City of Vancouver, Washington
3.3 of 5 6 reviews
www.cityofvancouver.us Vancouver, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Nov 15, 2013

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Timothy D. Leavitt


75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A great working atmosphere

Lifeguard (Former Employee)
Vancouver, WA

I worked at City of Vancouver, Washington part-time for less than a year

ProsChoose your own hours
Not too stressful of a job

ConsWas a temporarily job
Pay was at minimum wage

Advice to Senior ManagementThe supervisor and mangers work great to work with

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Educator Intern (Current Employee)
Vancouver, WA

I have been working at City of Vancouver, Washington as an intern for less than a year

ProsI have developed many skills while being an intern with the city. My boss was very helpful and great.

ConsWith all jobs, there are time where the work load is so much. It can get very stressful.

Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Police Sergeant (Current Employee)
Vancouver, WA

I have been working at City of Vancouver, Washington

ProsPay, benefits and exciting work.

ConsHorribly ineffective management, distrust and low morale.

Advice to Senior ManagementHold yourselves as accountable as you do your line personnel. Stop promoting yes men and women and those who only support chiefs vision. Promote strong warriors and proven leaders from the streets.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great benefits in an atmosphere of perpetual crisis and weak leadership

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Vancouver, WA

I have been working at City of Vancouver, Washington

ProsGreat benefits package, one of the best around. Most employees are dedicated, hard working, even passionate about what they do. Check your "government worker" stereotypes at the door. The city works hard to have a diverse workforce. For the most part people here all seem to work towards the same goals, there is not a lot of internal strife or bickering. They have good programs to let employees support and recognize each other. Vancouver is a pretty nice place to live, with good schools and a lower cost of living than on the Oregon side of the river.

ConsSalaries for many positions are below market. You will never see a bonus, incentive pay, or other perks again. Raises are cost of living only, no matter how good your performance, except for the elected council and the city managers, who don't seem to have a problem giving themselves more money. It's always in some kind of budget crisis, just sometimes it's a severe crisis and other times it's a mild crisis. Citizens are generally ungrateful and view city employees as leeches who don't do anything but suck up taxpayer money. Workload between different city employees seems very uneven. Some people are buried in work and others seem to have lots of spare time. Lots of times the leadership talks about stuff that never to translates into action. Such as, right now everybody talks about green initiatives, and so is the city management, but they don't take any of the actions you might see in other places. If being politically correct bothers you, you might not like it here.
Vancouver is too spread out (urban sprawl) with lots of strip malls etc. and too few little walkable neighborhoods like you find in Portland. (But the city is working on that.) City offices are all over the place, which cuts down on the efficiency of getting work done. The community is pretty conservative compared to Portland, but is slowly becoming more progressive. But it seems to have more than its share of stuck in the past conservative naysayers, who are very loud and outspoken and get all the attention from the media and government. If more progressive people would become more involved and speak out more, it would be better.

Advice to Senior ManagementI can't figure out why the city council always gives the city manager such high marks and pay raises. The city manager seems to waffle a lot on issues. He will change his mind based on who the last person he talked to was. He has a lot of experts managing or working in the departments but he doesn't seem to trust most of them. Part of the problem is that he apparently can't stand criticism and wants everybody to like him, so he tries to be nice to everyone. That sort of sifts down thru the organization and nobody holds anybody accountable for anything. At the same time I have heard stories about his tantrums in meetings, but I haven't ever seen that. Internal communication is good up to a point. The top managers will put out some information to employees, but sometimes that gets stuck around the middle management level and never makes it to the workforce.

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City of Vancouver is a great place to learn the ropes and then move on.

Safety Coordinator (Current Employee)

I have been working at City of Vancouver, Washington

ProsGreat Benefits, able to do your job and provide customer service in a timely basis

ConsLow pay raised, budget tied to collecting taxes, Need to do more with less, Citizens want all the services but not neccessary pay for them

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease communication concerning personnel

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Motivated, young workers, despair awaits you.

IT Systems Analyst (Former Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I worked at City of Vancouver, Washington

ProsIf you want a lot of free time the CoV is the place for you. Non-unionised staff start off with 2 months of vacation. Managers are generally incompetent so you don't have to worry about micromanagers getting up in your grill. You will never lose your job for screwing anything up, ever. Incompetence is rewarded with promotion in some cases.

ConsUnprofessional work environment. Incompetent managers. Incompetent co-workers. Union malice. Generally speaking, if you're uninterested in your job and you are smart enough to sneak past the hiring process, you will get by fine by doing the minimum required of you. Incompetence and dishonesty will not get you fired.

Advice to Senior ManagementShow some backbone and get rid of incompetent managers. Fire Estelle Lo.

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