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City of San José Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
Updated February 15, 2015
56 Reviews
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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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    I love working for the city!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at City of San José as an intern (more than a 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.  

    Excellent Values & Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    City Continues to Allow Labor to Stifle cost-reducing Innovations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly folks and a nice work environment

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

    I worked at City of San José as an intern (less than a 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Fascinating and exciting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  11.  

    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

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