Contra Costa County - California

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Contra Costa County - California Reviews

Updated July 5, 2014
Updated July 5, 2014
17 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Martinez, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Martinez, CA

    I have been working at Contra Costa County - California as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place to work good work-life balance

    Cons

    The pay is always a challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More money is needed to retain quality people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    SET program best in County

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    Former Employee - Human Resources SET Program Administrative Assistant  in  Martinez, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources SET Program Administrative Assistant in Martinez, CA

    I worked at Contra Costa County - California as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The HR training I received here will benefit me and last my lifetime. This was truly one of my favorite and most rewarding jobs.

    Cons

    The worst part of working her is that it was temporary and I was unable to become employed on a permanent basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice is for management to keep Managers like Rebecca Darnell. She was awesome to work for, loved what she did and made sure her people were rewarded for their services.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    satisfied

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Contra Costa County - California full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I'm grateful to have a job!

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints right now!

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  5.  

    Good for Temporary Job

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Concord, CA

    I worked at Contra Costa County - California full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get what you need to do your job in terms of training or supplies. Nice office environment.

    Cons

    Managers did not understand how to manage a department or business. They lacked the skills to provide leadership. Managers started and participated in gossip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember you are a leader. If you expect a certain behavior, you should also do the same. Stop showing favoritism, it destroys team building.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Stay away from them at all cost for the next couple of years!

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    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager  in  Martinez, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Martinez, CA

    I have been working at Contra Costa County - California full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The economy has recovered slowly in the private sector but money only starts flowing after a couple of years when the tax revenues actually come in and the Federal and State again have budget for new projects and release them to the counties.
    The only pro right now is really flexibility in telecommuting. I work in IT so my physical presence is not necessary, as long as I have computer and VPN in, I'm golden.

    Cons

    Remember new hires - this is a Union shop now so Last in - First out. Nepotism runs rampant, Senior Staff get promoted to the highest possible position so that they'll benefit from 100% retirement income + social security, and more than not I have actually seen them come back as contractors making twice what they did before even if it's only for 2 years. It's a sweet deal if you can get it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have never worked in a company that is flat out lying to their staff, even give them awards for outstanding performance and at the same day lay you off. That's when seniority plays again a big role. You can actually get an award for the best overall new-hire for the year and the next day you don't have a job. Also, many agency employees have been there for a long time and to be able to lay them off you basically have to shut down the department and then it's a whole other story when the Union becomes involved. Although Union 21 is as useless as titts on a man, they are just there to collect the union dues, if you think the'll protect you think again.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Unusually highly unionized and antagonistic work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Contra Costa County - California full-time

    Pros

    Addressing budget issues related to pension liability

    Cons

    Difficult work environment when supervisors and managers are unionized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect; develop employees; evaluate performance and hold employees and managers accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Working for Contra Costa County

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Contra Costa County - California

    Pros

    Good benefits, good working hours, good pay. It is relatively easy to become a subject matter expert in your position.

    Cons

    Many managers are technical experts, and lack key managerial skills. Training for soft skills would be beneficial. Some positions, are very unique and one of a kind, and the skills built may not be directly transferable to other positions.

  9.  

    A great amount of responsibility is given to Planner I's, but without proper preparation for what is expected of them.

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    Current Employee - Planner I  in  Martinez, CA
    Current Employee - Planner I in Martinez, CA

    I have been working at Contra Costa County - California full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great co-workers, stability, nice new office building, responsibility, diversity of work

    Cons

    Leadership of upper management, office politics, poor healthcare benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be nepotistic, hold grudges, or charge employees for their own benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Staff for elected official

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Contra Costa County - California full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of ability to help people if you want, lots of variety and public contact.

    Cons

    Competitive, self-protective sometimes malicious staffers with little training or experience, elected officials and their staff do not get paid the same union wages as the long term county government workers so little training or experience. Many, but thankfully not all, union government workers more interested in keeping and protecting their jobs than in doing them.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    I have worked for Contra Costa County for 25 years have seen many changes, some good and some are questionable.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Martinez, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Martinez, CA

    I have been working at Contra Costa County - California full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth in some departments, not all.
    Health Care benefits are reasonable.

    Cons

    Very difficult to change the old way of doing business. Very difficult to improve the work flow in some departments. Management is secretive and only wants to share certain parts of the department with only certain employees. Not an ideal workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and make them feel worthy and needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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