City of Seattle Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
85 Reviews
3.7
85 Reviews
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City of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
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9 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Work as a Finance Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work/life balance.

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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 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very passionate and diverse Human Services Department

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Counselor  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Counselor in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with lots of passionate and dedicated people. A place that really reflects the diverse populations in Seattle. Lots of units and divisions to handle the social services of Seattle.

    Cons

    Not a strong place to grow from a position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Most folks do work hard, do want to make a difference.

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Depending on your mgmt, there is room for dynamic work.

    Cons

    We process decisions very slowly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid of forward movement through trial and error.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lineman  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Lineman in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Quick to upgrade workers as they progress with the company

    Cons

    to quick to fire, with no more than one unshared error, this company will fire you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so quick to fire, talk to employee, give one chance after the talk, allow time, then fire if problem occurs again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working for the City of Seattle

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Pros

    Benefits, flexible work hours, mission, training opportunities

    Cons

    Little room to advance in the organization for many people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None - our department is well managed

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A good place to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Benefits and wages are great!

    Cons

    Just the parking will be hard and expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do apply!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Employer - Wonderful People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, lots of opportunities. Friendly helpful co-workers.

    Cons

    Like all of government - subject to economic flux.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great People Doing Great Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Flex Schedule
    Relatively Low Pressure Environment
    Limited Deadlines
    Commute Options

    Cons

    Limited Options For Advancement
    Limited Opportunity for Creative Problem Solving
    Budget Resraints

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Pays well, flexible hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lifeguard  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at City of Seattle part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good hours.
    plenty of substitute hours at all seattle pools
    easy and laid back and plenty of downtime

    Cons

    work can become slow and repetitive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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