City of San José Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. fire department public safety radio dispatcher

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of San José full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great job and great fire department. If you can handle the stress and that type of job type, go for it!

    Cons

    City doesn't support public safety positions, contracts often in negotiation.


  2. Flexible & Ample PT position - perfect for students

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Excellent Values & Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    City Continues to Allow Labor to Stifle cost-reducing Innovations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Recreation Leader

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of San José

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible, fulfilling, fresh and fun.

    Cons

    Wage, no benefits, lack or managment.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great people working under poor leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at City of San José full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    City of San Jose

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    A place for people who want to retire on the job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are lots of holidays and days off. Many departments to transfer to

    Cons

    Too many lazy people spending their days on social media, personal calls and personal business.

    Advice to Management

    Need to layoff half of the staff and actually make people work. Too many people with very little to do


  11. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of San José full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    Stand up for the people who work under you.



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