City of Seattle Reviews

Updated July 26, 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)

  • Office culture sometimes can be very political and sensitive (in 2 reviews)

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  1. OK Benefits, stable employment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Plans Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Structural Plans Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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


  2. Some sacrifice for the benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. Great place to work if you value stability.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Services in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Human Services in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Great location. It truly is a great feeling working in such a beautiful and dynamic area.

    Cons

    Golden handcuff alert!!! It's a great job but be prepared for your career to stay in neutral for a very long time. There are simply not enough promotions to go around. Progressives run the place and if you're not progressive enough, or your general life experience was easier than someone else, you will never see promotion...ever. City employment is tragically hip, and does not respect seniority unless the union intervenes. Longevity will work against you. The longer you are there the more you will be resented for being a city employee.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Bureaucracy at its worst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Management Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing health insurance and benefits Reputable employer "Feel good" org

    Cons

    No real opportunity to do meaningful work. It's all just paper pushing and time wasting and politics. Miserable day to day. Manager was very micro managing and uptight Very very little flexibility for non-exempt employees--can't take leave for six months but can't go to the dentist or pick your kid up in an emergency without leave... Hr made mistakes on my offer letter and the conditions of my employment that ended up costing me around $8k. Never fixed it.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace technology and lay off those who can't do the same.


  6. Rife with politics, but good salary and decent benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior UNIX/Storage Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior UNIX/Storage Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary and decent, but average, benefits.

    Cons

    The plane is rife with politics and management intervention in technical stuff. Staffed with management that does not come from IT, in and IT management role. Constantly making technical decisions when they should not be making them.

    Advice to Management

    Staff IT with IT managers, not people who with the break into management and use IT as a stepping stone.


  7. Helpful (1)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at City of Seattle

    Pros

    The pay was good and some were friendly

    Cons

    SPU leadership is to busy worshiping their Executive Director that they are oblivious to what is happening around them.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Great Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Assistant Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Steady, 40 hrs/week, amazing benefits, plenty of training, opportunity for advancement (if available), Gym, gated parking, great way to learn about the city's power infrastructure, possible opportunity to work under P.E. if an EIT.

    Cons

    Management is old school. Simply, most of the people who are managers or supervisors have been working there for a number of years, (lets say 10 for instance) and seem to be given priority. Management skill level does not seem as important. Lower level employees seem to have a hard time having their voice heard. Too much sucking up and not enough accountability for the work being done. There are old systems that are in place that need to be updated. Engineers and crews, need to be on the same page. Software is the oldest version available for the current operating system (now Win 7).

    Advice to Management

    Don't ignore the high turnover rate. Look at the management and question their ability to lead others.


  9. Great Internship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - GIS Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - GIS Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The internship paid a very competitive wage, and everyone was nice.

    Cons

    Much of the work seemed useless, like we were just working on things in order to work on things. Advancement into a career is based on openings which are not really controlled by anyone you work with.

    Advice to Management

    Improve clarity of projects and expectations.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good company to work for, opportunities for learning if you seek them out, too many set-in-their-ways employees.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Applications Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Contractor - Applications Developer in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some cool people to work with, lots of freedom and flexibility, ability to learn and grow. Pay is great, flexible schedules (9x9, 4x10).

    Cons

    There are a lot of people who are "stuck in their ways" using old technology and not wanting to learn or use anything created in the last 10 years. It can be very frustrating to push for a new design/technology and be shot down and required to use Access or Excel. There seem to be lots of people "waiting for retirement" in 10+ years.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house, encourage learning and keeping up to date with technology. Eliminate Access, there's no reason to spend so much time fixing broken Access apps all the time.


  11. Ineffective management in HSD

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Management Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    I worked with some very intelligent and hard working people. The benefits and flexible schedule were great perks. I had a spectacular view of the city from my floor at SMT.

    Cons

    Management ignored employees who did little to no work. The distribution of work was not equal, which destroyed morale. My manager was not knowledgeable about the work our team did to make important decisions so often times we were forced to make these decisions for the manager. There was little indication that my unit was an important part of the overall department. Therefore, collaborating with other units in the department was very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to do performance evaluations on each other and on management. Don't ignore high turnover; figure out the reasons for it.



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