County of Santa Clara Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Executive mgmt at county government

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities if you work hard

    Cons

    Have to deal with the politics


  2. Engh

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at County of Santa Clara (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Steady pay check is great and the benefits are good. Steady pay check is great and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    Politics getting the steady pay check to be great and the benefits to be good. Politics getting the steady pay check to be great and the benefits to be good.


  3. Favoritism is rampant!

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    Current Employee - Clerical in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Clerical in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nothing good about the employer!

    Cons

    Favoritism, nepotism, every type of ism....

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring relatives of employees who work in the same department! Also, stop promoting relatives of employees in management!


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  5. Fantastic group

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    Former Employee - Genetic Counselor in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Genetic Counselor in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at County of Santa Clara part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The geneticists really care about the patients. They are also fun to work with -- great sense of humor. Even though many patients have poor insurance, most patients can get testing. Also, each counselor gets to be a generalist rather than a specialist -- they see prenatal, neonatal, pediatric, adult, neurological, and cancer patients.

    Cons

    Sometimes county bureaucracy can be problematic, but the supervisors are very good at dealing with this.


  6. County of Santa Clara - IT Careers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There are 17,000 County employees--about half of whom work in Health and Hospital Services (HHS). IT supports 35+ different business units from public safety and justice, planning and development, health services, etc. Cloud services, mobile app development, electronic health records, implemented while being mindful of government regulations. If you want an IT job with variety and challenges and are committed to public service, there are many opportunities. IT organizational transformation is underway to increase efficiency and align IT services Countywide with business needs. The salary is fine, not great, and the health benefits are excellent. Also, if you have many years of experience you will find there is not age discrimination--your experience is valued.

    Cons

    If you can complete the rigorous application and hiring process, you will have made it through the most frustrating part. After you are hired, if you work hard, are willing to work collaboratively, keep learning and share knowledge with others, you will find very little negative in IT services.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize team performance for managers' performance reviews. Managers/executives across the departments need to collaborate more, and should be reflected in their reviews.


  7. Working with Social Services Agency as Eligibility Worker

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Eligibility Worker III
    Current Employee - Eligibility Worker III
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, assisting community,

    Cons

    Poor employee morale. The work we do can feel like you're working as part of an assembly line. Executive management out of touch with employees. Unrealistic expectations of office and unit case loads. Unit based case loads reward poor employees while increasing workload of high performing employees.

    Advice to Management

    Please retire. Business process varies from office to office. Workflow can be very inefficient. Certain newly created units are redundant (AB720) and would be better utilized at existing offices.


  8. 15 yrs of experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits, employment opportunities, attempts to be culturally sensitive

    Cons

    ineffective middle management, nepotism, top heavy


  9. Process was easy, however it can takes 6+ depending on the department to receive a job offer.

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    Current Employee - Justice Systems Clerk I
    Current Employee - Justice Systems Clerk I
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at County of Santa Clara full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Set questions, not difficult. I was happy to not have to answer "Why do you want to work here?".

    Cons

    Panel interview, second interview is also a panel. Lengthy process. Applied in September, took test in October, received e-mail in December that my name was forwarded to department "A" and for me to call to schedule an appointment. Interviewed in January, second interview in March, offered position in April.


  10. Registered nurse

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  11. Social Worker III

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Social Worker III in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Social Worker III in San Jose, CA
    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.



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