County of Marin Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. Worked Human Resources on special projects

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Analyst in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at County of Marin

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, job security

    Cons

    Some of the staff are unenthusiastic and unmotivated.

  2. Completely Dysfunctional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at County of Marin

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fiscally sound county meaning that they are educated, and keep good tabs on the general economy, as well as what's going on locally. Quite liberal with regulations for public assistance, so that they are more free to appease clientele. No need for metal detectors or bullet-proof glass in client waiting areas. Most employees actually want to serve the community, not just get a paycheck.

    Cons

    H&HS Public Assistance has created a backwards work environment. If you want help with your workload, complain loudly, and your needs will be met. If you do a great job, you will not get appreciation, but work from others who are not performing up to the requirements. Office atmosphere is "catty", hostile, depressing, and full of micro-managing. Management has little skill and education in management, and does not have to compete with outsiders. Lots of new, young staff, but office morale is still low. Not much room for advancement. Bad reputation with other county departments, so not many transfer out to advance elsewhere. No follow-through on any employee workshops/seminars/trainings which would possible help the division become more functional. Mostly, they are required to avoid lawsuits.

    Advice to Management

    Educate yourselves on your leadership skills and personal development. Create more opportunities for employee advancement.

  3. Typical reactive agency

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at County of Marin

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice place for retirement, you are just required to do the essentials and no more

    Cons

    If you are looking for a place to learn and grow probably is a worst place to work.
    More work you do less respect you get.

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive and don't waste tax payers' money

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at County of Marin

    Pros

    Job security. Hours. Upper management.

    Cons

    Horrible benefits unless you're much older or retired. No chance of a good pension if you're young

    Advice to Management

    Value innovation instead of years experience. Hire new/younger from other sectors rather than retirees from other counties

  6. Under the Blue Roof

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at County of Marin

    Pros

    beautiful surroundings, nice location.

    Cons

    depending on the department, you will face major favoritism and politics.

  7. Great environment!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Human Resources in San Rafael, CA
    Current Contractor - Human Resources in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at County of Marin as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great employees which are highly knowledgeable and helpful. Leadership is top-notch and transparent.

    Cons

    Parking can be a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    None.

  8. Very calm, quiet volunteering experience. You get to work independently a lot, very friendly staff.

    Former Intern - Volunteer in Fairfax, CA
    Former Intern - Volunteer in Fairfax, CA

    I worked at County of Marin as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Calm, quiet, very peaceful. Independent work for the most part

    Cons

    Not very exciting, nor challenging work.

    Advice to Management

    A better volunteering system, perhaps letting volunteers work in groups?

  9. A great place to work and make a difference, directly or indirectly, in the community.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at County of Marin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Ability to make an impact in the community, enthusiastic and dedicated staff, flexible work schedules, benefits coverage, potential for future advancement, architecturally interesting work environment

    Cons

    Expensive benefits, internal training availability (amount and frequency of classes offered), technologically outdated in many respects with slow process for change

    Advice to Management

    The focus on workforce development (workforce strategic plan, career development initiatives, performance management changes, etc.) and building a more collaborative environment are welcomed and should continue. The organization needs to offer more training for staff at all levels to develop their knowledge/skills.

  10. County employees are very nice and care about public service

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at County of Marin as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Short working hours and very low expectations. This allows hard working people the latitude to do what they want and make strong contributions. No profit motive is nice too. You aren't breaking your back so the chairman can have a bigger yacht.

    Cons

    Hey, it's government. A lot of money gets spent and not a lot gets done. They think they work hard and are productive, but they aren't. They just don't compare themselves to anyone in private industry or even other government agencies. There is a lot of talk about change and making improvements, but since there is no reason to, the few who don't want to change stop everything.

    Advice to Management

    Just because private industry does something doesn't mean it is evil and greedy. Try learning about budgets, performance metrics, and executing a strategy. If it is done to provide value to the citizens it's a good thing. Executive leadership needs to weed their senior managers that can't execute a professional management plan.

  11. Great opportunity To learn clinical diagnostics, poor opportunity for growth and poor leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at County of Marin

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great clinical experience and schedule flexibility. Fair benefits, good vacation, sick, and holiday pay.

    Cons

    Little room for growth. Little support or leadership. Minimal accountability or consequences for unprofessional behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Show up to work, be available and accountable, get to know your staff and their needs. Respond to staff concerns in a timely fashion. Provide positive feedback.

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