County of Santa Barbara Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
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  1. Great work environment!

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

    I have been working at County of Santa Barbara part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great work environment, everyone is really nice. It's the most flexible part time job you will ever have and the pay is higher than most part time jobs. If you get rotated as an intern that's definitely a plus because you learn about different departments and obtain experience using difference programs (i.e., Microsoft Access, Publisher, Visio, etc). Also if you're looking to get a CPA this is one of the best places to do it.

    Cons

    The job isn't always going to be interesting. It can get repetitive and maybe a little dull, but you can get out of it what you put in. If you look at everything with a positive attitude you can wait it out until you get the opportunity to help with various projects to even out the repetitive work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're open to interns asking questions it makes for a much more efficient use of time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. county planning

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    Former Employee - Planner I in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Planner I in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at County of Santa Barbara

    Pros

    The job provides good salary, very good benefits, with very little actual responsibility. Work load expectations are high but there is no real correlation between hours posted and productivity.

    Cons

    Completely inconsistent direction, low morale, limited training. The job provides no clear opportunity for advancement and great incentive to leave. Customers are always angry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. challenging in a growing county

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at County of Santa Barbara

    Pros

    Location is idyllic. People are friendly. Time off is good except in the beginning.

    Cons

    Housing costs are prohibitive. Micromanaged and disorganized management. Unsure where leadership is headed. Would be nice if they knew the burnout they cause. High turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire Dept heads and start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great work/life balance

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    Current Intern - Fiscal Intern in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Intern - Fiscal Intern in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at County of Santa Barbara as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great local government to work for

    Cons

    General slowness in changing processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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 (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
  7. 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 (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
  8. 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 (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
  9. 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 (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
  10. 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 (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
  11. 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 (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

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