City of San José Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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Pros
  • I would say good work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Great place to work, modern environment (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The department was rather backlogged when I was there (they were playing catch-up after losing some personnel during budget cuts) (in 5 reviews)

  • Working for Mayor Chuck Reed, raises are based on years of service, not performance (in 3 reviews)

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

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    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.

  2. Good Place to Work and Learn

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Training Programs. Nice Working Atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not a lot of potential for improving designing skills

    Advice to Management

    Improve paying scale.

  3. fire department public safety radio dispatcher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of San José full-time

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

    Pros

    Great job and great fire department. If you can handle the stress and that type of job type, go for it!

    Cons

    City doesn't support public safety positions, contracts often in negotiation.

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  5. Flexible & Ample PT position - perfect for students

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of San José part-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours, non-strenuous work load, intimate work culture (staff values your work), great compensation (well above min. wage)

    Cons

    Career advancement and opportunity is very limited and highly competitive when positions do open.

    Hours average to 12-14 hrs per week.

  6. Excellent Values & Culture

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    Current Employee - Pool Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Pool Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at City of San José part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Directly help and effect the community.

    Cons

    Career opportunities aren't as highly available as at larger companies. Sometimes slightly under compensated for the amount of work needed to be completed.

  7. Helpful (1)

    City Continues to Allow Labor to Stifle cost-reducing Innovations

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    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    "Defined benefit" retirement program improves retention
    Promotional process is competitive and fair, reducing disfunctional behaviors found in less performance-based promotional process
    Salary schedule is competitive with private sector to ensure qualified applicant pools

    Cons

    Labor has, in some instances, oppressed or thwarted innovation through political channels or by sabotage;
    Public Safety Departments rely too heavily on sworn staff, who are also members of labor union, to perform middle management functions. The reliance on sworn middle managers in administrative functions reduces innovative solutions development and implementation when propose solutions are contary to union interests.

    Advice to Management

    Obtain outside review of effectiveness of current administrative functions. City Manager Office needs to re-engage labor and employees to develop long-term solutions which support and reward innovation.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Recreation Leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of San José

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible, fulfilling, fresh and fun.

    Cons

    Wage, no benefits, lack or managment.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great people working under poor leadership

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at City of San José full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of room for career growth within the city, but not for the right reasons. Every smart and talented person is leaving to work elsewhere and that creates a lot of opportunity. The people that do work here are great and the work-life balance is on par with any other city job.

    Cons

    As many people may know, the City cut the salary of every employee by 10% a few years back. Right now San Jose is ranked last in the bay area for compensation. Every one who is "in the know" is aware that you go to San Jose for experience and then leave for better compensation. With a new mayor coming in and pro-union management being forced out, it does not seem likely that San Jose will be competitive in the near future.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Friendly folks and a nice work environment

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I worked for the Public Works department and might have stayed if it weren't for grad school obligations. They have quite a few technically-proficient people in the department who are also very friendly. The staff are interested in learning new things. The building is beautiful!

    Cons

    The department was rather backlogged when I was there (they were playing catch-up after losing some personnel during budget cuts). Departments sometimes fight with each other over resources.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to see more inter-department collaboration.

  11. Helpful (1)

    City of San Jose

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and many highly motivated and smart employees.

    Cons

    Following the Chuck Reed era of blaming employees for all City's financials woes, it has resulted in poor morale and a lack of investing in employees. Poor managers were promoted and favoritism rampant. This made some motivated employees to either leave or become disgruntled.

    Advice to Management

    Being nice to your employees, means that they will be nice to each other and residents...

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