City of Santa Monica California
3.6 of 5 13 reviews
www.smgov.net Santa Monica, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

City of Santa Monica California Reviews

Updated Apr 8, 2014

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Great city, high level of services to the community

Manager (Current Employee)
Santa Monica, CA

I have been working at City of Santa Monica California full-time for more than 10 years

ProsActive, participatory residents and council. Historically a world-wide environmental leader. Great leadership, thoughtful planning and a strong sense of purpose have proven that government can both lead and be fiscally responsible. Excellent location and diverse culture.

ConsCity leadership is no longer interested in leading. Untalented, "yes men and women" are put in many key management positions and won't make decisions unless the path is already paved. Fear of making mistakes is greater than willingness to do what needs to be done, impeding progress on virtually every front. Stagnation has set in.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake a risk. Make a decision. Have a vision and lead.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Well structured

Program Specialist (Former Employee)

I worked at City of Santa Monica California full-time for more than 3 years

ProsDecent benefits, and so far the best city I've worked for

ConsThey don't like to promote with in.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at City of Santa Monica California

ProsGreat people, fresh air, friendly environment, and everyone wants you to succeed.

ConsNo issues with working at the City.

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Good people, but unorganized.

Web Developer/Designer (Current Employee)
Santa Monica, CA

I have been working at City of Santa Monica California as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThe people there are nice, and fairly competent in the tech arena, considering that it's a government institution.

ConsUnorganized -- things take a long while to get done because of communication issues. Probably due to downsizing and cutbacks, they have the staff there trying to do too many things at once.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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What made working for the City of Santa a positive experience, were the wonderful employees I had the pleasure knowing.

Staff Assistant II As-Needed (Former Employee)
Santa Monica, CA

I worked at City of Santa Monica California part-time for more than 8 years

ProsA lot of wonderful people work for the City of Santa Monica. Great pay and benefits if you are able to become a full-time employee.

ConsBureaucracy, bureaucracy, bureaucracy. If you are an innovative and creative person the environment can easily become stagnating. Change is slow to come by, if it ever even makes an appearance.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore communication with employees who work on the ground level. They are a great resource because they see what happens when policy is put into effect. Ask them questions about problems they perceive or have gleaned from customers, how processes can be improved, and an new ideas that can vastly improve existing programs. Troubleshooting should be a two-way street, so brainstorm together utilizing constructive dialogue.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Pay & Benefis

Motor Coach Operator (Former Employee)
Santa Monica, CA

I worked at City of Santa Monica California full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat pay and benefits offered as a city employee. Great management team to work with.

ConsRacist passengers/residents and live, work, and play in the City of Santa Monica. They are jealous of you and wish they had your job.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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City of Santa Monica is a good employer

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at City of Santa Monica California full-time

ProsLocation and benefit package are a big plus.

ConsDon't have not much to say

Advice to Senior Managementnone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Civil Service Work

Staff Assistant II (Former Employee)
Santa Monica, CA

I worked at City of Santa Monica California full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe salary and benefits are above industry average

ConsYou work within limited limitations and employees are not supported when injured at work.

Advice to Senior ManagementSupport and promote staff that deserves backing.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at City of Santa Monica California full-time

Pros9/90 work schedule and good benefits

Conschange in benefits and work environment

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work

Lifeguard (Current Employee)
Santa Monica, CA

I have been working at City of Santa Monica California

ProsFriendly staff
Flexible
Caring management
Up beat
Great pay

Consupper mobility is currently stagnant

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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