cons

    People are horrible. Long hours, flaky employees, everyone takes long lunches and leaves early.


  10. Coordinator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of San José

    Pros

    Nice environment to work in.

    Cons

    Low Pay and tough management

    Advice to Management

    Create more career building opportunities


  11. A great place to start a career. Lots of practical experience for the private sector.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Jose, CA

    I worked at City of San José full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Varied and interesting work place. You obtain a true sense of satisfaction knowing that you are helping the community. Skills learned are transferrable to other employers.

    Cons

    Working in a political environment can be taxing. Some people are never happy with what you do no matter how you do it.

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your staff unless they have proven not to be capable or trustworthy. Staff is everything in the long run. They will make or break the overall organization.



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