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City of Seattle Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
98 Reviews
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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)

  • No incentive to be self motivated (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Sr. Management Systems Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Pros

    Interesting and rewarding work, talented people

    Cons

    No career ladder unless you are happy to stay in the same job for twenty years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize the strong performers you have instead of letting them leave the utility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Probation Officer

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Pros

    Many of the supervisors are flexible.

    Cons

    High Turn-over with probation officers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It has been a rough first year personal-wise

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you like weekends off, this may be the department for you.

    Cons

    Would like to have more opportunities for overtime

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Easy, stable employment, but boring. I highly recommend an internship, but I don't know if I want to go permanent.

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    Current Employee - Project Management Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Management Intern in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at City of Seattle as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent intern education. Very organized summer intern program. Looks like there are a lot of opportunities for advancement in the near future with half the city talking about retiring in the next five years. Good work life balance, great benefits and fair pay.

    Cons

    Very little motivation to work hard. Lots of bureaucracy. You can't put in a lightbulb without talking to all the different parties that have a vested interest in that light bulb. (exaggeration) The simple fact is that not everybody has to work hard to keep the lights on, and as long as they stay on, the city's doing its job. This can result in a lack of satisfying work, especially at the intern or assistant engineer level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the passing-on-the-bataan program. It looks like you'll need new talent pretty soon.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Proud to be working for the City of Seattle/Seattle City Light

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    -One of the best parts of the job is the great work/life balance
    -Exciting time for Seattle City Light; changes are being made to stay competitive and more effective while still keeping the environment, conservation and the customers as the top priorities
    -Competitive salary for Seattle

    Cons

    -For someone coming to work for the City of Seattle after working in the private sector, it can be a big change. But it is easy to make the job your own and while there are more rules and regulations than other companies, your job still feels fulfilling at the end of the day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Corruption

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    A lot of hard work for nothing. Everything can be undone.

    Cons

    Corruption in the Mayor's office and the Human Services Department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Seattle City Light - El. Eng. Intern

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer Intern in South Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer Intern in South Seattle, WA

    I worked at City of Seattle as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    South Service Center:
    Great pay for an intern ($19.20/h)
    Lots to learn. Friendly engineers. Government job. Can last 2+ years, until graduation.
    People in my surrounding were exceptionally great.

    Cons

    No benefits. No sick pay /holidays.
    Government job.

    It can seem boring and redundant at times. Corporate atmosphere. Strict rules.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The work environment really depends on who the Mayor is.

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    Current Employee - Strategic Advisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Strategic Advisor in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to work on meaningful and cutting edge issues and projects. It's easy to get involved and your efforts are appreciated for the most part.

    Cons

    Very political. If the Mayor's office does not support you, your work will be marginalized and you may be removed or exiled. The City Council can also be a challenge to work with. Trying to please nine different elected officials is next to impossible and they tend to want to micromanage many Department projects and initiatives particularly in the area of transportation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A great place to work and learn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tes in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Tes in Seattle, WA

    I worked at City of Seattle as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Great Pay
    -Surrounded by wonderful people who emphasize team work

    Cons

    -Pay would be better in private sector (duh.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting but somewhat stagnant

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

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great health benefits, interesting work, challenging

    Cons

    Salaries not competitive compared to other local jurisdictions, very limited investment in training and growth of existing staff, not a professional environment as there is no City administrator or manager. Very tied to the poltiical environment to the detriment of services and operations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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