County of Sonoma

  www.sonoma-county.org
  www.sonoma-county.org
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

County of Sonoma Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
12 Reviews
3.4
12 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
CEO
0 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outdated methods of hiring talent

    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Santa Rosa, CA

    I have been working at County of Sonoma as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    once in, its good to work here

    Cons

    hard to get an interview due to outdated ranking methodologies and beuracracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire talent on resume, not ranking by HR folks unfamiliar with field of work.

  2.  

    Felt like home

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Eligibility Worker I/II  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Eligibility Worker I/II in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at County of Sonoma full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Co-Workers are supportive, helpful and always positive. The training is up to date and constant. The work is rewarding and always different.

    Cons

    The job can be stressful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Did you know if you are a care provider registered with IHSS you have no rights?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Home Health Aide  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Home Health Aide in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at County of Sonoma as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    In good conscience I don't have any pros for a system that is so unfairly stacked against a provider.

    Cons

    Nobody's protecting you if the client won't cooperate and sign your timeslip; IHSS won't give you a heads-up if the clients are mentally unbalanced and/or just out of control --you are on your own. The union you are forced to join, SEIU-UHW, is a joke, as they can't make a client cooperate, they just advise you to sue them in small claims court, but they sure want their monthly dues. All the rights are with the client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp from the top down. Give a heads up to the provider if the client has a history of being difficult or has a high turnover of providers. If a provider has worked for a client and the client refuses to sign a timeslip or cooperate, support the provider, pay the provider and deal with the client on your own. Stop forcing IHSS providers to join the union.

    Doesn't Recommend
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - In Home Support Services  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - In Home Support Services in Santa Rosa, CA

    I have been working at County of Sonoma part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Make your own hours sometimes

    Cons

    Underpaid for hard work and no benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Disappointing, disingenuous and totally shocked by their behavior and conduct.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at County of Sonoma full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Purposeful mission. This agency is in charge of helping the needy and yet it can't manage it's own staff guided by compassion.

    Cons

    Management team should have strong knowledge base and high ethics, my opinion is they are sorely lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Surround yourself with managers who have smarts, intellect, and guts. "Yes" people are dangerous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Facilitator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA

    I have been working at County of Sonoma as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very innovative, interesting clientele. I feel I can be expressive, be part of a team and serve others. I meet wonderful folks in the community and learn from my colleagues. This is a very collaborative and informed team.

    Cons

    This is part-time contract position and you don't always get included to all the internal communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    A great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA

    I have been working at County of Sonoma full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I love my job! I have had a long career in my field working in the private sector, always being held accountable for some big-wigs bottom line. Here, we are allowed to contribute to the greater good without the overhead of worrying whether we'll have a job at the end of a bad quarter. There are many opportunities for career development and the benefits are excellent. Love my manager, love my department, and I love the work I do here. Managers generally seem very supportive of their reports (but mine is the BEST).

    Cons

    There is some bureaucracy and you have to pay into a union. So, if that's a show stopper for you, then it wouldn't be a good fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. And don't flouridate the water, please.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer/Network Support  in  Sonoma, CA
    Current Employee - Computer/Network Support in Sonoma, CA

    I have been working at County of Sonoma as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good support provides great responses from people who seem to genuinely care.

    Cons

    Not going to get rich anytime soon doing this!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the government wants to be dependent on technology, they have to realize people who understand it cost money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Care Giver, In-Home Support, Heath Care

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ihss Provider  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Ihss Provider in Santa Rosa, CA

    I have been working at County of Sonoma

    Pros

    competative wages, union benefits, working directly for clients, flexible schedule, state agency

    Cons

    takes forever to get registered and backpay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quicker and easier registration, ability to be paid while waiting the months for backgroud checks and orientaion and quicker timeslips

    Recommends
  11.  

    County of Sonoma- Mixed Emotions, but overall positive.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Santa Rosa, CA

    I have been working at County of Sonoma

    Pros

    Working for the County of Sonoma has many positive benefits similar to working for any County government. You get 15 minutes breaks every hour and generally supervisors are very lenient and understanding. One of the best things is that since the County is such a big employer that there is some security associated with that. Additionally, there are a number of good but not great support services that are offered like a number of career training classes, web help, and much more. Also, taking time off never seems to be a problem and there is not the added pressure of deadlines quite like there is in the private sector.

    Cons

    While working at the County level can be rewarding at sometimes there are many small aspects that can be a bit frustrating. For one, the pace of all the bureaucracy can get very frustrating. If you are in a position that has to get things out you may be waiting on other government entities that seems to take their time getting things done. The next biggest problem that I have is that you have to political correct many times. You are working in a county government which is one of the most political sensitive areas to work, however this depends on which office you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    By more open to new ideas and the future. One of the most frustrating aspects not mentioned above is the slow pace at which change is adapted in the County system. Overall, there are a few managers that have started accepting things like flex time, but do to the county's rigid structure many managers are reluctant to do this. Another great example is attire and work place atmosphere. At my office we try and display a high level of professionalism which means no music during the day and shirt and tie everyday except Fridays. Overall Senior Management really varies from which office is the County you work for.

    Recommends

Worked for County of Sonoma? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.