City of Seattle Reviews

Updated April 8, 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)

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

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  1. Capital Project Intern

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    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

  2. Great experience and view into local government

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    Former Employee - Internship
    Former Employee - Internship

    I worked at City of Seattle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    An internship with the city of Seattle in any department is a great way to fund out if a career in local government is right for you. If you find it is, everyone is extremely helpful for networking and career advice.

    Cons

    No pay for City holidays as an intern, but really, why would you expect that anyway? Here's four more words.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the intern program going.

  3. Helpful (1)

    AMAZING!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Seattle

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

    Pros

    great work life balance, good pay, great benefits

    Cons

    there really isn't a draw back working for the city, cant go wrong

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  5. There are lots of opportunities for someone with no college degree but lots of experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Pros

    As someone who has never completed a college degree but instead has many years of on the job experience, the City of Seattle and specifically Seattle Public Utilities puts great value in on the job experience and has given me many opportunities for advancement. They also provide lots of training opportunities, often at City expense. The staff is great and we are using the cutting edge of many technologies. The benefits are great also.

    Cons

    City and union rules can sometimes get in the way of implementing best practices and hiring top notch workers. There is a fair amount of bureaucracy that can make simple tasks difficult.

    Advice to Management

    There have been too many reorganizations over the years. Especially when it seems we have come full circle and returned to an organization that we left many years ago because "it didn't work".

  6. City of Seattle

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunity for taking on new responsibilities

    Cons

    Bureaucracy so hard to implement drastic changes

  7. Mechanical Engineer Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Pros

    Gained a lot of knowledge about dams and energy
    Had the chance to work on multiple projects
    Good Salary

    Cons

    Could be hired during a slow summer which would result in a slow work place

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Helpful (3)

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

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  9. A great place to work and learn.

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    Former Contractor - Tes in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Tes in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  10. Helpful (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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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

  11. 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 (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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