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. 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. Helpful (1)

    I love working for the city!

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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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  5. Best experience for an intern

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    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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

    everything was great!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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