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.  

    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 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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 an 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

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  5.  

    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
  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.  

    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
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    not the best experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José

    Pros

    benefits and pay are higher than non profits

    Cons

    inconsiderate of employees and not open about lay offs

  10.  

    Fascinating and exciting

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    • 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
  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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