City of Seattle Reviews

Updated June 27, 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. 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.


  2. Great place to work if you value stability.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


  3. Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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


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  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

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    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.


  8. Capital Project Intern

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

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment and flexible schedule

    Cons

    Does not gurreteea return offer


  9. Helpful (5)

    Great Job

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

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

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

    Pros

    Steady, 40 hrs/week, amazing benefits, plenty of training, opportunity for advancement (if available), Gym, gated parking, great way to learn about the city's power infrastructure, possible opportunity to work under P.E. if an EIT.

    Cons

    Management is old school. Simply, most of the people who are managers or supervisors have been working there for a number of years, (lets say 10 for instance) and seem to be given priority. Management skill level does not seem as important.
    Lower level employees seem to have a hard time having their voice heard.
    Too much sucking up and not enough accountability for the work being done.
    There are old systems that are in place that need to be updated. Engineers and crews, need to be on the same page.
    Software is the oldest version available for the current operating system (now Win 7).

    Advice to Management

    Don't ignore the high turnover rate. Look at the management and question their ability to lead others.


  10. Helpful (4)

    great people, incompetent management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Seattle

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    very good salary, benefits. At SPU, mid-level professionals are for the most part diligent and capable and really want to provide good service and value to the ratepayers.

    Cons

    Diligent professionals efforts are wasted by incompetent management and void of leadership. It is a daily drama of "The Emperors New Clothes". Professional turnover is high and technical professionals at SPU are constantly seeking lateral moves out to other City business units. At my exit interview, senior HR people were totally clueless about incompetence of management, that honestly thought engineers and supervisors were "retiring" when in fact they are are already hired at consultants and other utilities.

    If you are seeking lateral movement or promotion, hiring managers ignore private sector experience favor engineers for management positions over broadly experienced business managers. Archaic systems and methodology, reporting processes boarder on unethical. Awful

    Advice to Management

    "management by consultant" doesn't work. Make executives accountable


  11. Good Municipality

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

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Out of Class work opportunities
    Opportunities for Advancement
    Good work/life balance
    Benefits

    Cons

    Some managers devalue lower rung employees

    Advice to Management

    Own your job, find your own security in your position. If you are doing the Admins job, then perhaps you should reassess your position.



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