City of Seattle Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Pros
  • One of the best parts of the job is the great work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • good working environment, great benefits (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • For someone coming to work for the City of Seattle after working in the private sector, it can be a big change (in 4 reviews)

  • Office culture sometimes can be very political and sensitive (in 2 reviews)

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  1. OK Benefits, stable employment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Plans Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Structural Plans Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Stable work, reasonable compensation, pension plan

    Cons

    The compensation is low relative to other engineering fields

    Advice to Management

    The compensation is low if you want good talent


  2. Some sacrifice for the benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits package regular work schedule with flex

    Cons

    little opportunity for advancement no company match for deferred comp employee funds half of pension


  3. analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Pros

    Great place to start your career

    Cons

    Things get done very slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Speed up


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  5. Great place to retire

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It's great helping the people of the city be people in the city in an engaged fashion.

    Cons

    Nothing ever gets done. It's sort of amazing.


  6. Great Environment, Lots of Opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest Park, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest Park, WA

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, wonderful co-workers, interaction with multiple departments, "one team" approach, lots of opportunity to advance or learn other functions

    Cons

    Haven't experienced any cons worth mentioning. If you like public sector work, the City of Seattle is great.

    Advice to Management

    Work to handle turnover better. It takes forever to get through the hiring process, leaving lots of departments understaffed.


  7. Great place to work if you value stability.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Services in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Human Services in Seattle, WA

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Great location. It truly is a great feeling working in such a beautiful and dynamic area.

    Cons

    Golden handcuff alert!!! It's a great job but be prepared for your career to stay in neutral for a very long time. There are simply not enough promotions to go around. Progressives run the place and if you're not progressive enough, or your general life experience was easier than someone else, you will never see promotion...ever. City employment is tragically hip, and does not respect seniority unless the union intervenes. Longevity will work against you. The longer you are there the more you will be resented for being a city employee.


  8. Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits - Some hard working people

    Cons

    Lack of Accountability and difficult to hold employees accountable for poor performance


  9. Helpful (2)

    Bureaucracy at its worst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Management Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing health insurance and benefits Reputable employer "Feel good" org

    Cons

    No real opportunity to do meaningful work. It's all just paper pushing and time wasting and politics. Miserable day to day. Manager was very micro managing and uptight Very very little flexibility for non-exempt employees--can't take leave for six months but can't go to the dentist or pick your kid up in an emergency without leave... Hr made mistakes on my offer letter and the conditions of my employment that ended up costing me around $8k. Never fixed it.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace technology and lay off those who can't do the same.


  10. Rife with politics, but good salary and decent benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior UNIX/Storage Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior UNIX/Storage Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and decent, but average, benefits.

    Cons

    The plane is rife with politics and management intervention in technical stuff. Staffed with management that does not come from IT, in and IT management role. Constantly making technical decisions when they should not be making them.

    Advice to Management

    Staff IT with IT managers, not people who with the break into management and use IT as a stepping stone.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Don

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at City of Seattle

    Pros

    The pay was good and some were friendly

    Cons

    SPU leadership is to busy worshiping their Executive Director that they are oblivious to what is happening around them.



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