City of San José

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City of San José Reviews

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
51 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Very organized agency and great to work there

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    Current Employee - Housing Manager in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Housing Manager in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, modern environment

    Cons

    mandated retirement taken from payroll, funding cutbacks

  2.  

    I love working for the city!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Page in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Page in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    All of my co-workers are a joy to work with and I have always felt welcomed.

    Cons

    There are time when the budget can be slim and the hours are not always the best. But overall a great experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management as always been nothing but fair and easy to talk to. If there is ever any problem in the workplace or with a coworker the issue is handled promptly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    The best part of my high school years.

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    Former Employee - Library Aide in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Library Aide in San Jose, CA

    I worked at City of San José part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Valuable experience, great pay, reasonable workload. Made tons of friends here and was able to work in a calm environment.

    Cons

    The libraries tended to have tons of kids and patrons who were somewhat inconsiderate when it came to keeping the floor organized and respecting employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys rock! Always very adaptive and flexible to employee needs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Best experience for an intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot and was treated a member of the team as we had to complete projects
    used a lot of different skills to complete tasks

    Cons

    at times the projects became monotonous, but what doesn't?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    everything was great!

    Recommends
  6.  

    Friendly folks and a nice work environment

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at City of San José full-time (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
  8.  

    Fascinating and exciting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Cashier, open new accounts, provide customer service.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  11.  

    San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with a diverse group of people.

    Cons

    The recent pay cuts for city employees.

    Recommends

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