City of Santa Monica California

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City of Santa Monica California Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
16 Reviews

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  1.  

    Awesome place to work

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    Former Employee - GIS Analyst  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - GIS Analyst in Santa Monica, CA

    Pros

    great work life balance. great pay.

    Cons

    traffic to get to work, high cost of living.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great job security, and retirement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, not micro-management. Great geographic location.

    Cons

    Under staffed due to the economy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Typical Government Gig - Great Benefits with No Mission

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Just like any other government job including easy-going schedule, benefits, and acceptable pay. No pressure to perform, so no stress.

    Cons

    Just like any other government job (except maybe Federal) including lack of purpose/mission, slow-paced culture, not understanding why some things are done, no bonuses for staff, and lack of training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is Santa Monica - set it apart from other local governments in terms of work culture.

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  5.  

    Well structured

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    Former Employee - Program Specialist
    Former Employee - Program Specialist

    Pros

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

    Cons

    They don't like to promote with in.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great city, high level of services to the community

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    Pros

    Active, 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.

    Cons

    City 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take a risk. Make a decision. Have a vision and lead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Administrative Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No issues with working at the City.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, but unorganized.

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    Current Employee - Web Developer/Designer  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer/Designer in Santa Monica, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Unorganized -- 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, 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 ManagementAdvice

    More 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.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Great Pay & Benefis

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    Former Employee - Motor Coach Operator  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Motor Coach Operator in Santa Monica, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    City of Santa Monica is a good employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Location and benefit package are a big plus.

    Cons

    Don't have not much to say

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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