City of San José

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City of San José Reviews

Updated January 5, 2015
Updated January 5, 2015
54 Reviews
3.2
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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.  

    Fascinating and exciting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Cashier, open new accounts, provide customer service.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Library Clerk in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Library Clerk in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great pay with benefits even as a part time employee. Great if you are in college.

    Cons

    Lays offs are done frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    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 a year)

    Pros

    Working with a diverse group of people.

    Cons

    The recent pay cuts for city employees.

    Recommends
  6.  

    glad to not be there

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    I love working for the city!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    The best part of my high school years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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

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