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City of Seattle Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated Jun 10, 2014
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3.6 55 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

City of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Ed Murray

(3 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Stable

    Financial Intern (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsDefinitely 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.

    ConsTechnology 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 Senior ManagementGreat.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place for diversity and a secure future

    Administrative Specialist II (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsWorking 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very passionate and diverse Human Services Department

    Counselor (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsNot a strong place to grow from a position.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Public Information Officier

    Communications Manager (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGood benefits, 8 to 5 hours

    ConsLess than competitive pay. Reluctance to remove non performers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensation tied to performance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Intern (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsPeople are great. Management is very involved.

    ConsThere 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Analyst (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

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

    ConsWe process decisions very slowly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be afraid of forward movement through trial and error.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place for progressive public service

    Strategic Advisor (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat professional employee support along with a group of "new" emerging public servants. This is a great place to make a difference in your community. The city is becoming more forward-looking and efficient.

    ConsThere is less support for less-skilled workers. There is the perception that the local government employees are entitiled and less productive than private sector workers so be preopared to deal with that.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was great working for Seattle city light

    Forklift Operator (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsReally good pay @ great benefits

    ConsI was only there as a temp

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Electrical Engineer Intern

    Intern Electrical Engineer (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsAn inside look at a major utility.
    Plenty experience with the power side of electrical engineering.
    AutoCad experience.
    The pay is decent.
    Many co-workers are eager to help you.

    ConsThe work order process, on the program made by oracle, is confusing. It can be boring sometimes. The HR department take a very long time to get back to you. There are a lot of work politics, but as an intern, they don't really affect you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more training for programs that are new to the interns.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work - good culture with well meaning people

    Executive II (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGood smart people, wanting to provide good service. Reasonable benefits, although once pay is set, can be hard to get increases.

    ConsDifficult to implement change. Can be disillusioning to see how the sausage gets made at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower employees to make change, add input and incentive work (not necessarily with $$).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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