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.  

    Commitment to serving the Community is Key

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Specialist in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at City of San José

    Pros

    The City offers employees good Job Stability, potential Growth Opportunities, with well defined responsabilities, in a postivie work environment with stable job hours and salary.

    Cons

    pay cuts in recent years including increases to pension, health and retirement.

  2.  

    One the DOWNWARD slope....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Police Sergeant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Police Sergeant in San Jose, CA

    I worked at City of San José

    Pros

    They had a great retirement plan & health benefits.

    Cons

    The politicians are reneging on their commitments to the retirees who gave their bodies, souls, family life & marriages to the People of San Jose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand by your man.
    Do what you promise.
    Do what is right, even when it's politically wrong!

  3.  

    Yet another 10% taken from me to waste on buracates idiotic ideals

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Mechanic in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Plant Mechanic in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at City of San José

    Pros

    Get training for new job

    Cons

    Have never been treated so bad by any employeer in my life. Seems every problem that the city has can be fixed if i give up some thing. Can't afford to stay with this job any more and can not wait to start new job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the top because there is the problem.
    It is not the blue collar workers that cause the problems it the city management style of spend first spend second and then wonder were is the money

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Bait and Switch....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at City of San José

    Pros

    Although things are changing quickly, one of the best reasons to work at the City is the benefits package (health, dental, etc)... Another benefit is the people. I've built some wonderful relationships with several people at the City.

    Cons

    The performance review process is very subjective from one supervisor to the other. I've been with the City for just a few years and my staff haven't had reviews for more than 5 years. After completing my review of them, I was asked to change it because it was too harsh and didn't reflect their past evaluations. Also, the City is years behind changing it's retirement system and now it's trying to change the system on the back of its employees, rather than biting the bullet and doing away with the pension and moving to a public sector 401k or IRA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what's important. Good, hard working employees are more important that trying to satisfy the whims of the political mass of the City. This year it's pension, next year it will be something new. When you lose all the good employees, the City will fall apart.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Used to be a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Employees are highly educated. Great experience with a variety of work assignments. Benefits and pay were great once.

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits used to balance out heavy workload. But now with budget cuts there is only extremely heavy workload. Compensation and benefits are being cut and management shows no appreciation for the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please show more appreciation towards your employees. We love this city and we love serving the citizens of san jose. But it is difficult to work in an environment where employees are blamed for a problem that was really created by the decisionmakers.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Tough but Satisfying

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Job Placement Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Job Placement Specialist in San Jose, CA

    I worked at City of San José

    Pros

    - Great team, good coworkers - tough boss - but we were always clear as to what was excepted from us.

    Cons

    - Upper level management was all to fond of completely keeping all employees out of the loop. Things too often were done in secrecy. Changes were often made hastily and with out much forth sight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask your employees what they think - they have a good handle on how things are operated.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Interesting work being done there, but only a few people are doing it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Flexibility with schedule, retirement plan, they understand that you have a life outside of work. They are a progressive city in many ways.

    Cons

    Workforce is aging and tend to be very protective of their work. There is surprisingly little cross-departmental cooperation or leveraging of resources.

  9.  

    Stable Easygoing Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, engaging atmosphere, great perks, room for growth.

    Cons

    Is subject to budget cuts by the city which can jeopardize your employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job!

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great place to work several years ago,but know City is reducing all employees salaries to balance the budget.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Greatpay and benefits, but know everything is being reduced due to budget cuts

    Cons

    City Government has recommended downsizing of all departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider alternative ways to keep public sector workers on the job without overly demanding pay cuts.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at City of San José

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, friendly staff

    Cons

    Rigid salary schedules, not much incentive for pay increase

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of (or modify) the seniority rules for laying off people

    Recommends
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