County of Santa Clara Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Registered nurse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at County of Santa Clara full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Dedicated to the whole community.

    Cons

    Difficult to get vacation time approved.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that the non-management staff need vacation time, too.

  2. Social Worker III

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    Former Employee - Social Worker III in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Social Worker III in San Jose, CA

    I worked at County of Santa Clara

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, great programs, great experience

    Cons

    huge bureaucracy to learn and navigate. (Very doable, I might add).

    Advice to Management

    Keep fighting the good fight, you are awesome compared to the challenges you face every day.

  3. Great Benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at County of Santa Clara

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great location, coworkers, office and OT

    Cons

    Low Salary wages, San Jose is hot and the commute is horrible if you dont live in SJ

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  5. Excellent Experience for Internship

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    Former Intern - Hazardous Materials Compliance in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Hazardous Materials Compliance in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Allowed me to work with the general public and gain valuable knowledge on environmental compliance.
    Very helpful and knowledgeable inspectors. Always willing to help out.
    A phenomenal experience over all.

    Cons

    As an intern, you can get dragged into strange things that don't involve you such as union contract disputes. Makes the situation a little unnerving. However, this is very unusual

    Advice to Management

    It was a great experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I miss working for the county and hope to return again.

  6. Career that pays well and can be rewarding, however training program is not complete and the morale is terrible.

    Former Employee - 911 Dispatcher in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - 911 Dispatcher in San Jose, CA

    I worked at County of Santa Clara full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Stable job once you get in the door and pass the tests, as long as you don't make any mistakes.

    Cons

    Training program is not standardized and there is little support for people who need it. Feedback is non specific and the higher management is absent.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people, even those that are going through the program, better. They are there to help people, not be kicked in the throat.

  7. Overall it was a good experience but their projects aren't that exciting.

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at County of Santa Clara

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    People are really fun to work with. Very friendly environment.

    Cons

    The projects are not exciting enough.

  8. Dissatisfied

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at County of Santa Clara

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The employee benefits and the pension plan is excellent.

    Cons

    Senior management, board of supervisors, union and very bad working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Solve problems instead of blaming employees.

  9. It's not what you know, it's who you know.

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    Current Employee - Eligibility Worker
    Current Employee - Eligibility Worker

    I have been working at County of Santa Clara full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent and provided you are working with a great manager and team, the experience can be positive. Training is provided formally and on the job, depending on positions. Many opportunities to work in various departments if you are willing to put in the effort. This is an 8 to 5 job, and you can leave your work at your desk when you get off, unless you are working in management. Great for those who are looking for a stable career and have other priorities (school, families, etc.).

    Cons

    Office politics can be demoralizing, management favoritism and nepotism is a problem. Those who work hard are not rewarded and those who slack off are not punished. Little motivation to move up. Some departments are heavily unionized to the point where management doesn't have much say.

    Advice to Management

    Take back the power from unions and put in effort to hire those who are qualified, not those who know someone.

  10. Overall this is a good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at County of Santa Clara

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits such as medical, dental and vision.
    Lots of free classes from the training center.
    Discounts and accelerated degree programs.

    Cons

    Double edge sword: some programs have someone in mind for a position but go through the hiring "process" anyway. Othets hire externally without considering internsl promotional/transfer candidates.
    Poor social skills: employees behave childish

    Advice to Management

    Promote within! Build up your employees by strengthening their knowledge and skills, utilize their talents and abilities and foster a team atmospheric.
    Be available for discussion and provide feedback.
    Listen to, ask, appreciate and care about your staff.

  11. Incredible employer.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I worked at County of Santa Clara full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Pros

    Connecting with the community at large. Awesome staff and leadership. Excellent Health benefits, Pensions and more. Pay increases were pretty regular and fit with the cost of living. Work and life balance was very complimentary. Tuition reimbursement was great. Lots of room for growth.

    Cons

    Nothing really. I loved working here. I relocated after a divorce so I can come to some clarity with my own personal life. But this place is a gem to be at.

    Advice to Management

    Denise Boland is the greatest mentor and supervisor I've ever had in my life. Salute this woman.

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