City of San José

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City of San José Reviews

Updated January 5, 2015
Updated January 5, 2015
54 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    City Continues to Allow Labor to Stifle cost-reducing Innovations

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    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recreation Leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of San José

    Pros

    Flexible, fulfilling, fresh and fun.

    Cons

    Wage, no benefits, lack or managment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly folks and a nice work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned a lot, but very negative culture

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    Worked directly with very intelligent leaders
    Very fair compensation
    Flexible hours as an intern

    Cons

    Poor office culture, senior management did not do a lot to raise it

  8.  

    My overall experience is positive, for the most part. I have no personal axe to grind.

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    Former Employee - Marketing, Communications and Public Outreach Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing, Communications and Public Outreach Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at City of San José full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The majority are very hard working staff
    Many departments are family friendly
    Some departments will allow a minimal amount of work from home option
    Medical benefits are good
    Personal growth is dependent upon the individual

    Cons

    -Staff works hard, too many people have left so the work has tripled and salaries are not commensurate.
    -The current Mayor, Chuck Reed has single-handedly demotivated the entire staff. The culture has fallen substantially from where it used to be and people are leaving because they no longer trust key decision makers. The City has lost really good staff, people who have valuable, historical knowledge.
    -The Office of Employee Relations has a terrible reputation for intimidation and handling situations very poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ALL key executives, from the Mayor's office to the City Manager's office to Directors and middle management need training, especially in how to handle conflict, how to manage more effectively

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    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

  10.  

    Great place to work

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    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
  11.  

    Pretty good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of San José

    Pros

    Relatively high pay for public sector, potential to change positions with internal hires/transfers, flexible work schedules and start times, good for work-life balance, no overtime (unless that is a regular part of your position)

    Cons

    High turnover, many layers of management, benefits rapidly decreasing. Like many public sector jobs right now, there is a mix of newer to government work employees and quite a few employees just waiting until retirement.

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