City of Seattle Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
90 Reviews
3.4
90 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Good work life balance and benefits (in 6 reviews)


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

  • This would never fly in private sector (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great place to work and learn.

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    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
  2.  

    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)

    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
  3.  

    A great place to learn a lot and have fun!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
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  5.  

    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 an 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
  6.  

    Stable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Financial Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Definitely a stable job with great pay. Would have stayed much longer if not for other life factors.
    The culture is more conservative, with less room for innovation.
    Because it is large, there was a lot of paperwork involved and different procedures to follow.

    Cons

    Technology can be old. Was using a very old copy of Windows and not as fast paced as I would have liked.
    The rigid structure could be suffocating but that is expected in any organization this large.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for diversity and a secure future

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    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist II in Seattle, WA

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working for the City of Seattle can provide you with a very good salary and a good retirement if you can manage to bypass the frequent budget cuts. I found that there is a great mix of people from so many backgrounds and often, very friendly office environments. And if you have the right manager, you will be able to work on projects outside your title and class and may be moved along for promotions.

    Cons

    You really need a manager you are in sync with to move upward in the City. If you don't have this, it can be difficult to move ahead or out of a specific title.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside of the box and cross train employees so that they have more opportunities to move ahead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very passionate and diverse Human Services Department

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    Current Employee - Counselor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Counselor in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Public Information Officier

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    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, 8 to 5 hours

    Cons

    Less than competitive pay. Reluctance to remove non performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation tied to performance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Government work is slow and there are many stakeholders that make the work difficult.

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

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

    Pros

    People are great. Management is very involved.

    Cons

    There are so many processes and people that a project has to go through in order for it to be carried out. Makes work very slow and end result very far off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 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 (more than an 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

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