County of Sonoma

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County of Sonoma Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
13 Reviews
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    County of Sonoma

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

    I worked at County of Sonoma full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Once hired, fairly stable position. Offers good benefits and time off. Safe and comfortable work environment. Friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Benefits are expensive and do not have flexibility in choosing levels of coverage. Change takes forever unless it comes out of the Adminstrator's office. Employees are not treated equally with regards to promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer employees more options with regards to health plan levels of service. Do not tell one employee they cannot promote without open recruitment and then do that very thing for an employee within the administrative department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 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    Outdated methods of hiring talent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 (more than an 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    hard to get an interview due to outdated ranking methodologies and beuracracy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.

  3.  

    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 (more than an 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
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    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 (more than an 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
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

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

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    • 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 (more than an 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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    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 (less than an 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
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    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

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