City of Seattle Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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City of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
Ed Murray
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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. Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place for an intern to see the inner workings of government. Allowed to do substantive work. Pay was good.

    Cons

    Not sure if there is room for interns to turn their opportunities into full-time employment when the internship is over.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if the City of Seattle hosted some networking events for interns, so that they could be more exposed to other departments.


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    911 Call Center

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    Current Employee - 911 Dispatcher
    Current Employee - 911 Dispatcher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Lots of overtime if you want it.

    Cons

    WAY too much overtime. Lack of caring for individuals. Slowly killing us all.


  3. Protect the environment, serving people

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    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This is a good place to help people and the environment. SPU does amazing things - like restoring old growth forest conditions around the watershed - that most of our citizens don't know about. Co-workers and management are smart and sincere. Work is 40 hours.

    Cons

    Absurdly understaffed for the amount of work expected. Citizens look down on government workers.

    Advice to Management

    Less politics, please. Try doing things because they're good for Seattle, not good for your careers. Save money by not hiring consultants and hiring more permanent staff.


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  5. Strategic Advisor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Advisor
    Current Employee - Strategic Advisor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities in communications, strategy, public service in the City of Seattle. Bureaucracy and the well-intentioned whims of the public and elected officials alike can lead to duplication of efforts and endless last-minute work. Good paid time off and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Departments are often not let to come up with or execute their plans. They're instead basically maintenance managers on standby for whatever topic-of-the-day that the Mayor wants to address.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Worst employment experience ever

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    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will work side by side with many talented, driven, optimistic people who think they can make a difference in a fundamentally broken system.

    Cons

    You will be exploited by unscrupulous leaders who are scanning the horizon for the next suckers they can use up.

    Advice to Management

    Hope there really is a sucker born every minute.


  7. Lifeguard

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    Current Employee - Lifeguard
    Current Employee - Lifeguard
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good bosses, flexible hours

    Cons

    Annoying customers, lots of lessons


  8. OK Benefits, stable employment

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    Current Employee - Structural Plans Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Structural Plans Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable work, reasonable compensation, pension plan

    Cons

    The compensation is low relative to other engineering fields

    Advice to Management

    The compensation is low if you want good talent


  9. Some sacrifice for the benefits

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits package regular work schedule with flex

    Cons

    little opportunity for advancement no company match for deferred comp employee funds half of pension


  10. analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to start your career

    Cons

    Things get done very slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Speed up


  11. Great place to retire

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    It's great helping the people of the city be people in the city in an engaged fashion.

    Cons

    Nothing ever gets done. It's sort of amazing.



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