City of San José Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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  • 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. 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


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    I love working for the city!

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    Current Employee - Page in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Page in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great way to start your Future.

    Cons

    Dosent have the best pay rate for their employees.


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  5. Great people, great organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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.


  6. 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


  7. Good experience

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work out of college. Unfortunately with the city budget unstable many people were laid off during my time there. Had a lot of opportunity to learn new things but not much career advancement opportunity. The department trusted interns with lots of tools and information that made for a great experience. People working there are very pleasant.

    Cons

    Very little career advancement options. Hired from the outside.

    Advice to Management

    Consider interns for positions.


  8. Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, friendly staff

    Cons

    Rigid salary schedules, not much incentive for pay increase

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of (or modify) the seniority rules for laying off people


  9. Stable Easygoing Job

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, engaging atmosphere, great perks, room for growth.

    Cons

    Is subject to budget cuts by the city which can jeopardize your employment.

    Advice to Management

    Great job!


  10. Tough but Satisfying

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    Former Employee - Job Placement Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Job Placement Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Great team, good coworkers - tough boss - but we were always clear as to what was excepted from us.

    Cons

    - Upper level management was all to fond of completely keeping all employees out of the loop. Things too often were done in secrecy. Changes were often made hastily and with out much forth sight.

    Advice to Management

    Ask your employees what they think - they have a good handle on how things are operated.


  11. Commitment to serving the Community is Key

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    Current Employee - Associate Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Specialist in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    The City offers employees good Job Stability, potential Growth Opportunities, with well defined responsabilities, in a postivie work environment with stable job hours and salary.

    Cons

    pay cuts in recent years including increases to pension, health and retirement.



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