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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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.  

    San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at City of San José as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with a diverse group of people.

    Cons

    The recent pay cuts for city employees.

    Recommends
  2.  

    glad to not be there

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at City of San José full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great people at the City

    Cons

    poor leadership from management team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit hiring your buddies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    An impactful department moving forward America's 10th largest city

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The Office of Economic Development is populated with a group of extremely intelligent entrepreneurial and innovative thinkers who consider comprehensive context for the work they perform.

    Cons

    If a candidate understands and is willing to work within a the context of a government entity, this is a great place to work. Rebels and prima donnas should look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the department allowed innovative, entrepreneurial work to take place, management should consider tools to alleviate time necessary for obligatory (it is government;-) administrative tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good organization in decline as budgets force pay reductions and staff depart.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager II in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at City of San José full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong leadership, clear goals, very efficient workforces

    Cons

    Budget considerations drive the organization. Slow but continued decline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To maintain the effectiveness of smaller teams, delegate authority - trust your staff.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Flexible work environment for anyone those seeking a part time position.

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    Former Employee - Library Page in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Library Page in San Jose, CA

    I worked at City of San José part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work environment is bar none very friendly. Scheduling is very flexible and hourly wage is very competitive.

    Cons

    The one thing I disliked the most about the employment is that there is very little reward at the end of the day. Trying to move up the ladder is very difficult and time consuming. The only way to move up the ladder is to wait for opening positions to apply for and thereby a long lengthy process. The job is great if you are looking for a part time job, but as a permanent employment I'd look elsewhere.

    Recent years they have changed how much work hours you receive and it does not go into your favor. At most after I left, I was only receiving 10-12 hours a week and had to work at two locations due to the closure of some days for the library.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Stuck in the past

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    Current Employee - PRNS
    Current Employee - PRNS

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

    Pros

    - For me, my job is a unique position in a small, specialized field. This is the only reason I'm still here.

    Cons

    - Pensions? Who pays pensions any more? What an antiquated concept.
    - Employee compensation seems to be the last priority for city spending. I don't understand how they manage to retain ANY employees.
    - Despite my job's specialized requirements, I have a generic city job title, which means I'm subject to seniority/bumping. I've had 2 layoff notices (later rescinded) in three years. Has HR even heard of "morale"?
    - Many departments are full of "lifers" putting in minimal effort until their pension kicks in. Again, terrible for morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    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 an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Working for the City of San Jose

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    Former Employee - Senior Construction Inspector in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Construction Inspector in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Security and low stress work

    Cons

    Politics with promotions and transfers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always promote from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Library Job

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    Current Employee - Library Page in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Library Page in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at City of San José part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Extremely flexible when it comes to scheduling. A great job for a college student.

    Cons

    Limit to few hours a week, making hard to accumulate cash.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of limiting hours given to staff have fewer staff with more hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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