City of Seattle Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
87 Reviews
3.6
87 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good working environment, great benefits (in 13 reviews)

  • Great work/life balance, great benefits, and wonderful people to work with (in 5 reviews)


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

  • Lots of bureaucracy and politics in decisoin-making (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work. Best suited for people who want stability & a decent standard of living at the expense of mobility

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    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Seattle, WA

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, Location, Nature of the work itself, very dynamic and progressive environment.

    Cons

    Alert! Golden handcuff syndrome, few advancement opportunities, typical office politics, too many cliques, longevity can work against you, newer employers actually advance quicker. Every time the economy catches a cold, people fear for their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider implementing real mentorship programs and opportunities for advancement, not just for favored employees, but for anyone who wants to advance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    A great place to learn a lot and have fun!

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    Former Employee - Seattle Public Utilities  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Seattle Public Utilities in Seattle, WA

    I worked at City of Seattle as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    - Boss and coworkers took the time to learn about my interests and invited me to participate in meetings/projects/trainings that aligned with these interests.
    - Great coworkers (all very passionate about their jobs).
    - Boss totally understood that school came first, could create my own hours (very flexible).
    - My input was valued.
    - By end of internship I was able to create/lead projects.

    Cons

    - City is trying to do a lot with little funding.
    - Tensions were high at times when talking about budget cuts.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    High contributors overloaded; cozy nests created for low contributors.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Noble purpose, some great people
    To work with, great views from the Seattle Municipal Tower.

    Cons

    The reward for hard work is more work and the consequences for poor performance is less work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold managers accountable for managing low performers out and not burning out high performers. Change the rigid system, so you can move people into the right jobs at the right pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Helping the people of Seattle and the environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I like going to work and knowing I can make a difference in the things I care about. I can make people's lives easier, offer information about how to be a better citizen. This makes me feel good about my job.

    Cons

    Things move very slowly. It helps to be persistent and patient. It can be frustrating to work for years on a project and by the time it's implemented, it's out of date.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great place to work, if you can be permanant (parks and rec)

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Pros

    The people I worked under in Parks were extremely flexible and willing to work with me whenever a challenge arose in my personal life. No pressure to do anything I was uncomforable with.

    Cons

    The city has a habit of shuffling around its workers to different locations and departments. While that might be fine for some businesses, a community center is so localized and based around the regular neighbors around it that it was jarring sometimes and led to confusion.

  7.  

    Great Work as a Finance Analyst

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    Former Employee - Senior Finance Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Office was on the 30th floor in premium office space in downtown Seattle. Hours were 8:30am - 5pm. Rarely worked overtime and never worked weekends once in two years. Smart staff, easy workload, and terrific pay and benefits. Nearly perfect job security, almost as secure as academic tenure at a university.

    Cons

    Municipal government work can be quite boring at times. The bureaucracy and slow pace can be frustrating at times. Many employees were unfriendly, and it was very difficult to fire poorly performing workers. The work schedule was inflexible -- you had to be at your desk 8:30am - 5pm every day, regardless of whether there was work to do or not. No working from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked under very good managers while there, who helped me develop professionally and gave me all the resources I needed to succeed at my job. My only advice would be to try to promote and keep smart young people on staff, and try to clear out as many unproductive and unprofessional workers as you can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work for a turtle...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Pros

    It all depends on the department and team you are working on. The team I work on is like minded and in the know for web usability and design. It is a fun working environment and I enjoy what I am doing. It is a very relaxed work environment and in the heart of seattle.

    Cons

    Like many large companies, Seattle Public Utilities moves very slowly and it takes a while to get projects moving / completed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It was the worst experience of my life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice people in my division

    Cons

    Disorganized, too political without caring for the people. If you like your reputation, don't work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn over the entire LAD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big Pay for Little Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Seattle for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is that it's almost impossible to get fired, because the union and civil service protect the vast majority of workers.

    Cons

    The unions own the politicians, the politicians know nothing of running an organization, and no one cares about how much is wasted, stolen, or simply mismanaged. It's a corrupt system where mediocre is excellent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I sympathize with leaders in the big departments who are trying to be more efficient, but are stymied by the unions and politicians.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work/life balance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle part-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance.Great work/life balance.Great work/life balance.Great work/life balance.Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    There are no challenges to working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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