County of Santa Barbara

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  1.  

    Awesome place to work and enviorment is ever so changing you learn something new everyday!!!

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    Current Employee - AOP  in  Santa Maria, CA
    Current Employee - AOP in Santa Maria, CA

    I have been working at County of Santa Barbara part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great resource to all community run career services

    Cons

    There isnt none to list

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    yes

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A good place at your retiring stage.

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    Former Employee - Accountant  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at County of Santa Barbara full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, Decent wages, Nice co-workers.

    Cons

    No professional training. Lack of mobility; political intrigue; wheels turn very slowly. You come here after you have the resume built. Little chance for career experimentation or trying other things.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Mostly hard working, good people; Even the most talented often struggle to have a career path

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Leader
    Former Employee - Enterprise Leader

    I worked at County of Santa Barbara full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent wages; location, location, location in sunny Santa Barbara

    Cons

    Lack of mobility; some political intrigue; wheels can turn very slowly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    I had an amazing time working and learning while employed with the County of Santa Barbara.

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    Former Employee - Deputy Clerk of the Board  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Deputy Clerk of the Board in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at County of Santa Barbara full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Santa Barbara County gives the opportunity for growth to all of the employees. I earned a Masters in Public Administration while I was there. All of the employees I worked with were very supportive of each other.

    Cons

    Due to the cost of living, many employees had to commute to work but there are great public transportation options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to increase the opportunities for staff growth.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great workplace setting.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at County of Santa Barbara full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    One of the best places to work in Santa Barbara

    Cons

    You come here after you have the resume built. Little chance for career experimentation or trying other things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Twenty Years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at County of Santa Barbara full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good people, adequate training opportunities, might be a good place to start but the present situation does not lead to long term satisfaction

    Cons

    County government - completely misguided in their direction which adversely affects the critical mission of the safety services

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invert the table of organization to show that the executive serves to support the deputy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It's local government.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at County of Santa Barbara

    Pros

    The workday is predictable since each employee has a predefined role in the organization. It generally allows for independent self-guided work.

    Cons

    Counties in general are large organizations. Often, an employee feels buried in bureaucracy and inefficiencies. Santa Barbara County is no exception. There is not a lot of room for innovations, and often local politics drive projects rather than academia or industry standards. These can cause a practitioner much frustration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much management is a problem for any large organization including Santa Barbara County. For staff members to be efficient and innovative, they need supportive, decisive managers. The County should focus on choosing the right people for this role.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Managers, like children, 'are to be seen, not heard'

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    Current Employee - Manager ADMHS  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Manager ADMHS in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at County of Santa Barbara

    Pros

    It is a good place for professionals new to clinical mental health, plenty of clinical exposure for credential development. Most of the professional people working on the front lines are worth their weight in gold. Many of them stay in direct care in order to avoid the "cons" of the organization. The benefits are great.

    Cons

    The higher up you go the less you'll be able to use your benefits or have time for anything but crisis management. The whole system is driven by the political fight between the Board of County Supervisors and each Department's Executives/Administrators. Therefore, your expertise will not be needed in comparison to your diplomacy and marketing skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perform 360 degree reviews on all managers on up, use the reviews to promote or retire the leadership. Get out of crisis mode, plan ahead and react when given feedback (both internally and externally). Insist on multi-disciplinary decision making.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Higher Education - why?

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at County of Santa Barbara

    Pros

    Santa Barbara is a very unique county, it is a relaxing yet motivating place to work.
    Although the leave benefits are not up to par with many other counties, they have created a very unique structure of promotional progression for non-professional positions. It allows for 'expert' clerical staff to make up to 6,500/month in the most advanced classification, which -is- eligible for overtime pay.
    Yes, in this county it is possible for a non-professional (no bachelor degree), non-exempt, non management employee to gross over $80,000/year (78k + 6k bene. allowance).
    Who needs college with positions like this out there??
    If I had a chance to go back to college and get that degree - well -I wouldn't take it.

    Cons

    Very over compensated clerical staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-examine compensation structure. Staff with professional doctorates should not be in the same pay range as their 'clerical support'

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Trial attorney handling the most serious cases

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    Former Employee - Deputy Public Defender  in  Santa Barbara, Tolima (Colombia)
    Former Employee - Deputy Public Defender in Santa Barbara, Tolima (Colombia)

    I worked at County of Santa Barbara full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Steady employment and benefits with average deferred compensation plan

    Cons

    Long hours for which you are not compensated. High stress levels and poor management of workload distribution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Audit workloads frequently. Do not keep people in high stress positions for more than 3 years at a time. Thirteen years of high stress assignments is too much for any human.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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