County of Ventura, California

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Updated March 9, 2015
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  1. A great place to develop skills and network with agencies to further your career.
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    Current Employee - CSC
    Current Employee - CSC

    I have been working at County of Ventura, California full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Training opportunities and great benefits

    Cons

    Tax based funding or grant funding

    Advice to Management

    none at this time Management are highly skilled individuals.

  2. Good employer

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    Former Employee - Clerical in Ventura, CA
    Former Employee - Clerical in Ventura, CA

    I worked at County of Ventura, California

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent job, benefits are ok, and generally a safe place to work as far as lay offs (but it can happen anywhere) great work schedules

    Cons

    Pay could be better, career advancement can be difficult unless you are buddies with management

    Advice to Management

    Get to know the regular workers and you will get more respect from employees if you are willing to get your hands dirty... Not everything should be delegated

  3. Good place to raise a family

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at County of Ventura, California

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The work is diverse, staff is dedicated.

    Cons

    There is never a training budget to keep skills current due to being a public sector. Culture changed a few years ago to a more contentious environment.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in staff

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  5. Great place to get mental health experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at County of Ventura, California full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent clinical experience working with severely mentally ill population, in a multi-disciplinary team.

    Cons

    Top-down management structure that are primarily driven by the latest crisis or political pet project.

    Advice to Management

    If you do not involve your staff in decisions, the result is poor morale and ultimately the clients suffer. Senior management should be more visible at the clinics to understand the stressors of the front-line staff

  6. Could be better

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    Former Employee - Office Systems Coordinator in Ventura, CA
    Former Employee - Office Systems Coordinator in Ventura, CA

    I worked at County of Ventura, California full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The only thing that I can say as a positive is the benefits. People need to understand that most government jobs are low pay but have a good retirement and the County of Ventura is no exception.

    Cons

    Politics and bullying. The County of Ventura has been in the local paper for a culture of bullying. After working two departments and seeing the same behavior in both, I would caution anyone who wants to work there to be aware of it. In addition, the county is a SEIU shop but any union benefits kick in after 1 year. Incidentally, one year is how long your probation is which is unusual in any job that I have had. Also, promotion is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Really do something about the culture of bullying and consider a 6 month probation and not a year probation.

  7. Not surprisingly, it is Government afterall, the environment is is heavily political, especially in management.

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    Former Employee - Director in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at County of Ventura, California full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    For the most part the people are great, hardworking with the best interest at heart to do good work for the clients served.

    Cons

    Endless meetings with very little productivity overall. Often loses sight of who they serve.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, they really are smart people. Set up a structured, effective and confidential feedback process and take action on some very good ideas. Stop making decisions in a closet.

  8. Pay is minimal but at least the offices are nice

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    Current Employee - Fiscal Assistant in Ventura, CA
    Current Employee - Fiscal Assistant in Ventura, CA

    I have been working at County of Ventura, California full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good program, nice offices/grounds, nice wellness perks for employees

    Cons

    Very rigid structure, if you show willingness to help solve an issue affecting you which is not based in your department it becomes very bureaucratic and hierarchical; Extremely low pay until you have at least 10 years invested; vacation package worse than some private industry

  9. County of Ventura

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    Current Employee - Program Administrative in Ventura, CA
    Current Employee - Program Administrative in Ventura, CA

    I have been working at County of Ventura, California full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    stable employment locally, decent work enviorment

    Cons

    salary, health benefits, mandatory payroll deductions

  10. Educational

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    Current Employee - Management Assistant III in Ventura, CA
    Current Employee - Management Assistant III in Ventura, CA

    I have been working at County of Ventura, California full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I work for the best Executive Director

    Cons

    We're a small but mighty team

  11. IT Services at the County provides a stable 9-5 environment, though morale issues and a lack of direction are detrimenta

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ventura, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ventura, CA

    I have been working at County of Ventura, California

    Pros

    Overtime is optional and generally frowned upon. The benefits are good and the pay is OK. If you excel then you will eventually grow professionally and personally.

    Cons

    Job growth is somewhat slow due to nobody ever leaving and the inability to open new positions. Dead weight is all around due to the union preventing layoffs of inefficient workers. Senior management does not effectively communicate down or up, causing a negative view throughout the county and with it's own employees. Very little efforts are put forth to centralize IT across the county, resulting in a lose standards, and competiion with other county agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Effective communication and sharing strategic initiatives in a more meaningful way would help. Ensure the viability of IT Services through centralization across the County.

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